Dixie J. Tooke-Rawlins, DO, FACOFP
Dr. Tooke-Rawlins is the President and Provost of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2001 as the Dean and Executive Vice President, she was the principal academic administrator in founding the College with the first campus in the Corporate Research Park of Virginia Tech, a collaborative partner with the College. As Dean in 2010 she led the establishment of a successful Carolinas branch campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The 2015, Dr. Tooke-Rawlins became Provost and led the establishment of a third Branch campus in Auburn, Alabama with a collaborative partnership with Auburn University. In 2016, Dr. Tooke-Rawlins was appointed as President and Provost of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. As Provost Dr. Tooke-Rawlins is responsible to assure the quality and consistency of the academic programs across campuses and oversees the Dean of each campus. As President, Dr. Tooke-Rawlins is responsible to the Board of Directors to assure oversee the fiscal management of the College.
Dr. Tooke-Rawlins is a graduate of Truman University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Initially board certified in emergency medicine and family medicine in 1990, she remains board certified in family medicine. She practiced 8 years in the field of emergency medicine and 15 years in the field of family medicine before entering full time academic medicine. Dr. Tooke-Rawlins served as faculty in family medicine and emergency medicine for the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1988-1990. She served as a family medicine residency faculty and later as Director of the residency in Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1994 she became the family medicine residency director for Luke’s Hospital, Allentown campus in Allentown, Pa. In 1995-96 also served as the Director of Medical Education for the Allentown campus. In 1997 she was hired as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1999 she was appointed as the Interim Dean for the College and remained until she was hired to be the founding Dean for VCOM in 2001.
Dr. Tooke-Rawlins has received many awards for her academic career including: 2003 Distinguished Service Alumni Award from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine; the 2008 Northrup Educator of the Year Award (a national award by the osteopathic students), the 2008 Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award by the American Medical Women’s Association, the 2009 Service to the International Community Award by the Medical Society of Virginia, the 2008 VA. Rural Health Association’s Charles Crowder Rural Health Award, the 2009 Local Legends Award by the AMWA displayed by the National Library of Medicine of the Smithsonian, the 2012 National Minority Access Role Model Award, the 2011 National Educator of the Year Award from the American Osteopathic Foundation, and the 2011 Mentor Hall of Fame by the American Osteopathic Association. In 2016 she received the VCOM Honorary Alumni award from the VCOM Alumni Association.
Dr. Tooke-Rawlins is active in health policy serving on the Virginia Governor’s Advisory Council on Healthcare Reform 2010-2013, appointed by the Governor to the Virginia Healthcare Workforce Development Authority 2009-2014, the Southwest Virginia Healthcare Authority 2010-current, and served on a VA. Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse in 2014.
Dr. Tooke-Rawlins is a Past President of the Virginia Osteopathic Family Physicians and the 2016 President of the Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Tooke-Rawlins served on the Board of Deans for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) 1998 to 2014, (Executive Committee 2014-15). She is now a member of the Council of Presidents for AACOM. She has been a Member American Osteopathic Association (AOA) since 1980, the AOA House of Delegates since 2001; the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) since 1984, and the ACOFP House of Delegates since 2004.
Dr. Tooke-Rawlins has served on many Boards and Committees including: Chair of the AACOM National Conference in 2009, Chair of the ACOFP Committee for Public Health 2011-2013, and as a member of the ACOFP Women’s Health Committee 2010-2014. Past appointments include: Northeast Osteopathic Medical Education Network Board/AHEC Board, Missouri State Drug Utilization and Review Committee, Professional Education Committee of the Mo. American Cancer Society, State Drug Task Force for Southeast Missouri on Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, President of the Missouri Chapter of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association, the 2004 and 2007 Committees for the Virginia State Rural Health Plan, and has served on the Board of the Graduate Medical Education Consortium of VA., and the Board of the VA. Telemedicine Network.
Dr. Tooke-Rawlins has a long history with osteopathic college accreditation. She has served as an Accreditation Team Chair for the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) from 2013-current, a Clinical Team Inspector for COCA from 2000-2013. She was a member of the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation from 1995-1999. Dr. Tooke-Rawlins has also served as an Accreditation Inspector for Osteopathic Post-graduate Training Institutes from 1994-1998 and for Osteopathic Family Medicine Residencies from 1994-1996.
Under Dr. Tooke-Rawlins leadership the college and branch campuses have become well known for their mission of “educating globally minded, community focused physicians for rural and medically underserved areas.” The college is known for the community-based Appalachian service and the Global Health opportunities for the VCOM students. VCOM operates international medical clinics in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and El Salvador. The College also boasts excellent outcomes in board performance, residency placement, graduates entering primary care (>66% over past 10 years), 65% of graduates practicing in the Appalachian target region, and in keeping VCOM tuition in the sixth lowest of all private medical schools. Dr. Tooke-Rawlins is best known as a champion for rural health and care for medically underserved populations and focusing much of her career on the interests of Osteopathic Medical Education, Rural Medicine, Health Care Disparities, and Global Health.
gram Director of the Osteopathic Family Practice Residency. Prior to 1996, Dr. Tooke-Rawlins served as the Family Practice Residency Director at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dr. Rawlins serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (1999-2008) and is the 2009 Chair for the National Conference. Dr. Rawlins Chairs the Committee for Public Health for ACOFP and is a member of the Women’s Health Committee and the Outreach Committee for ACOFP. Dr. Tooke-Rawlins also serves on the Virginia Telemedicine Network, the Healthcare Workforce Committee, and participated in the development of the Virginia State Rural Health Plan.
