June 13, 2014 - Martha Sparrow, M.D., a pediatrician with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee, was awarded the 2014 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 awards ceremony on May 9, 2014.

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. Sparrow was one of two recipients of this year’s award.

“My association with the LMU-DCOM students has been delightful,” Sparrow said. “They are so very well prepared when I meet them in their junior year of medical school. They are unique in that they have been led and taught by their own faculty and have gleaned from their own efforts one of the most important of issues for success as a physician: the help and care a physician can provide for his or her patient is the source of much personal joy in the practice of medicine.”

“In addition to being an excellent clinician and teacher, Dr. Sparrow has served as a powerful role model for our students,” said Dr. Michael Wieting, senior associate dean and dean of clinical medicine. “There is no substitute for a skillfully-crafted relationship where the student learns, by example, how to optimally function as an effective, caring and compassionate primary care clinician – Dr. Sparrow does that exceptionally well. Not only does she get students excited about pediatrics, but she also gets them excited about the practice of medicine, regardless of what their clinical career goals may be.”

Sparrow received her undergraduate degree from Northwest Louisiana University and her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, during which she received a teaching award as well as the Outstanding Pediatric Resident Award for excellence in neonatology. Sparrow is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since 1992 she has been a member of the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center, which where she currently serves as medical director.

“Dr. Sparrow was a wonderful example of a fine physician and a very experienced pediatrician,” said Eric Fox, a LMU-DCOM Class of 2014 graduate. “Rarely have I met a preceptor so willing to take the time needed to really engage me and challenge me. Her personal interest in the student is unsurpassed. Dr. Sparrow is a wonderful part of the LMU-DCOM family.”

“Dr. Sparrow is a wonderful and compassionate physician,” said Lauren McGhee, a fourth-year LMU-DCOM student. "She cares for her patients more than any physician I have worked with thus far. The children of her practice are treated as if they were her children and because of that there are some strong patient-doctor relationships formed. I admire her passion and appreciate her kindness. Her words of encouragement are not only sincere, but motivating.”

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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Caption: Dr. Martha Sparrow (center) with Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president of health sciences and dean of LMU-DCOM (R) and Dr. Michael Wieting, senior associate dean and dean of clinical medicine at LMU-DCOM (L) following the LMU-DCOM Preceptor of the Year award presentation.

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