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Dean's Message

I began my last message for the Fall/Winter 2019 edition of this magazine with the statement “As we prepare to enter a new decade…” Little did I know what we would be facing this year. These are truly unprecedented times not only for our college and campus, but also for our state, nation, and the entire world. Due to the many moving parts associated with putting together a magazine like OU Medicine, it became very apparent in mid-Spring after the pandemic began that we would have to look for an alternative way to provide our many constituents with the great stories and information that our magazine provides.  While our ultimate goal is to get back to having a more “normal” magazine in our Fall/Winter issue, we still want to provide you with some updates and stories related to the important and fascinating work going on within the College of Medicine. 

Although this format is not the ideal, we hope that you can still enjoy the posted feature articles as well as all the many things that continue as a part of the clinical, research, and education missions of the college.  This issue will still include many of the areas you have come to expect from OU Medicine Magazine, just with less pictures and design!  The full table of contents will provide a brief synopsis and link you to those stories. Once you have read it, there will be a link that will take you back to the table of contents.

One thing has clearly stood out to me during these trying times. That is how everyone has come together to rapidly address the challenges and changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our primary missions. Whether clinical, education, or research, it is resilience and adaptation that is the order of the day. Teamwork has brought those together in amazing ways and has been the key to our success. The collegial spirit that our leaders have seen develop by going through these challenges together has instilled in us all a heightened sense of pride in what we are doing to support the many beneficiaries of our missions.

Please enjoy this issue of OU Medicine magazine and I hope the remainder of the year will allow us to provide you a Fall/Winter version of the magazine that is back in a more recognizable format.  Please stay vigilant and safe.  


John P. Zubialde, M.D.
Executive Dean, OU College of Medicine

Vital Signs

OU College of Medicine Ophthalmology Professor Presented Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award
Annie Moreau, M.D., an associate professor of ophthalmology in the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and an oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Dean McGee Eye Institute, has been honored with the 2020 Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award...More

Dr. Bernice King, Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., Speaks at OU Health Sciences Center
Dr. Bernice King, daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, delivered the keynote speech at the OU Health Sciences Center’s 2020 Martin L. King Jr. Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 29...More

Trauma One at OU Medicine Re-Verified as Level 1 Trauma Center
The trauma center at OU Medicine has been re-verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons…More

OU Medicine Selects Epic as Electronic Health Record
OU Medicine, Inc. and its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, have signed a contract with Epic as their new electronic health record (EHR) vendor, marking a five-year, nearly $200 million investment in patient care…More

Annual Aesculapian and Crimson Apple Awards Spotlight Excellent Educators
Students in any field of study hold in high regard those teachers who especially inspire and encourage them.... More

College of Medicine Faculty Honored with OUHSC Awards 
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the spring OU Health Sciences Center Faculty Awards Ceremony was not held in person; however, College of Medicine faculty members were still honored with a variety of awards for their excellence in academic medicine... More

OU College of Medicine Appoints New Leadership
The OU College of Medicine has named three new department chairs: William Sonntag, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology; Leonidas Tsiokas, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Cell Biology; and James Barrett, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.... More

Crow Named Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
The OU College of Medicine has named Sheila Crow, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, a newly created role that will focus on faculty support throughout their careers.... More


OU College of Medicine Awarded $11 Million Grant to Study Infections
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine has been awarded an $11 million federal grant to create the Oklahoma Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunity, a hub for research into many types of infections and how the immune system recognizes and destroys them, or succumbs to them…More

OU College of Medicine Researchers Make Discovery About Pancreatic Cancer Drug Resistance
One of the biggest barriers in treating pancreatic cancer is that it becomes resistant to chemotherapy and its rapid growth cannot be stopped...More

OU Reproductive Medicine Physician Receives Grant to Further Study Frozen Embryo Transfers
For couples who are unable to conceive a child on their own, in vitro fertilization has fulfilled many dreams of welcoming a baby into the family. Physicians at OU Medicine regularly perform IVF for patients and, as part of an academic medical center, they also conduct research to refine the procedure in order to achieve the best health outcomes for both mother and baby...More

OU Health Sciences Center Diabetic Retinopathy Research Commercialized to Work Toward New Treatment
In people with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is a frequent complication and the most common cause of vision loss. To curtail the prevalence of the devastating eye disease, University of Oklahoma researchers on both the Oklahoma City and Norman campuses have launched a pharmaceutical company to develop a new treatment…More

