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“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” ~Anne Frank

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PeopleSoft Human Capital System (including Employee Self-Service) Unavailablehttps://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1914Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT2016 OKCCSSA Chinese Spring Festival Gala | February 6

DLB Student Union | Noon

2016 is the year of Monkey, Come and Join us to celebrate Lunar New Year hosted by OKC Chinese Student and Scholar Association.

Delicious Chinese cuisine will be served! Drawings for prizes!

Tickets: Adults $5, Children (under 12) free

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9th Annual Bridges to Access Conference | February 13

Samis Education Center at OU Childrens Hospital | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Attend the 9th Annual Bridges to Access Conference! Bridges to Access is open to all current and aspiring healthcare professionals and researchers and works to offer an interdisciplinary understanding of health disparities in the state of Oklahoma. This year explores specific vulnerable populations through keynote speakers, breakout sessions with local health care leaders, and a health fair with actionable solutions. Presenters include physicians, politicians, social workers, nurses, lawyers, and physician assistants with topics including prisoners, Native Americans, women, children, the geriatric population, the palliative care population, LGBTQ members, and veterans. 
Admission is FREE. Breakfast and lunch are provided. 
2016 Theme: "Oklahomans on the Line: Health Access in Vulnerable Populations"
When: Saturday, February 13th from 8:00am to 3:00pm
Register here:
 http://B2A.rsvpify.com

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Audiology T-shirt Fundraiser | order by February 7

https://www.idsolutionsonline.com

The Student Academy of Audiology is selling t-shirts to support our annual medical mission trip in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Project Yucatan allows our students and faculty to travel through several rural communities providing hearing healthcare services such as hearing evaluations, dispensing of hearing aids, wax removal, and middle ear assessments. 

Please make a difference in the lives of many people who are deaf and hard of hearing by purchasing a t-shirt!  They are Crimson Comfort Colors pocket-tees for $20! The final day to order is FEBRUARY 7th at midnight! 

Link to order: https://www.idsolutionsonline.com/ (click the login key)
Password: OUAPY16

Thanks so much!

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US Taxation for International Students | February 11

DLB Student Union, Rm 262 | 5-7 PM

US Taxation for International Students & Post-Docs: Do’s and Don’ts

Feb 11th, 2016, 5-7 pm

DLB Student Union, Rm 262

Highlights: Invited speaker, BJ Loving (OUHSC Foreign National Tax accountant)

Information regarding forms & reference material, Q&A session

Free Food (while quantities last)

Contact: International Student Organization, Maulin-Patel@ouhsc.edu

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Gynecologic Oncology Specialist Joins The Stephenson Cancer Center Camille C. Gunderson, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist, has established her medical practice with the Stephenson Cancer Center. She has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 

Gynecologic oncologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the female reproductive tract, including the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina, ovaries and peritoneum. Gunderson often utilizes robotic surgery or laparoscopic surgery to treat her patients. 

Gunderson completed a gynecologic oncology fellowship at the OU College of Medicine, where she also earned a master’s degree in clinical and translational research. She completed her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and earned her medical degree at Louisiana State University-New Orleans School of Medicine. 

For appointments with a gynecologic oncologist at the Stephenson Cancer Center, call (405) 271-8707.

Oklahoma’s only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma is a nationally noted leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top three cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored treatment trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 200 research members who are conducting more than 165 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $41.2 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.


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Gynecologic Oncology Specialist Joins The Stephenson Cancer Center Laura L. Holman, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist, has established her medical practice with the Stephenson Cancer Center. She has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Gynecologic oncologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the female reproductive tract, including the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina, ovaries and peritoneum.

Holman completed a gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. She completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence. She earned her medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and earned a master’s degree in cancer biology from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

For appointments with a gynecologic oncologist at the Stephenson Cancer Center, call (405) 271-8707.

Oklahoma’s only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma is a nationally noted leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top three cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored treatment trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 200 research members who are conducting more than 165 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $41.2 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.


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OU Researchers Identify New Targets For Colon Cancer Prevention And Treatment When the audio on your television set or smart phone is too loud, you simply turn down the volume.  What if we could do the same for the signaling in our bodies that essentially causes normal cells to turn cancerous?

New discoveries by researchers at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma may point to new ways to do just that.

Hiroshi Y. Yamada, Ph.D., and his team zeroed in on chromosome instability as a potential precursor to colon cancer.

“Chromosome instability is a major cause of genomic instability and occurs in many cancers. It is seen in 80 to 90 percent of human colon cancers.  In fact, our data suggest that it may be a key player in the process by which healthy cells in the colon become cancerous,” Yamada said.   

The team first developed a laboratory model with a mutation that essentially makes cell division sloppy, resulting in chromosome instability.  

“The simple premise is that if we test a drug or diet on this laboratory model which we know is at greater risk for colon cancer and we see fewer cancers, then that drug or diet may be promising in terms of preventing or curing cancer. It’s a type of research called translational oncology and it’s an essential pre-clinical step for developing new drugs for cancer prevention and therapy,” he explained.

As predicted, the laboratory model proved cancer-prone, quickly developing small tumors and lesions. After a while, tumor suppressors appeared to do their job and most of the small tumors regressed. The tumors that grew, though, were found to be carrying more than ten times the number of mutations of tumors in the controls. These tumors  also were likely malignant and more difficult to cure.  

“There seemed to be a tug-of-war at the molecular level influencing whether the mutated cells would become cancerous. That’s when we decided to introduce a systems biology approach in our analysis and that brought many surprising and promising findings,” Yamada said.

In fact, by tapping into the cutting-edge technologies within the bioinformatics core at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the team discovered different gene expression signatures – signatures similar to those in cancer – in the laboratory model with chromosome instability.  In addition, many of the pathways that lead to cancer were upregulated, like turning up the volume on the TV. 

Another surprise was that the genes involved in immune function, which is the biologic system that helps the body police for cancer, were downregulated.   

“This was something new,” Yamada said. “We had assumed that the effects of chromosome instability would be based more on individual cells.  Instead, our research showed chromosome instability may be able to influence the genesis of cancer in many different ways. It’s actually good news because with the bioinformatics information, we can formulate novel intervention strategies aimed at these previously unknown targets.”

The findings bring a lot of excitement for Yamada, his team and for the field of cancer prevention and treatments. There may be other applications for their work too.  

“Genomic instability also is a hallmark of aging. So we intend to look into the effect of this in the aging process and in age-associated cancers,” Yamada added.

The research is published in the February 1, 2016 issue of Cancer Research, a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research. The Association is the world’s oldest and largest professional association related to cancer research. 

The OU research team also included: Stephenson Cancer Center members Chinthalapally V. Rao, Ph.D., Altaf Mohammed, Ph.D., and Naveena Janakiram, Ph.D., as well as Yuting Zhang, M.D.,  Laura Biddick,  Arun Reddy,  and  Stan Lightfoot, M.D., of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Drug Development, Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology Section, OU Health Sciences Center.   

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February WOW events

DLB Student Union

February 3rd: #hscWoW Mardi Gras

It's that time of year again! Come join the festivities as we kick off Mardi Gras 2016 with some traditional King Cake!

February 10th: #hscWoW Valentine’s Day Card Making

Do you have a special Valentine? Come make a card for someone special this Valentine's Day with #hscWoW!

February 24th: #hscWoW Dodgeball Promo

Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge! Come learn how you can register your team for this year's IM Sports Annual Dodgeball Tournament!

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Newsweek Selects Six Stephenson Cancer Center Physicians to “2015 Top Cancer Doctors” ListSix physicians from the Stephenson Cancer Center have been named to Newsweek’s  “2015 Top Cancer Doctors” list.  These physicians represent a variety of cancer specialties, including surgical oncology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology. Half of the physicians selected in Oklahoma are on the staff at Stephenson. Those names included:

  • Terence Herman, M.D., Radiation Oncology
  • Russell Postier, M.D., Surgical Oncology
  • Michael S. Cookson, M.D., M.M.H.C., Urologic Oncology
  • Daniel Culkin, M.D., F.A.C.S., Urologic Oncology
  • Robert Mannel, M.D., Gynecologic Oncology
  • Joan Walker, M.D., Gynecologic Oncology

All of the above physicians are faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine at the OU Health Sciences Center campus.

The competitive list was collected through peer nominations and extensive research that Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. has conducted for more than two decades. More than 100,000 nominations are received from across the nation with only 2,600 making the final list.  OU President David Boren said, “The selection of these outstanding physicians for inclusion on this distinguished list demonstrates the great strength of the Stephenson Cancer Center which is now regarded as a national center of excellence.  Since it commenced its service as a comprehensive center under one roof it has far outgrown its projections as it has tripled the percentage of state cancer patients going to the center in less than a decade.


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HSC Read & Lead Leadership Book Club Sign Up | now-until books are gone

DLB Student Union, Suite 300

“Serial Winner” by Larry Weidel
Signup starts: Now in Student Union, Suite 300
Website: http://students.ouhsc.edu/StudentActivities/RL.aspx
Contact: Stephen-Neely@ouhsc.edu
Read and Lead Basics:
First 35 to sign up receive the free book
Open to faculty, staff, and students
Join us on either March 9 or 10 for complimentary lunch and book discussion
Sign-up in person and receive your free book (HSC Student Affairs is located in the David L. Boren Student Union, Suite 300).

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Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) Applications | Due February 29

Online: http://osctr.ouhsc.edu/srtp

We are currently seeking applicants for our Summer Research Training Program (SRTP). SRTP is an eight week summer program to provide training in clinical and translational research and is designed for professional and graduate students from OUHSC, the OU Norman and Tulsa campuses and OSCTR partner institutions. Funding is available for 10 students and includes wages up to $3,000 with an additional $250 that goes toward mentoring expenses.  Applications are due February 29, 2016 and can be submitted online at http://osctr.ouhsc.edu/srtp. See flyer. For additional information or assistance in finding a mentor please e-mail: Gene-Hallford@ouhsc.edu

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Pediatric Genetics Specialist Joins OU Children’s Physicians Esther S. Lee, M.D., a pediatric geneticist, has established her practice with OU Children’s Physicians. She has also been named a clinical assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

A medical geneticist is a physician who diagnoses and treats people with suspected or proven hereditary conditions. 

Lee is board certified in clinical genetics. She completed a residency in medical genetics at the OU  College of Medicine, and earned her medical degree at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.  

For appointments with an OU Children’s Physicians geneticist, call (405) 271-4211.

She completed a genetics residency at the National Institutes of Health/National Human Genome Research Institute and Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. She also completed a pathology residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and a pediatric residency at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. She earned her medical degree in Lebanon. 

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.

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Thoracic Surgeon Joins OU Medicine J. Matthew Reinersman, M.D., has established his surgical practice with OU Physicians and the Stephenson Cancer Center. He has also been named director of the Lung Cancer Screening Clinic at the Cancer Center and has been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 

Reinersman is trained in minimally invasive approaches to thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology. His practice will focus on robotic thoracic surgery. 

Reinersman is board certified in surgery and board eligible in thoracic surgery. He comes to OU Medicine from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, where he completed his residency in thoracic surgery. He completed an internship and general surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., and additional thoracic surgery training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City. He earned his medical degree at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield.

Reinersman is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and American College of Surgeons.

OU Medicine combines the research, education and health care expertise of OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital, OU Physicians and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine to establish Oklahoma’s largest and most comprehensive health care system. With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group,  encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians. 

The Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma is part of OU Medicine. As Oklahoma’s only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center is a nationally noted leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top three cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored treatment trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 200 research members who are conducting more than 135 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $38.5 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.

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Targeting Infections of the Brain and Nervous SystemResearchers believe millions of children and adults across the globe may be impacted by infections that lead to neurological, cognitive, behavioral and mental health problems as well as death. Yet, without advances in diagnosis, we may never know the full impact of these diseases.

Hélène Carabin, D.V.M., Ph.D., a presidential professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health, has devoted her career to the study of the incidence, prevalence and detection of disease as well as to the assessment of the global burden of parasitic infections. Now, she and colleagues report in the publication Nature that a better understanding of the many, varied infections that impact the nervous system hinges on improved diagnosis first.

“Even in developed countries, it is very difficult to know when an infection is in the brain in contrast to being somewhere else in the human body,” Carabin said. “While biopsies or blood tests are relatively easy to conduct, obtaining cerebrospinal fluid is delicate work and many clinicians in developing countries are scared of doing it for fear of contamination of the material or error. In addition, many health facilities would not have the proper equipment to conduct these tests.” 

Infections that cause significant nervous system morbidity globally include:

  • Viral infections like HIV, rabies, herpes simplex virus, varicella (chicken pox), Japanese encephalitis virus, dengue virus and chikungunya virus
  • Bacterial infections like tuberculosis, syphilis, bacterial meningitis and sepsis
  • Fungal infections like cryptococcal meningitis
  • And parasitic infections like malaria, neurocysticercosis (a common worm infection of the central nervous system), neurochistosomiasis (also known as snail fever) and soil-transmitted parasitic worms
“Without diagnosis specific to the infection being in or affecting the brain, we are not able to conduct research, monitor the impact of clinical treatment on the health status of patients or of interventions in the community. If we can develop better diagnoses, we can then identify people affected by these infections and start treating them appropriately,” Carrabin said. 

With better diagnosis, she added, epidemiological studies also could be conducted in non-clinical settings to identify risk factors that might be modified to control future infections and their neurological impacts. In addition, those studies would allow for better evaluation of the role that infections play in the burden of all neurological and mental health disease worldwide. 

“At the moment, we know very little about this. A lot of these infections occur primarily in developing countries where diagnostic tools, trained personnel and financial resources are lacking. These infections also often fall into a category of diseases for which there has historically been little research investment,” Carabin said. 

She added the development of vaccines targeting these infections would be the ultimate solution to potentially eradicate these devastating infections, but that requires more research and that research hinges first on better diagnosis.


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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2138Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT
7th Annual CMDA Global Gala | February 19

Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive | 6 PM - 10 PM

Hello OUHSC, CMDA would like to invite everyone to the 7th Annual CMDA Global Gala! The Gala is the annual fundraiser for CMDA Medical Missions. All proceeds from the event will go towards medical and spiritual supplies for people in remote villages of Peru while the ticket bought will go towards the student you sponsor. The night consists of a dinner, guest speakers, and a silent/live auction of items from local businesses and more. Student tickets are $25 and non-students are $50. 

WHEN: Friday, February 19 from 6 PM - 10 PM

WHERE: Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK, US

Get your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cmda-7th-annual-global-gala-event-tickets-20667011588?aff=efbevent

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Experimental Psychologist with a Focus on the Science of Addiction Recruited to the Stephenson Cancer CenterFrancesco Versace, Ph.D., an experimental psychologist who specializes in the neuroscience of tobacco and other addictions, has been recruited to the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma.

Versace will have a key role at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center. He will serve as an associate professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. 

His neuroscience research uses electroencephalography (EEG) and functional MRI to study the cognitive and affective processes in nicotine addiction and obesity. Recent research has focused on conducting this investigation in adolescents to examine why some children might be more prone to addiction. 

Research from Versace and the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center aims to address tobacco prevention and cessation more effectively by better understanding why individuals begin and continue to use tobacco. Eventually, this research may help reduce tobacco use in Oklahoma and nationally. Oklahoma’s smoking rate continues to be significantly higher than the national average. 

“We are extraordinarily pleased that Dr. Versace has joined the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center,” said Jennifer Vidrine, Ph.D., director, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center. “He brings critically important expertise in the study of neuroaffective mechanisms underlying tobacco use and dependence. He is a brilliant scientist, and an outstanding colleague and collaborator.”
Versace’s research is funded by competitively awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health.  

Versace graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Bologna in Italy. He completed his doctoral work in Experimental Psychology at the University of Trieste in Italy and postdoctoral work at the University of Florida. Previous to joining the University of Oklahoma, Versace was as an assistant professor in the department of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  

The Stephenson Cancer Center will appoint Versace an Oklahoma TSET Research Scholar in recognition of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust’s ongoing support for research to reduce the burden of cancer and tobacco use in the state. 

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Touchnet Maintenance Period (Wednesday, February 17, 2016)https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=383Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMTOU Physicians opens UCO campus clinic to serve students, staff and Edmond publicOU Physicians, the state’s largest physicians group, has opened a clinic on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond to serve UCO students, employees and the public.  It provides comprehensive primary care, including immunizations, annual wellness exams, sports physicals and the treatment of general illnesses and injuries, among other services. 

“OU Physicians has proudly served Edmond for many years and we are excited about expanding our base of care in the area,” said Brian Maddy, OU Physicians chief executive officer. “We look forward to working with UCO and the Edmond community.”

The OU Physicians Health and Wellness Clinic is located in the UCO Wellness Center at 100 N. University Drive in Edmond. It is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Students, staff and members of the public can make appointments at (405) 271- 8261.

The clinic’s primary provider is Robin Presley, a physician assistant who has served the Edmond community for a number of years at the OU Physicians Canyon Park clinic.  

Based at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OU Physicians provides advanced care in almost every adult and child specialty, conducts groundbreaking medical research and helps train the physicians of tomorrow.  OU Physicians providers see patients at many of Oklahoma’s premiere health care facilities, including the Stephenson Cancer Center, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, The Children’s Hospital and OU Medical Center, home of the state’s only level one trauma center.   
About OU Physicians

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and in Edmond, Midwest City, Enid and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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OUCHA Health Dash | April 2

David L. Boren Student Union, 1106 N. Stonewall Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73117 | 9 AM

The 7th annual Health Dash run will be held on the HSC campus on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 9:00 AM. The Health Dash is a philanthropic project benefiting the Good Shepherd free clinic affiliated with the OU Community Health Alliance.  This event will begin with a one mile fun run/walk at 9:00 AM, followed by the 5K and 10K races at 9:30 AM. All three races will begin in front of the David L. Boren Student Union, 1106 N. Stonewall Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Registration site: https://www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=SN2VNH7

The courses are throughout the developing campus, and the 5K and 10K races have been sanctioned by the USA Track and Field Association.

Contact: healthdash@ouhsc.edu

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BCM Free Lunch! | Wednesdays & Thursdays

Basic Science Education Building | Noon

Come enjoy free lunch each week with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry!

Everyone is welcome to free lunch and an encouraging word sourced from the Bible.     

Both meetings take place in the Basic Science Education Building (BSEB).  On Wednesdays we can be found in the East Lecture Hall (ELH), and on Thursdays we meet in Room 276.

Contact Laci Scales at laci-scales@ouhsc.edu with any questions!

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Longtime OKC urologist Dr. Charles A. McWilliams joins OU Physicians Edmond Longtime Oklahoma City urologist Charles A. McWilliams, M.D., has established his practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 

McWilliams, who treats all urologic conditions in adults, now sees patients at OU Physicians Edmond at Fountain Lake, 14101 N. Eastern, Edmond, 73103.  To make an appointment, call 405-340-1279.

A lifelong Oklahoman, McWilliams comes to OU Physicians from more than 30 years in private practice in Oklahoma City.  He is a member of the American Urological Association and the American Association of Clinical Urologists, and holds leadership positions in both organizations. 

McWilliams completed his residency and earned his medical degree from the OU College of Medicine.  He earned his undergraduate degree from OU in Norman.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and in Edmond, Midwest City, Enid and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the OU College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2126Mon, 04 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT
7th Annual University Health Club Indoor Triathlon | February 13

University Health Club

The 7th Annual UHC Indoor Triathlon takes place Saturday, February 13. For the 2016 Registration Rules and Regulations, go to http://ouhsc.edu/uhc/documents/RegistrationRulesandRegulationsIndoorTri.pdf

To register:  https://south-a-60ols.csi-cloudapp.net/OUHSC/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/OUHSC/

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Orthopedic Surgeon Joins OU PhysiciansLindsay E. Hickerson, M.D., a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, has established her practice with OU Physicians. She has also been named an assistant professor in the department of Orthopedics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Hickerson is board eligible in orthopedic surgery. She specializes in direct anterior approach total hip arthroplasty, a muscle-sparing technique allowing the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the side or back approach.

Hickerson completed an orthopedic trauma fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City. She completed her orthopedic surgery residency and earned her medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

Hickerson is a member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association, AO Trauma Foundation and American Academy Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Hickerson sees patients at the OU Physicians building, 825 N.E 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For an appointment with an OU Physicians orthopedic surgeon, call (405) 271-2663.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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Board-certified Pathologist Joins OU Physicians Associate Professor Erin Rubin, M.D., F.C.A.P., has established her practice with OU Physicians.  Named the James Park Dewar, M.D., Professor of Pathology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, she specializes in liver and gastrointestinal pathology.

Rubin is board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. She comes to OU Physicians from Barnes Jewish Hospital of Washington University in St. Louis. She was director of the consultation service and a member of the Liver and Gastrointestinal Section of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology. 

Rubin completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as a gastrointestinal and liver pathology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston. She earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory University in Atlanta. During medical school she completed a post-sophomore year in pathology fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans. 

Rubin is a member of the College of American Pathologists, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, The Transplantation Society, Renal Pathology Society and American Society of Transplantation.                  

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.


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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2121Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
OU Health Sciences Center Professor Named National Academy of Inventors FellowUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Professor Heloise Anne Pereira has been named a 2016 National Academy of Inventors Fellow, a high professional distinction awarded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

“Dr. Pereira is a role model for our students and faculty, a leader in our research strategic planning, and a timely example of the Health Sciences Center’s contributions to innovation,” says Jason R. Sanders, senior vice president and provost at the OU Health Sciences Center.

Pereira has been on the OU Health Sciences Center faculty for the past 23 years.  Throughout her career, she has been a leader in promoting entrepreneurship and collaboration between academia and the biotechnology industry.  Her research has resulted in numerous patents, and she has transitioned innovative technology from her academic research laboratory into a successful company for commercialization.

In her academic role, Pereira serves as associate dean of research in the OU College of Pharmacy, dean of the Graduate College, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and adjunct professor in cell biology and pathology.  She was awarded the Henry Zarrow Presidential Professorship for Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching from 2008-2012.  Pereira has published 34 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to six book chapters.

Pereira is known internationally for her expertise on the naturally occurring protein CAP37 and has been invited to make numerous presentations on her research and commercialization experiences around CAP37-derived antimicrobial peptides.  She has received numerous awards, including the distinction of Fellow to both the American Association for Advancement of Science and American Association of College Pharmacy Academic Research Program. 

Pereira has been studying the naturally occurring CAP37 protein for over 25 years.  Through her research, she identified and developed novel CAP37-derived antimicrobial peptides that have the ability to kill bacteria that are resistant to standard antibiotics.  Currently, she has 14 U.S. patents, 4 foreign patents and numerous pending U.S. and foreign applications directed to these novel peptides and their therapeutic uses in infections.

In 2005, Pereira founded the company Biolytx Pharmaceutical Corp., and she currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer for the company.  In the last 10 years, antibiotic-resistant infections have risen around the world, and new therapeutic strategies for treating antibiotic-resistant infections are urgently needed.  Biolytx is working to meet this unmet need and is in pre-clinical development of antibiotic peptides for use in treatment of ocular, topical and serious hospital-acquired infections.

Pereira has been awarded over $7 million in grants to support the commercialization of new antimicrobial therapeutics.  Two basic research grants totaling $3.7 million were awarded to Pereira for basic research on the naturally occurring CAP37 and CAP-37-derived peptides.  An additional $3 million from state-supported funds has been awarded to Pereira and to Biolytx for applied and translational research.  Recently, Biolytx received $1 million in private seed money for continued commercialization efforts.

Pereira will be inducted on April 15, 2016, as part of the Fifth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexander, Va.  Commissioner for Patents Andrew Hirschfeld will provide the keynote address for the induction ceremony.  Fellows will be presented with a special trophy, medal and rosette pin in honor of their outstanding accomplishments.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2120Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Nephrologist Joins OU Children’s Physicians Nisha Mathews, D.O., a pediatric nephrologist, has established her medical practice with OU Children’s Physicians. Nephrologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the kidneys. 

Mathews works with pediatric patients needing kidney transplantation as well as providing general nephrology care to patients. She is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric nephrology. 

Mathews completed a fellowship in pediatric nephrology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. She completed a pediatric residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick and earned her medical degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mathews is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology and American Academy of Pediatrics.

For an appointment with any of the OU Children’s Physicians pediatric nephrologists, call (405) 271-4211.

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.


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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2117Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Neuropsychologist Joins PracticeNeuropsychologist Jessica Holster, Ph.D., has established her practice with OU Children’s Physicians. She has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 

Neuropsychologists look at how the brain and the rest of the nervous system influence a person's cognition and behaviors. Holster provides neuropsychological assessments on children ages six and older. 

Holster comes to OU Children’s Physicians from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, where she was an assistant professor of psychiatry and a clinical neuropsychologist.

She earned a doctorate in philosophy/clinical psychology and a master of science degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Holster is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, National Academy of Neuropsychology and American Psychological Association.

She sees patients on the OU Health Sciences Center campus. For an appointment with Holter or more information, call (405) 271-4488. 

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2116Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Anesthesiologist Joins OU Physicians Anesthesiologist James P. Fogarty, Jr., M.D., has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an instructor of anesthesiology for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Anesthesiologists specialize in the use of drugs and other means to avert or reduce pain in patients, especially during surgery. 

Fogarty completed his residency and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2115Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Surgeon Joins OU Physicians Alisa M. Cross, M.D., has established her surgical practice with OU Physicians.  

Cross is board certified in surgery and surgical critical care. She will provide general and trauma surgical services at the OU Medicine Trauma One Center.

Cross comes to OU Physicians from Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, where she was a trauma/acute care/surgery critical care surgeon. She completed fellowships in surgical critical care and trauma surgery at Emory University, Atlanta, where she also completed a general surgery residency. 

She earned her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and her undergraduate degree from OU in Norman.    

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2114Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Notice to Certain Pediatric Urology Patients

The University of Oklahoma takes patient privacy seriously and, out of an abundance of caution, has mailed letters to notify certain patients of a potential privacy matter. On or about August 14, 2015, the University was made aware that a laptop that may have included limited patient health information had been stolen from a physician who formerly worked for the University of Oklahoma Department of Urology. The theft occurred during the overnight hours of July 16 – July 17. The physician immediately contacted the local police and reported the theft of the laptop. The physician may have had a data base spreadsheet stored on the laptop, which was password-protected but not encrypted. The spreadsheet may have contained limited information from pediatric urology procedures occurring between 1996 and 2009, such as patient name, diagnosis and treatment codes and dates (most between 1996-2006), date of birth or age, a brief description of a urologic medical treatment or procedure, medical record number, and the treating physician’s name. Social Security numbers were not included. Addresses were not included. No credit or account information was included.

The University determined on or about September 18 that the former physician and his current employer had not yet notified the University patients whose information may have been on the laptop, so the University is doing so. The Department was not aware that the physician had taken any of its patient information with him when he left the University. The University has policies that generally prohibit the removal of documents that contain patient information from its premises and that require employees to protect patient information on laptops at all times, including by storing it securely.The physician is not certain that patient information was on the laptop, but the University wanted to notify patients of this incident and assure them that this matter is being taken seriously. In addition, the University is offering to provide a one-year subscription to credit monitoring and reporting services at no cost to the patients whose information may have been on the spreadsheets, to address any concerns they may have.

The physician is not certain that patient information was on the laptop, but the University wanted to notify patients of this incident and assure them that this matter is being taken seriously. In addition, the University is offering to provide a one-year subscription to credit monitoring and reporting services at no cost to the patients whose information may have been on the spreadsheets, to address any concerns they may have.

The Department is taking additional steps to help prevent similar incidents from occurring and is providing additional training to employees on the importance of securing patient information. Individuals who believe they may be affected but who have not received a letter from the University may contact the Office of Compliance at 405-271-2511 or toll-free at 1-866-836-3150.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2052Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Anesthesiologist Joins OU Physicians Sarah B. Mercer, M.D., a board-certified anesthesiologist, has established her medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor of anesthesiology for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Anesthesiologists specialize in the use of drugs and other means to avert or reduce pain in patients, especially during surgery. 

Mercer comes to OU Physicians from an anesthesia practice in Dallas. She is board certified in anesthesia and critical care anesthesia. She completed a surgical critical care fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus. She completed her residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, and earned her medical degree at the OU College of Medicine-Tulsa. 

Mercer is a member of the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, Society of Critical Care Medicine and American Society of Anesthesiologists.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2110Wed, 09 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Surgeon Joins OU PhysiciansCarey S. Hill, M.D., has established her surgical practice with OU Physicians.  

Hill is board certified in surgery and surgical critical care. She will provide general and trauma surgical services at the OU Medicine Trauma One Center.

Hill completed her general surgery residency and a critical care fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland. She earned her medical degree at Albany Medical College, Albany, New York. 

Hill is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Critical Care Medicine and Reserve Officers Association, having served as a surgeon in the military. 

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2109Wed, 09 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Anesthesiologist Joins OU Physicians Pediatric Anesthesiologist Randall Schwartz, M.D., has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor of anesthesiology for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Anesthesiologists specialize in the use of drugs and other means to avert or reduce pain in patients, especially during surgery. 

Schwartz is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. He is board eligible in pediatric anesthesiology. 

Schwartz completed a pediatric anesthesiology and pain management fellowship at Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, where he had previously completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine. He completed an anesthesiology and pain management residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. He completed advanced training in pediatric echocardiography, interventional cardiology and electrophysiology at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. He completed a residency in general pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care 

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2099Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Anesthesiologist Joins OU Physicians Pediatric Anesthesiologist Adam J. Broussard, M.D., has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor of anesthesiology for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Anesthesiologists specialize in the use of drugs and other means to avert or reduce pain in patients, especially during surgery. 

Broussard completed a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at UPMC- Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He completed an anesthesia residency at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, where he also earned his medical degree.

Broussard is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2098Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Research Brings New View Of Difficult Urinary Disorder Technology may hold the key to unlocking mysteries surrounding a painful urologic condition that affects hundreds of thousands of women in the United States. 

A study  by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation found the use of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging can lead to better diagnosis and ultimately more effective treatment for patients with interstitial cystitis.

Interstitial cystitis, also known as bladder pain syndrome, is marked by pain and a sense that one needs to urinate urgently and often. 

“For those with more severe symptoms, it’s like having a urinary tract infection that won’t go away,” said principal investigator Robert Hurst, Ph.D., professor and director of Basic Research at the OU College of Medicine’s Department of Urology.  “Fortunately, the symptoms tend to wax and wane so most sufferers do not experience the highest level of pain and discomfort continuously.”

However, some with interstitial cystitis experience ongoing discomfort, which can greatly impact quality of life.

“Interstitial cystitis is rough on marriages. Sex often becomes painful. Divorce is common, and many sufferers sink into depression,” Hurst said.

The condition is medically challenging, too, because it may have several causes and is often mistaken for urinary tract infection when there is no infection.  In addition, diagnosis currently is complicated because patients may have a wide range of symptoms, physical exam findings and clinical test results.

Hurst said one hypothesis is that interstitial cystitis is caused by a “leaky bladder,” for example, a bladder with a wall that is permeable to urine solutes. While urine is mostly water, about five percent of it consists of a variety of chemical compounds including urea, uric acid, sodium, potassium, calcium, ammonia and magnesium. The theory is that in some patients with interstitial cystitis those compounds make their way into and through the bladder wall.

To test the theory, OU and OMRF researchers utilized contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging with the contrast agent administered directly into the bladder of a small group of patients. They then compared the bladders of those with interstitial cystitis to those of study participants who do not have it. 

“While non-contrast MRI can differentiate normal tissue from diseased tissue, sometimes a contrast agent can be used to further differentiate these changes. In the interstitial cystitis patients, the MRI contrast agent was found to be taken up into the bladder wall, indicating permeability alterations,” said Rheal Towner, Ph.D., associate member and director of the Advanced Magnetic Resonance Center at OMRF.   

Towner led the imaging effort along with Dee Wu, Ph.D., research associate professor and chief of  Technology Applications and Translational Research in the OU Department of Radiological Sciences. 

“In essence, with a contrast medium in the bladder, it’s possible to actually watch the contrast pass into the bladder wall. In comparison, the normal bladder is impervious to it,” Hurst explained.
Towner said the contrast-enhanced MRI method developed by the OU/OMRF team potentially could provide a new and effective way to diagnose interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.
“There currently is no other diagnostic method for this syndrome,” Towner said.  

The team believes their method also could spare patients unnecessary diagnostic testing and help expedite diagnosis. 

“For the first time, it is possible to determine if a patient has a leaky bladder or not. This also will greatly facilitate clinical trials of therapies by better defining patient groups,” Hurst said.
Because the disorder varies greatly from patient to patient, one treatment may not work for everyone. However, the ability to distinguish those with bladder permeability from those without  it provides a way to better identify patients who may benefit from potential treatments. 

Also assisting in the research were: Amy Wisniewski, Ph.D., associate professor of Urology and director of Clinical Research; Abbas Shobeiri, M.D., professor, OU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Chris Aston, Ph.D., with OU’s Biomedical and Behavioral Methodology Core.   

The study was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases (grant number P20DK097799).

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2097Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Oklahoma Preschoolers: Starving for Nutrition

Is it possible for your child to be fed plenty of food and still be under-nourished at his or her child care center? Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center say the answer is “yes.” 

Their new study found many Oklahoma child care centers provide plenty of calories in the meals they serve but often not enough of the right nutrients for growing minds and bodies. Researchers say that adds up to too many empty calories, which may contribute to childhood obesity and malnourishment. 

“We don’t usually think of malnourishment when we see kids who are chubby, overweight or obese. We don’t think of them being malnourished.  But many of those energy rich foods that have contributed to the level of that child’s obesity are completely void of nutrition. So they’re eating plenty of calories, but they’re not getting what their bodies  ̶  their brains, their hearts and their bones  ̶  really need to grow up to be really healthy and strong,” said researcher Susan B. Sisson, Ph.D., R.D.N. Sisson is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the OU College of Allied Health.

Researchers studied 25 Oklahoma child care centers in both rural and urban areas of the state, observing more than 400 preschool-aged children. Their goal was to measure the dietary intake of all of those children. They focused on how the food served to those children was prepared, what the children actually ate and how much they ate so that we could calculate what they actually consumed,” Sisson explained.

Researchers also got recipes and brand names so that they could accurately calculate the number of calories consumed as well as do a nutritional analysis of the meals.  
They found that only a fourth to a third of child care facilities in the state serve meals that contain too many calories.  So that means, most children are getting the appropriate number of calories.  
“So the fact that the calories were well within the dietary reference intakes was a little bit of a surprise, because we have such a prevalence of overweight and obesity in young children in our state,” Sisson said. 

Their research revealed that the trouble may not be too many calories but instead too many empty calories. In fact, researchers found that most of the child care centers’ meals were lacking in key nutrients like iron, calcium, folate and zinc.  In addition, many children were served and consumed far too much protein, up to three times what their bodies need.  

“An active child requires only about 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day, and that’s an active child. So every bite they take has to be packed with nutrients. They don’t have room in their diet to have a lot of fluff foods that are void of nutrition simply because they need so many nutrients for growth and development, but they don’t need a lot of calories,” she added. 

Sisson said there is nothing wrong with an occasional meal of pizza and ice cream as long as the majority of the meals are healthier ones. To accomplish that, Sisson and research colleagues suggest that more child care centers fill little one’s plates with nutrient-rich foods, such as whole grains, fruit, vegetables and legumes. 

“Those are the foods that are providing a lot of nutrition per bite. So per calorie you’re getting more nutrients. And those foods also happen to be lower in calories. So they can be eating a much larger meal that is still not going to be excessive in calories and that’s going to be providing them a lot of extra nutrition,” Sisson said.

Sisson and other researchers at the OU College of Allied Health say parents can and should play a role in helping ensure proper nutrition for their children while at home and at day care. They suggest talking with those at your child's daycare or preschool to find out what they're serving for meals and snacks. Then be an advocate for healthy options.

The research was published in the journal Public Health Nutrition. Other researchers involved in the project include Andrea H. Rasbold, Ruth Adamiec and Leslie K. Sitton of the OU College of Allied Health; Michael P. Anderson and Janis E. Campbell of the OU College of Public Health and Diane P. Horm of the Early Childhood Education Institute at OU – Tulsa Schusterman Center.


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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2096Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Stephenson Cancer Center Announces $20 Million TSET Expansion Grant To Oklahoma Tobacco Research CenterThe Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has awarded a five-year, $20 million grant to Stephenson Cancer Center to fund the expansion of the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center. 
Grant dollars will directly support the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, a program of the Stephenson Cancer Center.  Tobacco use in Oklahoma continues to be our greatest preventable cause of premature death and disability, and the economic cost to our state exceeds $2 billion. 

“TSET has been one of the most important factors in our effort to reduce the burden of cancer for all Oklahomans,” Stephenson Cancer Center Director Robert Mannel, MD said. “Today’s announcement represents a significant investment in the health of our state.” 

Established in 2008, the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center was created to improve the health of individuals, in Oklahoma and nationally, by identifying and disseminating best practices for tobacco and nicotine product prevention, control and cessation. 

The five-year grant from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust will support the recruitment of 10 nationally funded tobacco control researchers.  Two recent recruits, Jenny Vidrine, PhD and Damon Vidrine, DrPh, specialize in developing and evaluating novel, evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies, especially among underserved populations. 

Other areas of expertise to be recruited include youth tobacco use and prevention, tobacco marketing and health communication, emerging tobacco and nicotine products, and tobacco biomarkers.  

Additionally, the new grant will support continued program development at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center. An emphasis will be placed on establishing a policy education and research arm with a goal of translating recent tobacco-related research into useful and impactful policy to decrease the burden of tobacco in Oklahoma and nationally.  

This grant was approved by the TSET Board of Directors, and went into effect July 1 of this year. It replaces a current TSET grant to the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center of $7.5 million over five years.  

“This expansion continues to bring high quality research and cutting edge treatment to Oklahoma,” said Tracey Strader, TSET Executive Director. “The TSET Board of Directors continues to keep the promise to voters who created the endowment to improve the health of Oklahomans.”

TSET’s support has allowed the Stephenson Cancer Center to bring much-needed cancer-fighting resources to the state of Oklahoma including the state’s only phase I clinical trials program. 
Because of such support, the Stephenson Cancer Center will be able to apply for National Cancer Institute-designation in September 2017.  

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2085Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Simple Steps Make A Safe Halloween According To Poison Center As children get ready for a fun evening of trick-or-treating, their personal safety should be foremost on the minds of family members. Make Halloween a safe holiday by following these tips from the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information.

Eating candy immediately is great temptation for many children.  If possible, provide a meal or healthful snack right before sending children out trick-or-treating. It may help prevent children from overeating goodies while they’re out and possibly develop a stomachache.  

Although there have been no documented cases of poisoned Halloween candy being randomly distributed to trick-or-treaters, a careful examination of all treats can help reassure parents and caretakers. Throw away any unwrapped candy, as well as any package which has torn or perforated wrappers or shows signs of rewrapping.

If using face paints, glues or glitters, read the labels and make sure they are made of nontoxic materials. Some children may have allergic reactions to these products and develop a rash or itching. If this occurs, remove the makeup immediately and thoroughly clean the skin with mild soap and water. 

Glow sticks and necklaces, popular during Halloween, sometimes break or are chewed open by children. In small amounts, the liquid is considered nontoxic when swallowed. However, irritation or a rash may occur if the glow stick contents come in contact with the skin. If contact is made with the eyes, severe irritation or even burns are possible. 

When hosting a Halloween party or get-together, keep all sources of alcohol, including leftover drink cups, and cigarette butts out of the reach of children as these items can cause significant toxicity. Dry ice, often used in punch bowls to create a smoke or fog effect, should not be used in individual glasses because burns to the mouth or throat may occur if a piece is swallowed . When using dry ice, keep it in a well-ventilated area. Direct contact with skin can cause frostbite, therefore gloves should be worn when handling.

Pets may also need extra attention on Halloween. Keep candy out of their reach, as some varieties can be harmful to pets. Depending on the amount eaten, all types of chocolate are potentially poisonous to dogs, with darker varieties containing more of the toxic ingredient. Symptoms ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to seizures or even death may occur.  Ingestion of even one standard-sized bar of semi-sweet chocolate can cause severe poisoning in a 10-pound dog.

Laura Brennan, education coordinator for the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information, advises that “Halloween is an exciting time for both parents and children and a bit of precaution can help ensure a safe and happy holiday. Parents or caretakers who suspect an adverse reaction to a Halloween product or candy should call the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information at (800) 222-1222.” 

Pharmacists and registered nurses at the poison center are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 222-1222. Please do not email the poison center or a member of the poison center staff, as poisoning emergencies are not handled through email. The Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information is a program of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy at the OU Health Sciences Center. For more information, log on to www.oklahomapoison.org.  
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2078Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Family Medicine Provider Joins OU Physicians Canyon Park Clinic Elizabeth M. Nelson, M.D., a board-certified family medicine physician who was born in Oklahoma, has established her practice with OU Physicians Canyon Park Family Medicine, located in Edmond. 

As a family medicine physician, Nelson provides primary care services for patients of all ages, with a particular interest in pediatrics, women’s health and dermatology.

Nelson completed her family medicine residency at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She earned her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

OU Physicians Canyon Park Family Medicine is located at 1501 E. 19th Street, Edmond. For appointments, call (405) 348-6611.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2065Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Advancing The Research Of Aging The National Institutes of Health has awarded researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center a five-year, $3.8 million grant to establish the state’s first Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in Basic Biology of Aging. 

“This grant is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of these researchers as they strive to better our understanding of the impact of aging on health and ultimately to positively impact the lives of older adults across our state and nation,” said Jason Sanders, M.D., interim senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center. “This research is increasingly important with one in seven Americans now over the age of 65, a number that is growing rapidly.”

The long-term goal of the Oklahoma Shock Center is to focus on the newly developing field of “geroscience,” where scientists study both how aging impacts disease as well as changes that occur in aging that predispose people to disease.

“Science is helping people live longer lives, so diseases of aging are on the rise,” said Arlan Richardson, Ph.D., professor of geriatric medicine with the OU College of Medicine and director of the Shock Center. “Cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease all increase with age. Age is the number one risk factor for these diseases. If we can impact the effects of aging, we also can impact a lot of other diseases, as well.”

The successful grant application was more than seven years in the making, said OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “This grant represents long-term collaboration and a strategic recruiting effort by OMRF’s Aging and Metabolism Research Program and Reynolds Oklahoma Center on Aging at OU to set the stage for a project of this type. Through the addition of more than 10 investigators at the two institutions who study the aging process and debilitating diseases that afflict primarily the elderly, we’ve created an environment where research in aging can flourish.”

Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D., from OMRF’s Aging and Metabolism Research Program, serves as co-director of the center. Richardson, who came to Oklahoma in 2014, directed a Nathan Shock Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio before moving to the OUHSC. He and Van Remmen have more than 50 years of combined experience in the study of aging.

“Nathan Shock Centers provide research hubs that consolidate resources shared by various entities,” said Van Remmen. “With a center here, we can serve as a national resource, share our research interests and extend our collaborations beyond Oklahoma’s borders.”

The new grant will have three key functions:
  • To develop a statewide presence as a leader in geroscience, where scientists can collaborate with colleagues at a wide range of institutions;
  • Provide funding to support the development of aging-targeted research projects; and
  • Provide unique services to researchers that are unavailable from other sources in Oklahoma
Grant funds also will be used to mentor junior investigators, especially at institutions with little aging research. Shock Center staff will provide leadership and direct younger researchers, allowing them access to core facilities to further their research projects. The mentoring is completely free to them but can be very important to their careers, Richardson said.

“In most areas of research these days, the team approach is the way to go,” he said. “As a team, we can focus on the strengths of those on all sides and help everyone go further, faster. This grant will provide unprecedented service to the scientific community at large, not just researchers at the host institutions.”

The Shock Center grant will also establish the Oklahoma Geroscience Consortium, which will bring together aging-focused scientists at OUHSC, OMRF and VAMC, as well as Oklahoma State University and the OU campus in Norman.

Other OU Health Sciences Center researchers on the grant include William Sonntag, Ph.D., and Willard Freeman, Ph.D., of the Reynolds Oklahoma Center on Aging.

At the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Van Remmen, Luke Szweda, Ph.D., Mike Kinter, Ph.D., and Jonathan Wren, Ph.D., will oversee core facilities.

The Veterans Administration Medical Center component, led by Philip Comp, M.D., Ph.D., will supply equipment for a core facility.

“Some research centers are disease-specific, with a focus on one condition, like cancer or diabetes,” said Richardson. “But we want to make a major impact on the overall quality of life—not just cure one disease. This grant will help us take many steps toward achieving this goal.”

Other institutions chosen as Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence are the University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Washington, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Jackson Laboratory and the University of Alabama.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2064Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pulmonary Disease/sleep Medicine Specialist Joins Practice Viral K. Doshi, M.D., a fellowship-trained pulmonary disease and sleep medicine specialist, has established his practice with OU Physicians.

Doshi is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease and board eligible in sleep medicine. He has a specific interest in diagnosing and treating patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), insomnia and central sleep apnea.

Doshi completed a sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and a pulmonary medicine fellowship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield. He completed an internal medicine residency at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, and earned his medical degree in India.

Doshi is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians.

For an appointment with an OU Physicians pulmonary medicine specialist, call (405) 271-7001.            

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2040Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Interventional Cardiologist Joins OU Physicians Talla A. Rousan, M.D., an interventional cardiologist, has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 

Interventional cardiologists deal with percutaneous catheter-based treatment of the coronary and peripheral arteries in addition to a variety of other procedures including transcatheter treatment of structural heart disease.

Rousan is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and nuclear cardiology. He is board eligible in interventional cardiology. He completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, and a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he also completed an internal medicine residency. He earned his medical degree in Jordan. 

Rousan sees patients on the OU Health Sciences Center campus at 825 N.E. 10th Street. For appointments, call (405) 271-7001.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2039Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Vascular Surgeon Joins OU Physicians Emily A. Wood, M.D., has established her surgical practice with OU Physicians. She has also been named an assistant professor of surgery for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Wood has a specific interest in reconstruction of the aorta and its branches for aneurysmal or occlusive disease and limb salvage procedures, as well as diagnosing and treating patients with venous thrombosis and insufficiency and carotid disease. She performs both endovascular and open vascular surgery.

Wood is board certified in general surgery and board eligible in vascular surgery. She completed a vascular surgery fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.  She completed a general surgery residency at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, New York, and earned her medical degree at New York Medical College, Valhalla.

Wood is a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Society and American College of Surgeons.  

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2038Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Adolescent Medicine Physician Joins OU Children’s Physicians Lindsay A. Ewan, M.D., an adolescent medicine physician, has established her practice with OU Children’s Physicians. She has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Adolescent medicine physicians provide comprehensive general health care to teenagers, including routine wellness checks, sports physicals and immunizations. Ewan also sees patients with concerns regarding eating disorders, reproductive health and mental health.

Ewan is board certified in pediatrics. She completed her fellowship in adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio, and Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston. She completed her pediatrics residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She earned her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania, graduating cum laude. 

Ewan is a member of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine and American Academy of Pediatrics. 

OU Children’s Physicians Adolescent Medicine providers see patients at 1200 Children’s Ave., in Oklahoma City. For appointments, call (405) 271-6208.

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2037Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Infectious Diseases Specialist Joins OU Physicians Dante Melendez Lecca, M.D., an infectious diseases specialist, has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor of medicine with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Melendez Lecca is board certified in internal medicine. He has a specific interest in diagnosing and treating patients with solid organ and stem cell transplant infections, cytomegalovirus infection in transplant patients and prosthetic joint infections.

Melendez Lecca completed fellowships in infectious diseases and in transplant infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He completed an internal medicine residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, and earned his medical degree in Peru.

Melendez Lecca is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, American College of Physicians and American Society of Transplantation.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2036Thursday, September 30, 2015
Therapy Before Cancer Treatment May Boost Outcomes Most of us have heard of rehabilitation following surgery or a hospital stay, but what about pre-habilitation?

It’s still physical therapy, but with a twist in timing. Specialists at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have seen the difference it can make; and Sam De La Rosa of Yukon has too. He will tell you pre-habilitation has been the secret to his success as he works to beat cancer and live life to its fullest.

De La Rosa, 65, has had to work hard to get stronger. He has multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects the part of the blood known as plasma. Just months ago, he couldn’t take even a few steps without assistance.

“I had problems with my muscles on my calves and I couldn’t really stand up and walk a distance. I walked a little bit but I had to hold on to the counter, whatever I could hold on to, to be able to walk a little bit,” he said.

Part of the issue was neuropathy in De La Rosa’s feet which was both diabetic and chemotherapy-induced. De La Rosa was also weak, so weak that he was not considered a good candidate for stem cell transplantation, his best chance at beating his cancer.

“When Sam first came in he was in a wheelchair and he was walking some with a walker and he was pretty down,” said Vicky Davidson, a physical therapist at the Stephenson Cancer Center.

Getting stronger started with a referral to the Cancer Center’s pre-habilitation program.  Unlike rehabilitation which typically follows a surgery or medical procedure, pre-habilitation happens beforehand.

“The idea is that you are going to go into a surgery or a chemotherapy treatment and you are going to get hit a little bit functionally. So we work to help build you up beforehand. If you go in as strong as possible, you are likely to have a better outcome. It’s about building your functional reserve or having your glass as full as it can be going in,” said Elizabeth Hile, P.T., Ph.D., director of the Cancer Rehabilitation Science Program and assistant professor at the OU College of Allied Health.  

De La Rosa had two goals for his pre-habilitation. He wanted to get strong enough to have his stem cell transplant and also to take a family vacation at the beach.  

“Anything we asked of him, he was willing to try.  He just kept getting stronger and stronger,” Davidson said.
It’s the kind of improvement that really helps patients in their fight against cancer.

“So the healthier we can keep people, the stronger we can keep people, the more mobile we can keep people, it just improves their quality of life and it also can improve their cancer outcomes ultimately,” Hile said.

Therapists at the Stephenson Cancer Center plan to conduct research soon to determine if as little as three weeks of pre-habilitation  prior to surgery or chemotherapy can make a difference in outcomes for cancer patients. 

For De La Rosa, it took only a matter of weeks for him to show dramatic improvement. The wheelchair was no longer needed. No need for a walker either. De La Rosa was able to walk on his own with just a cane for reassurance. He took that family vacation. Upon his return, he got back to work in pre-hab to gain more strength in preparation for his stem cell transplant; and for a man who lives on a road aptly named Hope, hope has been restored. 

“You need to have someone support you and be behind you.  If you don’t have those people to help you get stronger you’re just going to give up and I’m not a giver- upper,” De La Rosa said with a smile.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2035Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Psychiatrist Joins Practice Humaira Abid, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist, has established her practice with OU Children’s Physicians. Psychiatrists are medical doctors specifically trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. 

Abid completed a psychiatry fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where she also completed her psychiatry residency. She earned her medical degree in Pakistan.

Abid sees patients on the OU Health Sciences Center campus. For an appointment with a pediatric psychiatrist, call (405) 271-5251. 

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2029Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
OU Researcher’s Idea-Turned-Invention Showcased at Smithsonian This WeekA University of Oklahoma researcher dreamed of a device to help babies with disabilities crawl. Now, that dream is a reality and one of only 13 inventions to be showcased this weekend at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

It’s an innovation like no other. The Self-Initiated Prone Powered Crawler, the brainchild of researcher Thubi Kolobi, Ph.D. of the OU Health Sciences Center, was given robotic life by a colleague at Virginia Commonwealth University and computer scientists as well as engineers on OU’s Norman campus.

Commonly known by its acronym SIPPC (“sip-see”), the device marries technology with a baby’s innate desire to move and explore his or her environment. It listens to subtle cues from babies with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, allowing them movement that would not be possible otherwise.

 “The SIPPC is not just an instrument. It is an interactive device with movement initiated by the baby. It is the baby and the device working together that make the SIPPC system. This makes it  not only innovative, but  one of a kind,” said Thubi Kolobe, Ph.D., Jill Pitman Jones Professor of Physical Therapy in the OU College of Allied Health’s Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.

OU’s Office of Technology Development, working with VCU, has secured a jointly-held patent on the second iteration of the SIPPC, also called SIPPC 2.  
In the meantime, computer scientists and engineers at OU Norman work to advance  the next generation of the device  ̶  one that is even more responsive to the baby’s movements and that provides important new insights into brain function of babies while utilizing the SIPPC. 

“The selection of this device to be a part of this important national event honors the dedication of OU researchers to help improve the lives of children at risk for disabilities and those living with them, " said David L. Boren, president, the University of Oklahoma. “It also underlines the importance of the patent and intellectual property systems in supporting both invention and innovation, as we work to move new devices and treatments more quickly to those who need them.”

The public will get hands-on exposure to the SIPPC 2 at the Smithsonian’s Innovation Festival this weekend, Sept. 26 and 27, in Washington D.C.
“We are very proud of this research,” said Dr. Jason Sanders, interim senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center. “Innovation is a big part of America’s story. This Smithsonian event provides a unique opportunity for the public to discover inventions and to meet those, like Dr. Kolobe, whose dreams and designs have created new innovations that ultimately may change or enhance lives.”

The SIPPC – Past, Present and Future


It was Kolobe’s early research with babies born prematurely that gave birth to the idea of a device that could harness early movement displayed by infants at risk for cerebral palsy and help them make physical and developmental gains that might be missed otherwise.

“I noticed that these babies in the neonatal intensive care unit would move a little bit. They kicked,  moved and  kicked. As the babies with cerebral palsy got older they started to show less and less movement. So the idea was to find a way to harness the movements that these babies were making very early on and reward those because babies only gain additional movement when they are successful.”

Kolobe took her initial sketch to a colleague at VCU, Peter Pidcoe, Ph.D., a fellow physical therapist  and bio-engineer who also dabbled in robotics.  Pidcoe in collaboration with computer scientists and engineers at OU brought Kolobe’s idea to life.

“The shape is contoured so that the babies rest in the center with their trunk and then there are straps that go around that hold them in place. What’s underneath the box is the brain of the device. Any subtle positional change causes it to turn on and help them with that movement,” Pidcoe said.

Dr. Kolobe and her team at OU tested the device with babies in Oklahoma, which provided the information needed to fine tune the SIPPC. 

“Remember, babies don’t go in the direction you want them to go. So we had to observe babies to see how they moved  to the right, and  to the left, to make sure that the device  responded to that and also to determine how much of an assist each baby might need,” Kolobe explained. 

Kolobe is now working with a team of engineers at the Gallogly College of Engineering at OU’s Norman campus on further enhancements to the SIPPC to aid both the babies in movement and also research data collection.

A high tech “onesie” equipped with 12 sensors and worn by the baby on the SIPPC captures information 50 times a second.

“The SIPPC suit allows us to capture even the tiniest movements made by the babies and help reward those with robotic movement,” said Andrew Fagg, Ph.D., associate professor of Computer Science and Bioengineering.

 David Miller, Ph.D., Wilkonson Chair of Intelligent Systems and professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at OU, led the design and fabrication of a new SIPPC 3 robot. It includes several innovative capabilities. One of those is its ability to adjust the baby’s distance to the ground in real time. 

“In previous versions, the infant was relatively high off the ground. The new SIPPC 3 design allows for the baby’s distance to the ground to be adjusted in real time to match the baby’s size and level of crawling development,” Miller said. 

The SIPPC 3 also provides additional options for movement. Miller said any point of rotation and any direction of movement are now possible.  
Perhaps most importantly, the new design includes a way to capture critical information about how the device may aid learning and development. That’s because the SIPPC 3 also now includes a sensor cap worn on the baby’s head.  

“The cap is essentially a net with dozens of sensors that utilizes electroencephalographic or EEG monitoring to record the brainwaves of the baby while utilizing the SIPPC,” said Lei Ding, Ph.D., Lloyd and Joyce Austin Presidential Professor, OU School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The hope is that with the SIPPC’s help, babies will gain the movement needed to explore their worlds, helping forge important pathways in the brain, perhaps triggering new abilities in infants born with disability.

“It took a while for them (the twins) to do it. Then it clicked and they started moving around like crazy. I think it’s amazing – the things, the movements they can track,” said Samonia Byford, whose twins took part in the OU clinical trial.

Byford’s twins were born prematurely and at risk for cerebral palsy. She was grateful to learn that both children do not have cerebral palsy, but hopes the information her babies are providing through their participation in the research may help other babies and families who are faced with that difficult diagnosis.

For scientists and engineers accustomed to looking at numbers and designs, there is a unique sense of fulfillment in this work.

“The most rewarding aspect of this work is just seeing the look on otherwise immobile infants’ faces when they are able to move towards an object they want. That’s great,” Miller said.  

Kolobe now dreams of the day when all of the modifications have been done and when sufficient evidence exists to move the SIPPC from clinical trials into regular use, perhaps in the form of a streamlined, ultra-portable design that parents will be able to utilize themselves with their babies at home. 

“As scientists, we are really careful about introducing devices to the public and only do so when there is evidence of their effectiveness. So that’s going to take a little bit of time,” Kolobe said.

Time and more research, she added. The next step is a clinical trial comparing babies who have used the SIPPC to those who have not.  

SIPPC research funding has been provided by the National Institute of Child Health and Development - NIH; National Science Foundation’s National Robotics Initiative, Presbyterian Health Foundation, Foundation for Physical Therapy; OU Health Sciences Center and Virginia Commonwealth University. 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2027Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Orthopedic Surgeon Joins OU Physicians Amgad M. Haleem, M.D., a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, has established his practice with OU Physicians. 

Haleem specializes in foot and ankle surgery and has a specific interest in adult foot and ankle deformity, complex lower extremity deformity correction and joint preservation. His current research is focused on cartilage-preserving procedures of major weight-bearing joints of the lower extremities (ankles, knees and hips), with particular emphasis on the use of biologics such as stem cells and platelet-rich plasma.

Haleem completed two fellowships in foot and ankle surgery as well as lower limb complex reconstruction at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, a fellowship in orthopedic adult reconstructive surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital and a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Cairo University School of Medicine in Egypt, where he also earned his medical degree with honors.  

In 2008, Haleem was awarded a grant for Excellence in Scientific Achievement, allowing him to complete his Ph.D. thesis in stem cell-based cartilage regeneration at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, through the U.S.A./Egyptian Joint Channel System.

Throughout his fellowship training, Haleem provided care for foot/ankle and lower extremity sports injuries in elite professional dancers and athletes including dancers of the New York City Ballet, professional NBA basketball players, NFL football players and collegiate athletes at the University of South Florida.

Haleem sees patients at the OU Physicians building, 825 N.E 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For an appointment with an OU Physicians orthopedic surgeon, call (405) 271-2663.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2026Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Saving Lives One Foot At A Time Most of the time, a simple bandage can heal a wound, but one Oklahoma woman discovered it would take a lot more to heal the wound on her foot, a problem concealed by the absence of pain.

It is an all too common story in the world of diabetes care and one that could lead to amputation if ignored. The experts at the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma know it well. With proper awareness and foot care, though, limbs and lives can be saved.
 
Elizabeth Hixon had no idea she had injured her foot on a recent trip to the store. She was focused on buying gifts. Hixon works year-round preparing presents to bring Christmas smiles to more than 60 orphans. It’s her way of honoring her kidney donor, a young, single mother of two children. On that day, though, another shopping trip for gifts ended with an unsettling discovery.

“I came home and took my sock off and my foot had blood on the bottom of it,” Hixon said.

The sock was soaked in blood, but she had felt no pain. Why? Hixon got her answer from Kiersten Weber, a podiatrist with the Harold Hamm Diabetes center.

“Unfortunately, it is very common. Elizabeth, having diabetes, also has neuropathy,” Weber said. 

Neuropathy is nerve damage that can trigger numbness.

“When someone has lost that feeling, he or she may continue to walk and have no idea that an injury has happened,” Weber added.

People who have diabetes, like Hixon, are at increased risk for neuropathy. Combine that with reduced blood flow to the feet and they are also at greater risk of developing ulcers and infections that are difficult to heal. 
“The complications that people experience can be devastating.  In fact, the number one cause for hospital admissions for people with diabetes is foot deformities or foot infections.  So I don’t think people realize how problematic a complication involving your feet can be in terms of your overall well-being when you have diabetes,” Weber said.

She also pointed out that these complications that occur in the feet are almost always preventable. In addition, early diagnosis and care is critical to protecting your foot, your leg and ultimately your life.

Weber said diabetes is the number one cause of lower extremity amputations.
To make matters worse, a lower extremity amputation puts the patient at risk for even more problems in the future.

“When somebody has an amputation, the risk of a second amputation within five years is 50 percent.  The mortality rate in these patients also goes sky high  ̶  as high, if not higher than some cancers,” Weber said. 

Those facts did not escape Hixon, who had already seen what can happen when a wound gets out of control in someone with diabetes.

“I have a sister-in-law who is a diabetic and has lost a foot and a leg,” she said.

Hixon was determined to do all she could to help her foot heal and to avoid future injury.

Diabetes experts know proper foot care is critical for those living with diabetes. That includes checking one’s feet regularly for changes. 
“Daily activities that I always try to stress, similar to brushing your teeth every day, include examining your feet. Every day, it’s important to look at your feet. I know that sounds simple, but especially when you’ve lost that feeling you have to use your other senses – your eyes and your hands – to examine your feet. You’re looking for sores, open wounds and any areas of discoloration,” Weber said.

Hixon now examines her feet religiously each and every day, keeping an eye out for any new calluses, bruises or cuts.


“You want to make sure you don’t get a toenail infected or something that  would be a minor problem for anyone else, because it can be major for a diabetic,” she said.  

Weber also fitted Hixon with custom-made shoes that aid healing and offer additional protection. She advises all patients with diabetes never to go barefoot. 

Under Weber’s care, Hixon’s wound healed in just two weeks. Because of the nerve damage, though, the risk of another injury will always be there, and Hixon said she is not only taking all precautions, she urges others she knows with diabetes to do the same.

Meantime, she is back to shopping and wrapping hundreds of gifts, many purchased by her and some donated, that she and her husband will deliver in December to a home for orphans.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2025Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Neuroradiologist Joins OU Physicians Neuroradiologist Jeremy N. Hughes, M.D., has established his medical practice at OU Physicians. Neuroradiologists specialize in the diagnosis of abnormalities of the central and peripheral nervous system, spine, and head and neck.

Hughes is board certified in radiology. He completed a neuroradiology fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix. He completed a diagnostic radiology residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix. He completed an internship and earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University.

Hughes is a member of the the Western Neuroradiological Society, American Society of Neuroradiology, American College of Radiology, Radiologic Society of North America and the American Roentgen Ray Society.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center and in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2024Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Psychiatrist Joins Practice Humaira Abid, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist, has established her practice with OU Children’s Physicians. Psychiatrists are medical doctors specifically trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. 

Abid completed a psychiatry fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where she also completed her psychiatry residency. She earned her medical degree in Pakistan.

Abid sees patients on the OU Health Sciences Center campus. For an appointment with a pediatric psychiatrist, call (405) 271-4488.
OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2023Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Otolaryngologist Joins OU Children’s Physicians Elena B. Willis Woodson, M.D., a board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist, has established her practice with OU Children’s Physicians. 

Otolaryngologists/head and neck surgeons treat patients for conditions relating to the ear, nose and throat. Woodson specializes in diagnosing and treating children with airway and voice disorders, head and neck masses, hearing loss and chronic ear disease. 

Woodson completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. She completed a head and neck surgery residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York. She earned her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and earned her undergraduate degree from OU in Norman, graduating summa cum laude.

Woodson is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology and American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngologists.

Woodson sees patients at the OU Children’s Physicians building, 1200 Children’s Ave., in Oklahoma City. For an appointment with a pediatric otolaryngologist, call (405) 271-2662.   

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2018Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Cardiologist Joins Practice Aneesh V. Pakala, M.D., has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Pakala is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in cardiology. He completed a cardiology fellowship at the OU College of Medicine. He completed a residency and served as chief resident at the OU College of Medicine where he also earned his medical degree.

Pakala sees patients in the OU Physicians building, 825 N.E. 10th Street. For appointments, call (405) 271-7001.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2016Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Orthopedic Surgeon Joins OU Children’s Physicians James R. Gregory, M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, has established his medical practice with OU Children’s Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor of pediatric orthopedic surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Gregory has a specific interest in diagnosing and treating children with spine deformity, sports and traumatic injuries. He completed fellowship training in pediatric orthopedics from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his residency at the OU College of Medicine and earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, Little Rock.

Gregory sees patients in the OU Children’s Physicians building, 1200 Children's Avenue, Oklahoma City. For appointments with OU Children’s Physicians orthopedic surgeons, call (405) 271-2669.

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2015Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Anesthesiologist Joins OU Children’s Physicians Cassandra Duncan-Azadi, M.D., has established her medical practice with OU Children’s Physicians. Pediatric anesthesiologists specialize in the perioperative care of children during surgery and the use of drugs and other means to avert or reduce pain and anxiety.

Duncan-Azadi grew up in Oklahoma City, graduating from Putnam City North High School and serving as valedictorian. She is completing a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She completed her anesthesiology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Oklahoma Tulsa campus, where she also earned her medical degree. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa, graduating magna cum laude. 

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
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Laptop Encryption Requirementshttps://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2009Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMTProtecting Unborn from Damaging Effects of Alcohol Exposure What if a single question could help protect more babies from a range of lifelong physical, behavioral and intellectual disorders? 
  
A study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center shows that it can. 
  
“Our goal was to evaluate screening measures for alcohol-exposed pregnancies that could be implemented in clinical practice,” said principal researcher Tatiana Balachova, Ph.D., associate professor of Pediatrics, OU College of Medicine.    
  
The study found that participants’ responses to a single question could effectively screen women across cultures.  That single question was this: “During the previous three months, how often did you have four or more drinks on one occasion?” 
  
“The research is important as we work to find simple screenings that can help health care providers better identify women whose behaviors might put their babies at risk,” Balachova said. 
  
She pointed out that research shows alcohol consumption during pregnancy increases risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity, and sudden infant death syndrome and can cause a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disorders in children, called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The most recognized condition of the spectrum is fetal alcohol syndrome characterized by specific facial characteristics along with growth deficiencies and central nervous system disorders. 
  
“These disorders are completely preventable by abstaining from alcohol while pregnant or considering becoming pregnant,” Balachova said. “Despite myths, there is no scientific evidence available that sets a ‘safe’ amount of alcohol or time during pregnancy that will not affect the developing fetus.” 
  
Despite warnings, she said about one in every 13 pregnant women report drinking alcohol in the past 30 days. More than half of all women of childbearing age report drinking alcohol in the past 30 days. 
  
“Given that about half of pregnancies in United States are unintended, and a woman may not know she is pregnant until four to six weeks of gestation, women often continue consuming alcohol at pre-pregnancy levels until they become aware of their pregnancy. This places their children at risk for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders,” Balachova said.  
  
To increase awareness about the long-term effects of drinking alcohol during pregnancy on babies, Balachova and her colleagues at OU Medicine’s Center on Child Abuse and Neglect have joined in the International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders Awareness Day. 
  
“Around the world, in every time zone from New Zealand to Alaska, people gather on Sept. 9 for events that raise awareness about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with these disorders,” Balachova said. 
  
She explained that the date — the ninth day of the ninth month — is symbolic of the nine-month human gestation period to remind everyone about the risks of drinking during the nine months of pregnancy.   
  
In recognition of the international awareness day, Gov.r Mary Fallin has proclaimed Sept. 9, 2015, as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day in Oklahoma. 
  
The study by Balachova and fellow researchers appears in the international journal Addictive Behaviors. The research was funded by Grant number R01AA016234 from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and Fogarty International Center (Brain Disorders in the Developing World: Research Across the Lifespan).    
  
To learn more online about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders Awareness Day, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/alcoholfasd/ 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2003Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
OUHSC to Wind Down Baboon Program Over 3-4 YearsOKLAHOMA CITY – University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced today that the OU Health Sciences Center would wind down operations of its Baboon Program over the next 3 to 4 years, resulting in an end to the program. OU Health Sciences Center leadership has begun to work with the funding agency, the National Institutes of Health, on a transition plan and will not seek to renew NIH grants to continue operating the program.

After completing an internal review of the Baboon Program in coordination with leadership at the Health Sciences Center, President Boren reached this decision based on the decreased prioritization of the program within the OU Health Sciences Center's research strategic plan and the projected financial and staff time costs of continuing to operate the program. Driving this decision is the goal of the University to carefully prioritize and assign limited funds to mission critical research endeavors.

"The OU Health Sciences Center is working closely with the NIH, researchers and other stakeholders on a transition plan that will honor its existing contractual obligations to ensure that current biomedical research projects are completed with the least possible disruption," said James J. Tomasek, Vice President for Research at the Health Sciences Center.

Tomasek expressed appreciation to the National Institutes of Health for their support of the Baboon Program at OU, noting that such programs have enabled medical advances to alleviate human disease and suffering, such as vaccine development for infectious diseases.

The University is committed to treating baboons humanely and with a high level of care throughout the transition to ensure that baboons will not be adversely affected by these changes.

The wind down will ensure that the University's dedicated faculty, staff, and collaborators will have sufficient time for an orderly transition. The OU Health Sciences Center is also implementing a comprehensive plan to support faculty and staff during this transition period.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1996Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
OU Researcher Targets Neuromuscular Disease with New GrantWith a new $300,000 grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a researcher with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center hopes to advance the understanding and treatment of a neuromuscular disease called Friedreich ataxia.

With ataxia, parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are affected, triggering problems with movement and coordination. Friedreich ataxia is the most prevalent inherited ataxia. It typically starts in the early adolescent years with unsteadiness in limb movement and walking. It then progresses to a point where the muscles are so severely uncoordinated that patients must depend upon a wheelchair to get around.

“There is no effective therapy currently available for Friedreich ataxia, and it often results in premature death, usually when the patient is in his or her 30s or 40s,” said principal researcher Dr. Sanjay Bidichandani, who is the CMRI Claire Gordon Duncan Chair in Genetics and a professor of Pediatrics at the OU College of Medicine.  

With the new three-year grant, Bidichandani plans to evaluate the effectiveness of a promising new class of drugs known as HDAC inhibitors in the treatment of Friedreich ataxia.  HDAC inhibitors essentially help genes that are packaged too tightly to loosen up.

“It’s been 20 years since we helped find the gene for Friedreich ataxia, and now we recognize that the gene is packaged too tightly in the cell in people with this condition,” he said. “It’s what we geneticists call an epigenetic defect.”

As a result, the gene cannot be read effectively, and a key protein is not produced in sufficient quantities. This eventually leads to neurodegeneration and cardiac dysfunction.  HDAC inhibitors help reverse this cell “packaging” problem.

“More efficient versions of the currently available HDAC inhibitors are being developed by our collaborators. So we are in the process of testing these, as well as existing HDAC inhibitors, to identify which are most efficient at reversing the specific epigenetic defect in Friedreich ataxia,” Bidichandani said, adding that they hope to identify one or several drugs that might eventually become an approved therapy for the disease in the near future.      

This year, the Muscular Dystrophy Association received 350 grant applications, the largest number in its 65-year history of funding basic, translation and clinical neuromuscular research. Bidichandani’s grant was one of only 36 new grants funded this year and the only one in Oklahoma.  

“We are extremely proud to be part of the effort to help find a cure for Friedreich ataxia,” Bidichandani said.

Powered by its big-picture perspective to accelerate treatments and cures across the broad spectrum of neuromuscular diseases, the Muscular Dystrophy Association recently awarded   $10 million in new research grants to researchers worldwide.  

“These new grants are potential game-changers, a signal of our passionate resolve to helping kids and adults fighting neuromuscular diseases live longer and grow stronger,” said Valerie Cwik, M.D., MDA's Executive Vice President and Chief Medical & Scientific Officer. “There’s more new drug discovery underway than ever before, and we’re determined to double the number of promising human clinical trials in the next five years."
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=2002Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
“Fingerprinting” Tumors to Match Cancer Patients to Best TreatmentsCancer diagnosis is not a one-size-fits-all proposition nor is cancer treatment.  Now, a new clinical trial at the Stephenson Cancer Center will help match cancer patients with the best treatment option for their specific cancer.

The clinical trial, funded by the National Cancer Institute is called MATCH, which stands for Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice. It will analyze patients’ tumors to determine whether they contain genetic abnormalities for which a targeted drug exists and then assign treatment based on that abnormality. The goal is to determine whether treating cancers according to their molecular “fingerprint” will improve effectiveness. It’s a unique study, rooted in an approach known as precision medicine.

“Many trials enroll patients based on tumor type, for instance, a breast cancer trial that enrolls only patients with a specific tumor type to test a single therapy. The MATCH trial is different. It isn’t one trial of one therapy,” said gynecologic oncologist Kathleen Moore, M.D., principal investigator for the trial at Stephenson Cancer Center. “So we are essentially matching drugs and mutations, regardless of the type of tumor you have.”

She added this approach opens up opportunities for patients to access therapies they may not have had access to otherwise, either because those therapies were not traditionally available for their tumor type or because they didn’t have access to this sort of molecular profiling.

The NCI-MATCH trial aims to screen about 3,000 patients at 2400 sites across the United States, including the Stephenson Cancer Center with a goal of enrolling about 1,000.  The trial is open to cancer patients 18 years of age and older with advanced solid tumors and lymphomas that are no longer responding or have never responded to standard therapy and have begun to grow.

In the screening phase, patients will undergo a biopsy procedure. Specimens removed from patients’ tumors will then be sent to one of four genetic testing labs, where they will be analyzed for more than 4,000 variants across 143 genes.

Moore pointed out that NCI-MATCH provides molecular/genetic profiling done on fresh tumor biopsies.

“This is important because the mutations that are present in a tumor at the time of original diagnosis, which may have been years before, may be different than those that are present at the time of recurrence, after chemotherapy or after other targeted treatments,” she explained.

The study also will have many more drugs available than most clinical trials. It’s anticipated that 25 to 40 drugs ultimately will be tested, each in a different arm of the trial. 

“NCI-MATCH will have a rolling selection of study drugs that target different mutations with an eye toward studying combination agents in the future,” Moore explained.

The trial drugs have all either been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for another cancer indication or are still being tested in other clinical trials but have shown some effectiveness against tumors with a particular genetic mutation.

Many clinical trials are focused on more common tumors such as breast, non-small cell lung cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer.  Patients with these diseases are encouraged to participate in the MATCH trial. However, a quarter of the spots will be reserved for less common cancers such as sarcomas, gynecologic cancers, head and neck cancers. 

Moore said the goal is to gain a better understanding of the frequency of actionable mutations in patients with rare cancers and to assess responses to targeted therapies in patients who would not otherwise have access to these drugs.

“Rare cancers are very difficult to study because clinical trials are not as feasible. So it is harder to find new drugs that are effective for them. By including a large number of rare tumors, we can offer treatment with novel agents to a wider audience of patients and have a higher likelihood of determining efficacy,” she said.

NCI-MATCH moves the field away from organ-specific clinical research and into molecularly-targeted trials.

“In the end, I think we will need both models to be successful,” Moore said, “but this will help us identify critical mutations and effective therapies faster, and then bring them back to benefit more patients.”

The NCI-MATCH trial also referred to as EAY131 and NCT02465060 is sponsored by the NCI Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1993Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
David Boren announces new fellowships for OU College of Public Health

Read about it:

The Oklahoman: Oklahoma City couple give $1 million gift to OU College of Public Health

The Journal Record: Hudsons donate $1 million to OU

The Oklahoma Daily: David Boren announces new fellowships for OU College of Public Health


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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1991Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Family Medicine Provider Joins OU Physicians Bryan L. Billings, M.D., a board-certified family medicine physician and native of Woodward, has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. 

As a family medicine physician, Billings provides primary care services for adults and children. 

Billings completed his family medicine residency and served as chief resident at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He earned his medical degree at the OU College of Medicine and his undergraduate degree at OU in Norman. 

Billings is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Billings sees patients in the OU Physicians Family Medicine clinic, 900 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For appointments, call (405) 271-4311.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1986Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Reproductive Endocrinology And Infertility Specialist Joins OU PhysiciansHeather R. Burks, M.D., a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist, has established her practice with OU Physicians. Reproductive endocrinologists specialize in medical and surgical solutions to infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss. She has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Burks is board certified in obstetrics-gynecology and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology. She completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertiility at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She completed her residency and internship at the OU College of Medicine. She earned her medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville. 

Burks is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

OU Physicians reproductive endocrinologists see patients on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus at 800 Research Parkway, Suite 200. For an appointment, call (405) 271-1616.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1985Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Fellowship-trained Specialist In Pulmonary And Critical Care Medicine Joins Practice Andrew Porter, M.D., a fellowship-trained specialist in pulmonary and critical care medicine, has established his practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Porter is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease and board eligible in critical care medicine. He is specifically interested in diagnosing and treating patients with pulmonary hypertension and acute respiratory distress syndrome.                    

Porter grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from Bishop McGuinness High School. He earned his medical degree at Temple University, Philadelphia, and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado, Denver. He returned to Oklahoma City to complete a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

He is a member of the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians and American Thoracic Society.

For an appointment with an OU Physicians pulmonary medicine specialist, call (405) 271-7001.            

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1984Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Cardiologist Joins Practice Oklahoma City native Elizabeth Makil, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist, has established her practice with OU Children’s Physicians. She has also been named a clinical assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Makil is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric cardiology. She completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock. She completed a pediatric residency at New York University Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from the OU College of Medicine and her bachelor’s degree from OU in Norman. 

Makil is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

OU Children’s Physicians cardiologists and electrophysiologists see patients at the OU Children’s Physicians Building, 1200 Children’s Ave., in Oklahoma City. For appointments, call (405) 271-5530. OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1983Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Internal Medicine Provider Joins OU Physicians Andria Parker Medina, M.D., Ph.D., a native of Oklahoma City, has established her medical practice with OU Physicians. As a board-certified internal medicine physician, she will provide primary care services to adults.

