July 9, 2012 - Members of the Class of 2012 at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) honored the school’s dean and a faculty member during the LMU-DCOM awards ceremony in May.

The LMU-DCOM inaugural class established the Bob Jackson Service Award to recognize those whose life and community service clearly exemplify a true spirit of love and helpfulness to others. The Award is meant to recognize those who demonstrate qualities such as a significant contribution to public service, giving of themselves regardless of compensation, providing services without expectation of remuneration, going above and beyond a job description and giving a great service to LMU-DCOM. This year’s recipient was Dr. Howard S. Teitelbaum, professor of preventive medicine at LMU-DCOM.

Teitelbaum has received numerous teaching awards during his career as a medical educator. He received a Clinical Professor of the Year award from LMU-DCOM students four years in a row and received LMU’s Houston Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. In 1995 he was selected for the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Mentor Hall of Fame and in 2011 he received the George W. Northup Educator of the Year Award from the national Student Osteopathic Medical Association.

Teitelbaum received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. He also holds a master of public health degree from Harvard University, a Ph.D. and M.A. from Michigan State University and a B.S. from California State Polytechnic College in Pomona, Calif.

On behalf of the LMU-DCOM Alumni Association, Dr. David Heath, alumni association president, presented Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of LMU-DCOM Ray E. Stowers with the inaugural Dr. Ray E. Stowers Legacy Award. The Dr. Ray E. Stowers Legacy Award serves to recognize academic teaching excellence in medical education at LMU-DCOM. The award was established by the Inaugural LMU-DCOM Alumni Association and is presented annually to a recipient who has dedicated themselves to serving the underserved of rural Appalachia and “Continuing the Legacy” of the institution, as stated on the LMU-DCOM seal.

Stowers is the founding dean of LMU-DCOM. Prior to joining LMU-DCOM, he 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.

Stowers currently serves as president-elect of the AOA and will take the helm as president in July 2012. 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 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.

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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