Stephenson Cancer Center Participating in COVID-19 Trials
Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine is participating in two clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute that will investigate the health of patients with cancer who are infected with the COVID-19 virus…More

OU Health Sciences Center Researcher Joins COVID-19 Vaccine Project
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has launched a research collaboration with Pure MHC, an innovative biotechnology company, to work toward the development of a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus…More

Medical Education

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Adapts in Response to COVID-19
It would be very difficult, if not impossible, to think of one person or business that has not been impacted in some way by COVID-19, and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine is certainly no exception.... More

OU College of Medicine Honors First African-American Woman to Earn Medical Degree
The OU College of Medicine honored Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African-American woman in the United States to earn a medical degree, during a ceremony on Feb. 20…More

Evening of Excellence Honors Two at 2020 Gala, Raises Funds for Research
The OU College of Medicine Alumni Association honored two people while raising funds for research during the 2020 Evening of Excellence Gala.…More

OU College of Medicine celebrates Match Day
Due to COVID-19, students were unable to hold their traditional ceremony and instead celebrated this milestone with their closest family members. Take a look at the moment they discovered where their journey will take them next! Watch OKC Match Video

Psychiatrist, Educator Gordon Deckert Dies
Longtime OU College of Medicine faculty member, department chair and psychiatrist Gordon H. Deckert, M.D., died June 10 in Virginia.... More

Patient Care

OU Medicine Interventional Cardiologist Presents Study Findings at Annual Cardiology Conference
Usman Baber, M.D., OU Medicine interventional cardiologist, presented findings of a recent study of patients at elevated risk for secondary myocardial infarction, during the 2020 Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Scientific Sessions... More

CAR-T Now Offered at Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children
CAR-T, an innovative treatment that harnesses the body’s own immune cells to fight cancer, is now being offered at the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children for young people diagnosed with a type of leukemia…More

Stephenson Cancer Center No. 1 in Clinical Trials Enrollment
For the fourth year in a row, Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine is No. 1 in enrolling patients in clinical trials for the National Cancer Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network…More

Stephenson Cancer Center Joins Additional Clinical Trials Networks
Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine has been selected to join additional networks within the National Cancer Institute that will expand clinical trials in two areas – early-phase drugs to treat cancer and therapies to prevent cancer…More

Stephenson Cancer Center Patient Keeps Hope Alive on Clinical Trial
On a wall in her home, Deborrah Winters hung a sign that perfectly captures her journey with cancer: This girl won’t stop…More

Stephenson Cancer Center Developing App for Cancer Patients During COVID-19
An oncologist and a mobile health researcher at Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine are creating an app that will monitor the well-being of patients with cancer during the time of COVID-19…More

New Medical Device Allows Patient to Continue Active Lifestyle
Ralph Shelton, Ph.D., of Perkins, lived with the effects of stress incontinence for more than five years following surgery for prostate cancer, until his physician, Ash Bowen, M.D., OU Medicine urologist, suggested the ProAct system…More


OU-TU School of Community Medicine Offering Chronic Pain Webinar for Professionals
An informative webinar on chronic pain therapies being offered by OU-TU School of Community Medicine in conjunction with the James W. Mold Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Improvement Cooperative, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and OU Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work…More

Journal Publication Addresses Gap in Psychiatric Care for Children and Adolescents
Four physicians with OU Physicians Tulsa have co-authored a paper about often-untreated psychiatric disorders in children, recently published in the Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical AssociationMore

Studies at OU Medicine Tulsa Integrate Arts to Enhance Patient Care
Exposure to a range of artistic mediums is helping medical students at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine expand their minds, sharpen observational skills and think about medicine at different levels…More

OU-TU School of Community Medicine​ celebrates Match Day
Congratulations to the OU-TU School of Community Medicine Class of 2020! Match Day looked different this year, as we celebrated while practicing safe social distancing. Celebrate with us and tell our grads congrats! We are so very proud of these students. Watch Tulsa-SCM Match Video


Faculty Achievements

Children’s Hospital Physician-Scientist Leads Federal Panel on Neurofibromatosis Research
A physician-scientist with The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine has been elected chair of a federal panel that helps to guide research in neurofibromatosis, one of the more common genetic conditions…More

Stephenson Cancer Center Specialist Receives Prestigious Innovation Award
The Society of Gynecologic Oncology Honors and Awards Committee has selected Joan L. Walker, M.D., as the 2020 recipient of its Innovation Award…More