Medina completed her internal medicine residency and served as chief resident at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She also earned her medical degree and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology at OU College of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude with honors in zoology at OU in Norman. 

Medina sees patients in the OU Physicians building, located on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus. For appointments in the internal medicine clinic, call (405) 271-3445. 

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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Pathologist Joins OU PhysiciansLauren Cooper King, M.D., a board-certified pathologist, has established her medical practice with OU Physicians. 

King completed a fellowship and served as chief fellow in hematopathology (dealing with diseases of the blood and the blood-producing organs) at Houston Methodist Hospital. She completed an anatomic/clinical pathology residency and served as chief resident at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. She also completed a general surgery internship and earned her medical degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

King is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1974Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Dean Of OU College Of Nursing Named Fulbright Scholar Lazelle Benefield, dean of the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to study at University College Cork in Ireland for a six-month award beginning in September. Benefield is one of two nurses selected in 2015 for this award.

Benefield has led the College of Nursing as dean since 2010. She also is professor, serving as the Parry Endowed Chair, adjunct professor in the College of Medicine, and founding director of the Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, which is dedicated to developing leaders, educators and researchers in the geriatric nursing field.

Her research, teaching and interprofessional efforts in the Fulbright Program will involve projects promoting well-being and improving quality of life for family caregivers and community-dwelling older adults with dementia, as well as building capacity for cross-university faculty and student exchange.

The Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries and provides highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. One of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, the Fulbright Program was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. 
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Urologic Cancer Specialist Joins Cancer Centerhttps://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1963Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMTFamily Medicine Provider Joins OU PhysiciansAllison Achilefu, M.D., a board-certified family medicine physician, has established her medical practice with OU Physicians. 

As a family medicine physician, Achilefu provides primary care services for adults and children. 

Achilefu completed her family medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Galveston. She is a member of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Achilefu sees patients in the OU Physicians Family Medicine clinic, 900 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For appointments, call (405) 271-4311.

With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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Gastroenterologist Joins OU Physicians OKLAHOMA CITY – Salman Nusrat, M.D., a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist, has established his practice with OU Physicians. Gastroenterologists specialize in the treatment of digestive disorders.

Nusrat is specifically interested in diagnosing and treating patients with neurogastrointestinal disorders including achalasia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation and GERD. He is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in gastroenterology. 

He completed a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania. He earned his medical degree in Pakistan.

He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterology Association and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 

Nusrat sees patients in the OU Physicians building at 825 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For an appointment with an OU Physicians gastroenterologist, call (405) 2 71-8478.

With more than 660 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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OU Researcher’s Drug Targets Ovarian Cancer PreventionThe world is always searching for a “magic bullet” or for that  “magic pill” when it comes to preventing or treating disease.  

Preventing ovarian cancer with a capsule might sound impossible to many, but not to Doris M. Benbrook, Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. However, she is quick to point out that it is research, not magic, that has led her team to the development of a potential cancer prevention drug in capsule form.

Benbrook is a researcher and professor of obstetrics and gynecology with the OU College of Medicine and member of the Stephenson Cancer Center. With the help of a new $3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, her team plans to move their research from bench to bedside.

The grant funds a first-in-human clinical trial at the Stephenson Cancer Center focusing on OK-1, an anti-cancer compound shown in laboratory studies by OU researchers to prevent the formation of cancerous tumors without causing side effects.

However, Benbrook knew ovarian cancer prevention trials would be difficult without first developing better biomarkers to identify which women will get ovarian cancer and which are at higher risk for getting it soon.

“I think one reason the National Cancer Institute found our work really worth the investment is that we proposed a way to not only prevent cancer but to understand how cancer starts and identify which patients may need prevention,” Benbrook said.

The new clinical trial is the result of Benbrook’s decades-long research into chemoprevention and also of her long-standing collaboration with Oklahoma State University chemist, K.Darrell Berlin, Ph.D. Together, they developed a promising class of anti-cancer compounds called Flexible Heteroarotinoids or Flex-Hets. The lead Flex-Het is the study drug OK-1.  

In collaboration with fellow Stephenson Cancer Center member C.V. Rao, Ph.D., of the OU College of Medicine, the team proved the cancer prevention activity of OK-1 in a laboratory model.

But before clinical trials could begin, Benbrook said she needed to work through FDA regulations and also develop a formulation capable of getting the compound through the digestive process and into the tissues where it was needed.  

Multimillion dollar preclinical development grants from the National Cancer Institute as well as collaborations with Sukyung (Sue) Woo, Ph.D. and Lucila Garcia-Contreras, Ph.D., of the OU College of Pharmacy proved crucial to this process.

Now with their new NCI grant, the team plans to determine whether their formulation, when given to patients, can achieve levels necessary for cancer prevention in both the blood and also in fallopian tube tissue where ovarian cancer often starts.  

Researchers plan to enroll about 12 women in the clinical trial to first identify the number of capsules of OK-1 needed to achieve adequate blood levels. 

Then, in a second stage of the study, they will enroll women scheduled for routine hysterectomy. Those women will receive capsules of OK-1 for a period of seven days prior to surgery. Benbrook and her colleagues will study the fallopian tubes removed during surgery. The goal is to determine how many capsules are needed  to achieve adequate levels of the compound in fallopian tube tissue. 

They will also use the fallopian tubes to study how ovarian cancer develops. Benbrook said their best clue is a molecule called mortalin and its many interacting proteins. 

“At the earliest stages of cancer development, something about mortalin changes causing cells to lose normal growth control.  Because our compound affects mortalin in non-cancer cells differently than in cancer cells, we believe we can use OK-1 as a tool to understand how mortalin starts the cancer process,” she explained.

Benbrook said if OK-1 performs as hoped, it could virtually kill the cancer the moment it becomes cancerous. 

“The goal is to kill those cells at the instant they lose normal growth control, which is how cancer starts. Knowing the molecule through which this drug works provides a clue as to how to find them, in other words it helps us find the needle within the haystack of normal cells,” she said.
She expects the new clinical trial may be completed within two years. Then with the knowledge gained, Benbrook said large, nationwide clinical trials of OK-1 could be planned. 

Benbrook’s research is funded by (1R01CA196200-01A1) of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. The preclinical testing needed for Food and Drug Administration approval to begin the clinical trial was funded through the NCI Rapid Access to Intervention Development and Rapid Access to Prevention Interventive Development programs.  

Benbrook said researchers at Oklahoma State University working with her to develop improved versions of OK-1 include: K. Darrell Berlin, Ph.D., Richard  Bunce, Ph.D.,  Donghua Zhou, Ph.D  and Gopan Krishnan, Ph.D., and their students.  

Other collaborators William Kelly, Ph.D. at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Dana Rundle, at the University of Central Oklahoma have mentored undergraduate student research projects that contributed to this drug development program through funding by Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, a grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health Institutional  Award Program.   
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Pain Medicine Specialists Join OU Physicians OKLAHOMA CITY – Pain medicine specialists Alexander Bautista, M.D., and Saima Kamal, M.D., have established their practices with OU Physicians. 

Bautista is board certified in anesthesiology and completed a fellowship in interventional pain management at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. He completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, where he also served as a chief resident. He earned his medical degree in the Philippines. 

Bautista is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the American Academy of Pain Medicine. 

Kamal is board certified in pain medicine and anesthesiology. She completed clinical fellowships in obstetric anesthesia and interventional pain medicine at Washington University Department of Anesthesiology, St. Louis, where she also completed a year of clinical research and her anesthesiology residency. She completed a surgical internship at New York Medical College, Valhalla, and earned her medical degree in Pakistan.

Kamal is a member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, American Society of Anesthesiology and the International Anesthesia Research Society.

OU Physicians pain medicine providers see patients on the OU Health Sciences Center campus at 825 N.E. 10th Street. For appointments, call (405) 271-7255.

With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1947Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
New Federal Grant Targets Urban Health Disparities(Oklahoma City) - Researchers at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing are targeting improved health and the elimination of urban health disparities in the state with the help of a new $300,000 federal grant.
 
The grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides funding for two years for the project, “A Community e-Health Promotion Program Addressing Oklahoma’s Urban Disparities.”
 
“This grant is the culmination of two years of planning and development that involved our team as well as leaders from the faith community,” said Kathleen Dwyer, Ph.D., R.N., principal investigator. Dwyer holds the  Henry Freede Endowed Chair in Nursing Science at the OU College of Nursing.
 
The proposed study  couples community outreach with an enhanced web-based health risk assessment that will be used by participants to manage their health. It is designed to give participants additional tools for improved health, including individualized health coaching, goal-setting skills, and immediate feedback on their health status.
 
The research team hopes to determine what impact the use of those tools has upon making lifestyle changes and overall health status.
 
“Many of us know what to do to improve our health outcomes, but Oklahomans continue to die at alarming rates from the complications of diseases.  We need to identify the ‘missing links’ between having knowledge, its application and real improvement in health,” said Norma Goff, M.S.N., with New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, who is serving as a community co-investigator on the study.
 
Health coaches will be recruited from the community and trained in both  motivational interviewing and goal-directed health planning.  
 
Community churches will be utilized as a part of the outreach component of the research and health festivals will be held over the next 12 months to kick off the study.  
 
“This research grant will help us to identify health needs and disparities in our community, “ said Rev. Dr. James A. Dorn, Jr., pastor of Mr. Triumph Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. “We then will be able to communicate and address these needs with prevention strategies and healthy life style changes as well as to direct health care resources to those who are in need.”  
 
Dwyer said the research utilizes an evidence-based, strategic community health improvement strategy  -  one that uses systematic health risk assessment and has been shown to have great potential to create healthier communities.
 
“This is the type of research that helps us translate evidence-based, clinical guidelines into useful roadmaps for other organizations to engage their communities in targeting preventable-illness and promoting better health,” Dwyer said.
 
The research team also includes: Zsolt Nagykaldi, Ph.D., and Dr. Elizabeth Wickersham, both with the OU College of Medicine’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine; and fellow College of Nursing faculty members Voncella McCleary-Jones, Ph.D., R.N., Patsy Smith, Ph.D., R.N.,  and John Carlson M.S.
 
In addition to Goff and Dorn, Mary Overall of People’s Church and Dr. Ruth Colbert Barnes of Great Mount Olive Baptist Church will serve as community co-investigators. 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1946Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatrics Wellness Program receives $47,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community FoundationOklahoma City – The Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Wellness Initiative Program has presented a $47,000 grant to the University of Oklahoma Department of Pediatrics, Section of General and Community Pediatrics, to offer community-based initiatives to address childhood obesity.  

The grant will be used to assist in funding a family-based obesity intervention pilot program between three partners: the OU Medicine Oklahoma Pediatrics Wellness Program, the Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA and the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The intervention program will provide children ages six to 12 years and their families, weekly group lessons on age-appropriate and evidence-based nutrition and activity recommendations over a period of 12 weeks. Eligible children will have a BMI ≥ 95th percentile for their age and gender, classifying them in the obese range, and must have at least one parent or legal caregiver who can participate in the program with their child for the duration of the program. 

Participants will be recruited from the network of Oklahoma City metro area primary care providers who refer to OU Children’s Physicians Healthy Futures, a weight management clinic. Four to six intervention groups will run from September 2015 to June 2016. 

The effectiveness of the program will be assessed on changes in health indicators including weight, body mass index, blood pressure and laboratory measures as well as quality of life. The goal of the pilot program is to test the feasibility and outcomes of a community-based behavioral intervention program for pediatric obesity.  

The OU Medicine Oklahoma Pediatric Wellness Program and OU Children’s Physicians Healthy Futures Weight Management Clinic are outreach and clinical initiatives to address pediatric obesity within the OU College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. The Healthy Futures Clinic, founded in 2012, is a specialty referral clinic that provides multidisciplinary care for obese children and their families to assist them in achieving a healthier lifestyle.  Ashley Weedn, M.D., M.P.H., pediatrician, and Stephen Gillaspy, Ph.D., pediatric psychologist, co-direct the Pediatric Wellness Program and the Healthy Futures Clinic.  

“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” Gillaspy said. “This program will allow us to reach twice as many families to provide them with resources and support to improve their child’s health. We appreciate the support of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.”

The program will be based on the “Healthy Hawks” curriculum, which was developed by Ann Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). Healthy Hawks is a 12-week family-based group program that provides education on nutrition, activity, and behavioral principles to assist in achieving a healthier lifestyle.  The program will be directed under Marilyn Sampilo, Ph.D., a pediatric psychology fellow, who has extensive experience with the curriculum and group-based program from her previous training with Davis at KUMC. 

Sampilo, Gillaspy and Weedn will partner with the Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA to provide the pilot program for metro families with the long-term goal of implementing this program throughout the metro. 

“The Oklahoma City Community Foundation funding will provide an opportunity for clinical and community organizations to work together by increasing access to obesity intervention programs for children and families in Oklahoma,” Weedn said.

OU Medicine combines the research, education and health care expertise of OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital, OU Physicians and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine to establish Oklahoma’s largest and most comprehensive health care system. With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians/OU Children’s Physicians is the state’s largest physician group, encompassing almost every adult and child specialty. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians. 


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Pediatric Endocrinologist Joins Harold Hamm Diabetes Center OKLAHOMA CITY – Pediatric Endocrinologist David P. Sparling, M.D., Ph.D., has established his practice with the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center. He has also been named an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Pediatric endocrinologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the endocrine system. These may include: diabetes, growth disorders, disorders of cholesterol and triglycerides, disorders of bone and calcium, disorders of early and late puberty, disorders of the pituitary and adrenal glands, childhood obesity and thyroid disorders. 

Sparling is board certified in pediatrics. He completed a pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, where he also completed a pediatric residency. He earned his medical degree and doctorate at the OU College of Medicine and his undergraduate degree in chemistry, graduating summa cum laude from OU in Norman. 

Sparling is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, American Diabetes Association, Pediatric Endocrine Society and The Endocrine Society.

For an appointment with a pediatric endocrinologist at OU Children’s Physicians, call (405) 271-3303.

Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is part of OU Medicine. OU Medicine combines the research, education and health care expertise of OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital, OU Physicians and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine to establish Oklahoma’s largest and most comprehensive health care system. With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group,  encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians. 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1943Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Neonatologist Joins OU Children’s Physicians OKLAHOMA CITY – Neonatologist Birju Shah, M.D., M.P.H., has established his practice with OU Children’s Physicians. Neonatologists are physicians who specialize in the care of newborns. Along with other neonatologists at OU Children's Physicians, he offers comprehensive care for Oklahoma's premature and ill or injured full-term infants. 

Shah is specifically interested in perinatal genomics, developmental biology, infectious immunology and neurophysiology. He is board certified in pediatrics. 

Shah completed a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. He completed a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia-Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia and an internship at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey. He earned his medical degree in India.

Shah also earned master’s of public health degree from Rutgers School of Public Health, Newark, New Jersey.

Shah also earned master’s of public health degree from Rutgers School of Public Health, Newark, New Jersey and a master’s degree in strategic healthcare management from Rutgers Business School, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

He is a team leader for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ medical home initiative “Supporting Parents of Post-NICU Infants.”  He is also member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Society of Pediatric Research.

Shah has received several awards including being named "America's Top Pediatrician" and "Doctor of Excellence" by the Leaders in Healthcare Network. His translational research in serious newborn conditions affecting premature neonates has been honored as "Best Clinical Research Award" at International scientific forums including the Pediatric Academic Society meeting and IDweek.

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
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Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician Joins PracticeOKLAHOMA CITY – Ryan S. McKee, M.D., a pediatric emergency medicine physician, has established his practice with OU Children’s Physicians. He sees patients at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. 

McKee is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric emergency medicine. He completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine and a pediatric residency at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree in zoology, graduating summa cum laude from OU in Norman.

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
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Director Of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic Named
OKLAHOMA CITY – Sabrina D. Phillips, M.D., a native of Cleveland, Oklahoma, has established her medical practice with OU Physicians.

She has also been named the director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic. Along with OU Children’s Physicians pediatric cardiologists caring for adult congenital heart disease patients Kent Ward, M.D., and Anjan Shah, M.D., Phillips will lead the establishment of Oklahoma’s first dedicated center for the care of these complex patients. 

Phillips is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and echocardiography. She comes to OU Physicians from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, where she was assistant professor of Medicine and a consultant for the division of Cardiovascular Diseases, department of Internal Medicine.

Phillips completed an adult congenital heart disease fellowship at the Mayo Clinic division of Cardiovascular Diseases. She completed a cardiology fellowship, internal medicine residency and internship at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, Dallas.

She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.

Phillips sees patients in the OU Physicians building, 825 N.E. 10th Street. For appointments, call (405) 271-7001.

With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1940Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Orthopedic Sports Medicine Specialist Joins OU PhysiciansOKLAHOMA CITY – Douglas J. Rowles, M.D., a board-certified sports medicine specialist, has established his practice with OU Physicians.

Rowles is board certified in orthopedic surgery and orthopedic sports medicine. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Methodist Sports Medicine Institute, Indianapolis. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency and general surgery internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. He earned his medical degree at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland.

Rowles served as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. He was previously chief of orthopedic surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Rowles sees patients at the OU Physicians building, 825 N.E 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For an appointment with an OU Physicians orthopedic surgeon, call (405) 271-2663.

With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts.

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1935Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Evaluating the Lasting Impact of Direct Exposure to TerrorismOklahoma City  ̶   As terrorism and terrorist attacks make headlines worldwide, researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center work to better understand the lasting exposure of terrorism on those directly impacted by it and their work has uncovered some positive consequences for survivors.
 
The research involved evaluation of two groups of individuals from the Oklahoma City community. About half, 138 people, were direct survivors of the April 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and 80 percent of them were injured by the blast. 
 
“What we were really interested in finding out is how people who were directly impacted, compared with those not directly impacted, cope in the aftermath of terrorism, and what mechanisms they use to do so,” said researcher Phebe Tucker, M.D. Dr. Tucker is a psychiatrist with OU Physicians who, along with her colleagues, has treated survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing since it happened 20 years ago.
 
Researchers found direct survivors had significantly more symptoms of depression and anxiety almost 20 years later than did those without direct exposure. However, they also found there were some positive consequences for survivors. 
 
“We used the post-traumatic growth inventory to evaluate change. That inventory is designed to look at positive coping in individuals after a crisis,” she explained.   
 
The inventory involves 10 parameters for positive coping skills. It looks at things like social support, spirituality and positive life changes.
 
“Many survivors noted that they experienced  post-traumatic growth in areas such as learning about “how wonderful people are,” having a “greater appreciation for the value of my own life,”  discovering that “I’m stronger than I thought I was, changing life priorities and having a “stronger religious faith,” Tucker said. “Post-traumatic growth may be a sign of resilience. We are still learning a lot about resilience in the mental health field.”
 
There were some differences among survivors and those seemed to center on posttraumatic stress symptoms, gender and education.
 
“Post-traumatic growth was endorsed more by survivors with higher posttraumatic stress scores and by women than by men. In general, women are more likely to experience post-traumatic stress disorder after trauma. The thought is that perhaps those who most needed to use positive coping skills actually used them accordingly,” Tucker said. “However, at 20 years, we did not see any difference in the current use of mental health treatment between those directly impacted by terrorism and those who were not.”
 
Survivors who were college graduates were also more likely to score high on the post-traumatic growth index, reflecting more use of positive coping mechanisms.
 
“What it all seems to point to is that while a group of individuals directly impacted by terrorism will be negatively impacted for many years, it is not the majority of survivors,” she explained.
 
Tucker added that she is extremely grateful to the many survivors who have participated in this ongoing research for two decades now.
 
