May 20, 2014 - The faculty and administration of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) handed out several awards to members of the graduating class at its awards day ceremony on May 9, 2014. The ceremony was held prior to the Class of 2014 graduation ceremony on May 10.

The Dean’s Award went to Matthew Nealeigh of Norfolk, Nebraska. The Dean’s Award is presented to a member of the graduating class who displays a strong commitment to academic excellence, embodies empathy and compassion toward others, exemplifies personal integrity and professionalism and has earned the respect and trust of classmates and faculty.

The LMU-DCOM Service Award was presented to Katie Clark of Greeneville, Tennessee. The award is given to students who exemplify the mission statement of LMU-DCOM in the following areas: serving the health and wellness needs of the people within both the Appalachian region and beyond; focusing on enhanced access to comprehensive health care for underserved communities; and embracing compassionate, patient-centered care that values diversity, public service and leadership as an enduring commitment to professionalism and the highest ethical standards.

The Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) Spirit of Excellence Award was given to Alan Aiken of Johnson City, Tennessee. The award is presented annually to a graduating student who has achieved distinction among his or her peers through academic superiority, leadership qualities, community service and a commitment to serve the citizens of Tennessee.

The Valedictorian Award, for the graduate deemed to be the highest academically ranked student in the class, was presented to Morgan Smith of Bonita Springs, Florida. The Salutatorian Award, for the graduate deemed to be the second highest academically ranked student in the class, was presented to Andrew Davenport of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Smith also received the Scalpel Award for Excellence in Surgery. The award is presented to a graduating student pursuing a career in surgery and who has demonstrated excellence in the areas of patient care, academic excellence and technical prowess.

Davenport also was named an Outstanding Molecular Fundamentals of Medicine Student. This award is presented to the student who displays a mastery of the molecular fundamentals of medicine as evidenced by academic achievement and enthusiasm for the subject matter. Also receiving the award was Amanda Gibson of Dothan, Alabama.

Audrey Hicks of Dover, Tennessee, received the award for Outstanding Anatomy Student. The award is given to a student who performs in the top 5% of the class academically and exhibits enthusiasm for the subject matter.

The Outstanding Osteopathic Principles and Practice Student award was given to Cassandra Buchanan Renfro of Bakersville, North Carolina. The award is presented to the student who best exemplifies the practical implementation of osteopathic manipulation into the practice of medicine.

Heather Leigh Ann Perry of Corryton, Tennessee, received the Family Medicine Award, presented to the student who best exemplifies what an osteopathic family physician should be. This individual has provided excellent care to a wide variety of patients with a multitude of clinical problems in a kind, concerned and professional manner, and has matched into a family practice residency.

The Internal Medicine Award went to Nicholas Litwin of Evensville, Tennessee. The award honors one student who has shown uncommon interest and aptitude in the field of internal medicine.

Alicia Pazik Huckaby of Greeley, Colorado, received the Obstetrics/Gynecology Award. The award is given in recognition of the student who has displayed an outstanding commitment to assisting women achieve and maintain health and wellness.

Dustin Parker of Newbern, Tennessee, received the Pediatrics Award, presented to an outstanding student entering the field of pediatrics.

Kevin Cope of Birmingham, Alabama, received the Emergency Medicine Award, presented to an outstanding student entering the field of emergency medicine.

The Behavioral Medicine Award was presented to Jason Greenhagen of Dickson, Tennessee. This award is presented to the graduating student who demonstrates excellence in the area of biopsychosocial treatment for patients with mental illness.

The Preventive Medicine and Public Health Award went to Kaitlin Dewhirst of Decatur, Tennessee. The award is presented to an outstanding student who has made significant contributions to public health and preventative medicine through leadership, vision, originality and innovation.

The Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Award, awarded by the American Osteopathic Foundation, was presented to Sasha Thomas, wife of Barrett Thomas of Knoxville, Tennessee. The award honors and recognizes the spouse of a graduating osteopathic medical student who best exemplifies the role of a professional’s partner by providing immeasurable support of his or her mate, family and the osteopathic profession while being an individual in their own right.

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. 7108, email, or visit us online at

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