OU Medicine Physician Named the NBA Physician of the Year
James Barrett, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine for OU Medicine and team physician for the Oklahoma City Thunder, has been named the NBA Physician of the Year for the 2019-2020 NBA season by the National Basketball Athletic Trainer’s Association (NBATA)…More

The Children's Hospital Pediatrician Earns National Leadership Award
Marianne “Marny” Dunlap, M.D., a pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital, was recently named the 2019 Gretchen Hunsberger Medical Champion for her efforts in fighting illiteracy…More

OU Medicine Anesthesiologist Appointed to Board of National Organization
OU Medicine Anesthesiologist Robin Elwood, M.D., was recently elected to the board of directors of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), headquartered in Illinois. The board consists of nine directors, each serving a three-year, staggered term...More

Dean McGee Eye Institute Ophthalmologist Named Recipient of Prestigious National Award
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently named Dean McGee Eye Institute ophthalmologist R. Michael Siatkowski, M.D., its 2020 recipient of the Bradley R. Straatsma M.D., J.D. Award for Excellence in Resident Education.... More


Alumni Day Rescheduled for Fall 2021
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 Alumni Reunion Day activities, originally scheduled for spring, were cancelled. However, the OU College of Medicine Alumni Association plans to combine both 2020 and 2021 activities during an event to be scheduled in fall 2021.... More


We are Grateful for Your Support During COVID-19…More

In Memoriam

W. Kermit Baker, ’60 M.D., Fayetteville, Arkansas

James E.B. Berry, ’59 M.D., Sherman, Texas

Otis F. Burris, ’55 M.D., Vancouver, Washington

John R. Christiansen, ’67 M.D., Norman, Oklahoma

Tom A. Coburn, ’83 M.D., Muskogee, Oklahoma

Frank H. Cooper, ’58 M.D., Norman, Oklahoma

Richard Timothy Coussons, ’63 M.D., Denver, Colorado

Wallace W. Coyner, ’63 M.D., Lakeland, Florida

Robert T. Dooley, ’58 M.D., St. Paul, Minnesota

David Walters Duffner, ’79 M.D., Palm Springs, California

Michael Douglas Furgeson, ’84 M.D., Yukon, Oklahoma

Jeffrey Roger Gibbons, ’90 M.D., Cameron, North Carolina

Peter D. Glusker, ’74 M.D., Fort Bragg, California

William Luther Griffith, ’74 M.D., Augusta, Maine

Brian Keith Hall, ’81 M.D., Tulsa, Oklahoma

Christian E. Kaufman, ’67 M.D., Panama City, Florida

Tommy Edward Kendall, ’62 M.D., Rogers, Arkansas

Donald D. Layton, ’54 M.D., Rochester, Minnesota

John Edward Lilijestrand, ’92 M.D., Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rick G. Love,’81 M.D., Montgomery, Alabama

James Russell Lowell, ’53 M.D., Tyler, Texas

Bernard Anthony Lynn, ’56 M.D., Conroe, Texas

Ronald Banks Lynn, ’76 M.D., Memphis, Tennessee

Dan Michael Mackey, ’63 M.D., Atlanta, Georgia

W.E. Maldonado, ’58 M.D., Okemos, Michigan

Donald Wayne Marsh, ’58 M.D., Oklahoma City

Clarence A. Martin, ’63 Neosho, Missouri

Paul E. Massad, ’64 M.D., Edmond, Oklahoma

Elnora Miller, ’46 M.D., Stillwater, Oklahoma

John R. Oglesbee, ’68 M.D., Fort Gibson, Oklahoma

Stig Enggaard Peitersen, ’90 M.D., Lufkin, Texas

James Craig Pinkerton, ’95 M.D., Duncan, Oklahoma

Sam Lee Pool, ’63 M.D., Friendswood, Texas

Bradley Edgerton Smith, ’57 M.D., Nashville, Tennessee

H. Percy Smith, ’61 M.D., Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jimmie Wayne Taylor, ’73 M.D., Stilwell, Oklahoma

Clyde Edward Tomlin, ’45 M.D., Santa Fe, New Mexico

Daniel W. Tubb, ’67 M.D., Edmond, Oklahoma

Timothy Andrew Walker, ’71 M.D., Edmond, Oklahoma

F.E. Webb, ’57 M.D., Milburn, Oklahoma

Phillip Jay Wright, ’61 M.D., Oklahoma City

David Emil Wyatt, ’67 M.D., Santa Barbara, California