“The thing that is a little unique about this study is that a lot of the people have stayed in the community. In 1996, this group became part of a registry created and maintained by the Oklahoma Department of Health.  And many agreed to participate in research later on. They felt it was important to learn from their experiences,” Tucker said.  
 
She added the results may point to what one survivor described as  learning to “forgive, but not necessarily to forget.” 
 
Next, Tucker and fellow researchers at the OU Health Sciences Center will begin evaluating the results of a series of open-ended questions they asked. 
 
“Scales are important, but letting people tell their stories and listening to them tell how the bombing has affected them in their own words is also important,” Tucker said.
 
Tucker presented the findings recently at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Toronto. The research was supported in part by the Arnold and Bess Ungerman Endowed Chair.in Psychiatry. 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1934Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
OU Physicians among first in country to post patient satisfaction reviews online(Oklahoma City) To promote transparency and provide more information to patients, OU Physicians – the state’s largest physicians group and the clinical practice for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine – is now posting patient satisfaction survey ratings on its website for all users to review.
  
“People are demanding more transparency and accountability, and we’re trying to address that sentiment by posting patient survey ratings online where they can be easily accessed by the public,” said Brian Maddy, chief executive officer of OU Physicians. “We’re proud of the care we deliver and we want patients to see what their peers are saying about our providers, whether that feedback is positive or negative.”

Each surveyed OU Physicians provider earns a rating on a five-star scale based on patient responses to a confidential survey conducted by an independent patient satisfaction survey firm.  When a provider receives 30 survey responses, National Research Corporation converts the data to a star rating and the information is posted online at www.OUMedicine.com under the provider’s individual Find-a-Doctor profile page.  Patient comments about a physicians’ performance, both positive and negative, are also displayed, provided they do not contain confidential patient health information, profanity or libelous statements.  New patient survey data is added to the website each week to keep the ratings updated.

After each clinic visit, patients are asked to complete a confidential online survey.  The medical practice receives more than 25,000 completed surveys each year, giving the rating system a robust supply of ever-changing data.  When compared to peers around the country, OU Physicians survey scores consistently rank in the top 25 percent nationally.  

OU Physicians is one of only a handful of medical practices around the country that is displaying its patient satisfaction scores online.  The rankings use a five-star system similar to those found on other consumer sites such as Yelp, Angie’s List and HealthGrades, among others.  Currently, OU Physicians overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 stars. 

“The vast majority of feedback we receive from patients is positive, but not every person is completely satisfied.  We want to be transparent about that and let people make their decisions with as much information as possible.  It helps us as we strive to provide a better patient experience for everyone,” said Maddy. 

To view provider ratings and learn more about the project, go to www.OUMedicine.com

About OU Physicians

With more than 650 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and in Edmond, Midwest City, Enid and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

About National Research Corporation 

For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders. 

National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1933Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Lend an Ear: New Non-Invasive Approach Targets Errant Heart RhythmHave you ever experienced sudden lightheadedness, shortness of breath or heart palpitations?  An irregular heart rhythm may be to blame.

It’s a condition known as atrial fibrillation, and more than 2.3 million people in this country have some form of it. Now, researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have shown a non-invasive treatment that delivers low-level electrical stimulation through a part of the ear can suppress atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the upper chambers of the heart lose their normal rhythm and beat chaotically.

“Atrial fibrillation affects a lot of people – up to 10 percent of the population. And the older people get, the more common atrial fibrillation is,” said lead researcher Stavros Stavrakis, M.D., Ph.D., with the OU College of Medicine’s Heart Rhythm Institute.

The study involved patients with a specific type of atrial fibrillation in which the errant rhythm occurs occasionally and then stops. OU researchers found that low-level electrical stimulation delivered by way of a part of the ear known as the tragus can suppress the irregular heart rhythm. The tragus is that little bump of cartilage located at the front of the outer ear.  It doesn't really do a lot, but it appears to provide a pathway to a specific nerve in the brain stem that appears to exercise some control over atrial fibrillation. 

“We found that the time that people were in atrial fibrillation was decreased by about 50 percent after stimulating the tragus for one hour compared to those in the study who did not receive the low-level electrical stimulation,” said Stavrakis.

In previous laboratory studies, Stavrakis and his team showed they could effectively halt atrial fibrillation with low-level electrical signaling applied directly to the nerve. 

“So we were trying to find a way to non-invasively stimulate the nerve, in other words, without surgery,” he explained. “We found a study in which researchers had systematically stimulated different parts of the ear and were able to elicit a response in the brain. So we tried it first in the laboratory to see if we could stimulate the nerve through an electrical signal applied to that part of the ear called the tragus, and it worked nicely.”

The next step involved a study of 40 patients referred to the electrophysiology lab at OU Medicine. Under general anesthesia, half received low-level electrical stimulation of the right ear through a small metal clip attached to the tragus. The other half had the device attached but did not receive the treatment.

The patients who received the low-level electrical stimulation saw a significant decrease in the amount of time in atrial fibrillation. In the control group, by contrast, the time in atrial fibrillation actually increased slightly. 

“We also found it was more difficult to produce atrial fibrillation after treatment,” Stavrakis said. 

He called the results promising and said the next step is to evaluate the treatment approach in patients with this type of atrial fibrillation while awake, since this initial study involved patients with acute atrial fibrillation who were under anesthesia.

 The new study involving treatment while awake has recently received funding from the American Heart Association, and Stavrakis said they hope to begin that research soon.

“A preventive approach is the goal. So we hope to next evaluate this approach in patients who could do this at home using an electrical stimulation device similar to those used for pain management,” he said.

The approach is not only non-invasive, it also is not painful. Stavrakis said that’s because the level of electrical stimulation needed to slow the heart rate is well below the threshold that produces discomfort.

“We anticipate that the patients undergoing treatment at home would not even feel the stimulation,” he said.

The research produced another interesting discovery. Stavrakis and his team also drew blood in patients, measured markers in the blood known as inflammatory cytokines and found that low-level electrical stimulation reduced those markers, thereby potentially inhibiting inflammation within the body.  

“We think that this is important because it means this technology and treatment method also may be useful in treating other diseases associated with inflammation like rheumatoid arthritis,” Stavrakis said.

The research is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1930Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
OU Helps Children and their Families Become Health ChampionsIt’s a tall order. Develop a program that teaches the basics of how to achieve good health, that helps children learn how to make healthier choices, and that utilizes recipes that are healthy, easy to prepare and economical. 

That was the task assigned to the architects of this year’s C.H.A.M.P. camp at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and one they easily mastered.

C.H.A.M.P. stands for Children's Healthy Activity and Meal Planning. It’s an annual summer camp for 5th, 6th and 7th graders from the community designed by master’s program students and interns, and hosted by Department of Nutritional Sciences at the OU College of Allied Health.  

“We are teaching them about healthy eating, the importance of each food group and how they can put together meals that contain all of the essential nutrients. We also incorporate physical activity and hydration lessons to encourage an overall healthy lifestyle,” said Brian dela Cruz, M.S., R.D./L.D., instructor and clinical coordinator for the Department of Nutritional Sciences. 

Campers also learn the essentials of food safety as they prepare their own healthy meals and snacks. 

“I’ve learned to try new things and be more open-minded. Like some things that I wouldn’t normally eat, I try them a different way, and they are actually good,” said Olivia Finch,11, a participant from Norman.

So how do you convince kids that they can love eating foods that are good for them as much as they enjoy junk food? Camp coaches said it’s all about establishing the right eating environment.

“We know that consumption habits are primarily learned from the eating environment. So the camp provides a fun, interactive way for the kids to try new, healthy foods,” dela Cruz explained, adding that children who have a role in preparing food are more likely to try it and accept it.”

Perhaps it is not surprising then that kids who may turn up their noses at broccoli, devour it when it is served as part of the camp’s ground turkey burgers.

“We had turkey burgers, which was turkey burgers with broccoli and onion in it,” said Sam Scobey, 10, of Edmond. 

“It’s pretty good, especially with the sweet potato fries,” remarked fellow participant Henry Coffman, 12, Oklahoma City.

Jessica Hays is one of the dietetic interns at the OU College of Allied health who helped design this year’s camp. She said there is often a misconception that eating healthy is difficult or expensive, but the campers learned otherwise. 

“Eating healthy is not that hard. It can be budget-friendly, too,” she said. “Another big part is to bring kids into the kitchen. I think it’s a fun way as a family to work together to eat healthier.”

The camp uses special plates, color-coded to match the government’s MyPlate, illustrating not just the five food groups but the appropriate portion sizes for each of those food groups at each meal. 

“So half of your plate should be filled with fruit and vegetables, a little more than a fourth of your plate would be whole grains and then a little less than a fourth would be protein. And you have a serving of dairy, too,” dela Cruz said. “It’s a visual reminder that helps us to eat the appropriate portions of these foods.”

A quick online search turned up a variety of paper and plastic plates that can be ordered as well as printable placemats for use by families at mealtime.

“I think there’s a common misconception that it’s difficult to eat healthy meals or that it’s too expensive to eat healthier, but the meals designed by our students include ingredients that are very affordable,” dela Cruz said. “So hopefully, when these young people are shopping with their parents, they will point out products, and their parents can see that eating healthy can be very cost-effective and it doesn’t take a lot of time either.

In addition to teaching about a variety of health and nutrition topics, the camp focuses on the importance of being active and also staying hydrated.

The theme for the camp this year was Made in Oklahoma, and a number of companies that got their start here or are based here donated to the effort.  

"We're teaching them things that they can take with them for the rest of their lives and hopefully share with their families, too," Hays said.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1927Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Audiologist Joins OU PhysiciansAudiologist Krista Schroeder, Au.D., has established her practice with OU Physicians.

She was previously a practicing audiologist in Oklahoma City. 

Schroeder completed an audiology internship at The Scholl Center for Communication Disorders, Tulsa. She earned her audiology degree from Wichita State University, Kansas. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Southwestern Oklahoma State, Weatherford, and a bachelor's degree in biology from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls. 

Schroeder is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, Academy of Doctors of Audiology, National Hearing Conservation Association, Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Schroeder sees patients at OU Physicians, 825 N.E. 10th St., Oklahoma City. For appointments, call 405-271-7559. 

With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts.

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1926Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Board-Certified Pediatrician Joins PracticeM. Townsend Cooper, Jr., M.D., a board-certified pediatrician, has established his practice with OU Children’s Physicians.

Cooper recently completed an academic fellowship with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He had been serving as a volunteer clinical instructor for OU College of Medicine Pediatrics since 2013. Previously, he served as director of Medical Ministries in Lima, Peru, and had been chief of the Department of Pediatrics at Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick.

Cooper completed a pediatric residency with the OU College of Medicine and earned his medical degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts.

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1925Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Stephenson Cancer Center Physicians Introduce New Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Tool Leading to Better Patient OutcomesOklahoma men now have access to a powerful new solution for more targeted prostate biopsies at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma.  

This new technology fuses pre-biopsy magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images of the prostate with ultrasound-guided biopsy images in real time. The enhanced cancer detection offered through this tool is leading to better patient outcomes through a more accurate biopsy. 

“Targeted MRI/ultrasound biopsy is becoming the new standard in prostate care, and the Prostate and Urologic Cancers Clinic at the Stephenson Cancer Center is pleased to be the first in the area to offer this powerful solution to our patients,” said Dr. Michael S. Cookson, professor and chair of the department of Urology at the OU College of Medicine. 

The new technology has been shown to increase cancer detection by about 20 percent over traditional biopsy. Traditional prostate biopsies are done “blind” with physicians randomly sampling the prostate- an approach that has been used since the 1980s. 

With MRI-guided prostate biopsies, a MRI identifies suspicious lesions before the biopsy, and then the 3-D map is fused or overlapped with the real-time 3-D ultrasound images during the patient biopsy procedure to create a very precise image of the area. 

The new system uses electromagnetic tracking, similar to the GPS in a car, to track the location and positioning of the biopsy device as it allows the physician to more accurately guide the biopsy needle into the targeted lesion. 

For patients, the only additional step to the prostate examination is the addition of MRI imaging, which occurs in a separate visit before the biopsy exam. Cookson said the MRI-guided prostate biopsy leads to earlier diagnosis when cancer is present and reduces the number of false positives. Other benefits include reduced recovery time, lower risk of infection, and less bleeding and pain.  

“We are confident that this new tool will provide Oklahomans with access to the latest technology to identify and target suspicious prostate lesions,” said Dr. Kelly Stratton, a urologic oncologist at the Stephenson Cancer Center and assistant professor in the OU College of Medicine. 

According to the American Cancer Society, up to one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. This makes prostate cancer the most common form of cancer in American men, aside from skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death. 

This new technology is available through the combined efforts of the OU College of Medicine’s Departments of Radiology and Urology as well as the Stephenson Cancer Center. For more information on this new tool or to make an appointment, please call the Prostate and Urologic Cancers Clinic at (405) 271-4088. 

For media inquiries, please contact Claire Turmelle in the Marketing and Communications office at (405) 271-1333. 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1924Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Oncologists at the Stephenson Cancer Center Present the Latest in Immunotherapy and Targeted Therapies at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting Oncologists from the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma presented their latest research findings at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the premiere scientific meeting for clinical and translational oncology. 

The annual meeting brings together more than 30,000 oncology professionals from around the world. 

Faculty members from the Stephenson Cancer Center were authors on 21 different abstracts at this year's annual meeting, a record-breaking number for the Center. Abstract submissions are reviewed through a rigorous selection process, and only abstracts of superior quality are selected. 

"To have such a large presence at ASCO, the largest professional oncology meeting in the world, reflects the caliber of research that our faculty members are conducting each day," said Robert S. Mannel, MD, Stephenson Cancer Center director. "I am especially proud that Stephenson Cancer Center oncologists are making significant contributions to the emerging field of precision medicine on a national level.

"This year's meeting highlighted two major areas of cancer research: immunotherapy treatments and targeted therapies. While these therapeutic strategies have shown early success in melanoma and a few other cancers, research presented at the meeting showed promising results in a number of other tumor types, including non-small cell lung cancer and some head and neck cancers. 

Many of these advanced immunotherapy treatments and targeted therapies are currently offered through clinical trials at the Stephenson Cancer Center. The Oklahoma TSET Phase I Program, located at the center, provides access to new and promising targeted therapies in the early stages of development. 

Supplementary Information The nine Stephenson Cancer Center faculty and staff listed below were authors on 21 different abstracts accepted at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology: 
  • Kathleen Moore, MD (10) 
  • Robert Mannel, MD (4)
  • Shubham Pant, MD (4)
  • Joan Walker, MD (4)
  • Lisa Landrum, MD (1)
  • D. Scott McMeekin, MD (1)
  • Katherine Moxley, MD (1)
  • Michael Sughrue, MD (1)
  • Wade Williams, PhD (1) 
Some highlights from these abstracts include: 

Kathleen Moore, MD, MS, presented promising findings on a phase I, first-in-human trial (abstract #5518) for patients with epithelial ovarian cancer. The study combines an anticancer agent with an antibody that is specifically targeted to the proteins expressed by the cancer. When the drug is administered, it allows a toxic agent to be delivered directly to the cancer cells. The study shows potential even in heavily pre-treated patients. 

Shubham Pant, MD, presented encouraging results in a study (abstract #4065) for patients with metastatic gastric and esophageal cancers who often have limited options. The new treatment being studied combines chemotherapy and more targeted therapies to attack the cancer. Initial results show that this new treatment option can be used safely and effectively. 

For media inquires, please call Claire Turmelle at (405) 271-1333. 

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1918Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Stephenson Cancer Center Recruits Tobacco Prevention and Control Researchers for Leadership PositionsTwo tobacco control researchers, Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, Ph.D., and Damon Vidrine, Dr.P.H., have been recruited to key leadership positions at the Stephenson Cancer Center located at the University of Oklahoma. Jennifer Vidrine will serve in the newly established role of Deputy Director for Tobacco Research and oversee initiatives to advance the center’s tobacco research center. Damon Vidrine will serve as co-leader for the Cancer Health Disparities Program.  
Two tobacco control researchers, Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, Ph.D., and Damon Vidrine, Dr.P.H., have been recruited to key leadership positions at the Stephenson Cancer Center located at the University of Oklahoma. Jennifer Vidrine will serve in the newly established role of Deputy Director for Tobacco Research and oversee initiatives to advance the center’s tobacco research center. Damon Vidrine will serve as co-leader for the Cancer Health Disparities Program.  
Jennifer Vidrine and Damon Vidrine were previously at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where Jennifer was Associate Professor and Deputy Chair for the Department of Health Disparities Research, and Damon was Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science. Both will join the OU Health Sciences Center faculty as Associate Professors in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. 

“We are extremely pleased to have Jenny Vidrine and Damon Vidrine join our leadership team,” said Stephenson Cancer Center Director Robert S. Mannel, M.D. “Both bring a wealth of leadership and academic experience in addition to well-developed research programs that address the devastating problem of tobacco use and addiction, especially among at risk and high-need populations.” 

Jennifer Vidrine earned a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida. She completed a clinical internship at Brown University and a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Science at MD Anderson Cancer Center. As a faculty member at MD Anderson, she earned awards for mentorship and research activities. Jennifer’s research activities focus on developing strategies to reduce   tobacco-related health disparities, including innovative intervention and cessation programs that target tobacco use in specific populations. Her research has been supported by research grants from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
      
Damon Vidrine earned his doctoral degree in public health at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center and joined has the faculty there in 2006. His research has been recognized with a faculty scholar award. Damon’s research activities focus on developing tobacco prevention and cessation strategies for at-risk populations, including low-income adults, HIV/AIDS patients, and inner city adults and youth. He has a particular interest in utilizing social media technologies to enhance tobacco prevention and cessation. Sponsors including the National Cancer Institute and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services have supported his research. 

Both Jennifer Vidrine and Damon Vidrine will be appointed Oklahoma TSET Research Scholars in recognition of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust’s ongoing support for research to reduce the burden of cancer and tobacco in the state. 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1915Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Understanding Obesity in American Indian Children in OklahomaWhen it comes to measuring obesity in American Indian youth in Oklahoma, the numbers are in and they show work still needs to be done.

That's the conclusion of recently published findings by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in collaboration with the Native Youth Preventing Diabetes Coalition.
 
Researchers found that 63 percent of the American Indian children surveyed met criteria for overweight or obese. That's twice the national average.

"We wanted to know why they were obese," said researcher Michelle Dennison-Farris, L.D. "What behaviors are contributing to this trend? And how can we change it?"

The findings are based on a study including 124 American Indian children, between the ages of 7 and 13,  in Oklahoma. It uncovered some behaviors that might be at least part of the problem, among those was the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

"We found that these kids consume about 309 calories per day of sugar-sweetened beverages, which offer little nutrition and extra calories. That is significantly higher than the national average of 178 calories per day of these beverages," said Dennison-Farris.
 
In addition to the increased consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, the study revealed the amount of exercise in which the children engaged also had room for improvement. It is recommended that children get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. The majority of the children in the study, though, fell far short of that number.

"They were getting only about four and a half hours a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity; and only 32 of the children surveyed – that’s about one in four - were meeting the physical activity guideline of 60 minutes per day," said fellow researcher Susan B. Sisson, Ph.D. of the OU College of Allied Health.
 
"We were surprised by the outcomes, not only the amount of calories consumed by sugar-sweetened beverages, but the variety of beverages involved.  These children consumed high amounts of fruit drinks, sports drinks, sweetened tea and soda" said Dennison."
 
Sisson added the survey brings important insights into some of the reasons why American Indian children are at increased risk for certain diseases, particularly obesity and diabetes.
 
"Knowing the facts is just the start," said Sisson, adding that more research is needed to evaluate other circumstances that may impact health behaviors in these children, such as emotional or psychological factors and  peer pressure.

