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The Per Yngve Brolinson, DO, Rural Family Medicine Scholarship

VCOM's Vice Provost of Research and Discipline Chair of Sports Medicine, Gunnar Brolinson, DO with his father, Per Ingve Brolinson, DO at KCOM's Founder's Day 1998. It was the 15th class reunion for Gunnar, and the 45th class reunion for Per Yngve.

The scholarship is established in honor of Per Yngve Brolinson, DO. It was instituted by his family, including his son, Per Gunnar Brolinson, DO, Vice Provost of Research, and family medicine/sports medicine physician for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and Virginia Tech, and Gunnar’s wife, Lesia Brolinson. Dr. Per Gunnar Brolinson’s dedication to family medicine and osteopathic medicine was inspired by his father’s professional life and the care he gave his patients.

Dr. Per Yngve Brolinson was a 1953 graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his post-graduate internship at Normandy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

His first practice was in Higbee, Missouri, and he later moved to Louisiana, Missouri, where he practiced family medicine for over 50 years. Dr. Brolinson practiced the full scope of family medicine, from delivering hundreds of babies, overseeing the preventive care and immunizations of children, caring for adults with illness (from acute infections to chronic illness such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease), to providing end of life care for the elderly; (and, per his family, the care would sometimes extend to the occasional family pet in an emergency). 

Dr. Brolinson embodied the true spirit of osteopathic family medicine, caring for the whole patient in body, mind and spirit. Dr. Brolinson considered those he cared for to not only be his patients, but his friends: a distinguishing characteristic of many rural, family physicians.

If you desire to make a donation to this scholarship, you can make checks payable to VCOM with a memo of “The Per Yngve Brolinson, D.O., Rural Family Medicine Scholarship.”
Checks may be sent to Diane Sutphin in Development or Mark Hamric in the VCOM Business Office at:

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
attn.: Development
2265 Kraft Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060

You can also donate online using our secure donation site: