January 20, 2012 - Douglas “Deke” Barron of Hernando, Miss., has been named a Student D.O. for the month of January at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tenn. Barron is a second-year osteopathic medical student at LMU-DCOM.

The Student D.O. of the Month is a program of the LMU-DCOM Student Government Association (SGA) and is designed to recognize an outstanding first- and second-year student each month. Among the criteria examined for the honor are involvement in LMU-DCOM, leadership skills, community service, class attendance, initiative, attitude and professionalism. Nominations are made to the SGA and voted on by the officers.

Barron received his bachelor’s degree in cellular, molecular and systems biology from Berea College in Berea, Ky. While a student at Berea Barron founded the American Medical Student Association Premedical chapter and was the group’s president in his senior year. Barron also served as a student athletic trainer for Berea’s sports teams and was a Horatio Alger National Scholar and a ChairScholars National Scholar. While in his undergraduate years Barron also worked for the Rural Medical Scholars Program, a program he pursued in high school under the direction of Dr. Bonnie Carew. Barron then received his master’s degree in biomedical sciences from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss. At LMU-DCOM, Barron serves as the webmaster for the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and is on the Honors and Ethics Committee and the Curriculum Sub-Committee. He is involved with the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association and the group’s Golden Scalpel Golf Tournament annual fundraiser. Barron is the son of Dixie Leigh and the nephew of Bob Leigh.

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 osteopathic physicians 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: Douglas “Deke” Barron.

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