The research is published in the online edition of the Journal of Community Health.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1912Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Stopping a Silent KillerSaving women from an often silent killer is at the heart of new recommendations for ovarian cancer prevention from a top researcher and clinician at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma as well as counterparts nationwide.

It’s estimated that almost 22,000 women in this country will learn they have ovarian cancer this year alone, and more than 14,000 women will die of the disease.  The disease often is not detected until it is in an advanced stage because there seldom are symptoms until it has already spread.  Since early detection through screening and symptom detection has failed to reduce mortality, top cancer researchers and clinicians nationwide now have issued a list of recommendations aimed at stopping the cancer before it starts. 

Joan Walker, M.D., gynecologic oncologist with the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, is lead author on the commentary published in Cancer.  Walker also holds the George Lynn Cross Research Professorship in Gynecology and Oncology  with the OU College of Medicine.  

“These new recommendations are aimed at helping save lives,” Walker said. “ Recent scientific breakthroughs have provided new insights into ovarian cancer  ̶  how it forms, how it spreads and who is at greatest risk.  With that knowledge, we felt it was important to make a strong recommendation to both the public and health care providers about how to best prevent ovarian cancer.”

The new recommendations include the use of oral contraceptives and instead of tubal sterilization, they recommend the removal of the fallopian tubes.  For women at high hereditary or genetic risk of breast and ovarian cancer, risk-reducing removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries is recommended.   Finally, they recommend genetic counseling and testing for women with ovarian cancer and other high-risk family members.  Women identified with excess risk of ovarian cancer can reduce that risk to almost zero with the removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries, but they experience premature menopause.

“For women with an average risk of developing ovarian cancer, we know that the use of oral contraceptives can cut their lifetime risk for ovarian cancer by 40 to 50 percent. The longer oral contraceptives are used, the greater the benefit and that benefit can last up to 15 years after a woman has stopped using oral contraceptives,” Walker said.

Tubal ligation, a procedure in which a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked, tied or cut, has been associated with a 34 percent reduction in the risk of ovarian cancer in women at average risk for ovarian cancer.  With the new scientific evidence, the authors indicated they prefer the removal of the fallopian tubes as a preventive measure.   
“Studies have reported a 70 to 85 percent reduction in ovarian cancer as well as a 37 to 54 percent reduction in breast cancer in women at high hereditary risk with the removal of both the ovaries and fallopian tubes,” Walker said.  “Growing evidence shows that most type 2 ovarian cancers develop as a result of cellular changes in cells within the fallopian tubes.”
“This information is especially important for women at increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer. These recommendations are intended to help encourage an open discussion between women and their health care providers,” Walker said.

ABOUT THE STEPHENSON CANCER CENTER 
Oklahoma’s only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma is a nationally noted leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top five cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 200 research members who are conducting over 100 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $31.1 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1908Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Psychologist Joins OU Children's PhysiciansErin M. Hawks, Ph.D., has established her practice with OU Children’s Physicians. She has also been named an assistant professor with the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 

Hawks is a licensed clinical psychologist. She works with children, adolescents, adults and families suffering from a variety of disorders, including: anxiety; depression; sleep problems; tic disorders; trauma-related (i.e., PTSD); identity concerns; feeding and eating disorders, toileting problems, behavioral problems and adjustment issues. 

Hawks completed a fellowship in pediatric psychology at the OU College of Medicine. She  completed an American Psychological Association-accredited psychology internship at the Oklahoma Health Consortium, Norman. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in clinical psychology at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. 

Hawks is a member of the: American Psychological Association; Society of Clinical Psychology; Society of Health Psychology; Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues; Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race; Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Society of Pediatric Psychology; Association for Psychological Science; and the Oklahoma Psychological Association. 

Hawks sees patients on the OU Health Sciences Center campus. For an appointment with a pediatric psychologist, call (405) 271-4219.

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1907Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Spring 2015 OUHSC ConvocationsSpring Convocations
At the College Convocations, graduates will be recognized. Candidates’ names will be announced, they will have their picture taken, and they will be presented a diploma cover by their college dean. This is the time for candidates to celebrate with those in their college.

To have the complete graduation experience, graduates are expected to attend both Commencement and their Convocation!

Please contact the Graduation Office at (405) 325-0841 or at commencement@ou.edu if you have any questions about graduation.


College of Allied Health Convocation

7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015

T. Howard McCasland Field House, 151 West Brooks Street, Norman, OK.

Candidates are asked to arrive at 6:00 p.m. at Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall.

There will be a reception prior to the ceremony from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Chesapeake Stadium Club, Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 W. Brooks Street, Norman, OK

Questions? Contact Paije Fauser at (405) 271-6588 or paije-fauser@ouhsc.edu or visit the College of Allied Health Web site at ah.ouhsc.edu/main/graduation.asp.


College of Dentistry Commencement

2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015

First United Methodist Church, 131 NW 4th St, Oklahoma City, OK. 

Candidates are asked to arrive at 1:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Carla Lawson at (405) 271-5444 or via email at Carla-lawson@ouhsc.edu.


College of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Convocation

10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015

First United Methodist Church, 131 NW 4th St, Oklahoma City, OK. 

Candidates are asked to arrive at 9:00 a.m.

There will be a reception immediately following Convocation at the First United Methodist Church.

Questions? Contact Kristy Jurko at (405) 271-4435 or via email at kristy-jurko@ouhsc.edu.


College of Medicine Commencement

10 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015

Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker, Oklahoma City, OK. 

No tickets issued for Commencement. Candidates are asked to arrive at 8:45 a.m.

There will be a reception immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.

Questions? Contact James F. Albertson at (405) 271-2316 or via email at james-albertson@ouhsc.edu.


College of Nursing Convocation

7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 Jenkins Ave, Norman, OK.

Candidates are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. Candidates are required to register for Convocation. Registration forms can be found at nursing.ouhsc.edu/Current-Students/graduation.asp.

Questions? Contact Margaret A. Robinson at (405) 271-2428, ext. 49130 or via email at Margaret-A-Robinson@ouhsc.edu or visit nursing.ouhsc.edu/current-students/graduation.cfm.


College of Pharmacy Commencement

10 a.m., Saturday, June 6, 2015

Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, Oklahoma City, OK. 

No tickets will be issued for Commencement. Candidates are asked to arrive at 9 a.m.

Questions? Contact Darla Puckett at (405) 271-6598 or via email at darla-puckett@ouhsc.edu.


College of Public Health Convocation

2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015

Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave. Norman, OK. 

Candidates are asked to arrive at 1:30 p.m.

There will be a reception immediately following Convocation in Beaird Lounge, located in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Questions? Contact Robin Howell at (405) 271-2308 or via email at Robin-howell@ouhsc.edu.


Health Sciences Center Graduate College Convocation

2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015

David L. Boren Student Union, Room 170.  

Candidates are asked to arrive at 1:15 p.m. Registration is required. Candidates will register through the Graduate College.

There will be a reception immediately following Convocation in the Library Foyer and Faculty Atrium at the Robert M. Bird Library located at 1000 Stanton L. Young Blvd. just across the street from the David L. Boren Student Union.

Questions? Contact Karen Bentley at (405) 271-2085, or via email at Karen-bentley@ouhsc.edu.  
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1902Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Marathon Winner is OUHSC Staff MemberCongratulations to OU Health Sciences Center staff member Camille Herron, who was the female winner of Sunday’s Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 54 minutes and 55 seconds. This is the third time Camille has won the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; her previous two wins were in 2012 and 2014. Camille works as a research laboratory technician for the OU College of Medicine. Her specialty is bone histomorphometry – making measurements of the bones. She works in the laboratory of Mary Beth Humphrey, M.D., Ph.D., whose research focus is osteoimmunology – understanding how the bone and the immune system work together.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1900Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Shining a New Light on Ovarian Cancer Treatment: New $1.5 million grant funds research aimed at better treatment with fewer side effectsA new $1.5 million grant to researchers at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center will advance work focused on an illuminating new treatment for ovarian cancer.

The five-year National Institutes of Health grant funds research by Youngjae You, Ph.D., a member of the Stephenson Cancer Center and associate professor with the OU College of Pharmacy. His team is focused on the use of photodynamic therapy to target ovarian cancer tumors.

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer for women, claiming the lives of more than 14,000 women in the United States each year. This year, another 21,000 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

Photodynamic therapy is a treatment that utilizes special drugs called photosensitizing agents. Those agents work only after they have been activated by light. By combining photodynamic therapy with site-specific chemotherapy drugs, You and his team hope to provide an extremely targeted cancer-fighting treatment for ovarian cancer – one that defeats the cancer while reducing many of the side effects often associated with traditional chemotherapy.

“The awarding of this NIH grant is a tribute to Dr. You and his research team and marks an important milestone for their work to help advance treatment for ovarian cancer. NIH funding of this kind is critical to our work at Stephenson Cancer Center as we further our mission to not only provide the best possible cancer care, but also to develop new, more effective treatments with fewer side effects for cancer patients,” said Robert Mannel M.D., director of the Cancer Center.

The grant awarded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health is an NIH Research Project Grant, commonly known as an R01 grant.  The R01 is the original and historically oldest grant mechanism used by the NIH, providing support for health-related research.    
  
“I am very excited about this grant. It funds important work aimed at helping save more lives,” said You.

Last year, You and his research team received a $550,000 Department of Defense grant to advance their research into photodynamic therapy in combination with site-specific chemotherapy as a treatment for breast cancer. This new grant from the NIH allows them to apply the same core principles to the treatment of ovarian cancer.

“Dr. You’s research greatly enhances the depth and breadth of expertise necessary to sustain a productive, collaborative drug discovery core in the OU College of Pharmacy,” said JoLaine R. Draugalis, R.Ph., Ph.D., dean of the college. “His pharmaceutical chemistry and cancer research themes as well as his photodynamic therapy approach generate excitement within the college and University.”

You said the challenge with ovarian cancer is that the cancer often is not discovered until it is in an advanced stage. Most women with ovarian cancer undergo surgery first, followed by chemotherapy to target any cancer cells that may remain following surgery.  Traditional chemotherapy, however, affects healthy cells as well as cancerous ones. You’s team hopes to change that by utilizing their new photosensitizing agents and activating them only after they have reached the tumor site.

"We can deactivate the toxicity and activity of the cancer-fighting drugs by using our special chemical bond and photosensitizer to make prodrugs,” You said. 

Prodrugs are drugs that are administered in an inactive form. The prodrug is delivered by intravenous injection, much like regular chemotherapy. The difference is that, unlike traditional chemotherapy drugs, prodrugs are not active until exposed to near infrared light, which is introduced only at the tumor site. The light breaks the chemical bond that prevents the drug from working, thereby activating its cancer-fighting ability. The goal is to kill the cancer cells while helping patients avoid the systemic side effects associated with standard chemotherapeutic drugs. 

“Dr. You has built upon his initial photodynamic therapy research to add an even more innovative component that decreases adverse effects and ensures that the drug is on target when activated,” Draugalis said.

Although laboratory studies must be completed before human trials begin, Dr. You said photodynamic therapy combined with site-specific cancer-fighting drugs may hold promise in the treatment of other cancers too, including head and neck, esophageal, lung and bladder cancers. 

The research funding is from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (grant number 1R01GM113940-01).


ABOUT THE STEPHENSON CANCER CENTER 
Oklahoma’s only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma is a nationally noted leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top five cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 200 research members who are conducting over 100 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $31.1 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.


ABOUT THE OU COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy is committed to contributing to society through state-of-the-art education and research as well as modern, innovative pharmacy practices and services. With more than 5300 graduates since 1896, the college helps ensure the public need for safe and effective pharmaceutical care is met.  

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1896Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Occupational Medicine Provider Joins OU PhysiciansCurtiss (sic) Farrell, M.D., has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He is board certified in family medicine and is providing occupational medicine services through OU Physicians.  

Farrell completed a residency through the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. 

He is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice.     

OU Physicians Occupational Medicine is located on the OU Health Sciences Center campus at 825 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For more information, call (405) 271-WORK (9675).

With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1892Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Gastroenterologist Joins OU Children's PhysiciansCamilla Fraga-Lovejoy, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist, has established her medical practice with OU Children’s Physicians. Gastroenterologists specialize in treating diseases and disorders of the digestive system. 

Fraga-Lovejoy is board certified in pediatrics. She completed a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She completed a pediatric residency and internship at Miami Children’s Hospital, Florida, and earned her medical degree in Brazil.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

For an appointment with any OU Children’s Physicians pediatric gastroenterologists, call (405) 271-6549.

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1891Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Dentist Joins OU Children’s PhysiciansSallie McLane Lau, D.M.D., has established her dental practice with OU Children’s Physicians Dentistry.

Lau had previously been in private practice in the Oklahoma City area since 2002.  She completed her dental residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. She earned her dental degree at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Lau is a member of the Special Care Dentistry Association, American Dental Education Association, Oklahoma Association of Women Dentists, Oklahoma Association of Pediatric Dentists, Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Oklahoma Dental Association, Oklahoma County Dental Association and American Dental Association.

OU Children’s Physicians Dentistry offers general surgery services for both pediatric and adult patients. The clinic is located at 1200 Children’s Ave. For appointments, call (405) 271-4750.

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1890Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
OU's 18th Annual Primary Care Update Set For May 5-9 in Midwest CityPhysicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners will learn current information on a broad range of topics related to primary care at the University of Oklahoma’s 18th Annual Primary Care Update, scheduled May 5 through 9 at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel and Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road, in Midwest City.  Presented as a continuing medical education program, the conference is sponsored by the OU College of Medicine and the Irwin H. Brown Office of Continuing Professional Development.  

The conference will feature a variety of topics that focus on improving patient care by closing clinical practice gaps that have been identified across the country.  Topics will include updates on congestive heart failure, diabetes, stroke management, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and inflammatory bowel disease. In addition to nationally recognized faculty from the OU College of Medicine, guest speakers will include Dr. Aimee Garcia, associate professor at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and Dr. Michael Nelson, health care consultant at the Studer Group in Pensacola, Florida.

Optional evening programs will give participants the opportunity for hands-on and skills-based education in X-ray interpretation; palliative and supportive care; joint injection techniques; and physician documentation. Additional workshops will be offered for health care professionals interested in earning basic life support and advanced cardiac life support certifications.    

For more information or for accommodations on the basis of disability, please call (405) 271-2350 or (888) 682-6348. To access the conference agenda/brochure and registration information, visit http://cme.ouhsc.edu.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1894Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Licensed Clinical Social Worked Joins OU PhysiciansAngela Lewis, L.C.S.W., a board-certified licensed clinical social worker, has established her practice with OU Physicians. She specializes in geriatric psychotherapy, death grief and loss issues as well as personality disorders and other psychiatric issues.

Lewis earned her degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma. 

For appointments with a licensed clinical social worker at OU Physicians, call (405) 271-4219.

With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1874Wednesday, April 06, 2015
Promising New Treatment Targets Deadly Brain Cancer

Patients with a deadly form of brain cancer now have access to a promising new treatment at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

The Stephenson Cancer Center is one of only a handful of institutions nationwide offering the novel treatment, which utilizes alternating electrical fields to target glioblastoma.

Although rare compared to cancers in other parts of the body, glioblastoma is the most common form of brain cancer. It is also a very aggressive one. There are about 20,000 new cases each year of glioblastoma. Last year, 68-year-old Warren Henry became one of them. 

“I was in the elevator at work and I kept getting confused about where I was and one of the guys noticed something was wrong and took me to the hospital in Tulsa right away,” Henry said. “I was in complete shock when they told me the diagnosis.”

Current treatments for glioblastoma – including brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy – often are not successful at eliminating all of the cancer from the brain.  Without treatment, survival is typically just a few months. With standard treatments, the median survival climbs to more than a year. Now, doctors at the Stephenson Cancer Center hope to boost survival even more with the addition of a new weapon in the fight against this deadly cancer. It’s a completely novel approach using a new treatment delivery system.

“It is not a surgery. It is not chemotherapy. It is not radiation. It is actually a device that delivers low-intensity electrical fields to the tumor site through electrical transducers placed on the head,” said James D. Battiste, M.D., Ph.D., a neuro-oncologist with Stephenson Cancer Center and the OU College of Medicine’s Department of Neurology.

The electrical transducers are attached to the front, back and sides of the scalp with pads much like a giant bandage, connected by wires to a portable battery or power supply. Cancer cells thrive through rapid replication and division. The transducers are placed in such a way that they essentially scramble the tumor cell’s internal messaging, causing it to self-destruct.   

“So those proteins get messed up and they cannot divide their DNA between the two cells. When that happens, each cell gets a different amount of DNA than it really should. That confuses the cells and the cells usually either die or become dormant,” Battiste said. “If the tumor cells die, then the tumor can start to shrink.”

When first diagnosed, Henry was not very hopeful about his own survival.

“The first hospital I went to told me there was nothing they could do, but then I came to the Stephenson Cancer Center, and they said they could remove the tumor. Now, I am undergoing chemotherapy in conjunction with this new treatment, which is supposed to help keep the tumor from returning.” Henry said.

The treatment, which is worn more than 18 hours a day for best results, is already FDA approved for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma. Recently, though, researchers discovered that patients using the device, in combination with standard chemotherapy and radiation, lived longer than those offered standard treatments alone.  There also are few side effects.

“Mainly there is just a little bit of skin irritation, but we watch for that,” Battiste explained.

The treatment also offers new hope for patients who are not candidates for standard cancer therapies.

“One of the most exciting aspects of this new treatment is that we are going to be able to go to our patients who may be having trouble with traditional chemotherapy and offer them this new treatment that has very minimal side effects,” Battiste said.

He cautioned that patients with a pacemaker and some surgery patients are not candidates for the new therapy. However, research is ongoing to try to find ways to make it available to those patients, too. 

While the new system is not a cure for glioblastoma, specialists at Stephenson Cancer Center say it could well mark the beginning of something extraordinary in the realm of cancer treatment overall. 

“The hope is that in future research we may be able to apply this treatment to other types of brain tumors and even to other cancer sites outside of the brain. So in the future, it could be used on cancer in the lungs, the pancreas or even the ovaries,” Battiste said.



[Image: 68-year-old Warren Henry is fitted with a device that targets brain cancer in an entirely new way - utilizing low-intensity electrical fields to essentially short-circuit cancer cells’ ability to replicate. The Stephenson Cancer Center is one of only a handful of institutions nationwide offering the novel treatment for glioblastoma.]

ABOUT THE STEPHENSON CANCER CENTER 

Oklahoma’s only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma is a nationally noted leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top five cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 180 research members who are conducting over 100 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $28.7 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1860Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Obstetrician-Gynecologist Joins OU PhysiciansObstetrician-Gynecologist Caroline Flint, M.D., has established her practice with OU Physicians. 
      
Flint completed her residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where she also earned her medical degree. She earned a bachelor's degree in zoology/biomedical sciences from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, graduating summa cum laude.
      
Flint is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Physicians.
      
For an appointment with any of the OU Physicians obstetrician-gynecologists, call (405) 271-9494.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1849Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Anesthesiologist Joins OU Physicians German Barbosa-Hernandez, M.D., a board-certified anesthesiologist, has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor of anesthesiology for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Anesthesiologists specialize in the use of drugs and other means to avert or reduce pain in patients, especially during surgery. 
      
Barbosa-Hernandez has specific experience in regional anesthesia (anesthesia affecting a large part of the body) and anesthesia administration during liver transplantation and cardiothoracic surgery.            
      
