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LMU-DCOM RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING STUDENTS, FACULTY



May 12, 2009 - Harrogate, Tennessee, May 12, 2009 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) awarded its Student of the Year and Faculty Member of the Year awards at its recent Spring Gala in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Student of the Year Awards for the Class of 2011 went to Megan Elstro of St. Johns, Mich., and Nathan Hartgrove of Cleveland, Tenn. Elstro received her bachelor of science in biology from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and her master’s in biomedical sciences from Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. Hartgrove received his undergraduate degree in biology from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Student of the Year Awards for the Class of 2012 went to Melanie McClain of Memphis, Tenn., and Chris Perry of Columbia, Tenn. McClain received her undergraduate degree in biology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. Perry received his bachelor of science in history from The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and a master’s in psychology from Walden University. The Student of the Year Awards were chosen by the student body of each class.

The Class of 2011 selected LMU-DCOM faculty members Dr. Dominic Palazzolo and Dr. James Lyons as Professors of the Year. Palazzolo, an associate professor of physiology, was named the Basic Medical Science Professor of the Year. Lyons, an assistant professor and chair of pathology, was named the Clinical Science Professor of the Year.

The Class of 2012 selected LMU-DCOM faculty members Dr. Casey Bassett and Dr. Howard S. Teitelbaum as Professors of the Year. Bassett, an assistant professor of cellular and molecular pathology, was named Basic Medical Science Professor of the Year. Teitelbaum, a professor of public health, was named the Clinical Science Professor of the Year. Teitelbaum also serves as associate dean for research, grants and sponsored programs.

The Class of 2011 also instituted a new award, the Dr. Robert Casady Award for Teaching Excellence. This year’s award was given to Dr. Michael Seaman, assistant professor of emergency medicine/family medicine and director of the LMU-DCOM Simulation Lab. The Casady Award is named in honor of former LMU-DCOM Anatomy Professor Robert Casady, who was seriously injured in a bicycle accident a year ago and continues to recuperate from his injuries.

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 healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail dcom@lmunet.edu, or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/dcom.

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Caption: First-year osteopathic medical student Melanie McClain of Memphis, Tenn. (center), poses with first-year osteopathic medical students Hillary Chace (L) and Patrick Craig (R) after they presented her with a Student of the Year Award for the LMU-DCOM Class of 2012.

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