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Meet the Associate Program Directors

Brian Lich, MD, DTM&H
Dr. Lich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. Originally from Missouri, he moved to Texas in 2004 to complete his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Lich then came to the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in 2009 for his medical and residency training. After serving as Chief Resident in 2015-2016, Dr. Lich joined the OU General Internal Medicine faculty where he works today. 

Prior to his medical training, Dr. Lich developed a strong interest in global health and social inequality. In 2006, he first travelled to Ghana to work with the NGO Unite for Sight which focuses on screening and treatment of preventable causes of blindness. He then returned to Ghana in 2008 with a research grant where he focused on the impact and role of foreign aid on health outcomes. During his medical training, Dr. Lich helped to develop and now serves as the director of the OU Internal Medicine Global Health Program. In the fall of 2017, Dr. Lich completed his Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In the future, he hopes to grow the impact of OU’s Global Health Program with a focus on research and educational development in low resource areas. 

Outside of the university, Dr. Lich is an avid soccer and tennis player. He retains a strong connection to his hometown of St. Louis through friends, family, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Dr. Lich met his wife in Texas who now works as a pediatrician at an OU satellite clinic in SW Oklahoma City. They enjoy travelling and playing with their young daughter, Eva.

Andria Parker Medina

Andria Parker Medina, MD, PhD
Dr. Medina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, section of General Internal Medicine. She joined the faculty in 2015 after completing a chief resident year in internal medicine. She has a passion for teaching residents and students. Dr. Medina is an attending on the inpatient ward service, maintains an outpatient practice at OU Physicians, and she also attends in the resident continuity clinic. She has a special interest in resident education, particularly with curriculum development. She also works with medical students throughout the first two years of medical school, teaching students how to take a history and perform the physical exam. Additionally, Dr. Medina is involved in ACP at the national and state levels. She earned her M.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 2011. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Oklahoma in 2009, and in 2017 she published the final paper from that body of work. In 2016, she began research on VTE with both oncologic and public health emphases and has three publications in that area to date. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, daughter, and newborn son. She has never met a podcast she didn’t like.

Aneesh Venkat Pakala

Aneesh Venkat Pakala, MD
Dr. Pakala is an Assistant Professor in the Cardiovascular Disease section at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He moved to the United States from India in 2008 for further training and has happily been in Oklahoma ever since. He completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency, and general cardiology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma. He is an academic cardiologist with a special focus on valvular heart disease and preoperative ​cardiology. He lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife and two children.