Dr. Rawlins received many national and state awards for education and service including: the Northup Educator of the Year award from the National Student Osteopathic Medical Association in 2004, the Charles Crowder Rural Health Award in 2006, the Local Legends Award from the American Medical Women’s Association displayed bu the National Library of Medicine in 2007, the International Service Award from the Medical Society of Virginia in 2007, the Mentor Hall of Fame Award by the AOA in 2007, the Distinguished Alumni Award by KCOM in 2001, the Outstanding Leadership award by the AMWA and National Organization of Women Physicians Association student chapters in 2006, and the KOAA/KCOM Education Program Award in 2001. Dr. Rawlins has also served as a Medical Monitor for the Texas Armor and Engineer Board, Reconnaissance Squad Operations Test Research for M.O.P. 4 gear in Fort Knox, Kentucky, where she was awarded a certificate for professional excellence in 1986.
Dr. Rawlins has special interests in Rural Health/Rural Medicine, Health Care Disparities, and Global Health. Dr. Rawlins has focused much of her career and research in that arena. Dr. Rawlins assures the VCOM International Medical Missions which provide year round primary care clinics in Honduras, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Rawlins attends medical missions with medical students at each site annually, most often providing these trips 3 to 4 times per year. Dr. Rawlins personally accompanied students in a 21 day relief effort immediately following Hurricane Katrina, in a Tornado clean-up and medical outreach in Suffolk Va. In 2007, for a rural Missouri flood relief efforts in 2007, and for the Honduran flood relief in 2008. Dr. Rawlins also oversaw the VCOM Hispanic club outreach to the Hispanic communities in Roanoke, and to a regular remote medical outreach in Appalachia. Dr. Rawlins has for many years served the uninsured and medically underserved with time committed to community service dating back to providing free prenatal care in the Stoddard County and New Madrid County Free Prenatal Clinics from 1981-1986 and later at the Clark and Adair Counties Free Prenatal Clinics from 1990-1994.
Dr. Tooke-Rawlins has served on the Council for Rural Virginia from 2003-2008. Dr. Tooke-Rawlins served for four years as a member of the Council on Predoctoral Education of the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Tooke Rawlins has served as an accreditation inspector for the Council on Osteopathic College Accreditation from 1999 to present and was a Team Chair and inspector for Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institutes from 2000 to 2004. Dr. Tooke-Rawlins was an inspector for Family Practice Residency Programs from 1996-2000.
Dr. Tooke-Rawlins was a member and Vice President of the Missouri Area Health Education Centers' Operational Board, where she received an award for her commitment to the development and growth of the program. Dr. Rawlins served on the Graduate Medical Education Consortium of Virginia Board from 2001-2003 and the Southwest Virginia AHEC Board from 2003-2004. Dr. Rawlins served on the Board of the Virginia Rural Health Resources from 2003-2006. Dr. Rawlins served on the Dean’s Committee for the Salem Veterans Medical Center from 2003-2007.
Dr. Tooke-Rawlins sat on the Osteopathic Post Graduate Training Institute of the Kirksville Governing Board and was a member of the Interim Planning Board of Governors for the Northeast Osteopathic Medical Education Network. Past positions held were Advisory Board for the Physician Assistant Program at Grand Valley College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Missouri State Drug Utilization and Review Committee, Professional Education and Nominating Committee of the Missouri Chapter of the American Cancer Society, State Drug Task Force for Southeast Missouri on Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, President of the Missouri Chapter of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association, Chief of Staff at Scotland County Hospital, Convention Committee for the Missouri Osteopathic Association Convention, Member of the Task Force on Rural Health Education.
Dr. Tooke-Rawlins is a member of the AOA, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the Association of Osteopathic Medical Directors. Within KCOM, Dr. Tooke-Rawlins has served as Chair of the Assessment Committee, the Graduate Medical Education-OPTIK Committee, Promotion and Tenure, and was a member of the Faculty Affairs Committee and the Curriculum Committee. While at St. Luke's Hospital, Dr. Rawlins served on the Graduate Medical Education Committee, the Credentials Committee, the Continuing Medical Education Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee for Graduate Medical Education. While at Metropolitan Hospital, Dr. Tooke-Rawlins served on the Medical Education Committee and the Library and Education Resources Committee. Dr. Rawlins was the Medical Director and instrumental in the development of the Womancare Center, a health education and cancer screening center for St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo. During her career, Dr. Rawlins has also served as the Director of Sports Medicine at KCOM and Truman University in 1992 through 1994.
Current Professional Organizations
- AACOM Board of Deans
- AACOM Council of Presidents
- House of Delegates Member, American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)
- Member, Auburn Research Advisory Board
- Conference Organization Committee Member, Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA)
- Member, Southwest Virginia Health Authority
- Virginia Healthcare Workforce Development Authority
- President-Elect, American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF)
- Program Committee Chair, American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF)
- Executive / Governance Committee Member, American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF)
- Development Committee Member, American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF)
- Needs Assessment Committee Member, American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF)
- Policies and Procedures Committee Member, American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF)
- President, Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (VOMA)
- Women’s Health and Leadership Committee, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)