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Ashleigh Dunn, DO

Ashleigh Dunn

Ashleigh Dunn, DO

Assistant Professor for Biomedical Sciences
Virginia Campus


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Ashleigh Dunn, DO, is a VCOM alumna, graduating with the Class of 2009.  Dr. Dunn earned her Master of Science degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Yale University in 2005.  Prior to that, Dr. Dunn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry from Virginia Tech.  Before returning back to VCOM, Dr. Dunn taught clinical anatomy, physiology and cell biology at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, where she gained an impressive number of credentials in teaching, student advising and development.  Dr. Dunn's past research interests were in neurobiology exploring neuronal growth cone guidance.  Her current research interests are in medical education and include the use of adult learning theories to construct clinical cases in the anatomy laboratory, narrative learning techniques in the pre-clinical medical years, and predictors of Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Physical Exam (COMPE) remediation in osteopathic 3rd year medical students. Dr. Dunn is a member of the anatomy group at VCOM and serves as course director for Musculoskeletal Anatomy.  Dr. Dunn is a Board Member of the Brain Injury Services of SWVA and an active member of the Blacksburg Junior Women's Club.  Outside of work, Dr. Dunn spends most of her time with her three children.  They love being goofy, going to the pool, and jumping on the trampoline.  Dr. Dunn and her husband enjoy playing golf, going on date nights, and cheering on the Hokies.  When she has the chance, she plays tennis and practices yoga.  Most importantly, she cherishes time with her very large extended family, which is scattered across southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee.


2009 Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine DO
2005 Yale University MS - Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
2001 Virginia Tech BS - Biology (chemistry minor)

Awards and Honors

  • VCOM Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Block 2 Musculoskeletal Anatomy Instruction, 2015-2016
  • Excellence in Student Development Award, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, 2013
  • Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, 2012, 2013, 2014

Current Professional Organizations

  • Member, International Association of Medical Science Educators
  • Member, Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators
  • Member, American Association of Clinical Anatomists
  • Member, American Association of Anatomists

Current Research Projects

  • From cadavers to cases: Using adult learning theories to enhance the laboratory environment