Governor Bill Lee Cuts Ribbon on DCOM at LMU-Knoxville

DCOM at LMU-Knoxville Grand Opening

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee joined Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) in celebrating the opening of a second location of the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (DCOM) at the University’s newest off-campus site in Knoxville on Friday, December 6. The event drew a large crowd of health care leaders and community members from around the region to tour the DCOM at LMU-Knoxville (located at 9737 Cogdill Road, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932).


Governor Lee along with LMU Chairman Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk and his wife Cindi DeBusk, DCOM at LMU-Knoxville Dean David Plundo, LMU trustees Dr. Richard Gillespie, Sam Mars, Jay Shoffner and Sherrie Claiborne and DCOM at LMU-Knoxville Class of 2023 President Phil Brier cut the ribbon on the over 110,000 square-foot facility. Governor Lee spoke at the event and shared about the need to help rural communities in Tennessee.


“I have a strong belief that what happens in rural Tennessee is very important to every Tennessean. That’s why the first executive order of my administration was requiring all state government to give a strategic plan that would improve the lives of those in rural Tennessee,” said Lee. “One of the ways we do that is by providing greater access to quality health care to everyone who lives in those communities. LMU and this program in particular is a part of how we are going to do that.”


Ten years ago, LMU opened its doors in Harrogate to its first class of osteopathic medical students. A decade later the University remains fully committed to meeting the health care needs of the Appalachian region and beyond with excellence in teaching, patient care and public service.

 Students at the DCOM Knoxville Grand Opening  The crowd at DCOM at LMU-Knoxville Ribbon Cutting  Students celebrating at DCOM Knoxville Grand Opening

“Our mission is to the people of Appalachia and our emphasis is on primary care medicine,” said DeBusk. “In Tennessee, we have several rural counties that we really need to get physicians in and that’s one of the things we are going to try and work on with Governor Lee.”


Governor Bill Lee at LMU-KnoxvilleGovernor Lee championed the work that LMU is doing both in Harrogate and in Knoxville and said, “We in the Governor’s office and those in the legislature are excited about working together with partners like LMU to bring the kind of services we need in rural communities.”


In 2017, LMU purchased the 11-acre property in West Knoxville and undertook a major renovation project to transform two existing buildings into state-of-the art facilities. The main academic building at LMU-Knoxville is over 110,000 square feet and supports the academic and clinical skills training of osteopathic medical students with four auditoriums (including a 321 seat and a 360 seat), 26 mock clinical exam rooms, two pod gross anatomy labs, eight high fidelity simulation labs and a classroom with 46 osteopathic manipulation tables.


DCOM at LMU-Knoxville officially welcomed its inaugural class of 125 students on July 29, 2019. As an additional location, DCOM at LMU-Knoxville offers the same four-year, full-time academic and clinical curriculum granting the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree.



Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee with an additional location at LMU-Knoxville. 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, email [email protected], or visit us online at

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