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Living Tribute Award

2009 Living Tribute Award Recipient

Margaret Wilson, D.O., ’82, has always been surrounded by osteopathic influences. Not only was her family doctor and next door neighbor KCOM Professor Emeritus Delbert Maddox, D.O., '55, but her brother also attended KCOM and routinely practiced OMT techniques on her. At age 13, she officially decided she too would become a D.O. Today, Dr. Wilson spends many busy hours as chair of the Department of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Community Health at ATSU-KCOM where she serves as project director on many grant projects including Academic Administrative Units in Primary Care, Predoctoral Training in Family Medicine, and the George Washington Institute of Spirituality and Health (GWISH) grant. Dr. Wilson also helped develop the Spirituality and
Medicine elective and has been actively involved in developing KCOM’s new curriculum.

A member of KCOM’s Still-Well Committee and sponsor for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Club, Dr. Wilson has received several professional honors for her work at the University, including the 1998 A.T. Still Staff Award for
Excellence in Teaching, the 2000 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and
now, the 2009 KOAA Living Tribute Award.

“It is truly an honor to be chosen to receive the KOAA Living Tribute Award,” said
Dr. Wilson. “I have great pride in KCOM and my profession, and to be chosen is truly humbling. As a kid growing up in Kirksville, surrounded by the greats of the osteopathic profession, I would have never dreamed of being recognized in this way.” In addition to her work at ATSU, Dr. Wilson is a staff physician at Northeast Missouri Family Health Clinic and medical director of the Northeast Missouri Health Council. “I have been so fortunate to be able to practice medicine in the community I grew up in for more than 25 years now,” she said. “My greatest professional pleasure is being able to care for my patients.”

Dr. Wilson enjoys reading, golfing, and spending quality time with family and friends. She and her husband Charles Lemley reside in Kirksville with their three children Charlie, Ben, and Mary Kate.|

Established in 1969, the Living Tribute Award provides alumni and friends of the College an opportunity to support outstanding KCOM faculty and administrators.

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