Ray E. Stowers, DO
An AOA board-certified family physician, Dr. Stowers served as the 2012-2013 president of the AOA. Dr. Stowers has been helping to groom future generations of osteopathic physicians (DOs) as the vice president for health sciences and founding dean of the Lincoln Memorial University- DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate since it was established in 2005. He also serves as an associate professor of family medicine.
Prior to joining LMU-DCOM, Dr. Stowers was an associate professor of family medicine and director of the Division of Rural Health at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa. He then served as the founding director of the Oklahoma Rural Health Policy and Research Center.
A longstanding member of the AOA, Dr. Stowers has served on the Board of Trustees since 2000. In addition, he has been involved with several other osteopathic medical organizations. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, which also honored him with the A.T. Still Award of Excellence in 2008, and a board member of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA). In 2006, he was named Family Physician of the Year by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. In 2011, TOMA honored Dr. Stowers with the Paul Grayson Smith, Sr., Physician of the Year Award.
Advocating for the osteopathic medical profession at the national level, Dr. Stowers advised Congress on health care issues through his appointments to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, better known as MedPAC, and the Physician Payment Review Commission. He was also a board member of the National Rural Health Association and still serves as a member of the Rural Health Works National Advisory Council.
Upon graduating from what is now known as the Kansas City (Missouri) University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Stowers completed his postdoctoral medical training at Tulsa Regional Medical Center.