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New Liberty University Faculty Member Installed as Speaker of the House for the American Osteopathic Association

March 13, 2014    

(CHICAGO) — Ray L. Morrison, DO, of Lynchburg, Va., was installed as speaker of the House of Delegates for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the national professional membership organization for the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students.

“After serving as vice speaker of the AOA’s House of Delegates for four terms, I understand the issues facing the osteopathic medical profession and the role the House of Delegates plays in addressing these concerns as they shape the future direction of health care by setting organizational policy,” says Dr. Morrison. “I look forward to contributing to this essential work by drawing upon my experience in parliamentary procedure as the new speaker of the house.”

As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% over the past 25 years. With more than 50% of DOs in active practice specializing in one of the primary care areas of medicine, the osteopathic medical profession also has a strong tradition of serving in rural and medically underserved areas.

Professional Background

An AOA board-certified surgeon, Dr. Morrison is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He has recently joined the faculty of the new Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine Center for Medical and Health Sciences in Lynchburg, Va. (LUCOM), as chair of surgery in the department of specialty medicine. Before joining LUCOM, which will begin classes in August 2014, he served as an assistant professor of surgery in the department of rural and family practice at the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth (UNTHSC/TCOM).

In addition to his role as speaker, Dr. Morrison has served the AOA in other capacities, including member of the Bureau of State Government Affairs, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and the Committee on Governance and Organizational Structure. Recently he completed serving four years as speaker and 10 years as vice speaker of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.


Upon earning his osteopathic medical degree from UNTHSC/TCOM, Dr. Morrison completed a rotating internship at the former Northeast Community Hospital in Bedford, Texas, followed by residency training at the former Fort Worth Osteopathic Medical Center in Texas; the former Dallas/Fort Worth Medical Center in Grand Prairie, Texas; and at Springfield Hospital in Delaware County, Pa., where he served as chief resident.

Dr. Morrison and his wife, Pam, have three grown sons.

What is a DO?

DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.

About the House of Delegates

The AOA’s House of Delegates, comprised of more than 500 delegates representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and elect new officers.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at


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