Lincoln Memorial University


Dr. Robert Gilley Joins LMU-CVM Faculty

HARROGATE, Tenn., Oct. 30, 2018 – Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) welcomes Robert Gilley, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, as associate professor of surgery.


Gilley has a passion for teaching and research, with specific interests in arthroscopy, fracture repair, neurologic surgery, biomechanics and fracture healing genomics. Gilley began his career in academia in 2002, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where he received several teaching awards, including the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award.  He served as research chairman on the board of directors of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society from 2006-2009, and was a faculty member of AOVET North America, which provides continuing education on state-of-the-art methods of orthopedic surgery. In 2009, he left the University of Pennsylvania to become a clinical surgical specialist in private practice for three years, and then in 2012, he returned to academia to serve as section chief of surgery and residency program director at Virginia Tech, where he received the Teacher of the Year award from the Class of 2015.


“I am excited to focus my efforts on teaching surgery in a student centric fashion,” Gilley said. “I am also looking forward to continuing my research and contributing to the mission of the LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine.”


Gilley received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida in 1995, where he graduated as valedictorian. He completed his internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and his residency in small animal surgery at the University of Minnesota. Gilley went on to complete a Ph.D. in comparative orthopedics at the University of Minnesota in 2002. His research focused on ways to improve fracture healing and specifically investigated methods to enhance fracture healing using a fracture nonunion model.


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at



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