Ray L. Morrison, DO, of Monroe, Louisiana, is an AOA board-certified surgeon and fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He is founding Dean of the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Louisiana on the University of Louisiana – Monroe campus which just opened in July with its inaugural class. Prior to his new role with VCOM-LA, Dr. Morrison was on faculty at the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lynchburg, Virginia, here he was chairman of surgery, department of specialty medicine. Before joining LUCOM, 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). Dr. Morrison has served as Speaker of the AOA House of Delegates since 2014 and also served the AOA in other capacities, including as a member of the Bureau of State Government Affairs, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and the Committee on Governance and Organizational Structure. After 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 Fort Worth, Texas; the former Dallas/Fort Worth Medical Center in Grand Prairie, Texas; and at Springfield Hospital in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where he served as chief resident.