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Stephen Despins, DO, CAQSM, FAAPMR

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Dr. Stephen Despins was born and raised in Herndon, Virginia. He is a proud alum of the University of Notre Dame, having completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology there. He then obtained his degree in Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell University as a member of the inaugural medical school class. Throughout his medical studies, Dr. Despins developed an interest in neurology and musculoskeletal medicine which subsequently drove him to apply for a medical residency specializing in Physiatry. He completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at CWRU/MetroHealth in Cleveland, Ohio where he worked side-by-side with the rest of the rehabilitation team to help get their patients to recover their functional well-being and return to a healthy and functional life. Upon completion in 2021, he specialized further completing a Sports Medicine fellowship at Virginia Tech. Dr. Despins enjoys a wide variety of hobbies including: running, competing in triathlons, playing broomball, playing frisbee golf, playing board games and videogames, watching movies, and cheering on his Fighting Irish on football weekends.




HCA Healthcare LewisGale Hospital Montgomery/VCOM- VA

  • Primary Care Sports Medicine

The MetroHealth System

  • Internal Medicine

The MetroHealth System

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)
Medical School

Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM)

  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate School

University of Notre Dame

  • Psychology

Additional Information

Academic Appointment
  • Institution: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM)
    • Position: Assistant Professor of OMM & OPP
    • Years: 2023-present
  • Institution: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM)
    • Position: Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation / Sports Medicine
    • Years: 2022-present
  • Institution: VCOM-VA
    • Position: Clinical Faculty Member
    • Years: 2021-2022
Professional Interests
  • IRONMAN 70.3 competitions
  • Triathlon competitions
  • Half marathon competitions
  • Broomball competitions
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Board games
  • Video games
  • Movies
Professional Associations
  • 2018-Present: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R)
  • 2020-Present: American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
  • 2021-Present: American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM)
  • 2021-Present: American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • 2021-Present: Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (VOMA)
  • Despins, S. Brodsky, B. Daffron, G. Rogers, M. Jones, M. Griesemer, B. Silva, M. (April 2022). The Rapid Evaluation and Treatment of Wrist Pain in a Division I College Football Athlete
  • Despins, S. Beran, A. Rogers, M. Griesemer, B. Black A. (February, 2022). Football and Flying Do Not Always Go Well Together
  • Despins, S. & Wilson, R. (February, 2021). Prescribing Patterns of SSRIs in High-Risk Stroke Patients in Acute Rehabilitation
  • Kim, C., Despins, S. & Wissner, R. (March, 2020). Peripheral nerve stimulation for axial chronic low back pain in failed back syndrome
  • Kim, Chong H., Brown, J., Despins, S., & Suric, V. (January, 2020). Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation for Treatment of Post Herpetic Neuralgia

Practice Location


2321 Wards Road
Lynchburg, Va. 24502