April 14, 2011 - Dr. Howard S. Teitelbaum, professor of preventive medicine and chair of preventive and community medicine at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) has been selected as the George W. Northrup Educator of the Year by the national Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA).

Teitelbaum was nominated for the award by the LMU-DCOM chapter of SOMA. Students put together a nomination letter as well as a video touting Teitelbaum’s achievements as an educator. The award will be presented in October at the annual SOMA conference in Orlando, Fla.

“Dr. Teitelbaum is truly a hands-on educator,” said Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM. “He genuinely cares for his students and makes every effort to be available to them not just as a professor and mentor, but as a cheerleader and support system. He takes the time to know his students, and they in turn respond to the wealth of knowledge he can share.”

Teitelbaum has received numerous teaching awards during his career as a medical educator. He has received a Clinical Professor of the Year award from LMU-DCOM students for the past four years running and received LMU’s Houston Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. In 1995 he was selected for the American Osteopathic Association’s Mentor of Hall of Fame and previously was a finalist for the Northrup Award in 2006.

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. His research interests are preventive medicine, public health and medical education.

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, e-mail, or visit us online at

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Caption: Dr. Howard S. Teitelbaum.

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