Raena Pettitt

Chair and Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Clerkship Director

(434) 582-2344


  • DO, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • BS, College of William and Mary
  • Board certification, American Board of Family Medicine

Courses Taught

  • Capstone II and III
  • Cardiopulmonary –CP
  • Dermatology – ORD
  • Endocrine – Endo
  • Gastrointestinal – GI
  • Geriatrics – Geri/EOL
  • GI-Nutrition – GI-Nutri
  • Patient-Centered Medicine – PCM, Course Director
  • Rheumatology – ORD
  • Urology – Neph/Uro
  • Women’s Health – WH

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • Lynchburg Academy of Medicine (LAM)
  • Medical Society of Virginia (MSV)
  • Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (VOMA)


Dr. Pettitt is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia.  She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. She returned to Virginia for residency at Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency, where she also served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Pettitt has worked in rural Virginia, as well as the Veterans Affairs health system, where she started a Women’s Health clinic.  She always enjoyed teaching students, so it was a natural progression to transition to academic medicine at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Pettitt’s interests include Simulation in Medical Education and Preventive Medicine.


  • Pettitt, R.M., Kota, S.V., Hadfield, M.J., (2017) Abnormal Loss of Weight. Osteopathic Family Physician, 9(2), 20-24
  • Pettitt, R.M., Ilustrisimo, T.L., Song, J.Y., Kim, A.J. (2018). Newborn Disorders and Nutritional Guidance, Osteopathic Family Physician 10 (6), 20-26
  • Hadfield, M.J, Kota, S.V., Siragusa, S.M., Pettitt, R.M. (2019). Skin & Soft Tissue Infections: It’s More Than Just MRSA. Osteopathic Family Physician, 11(1), 28-32
  • Pettitt, R.M., Brumbaugh, A.P, Gartman, M.F., Jackson, A.M., (2020) Chronic Kidney Disease: Detection and Evaluation, Osteopathic Family Physician,12(1), 14-19


  • LUCOM Clinical Educator of the Year 2018-19
  • LUCOM Clinical Educator of the Year 2019-20