May 20, 2013 - Dr. Madhi Budayr, an allopathic surgeon from Maryville, Tenn., was awarded the 2013 Preceptor of the Year award from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). The award was announced at LMU-DCOM’s annual graduation ceremony on May 11.

The Preceptor of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual who consistently provides outstanding clinical instruction to LMU-DCOM third- and fourth-year students. The award recognizes a preceptor who displays a passion for teaching, a commitment to service and a dedication to the highest ethical standards.

“Dr. Budayr was an exceptional preceptor,” said Morgan Smith, a member of the LMU-DCOM Class of 2014. “I have gained a vast amount of information from my rotation with him. He was very kind and treated every person including myself with the utmost respect. He really made me feel like a part of the health care team.”

“I have a lot of respect for Dr. Budayr both as a person and as a doctor,” said Gunnar Nelson, a member of the LMU-DCOM Class of 2014. “He challenged me to think of all aspects of patient care. He teaches how to be more efficient, practical and ethical in each encounter with a patient in the hospital, which is unique.”

Budayr did his residency in general surgery at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, Temple University program, and completed his fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, Ill. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon Rectal Surgeons and is currently a colon/rectal surgeon at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn.

“Dr. Budayr has set the bar high as a preceptor,” said Dr. Michael Wieting, interim dean of LMU-DCOM. “We are grateful for his contributions to our students’ education.”
"I'm very grateful for this kind honor,” Budayr said. “As for my students, I always advise them to be physicians and healers at the same time, and to treat patients as if they are part of your family.”

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: Dr. Mahdi Budayr

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