July 19, 2011 - Ray E. Stowers, DO, an AOA board-certified family physician, was named president-elect of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) during its recent annual business meeting in Chicago.

Stowers has been helping to groom future generations of osteopathic physicians (DOs) as the vice president for health sciences and founding dean of the Lincoln Memorial University- DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tenn., since it was established in 2005. He also serves as an associate professor of family medicine.

Prior to joining LMU-DCOM, Stowers was an associate dean and associate professor of family medicine and director of the Division of Rural Health at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.

Stowers’ advocacy for rural health care delivery can be traced back to his 25 years in practice in Medford, Okla., where he founded the state’s first rural health clinics. He then served as director of the Oklahoma Rural Health Policy and Research Center.

On a national level, Stowers has advised Congress on health care issues through his appointments to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, better known as MedPAC, and the Physician Payment Review Commission.

“It is a great honor to be selected by my fellow osteopathic physicians to serve the profession in this capacity,” said Stowers, following his installation as president-elect. “I look forward to helping the osteopathic medical profession grow during my time in this position.”

A longstanding member of the AOA, Stowers has served on the Board of Trustees since 2000. In addition, he has been involved with several other osteopathic professional organizations, including the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, which honored him with the A.T. Still Award of Excellence in 2008; the Northwest Oklahoma District Osteopathic Association; and the Oklahoma Education Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine. In 2006, he was named Family Physician of the Year by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Furthermore, the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association recently honored Stowers as the recipient of the 2011 Paul Grayson Smith, Sr. Physician of the Year Award.

Upon graduating from what is today known as the Kansas City (Mo.) University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Stowers completed his postdoctoral medical training at Tulsa Regional Medical Center.

Stowers and his wife, Peggy, have four children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The AOA’s House of Delegates, comprised of more than 500 delegates representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and elect new officers.

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 78,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs); promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools; and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of health care professionals to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, email, or visit us online at

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Caption: Ray E. Stowers, DO

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