He completed a fellowship in anesthesia for liver transplantation at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, and an anesthesia residency at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland. He earned his medical degree in Bogota, Colombia. 
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1835Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Anesthesiologists Join OU Children's PhysiciansEvangelyn Okereke, M.D., and Michelle Sheth, M.D., have established their medical practices with OU Children's Physicians. Sheth has also been named director of pediatric cardiovascular anesthesia services and is the only dedicated pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist in Oklahoma. Anesthesiologists specialize in the use of drugs and other means to avert or reduce pain in patients, especially during surgery. 
      
Both doctors are board certified in pediatric anesthesiology.  Okereke has been named an assistant professor and Sheth an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 
      
Okereke completed a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She completed an anesthesiology residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport. She earned her medical degree at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Lubbock. She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and Society for Pediatric Anesthesia.
      
Sheth completed an anesthesiology fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, and a pediatric anesthesia fellowship at the University of Arkansas. She completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a pediatric residency in South Africa. She earned her medical degree in India. She is a member of the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1834Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
OU Research Targets Often Misdiagnosed Condition A new $200,000 grant will advance research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center into a debilitating and often misdiagnosed neurological condition.

Dysautonomia International awarded the three-year grant to Dr. David C. Kem to support innovative research by his team aimed at better diagnosis and treatment of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, commonly called POTS. 

For people with POTS, the simple act of standing up can send the heart racing. In fact, an abnormally rapid heart rate upon standing is the hallmark of the condition. Other chronic symptoms (lasting more than six months) may include shortness of breath, weakness upon standing as well as exercise intolerance. POTS affects as many as a million people in the United States, most of them young women between the ages of 12 and 40. It has no cure and treatment options are limited.

Kem and his team, however, recently discovered the condition's cause may be rooted in the body's own immune system. They evaluated blood samples from POTS patients and identified specific antibodies, circulating proteins in the blood that fight infections, which appear to play a role in the syndrome.  
  
"These autoantibodies altered cell function. They interfere with normal changes in the system that controls the ability of blood vessels to become narrower and prevents the expected drop of blood pressure as the patient stands. The body compensates for this by increasing sympathetic nerve activity, which helps maintain blood pressure, but directly speeds up the heart rate," said Kem, the George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Medicine at the OU Health Sciences Center, and a member of its Heart Rhythm Institute. 

The new grant, the largest private grant ever awarded for POTS research, allows Kem's team to pursue development of a blood test for POTS and to work toward new treatments to lessen the burden of this condition on patients.

"Research is the key to understanding what causes POTs and other autonomic disorders, and how we can best treat them. Research gives us hope for a better future," said Lauren Stiles, president of Dysautonomia International and a POTS patient.

Stiles said the grant was made possible by a donor whose daughter suddenly developed POTS last year. The funding will create a new post-doctoral fellowship position that will be named the "Meghan's Hope POTS Research Fellowship" in honor of the donor's daughter.

"POTS is more than a minor annoyance for most patients. It often leads to significant life changes and limitations in normal life. We are grateful to Dysautonomia International and to the donor for their support of our work to help patients with this debilitating condition," Kem said. "It is especially touching to see someone who cares so much about their daughter's difficult lifestyle that they have funded an important and promising bit of locally generated research to pursue a cure."

Dysautonomia International is a not-for-profit patient advocacy organization focused on disorders of the autonomic nervous system. Since its founding in 2012, Dysautonomia International has funded research, physician education, patient empowerment and public awareness programs on POTS and other disorders of the autonomic nervous system. 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1825Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Psychiatrist Joins OU PhysiciansCharles H. Dukes, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist, has established his practice with OU Physicians. Psychiatrists are medical doctors specifically trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
      
Dukes has a special interest in in psychosomatic medicine, working with patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and bipolar disorder. Prior to OU Physicians, he was on the faculty of Rocky Vista School of Osteopathic Medicine, Parker, Colorado, and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Bryan. 
      
Dukes completed a psychiatry fellowship at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina. He completed a psychiatry residency at Griffin Memorial Hospital, Norman, and a family medicine internship at St. Anthony Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies.  He also severed as a Lutheran Pastor and completed a Master of Divinity degree at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Dukes also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corp, and has been presented numerous awards and medals throughout his military service.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1823Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT
OU College of Nursing Ranks Among Best in Country for Online Advanced Degree Nursing Programs The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing is ranked as one of the best online advanced degree nursing programs for 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.   

"We strive to provide an exceptional learning environment at the OU College of Nursing," said Dean Lazelle Benefield, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN. "Online programs, extraordinary faculty, and outstanding clinical partnerships anchor our efforts to help students achieve their goals in nursing, to advance research, and to meet the growing need for exceptional nursing professionals in a variety of health care environments. It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report for our efforts in online nursing education."

According to U.S. News, the rankings are determined by student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technologies, and admissions selectivity. This is the third year the publication has ranked online programs. 

"We are very proud of the online programs we are able to offer at the OU College of Nursing," said Gary Loving, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean. "Currently, we have several online degree programs including Masters of Nursing Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice and PhD in Nursing. The online programs allow for great flexibility for students to better meet their individual needs as they work toward advanced degrees in nursing. For example, our Masters of Nursing Education program allows for multiple starting points for students."  

Under Loving's leadership, the college has utilized technology to provide distance learning opportunities for about 25 years. The college's online program offers a choice of part-time or full-time progression, and students are eligible to compete for merit-based scholarships. 

"The College of Nursing has highly trained faculty, and our students have the opportunity to engage with peers and faculty both in person and online while obtaining their degree," said Loving.

Benefield said that the college's online educational programs were created to help address the critical shortage of baccalaureate-prepared and advanced practice nurses in hospitals, clinics, schools and home care agencies across Oklahoma.

"To address this shortage, we must first address the root cause, and that is a shortage of qualified faculty ready to educate the next generation of nurses," Benefield said.

Toward that end, she explained the OU College of Nursing launched two of its online programs. These include  ̶  the PhD in Nursing program, the first in the state, which prepares graduates for roles in the academic world helping train the next generation of nurses, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which prepares advanced practice nurses to meet the primary healthcare needs of Oklahomans.

"By making these programs available online, we exponentially expand access to the rich educational and scientific resources of our college and the OU Health Sciences Center for nursing students across Oklahoma, regardless of their physical location," said Benefield. 

The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing
The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing is nationally recognized, offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral level programs to those interested in starting or advancing a career in the profession of nursing. With locations in Oklahoma City, Lawton and Tulsa, the OU College of Nursing is the state's largest nursing program and is dedicated to continuing the leadership and academic excellence that have become synonymous with the University of Oklahoma. The College of Nursing is a part of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, a leader in education, research and patient care and one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges. OU College of Nursing is Oklahoma's highest-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Reports.  To find out more, visit http://nursing.ouhsc.edu/. 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1816Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Research Points to Novel Approach in Blood Clot Prevention Blood clots are an important concern in patients having major surgery, and preventive treatment with anti-clotting medication can cause excess bleeding. Now, research shows a new therapeutic approach may help reduce the risk of clots without increasing bleeding risks for these patients. 

Current therapies for the prevention of thrombosis (the medical term for blood clots) are effective. However, they also are associated with an increased risk of bleeding, said study co-author Gary Raskob, Ph.D., dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health. 

"There is a need to continue to work to develop better, safer treatments. The goal, ultimately, is to find new treatments that effectively reduce the risk of blood clots in patients without increasing the risk of bleeding. This research looked at one such approach," Raskob said.  

The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, evaluated the safety and effectiveness of a drug that targets a specific clotting factor in the body – factor XI. Factor XI is a protein produced by the liver and found in the blood that helps the blood to clot following an injury to a blood vessel. The study drug reduces factor XI levels.

Although the exact role of factor XI in blood clots in humans is not known, there is evidence that patients with congenital factor XI deficiency have a reduced risk for venous thromboembolism, which includes deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the deep veins of the legs) and pulmonary embolism (potentially fatal blood clots in the lungs).   

In the study, researchers looked specifically at patients undergoing total knee replacement because they have an increased risk of venous thromboembolism and routinely are given preventive therapy with an anticoagulant.

"Because factor XI is involved in the production of clots, but not in their initiation, we hypothesized that reducing factor XI levels would decrease the risk of venous thromboembolism after knee replacement surgery without increasing the risk of bleeding,"  Raskob said. 

In the clinical trial, approximately 300 patients undergoing total knee replacement procedures were randomized to receive either the research drug (in a 200 milligram or 300 milligram dose) or the anti-coagulant medication enoxaparin. 

The research drug was given starting 36 days prior to surgery with the final dose given three days after surgery.  The enoxaparin, on the other hand, was given for at least eight days after surgery.

The study found that patients receiving the higher dose of the research drug had the lowest occurrence of venous thromboembolism. In addition, patients receiving the research drug had fewer bleeding episodes than patients receiving enoxaparin. 

It is the first study to evaluate a therapeutic strategy that targets reduction of the expression of factor XI in the prevention of blood clots," Raskob said. "While further research is needed to validate the results, the findings point to a novel target for new therapies for blood clot prevention."
 
The study was funded by the manufacturer of the study drug.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1804Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Joins OU PhysiciansSantaram Vallurupalli, M.D., a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 
      
Vallurupalli specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with spine injuries and illnesses. He completed a spine surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Spine Center, Cleveland, Ohio. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He completed a research fellowship in orthopedic surgery at the University of Missouri and the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.
      
Vallurupalli is a member of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.
      
He sees patients at the OU Physicians building, 825 N.E 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For an appointment with an OU Physicians orthopedic surgeon, call (405) 271-2663.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1803Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Psychiatrist Named Chief of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryRebecca Susan Daily, M.D., F.A.P.A., D.F.A.A.C.A.P., has been named chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and sees patients as part of OU Children's Physicians. Psychiatrists are medical doctors specifically trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. 
      
Daily is board certified in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. She specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with Tourette's syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, trichotillomania (pulling one's own hair), developmental disorders, bruxism (grinding of the teeth) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
      
Daily comes to OU Children's Physicians from Variety Care, where she was chief of pediatric psychiatry. Prior to Variety Care, she taught at the Kansas University School of Medicine in Wichita. She completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency and internship and earned her medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham.
      
Daily is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a member of the Oklahoma Psychiatry Association and Oklahoma State Medical Association.
      
Daily sees patients on the OU Health Sciences Center campus. For an appointment with a pediatric psychiatrist, call (405) 271-5253.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1799Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Got the Flu? What's a Parent to Do?Have a child who's sneezing, coughing with that achy, feverish, can't-move-a-muscle feeling? You are not alone. We are in the midst of the "sick season" with a variety of viruses and a fair amount of the true flu, influenza, taking their toll on young and old alike.

"We are seeing just about everything in the clinics. This really is the season for all types of viruses to crop up. So we are seeing respiratory viruses, including influenza," said Casey Hester M.D., pediatrician with OU Children's Physicians. "We are also seeing the gastrointestinal bugs … so lots of vomiting, lots of diarrhea."

She said it's pretty much par for the course at this time of year. And while most illnesses can be managed at home without a visit to your health care provider, influenza is the exception. That's because medications that target flu need to be started within the first 48 hours. The challenge is knowing the difference between a wintertime bug and influenza.  Hester said there are some clear differences.

"With influenza, kids do tend to be a little sicker. They often have a high fever accompanied by severe body aches and pains. Another tell-tale sign of the flu is exhaustion," Hester said. "You don't feel like doing anything, even eating or drinking. Whereas, when you have a cold, you tend to have a low fever with mild fatigue, sneezing, coughing and a stuffy, runny nose."

If you suspect that your child may have the flu, it is very important to get them in to see a doctor as soon as possible.

"Early in the course, it is hard to tell if it is the flu because a lot of other viruses also start with fever, cough, congestion, body aches and chills," she said. "But the best thing to do is to call your doctor and get an appointment to be seen for a rapid flu test. If your child is seen early enough, within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, there is a medicine that we can give to help reduce the duration and severity of the symptoms."

Hester and fellow pediatricians are seeing their fair share of flu, but they are also seeing a lot of cases of gastroenteritis or what most of us call the stomach flu. People with the stomach flu often have symptoms of diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, fever, headache, and sore muscles.

"One of the biggest things to keep an eye on when you have any type of stomach bug is dehydration. It can be a concern with flu too and it is one of the leading causes of hospitalization during the sick season," Hester said. 

She suggested that parents monitor fluid in and fluid out. 

"So if they are wearing diapers, that is easy. If they are older kiddos, you just want to have them check in with you and let you know when they go. You want at least two to three urinations in 24 hours. So if they are not producing any urine in eight hours, you may have a problem. Especially if your child is, listless, lethargic, really tired and just won't eat or drink anything," Hester said. 

Most children will recover from wintertime illness with just a little TLC at home. Here are a few tips to help them on the road to recovery:
•         Encourage your child to drink lots of clear fluids to prevent dehydration (water, electrolyte solutions, apple juice or warm broth).
•         Make sure he or she gets plenty of rest.
•         Saline nasal sprays can help relieve nasal congestion. (These are not nasal decongestant sprays which may make symptoms worse.)
•         Over-the-counter pain reliever/fever reducers may be helpful, but be sure to use "children's strength" and never give aspirin to any child under the age of 18 or ibuprofen to an infant 6 months of age or younger. 
•         DO NOT use over-the-counter, combination cough and cold medications in a child under 6 unless your doctor tells you to do so.
•         Keep your child home until he or she has been fever free for at least 24 hours.
•         Frequent hand washing can help prevent the spread of flu and other illness.
 
Remember antibiotics are not effective in fighting viruses. So your doctor will not prescribe these unless he or she suspects a secondary bacterial infection.
 
While most symptoms can be managed at home, Hester said any fever in an infant under two months of age can be serious. So be sure to have the baby seen by your health care provider right away. With older children, it is time to see the doctor if your child has a fever that lasts more than five days, is exceedingly tired, listless, lethargic of if you can't get him or her to eat or drink anything.  

For more information about the flu, including flu facts, treatment, information about vaccinations and more, visit www.oumedicine.com/flu.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1795Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Cardiologist Joins OU Children's PhysiciansMary C. Niu, M.D., a board-certified pediatric cardiologist, has established her pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology practice with OU Children's Physicians. Electrophysiologists are cardiologists who have advanced training in arrhythmia and pacing.
      
Niu is board certified in pediatric cardiology and pediatrics. She completed fellowships in pediatric electrophysiology and pediatric cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. She completed her pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital, Baltimore, and earned her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.
      
OU Children's Physicians cardiologists and electrophysiologists see patients at the OU Children's Physicians Building, 1200 Children's Ave., in Oklahoma City. For appointments, call (405) 271-5530.  OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1788Wed, 07 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Radiologist Joins OU Physicians Jennifer Hinkle, M.D., a board-certified radiologist, has established her medical practice at OU Physicians. She has also been named an assistant professor of radiology for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Radiologists specialize in administering, supervising and interpreting MRI, CT, X-ray, ultrasound and other types of imaging studies. 
      
Hinkle completed training as a musculoskeletal radiologist and is experienced in arthrography (diagnostic testing which examines the inside of a joint) and peripheral joint therapeutic injections. She comes to OU Physicians from Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., where she was section chief of Musculoskeletal Imaging. 
      
Hinkle completed a musculoskeletal imaging fellowship and diagnostic radiology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed an internship and earned her medical degree with special distinction from the OU Oklahoma College of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in biology from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1787Wed, 07 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Board-Certified Pathologist Joins OU PhysiciansBoard-Certified Pathologist John H. Eichhorn, M.D., has established his practice with OU Physicians. 
      
Eichhorn is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as cytopathology (the branch of pathology that studies and diagnoses diseases on the cellular level).
      
He completed clinical and research fellowships in surgical pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, where for the next two decades he was employed as a full-time pathologist and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He also completed anatomic and clinical pathology residencies, serving as chief resident of anatomic pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly Rutgers Medical School), Piscataway, New Jersey.            
      
Eichhorn is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, American Society of Cytopathologists, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, International Society of Gynecological Pathologists and College of American Pathologists.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1786Wed, 07 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Leading Biomedical Ethics Prize Presented To Weill Cornell Medical College's Joseph FinsA noted scholar and author in the field of medical and palliative care ethics has been selected to receive the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics, administered by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. This year's recipient is Joseph J. Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P., chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.
The $10,000 prize, awarded every two years, was established to honor Oklahoma City community leader Patricia Price Browne by selecting an individual who "demonstrates the highest standards in the medical or professional ethics fields."
 
"The College of Medicine is proud to continue the legacy of Patricia Price Browne by awarding this prize to such a distinguished and accomplished individual as Dr. Joseph Fins," said M. Dewayne Andrews, senior vice president and provost for the OU Health Sciences Center and executive dean of the OU College of Medicine.
At Weill Cornell Medical College, Fins also serves as the E. William Davis Jr., M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and is a professor of medicine, of medicine in psychiatry and of healthcare policy and research. 
Additionally, he is an attending physician and director of medical ethics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he is the founding chair of the hospital's ethics committee. Fins also serves on the adjunct faculty of The Rockefeller University, where he is a senior attending physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital and co-directs the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury at Weill Cornell and Rockefeller University.
Fins' current scholarly interests include ethical and policy issues in brain injury and disorders of consciousness; palliative care; research ethics in neurology and psychiatry; medical education; and methods of ethics case consultation.
A prolific author, his book credits including A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life's End (2006); a forthcoming book, titled Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics and the Struggle for Consciousness, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. He is a co-author of the landmark 2007 Nature paper describing the first use of deep-brain stimulation in the minimally conscious state.
Fins is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was elected an Academico de Honor of the National Royal Academy of Medicine in Spain, one of only 18 so honored worldwide. Other awards and honors he has received include a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, a Soros Open Society Institute Project on Death in America Faculty Scholars Award and a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Visiting Fellowship. He has received additional grant support from the Dana, Buster and Katz foundations, among others.
Fins was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and he currently serves on the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law by gubernatorial appointment. He also serves on the New York State Palliative Care and Education Council by appointment of the health commissioner. 
Fins earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University and his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed his internal medicine residency and general internal medicine fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Active in numerous professional and honorary medical, bioethics and societies, Fins is immediate past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, former chair of the Hastings Center Fellows Council and now a member of the center's Board of Trustees. A trustee emeritus of Wesleyan University, he has been honored with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. 
Fins is a master of the American College of Physician and served as a governor of the college, which honored him with its Laureate Award. A fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and was appointed to Germany's Council of the Europaische Akademie, he also is an elected member of the American Clinical and Climatological Association and Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.
Fins will receive the Browne Prize on May 13, 2015, during a visit to the OU Health Sciences Center campus. While at OU, he will be a guest lecturer for Pediatric Grand Rounds at Children's Hospital.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1784Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Neonatologist Joins OU Children's PhysiciansNeonatologist Marjorie M. Makoni, M.D., has established her practice with OU Children's Physicians. Neonatologists are physicians who specialize in the care of newborns. Along with other neonatologists at OU Children's Physicians, she offers comprehensive care for Oklahoma's premature and ill or injured full-term infants. 
      
Makoni has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She is board certified in pediatrics and completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the OU College of Medicine. She completed a residency at the University of Toledo, Ohio, and earned her medical degree at St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies.
      
Makoni is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1783Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician Joins PracticeCourtney R. Shockley, M.D., a pediatric emergency medicine physician, has established her practice with OU Children's Physicians. She sees patients at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. 
      
Shockley completed her pediatric residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where she also earned her medical degree. 
      
Shockley is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association Section on International Child Health.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1782Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Pay to Play – A New Approach in Diabetes PreventionIt's not unusual to pay a teenager in your neighborhood to mow your yard, but would you ever consider paying one to go to the gym?  That's exactly what researchers at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center are doing, but for reasons you might not expect.

The research, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, focuses on how to motivate young people to make lifestyle changes that can help them avoid health problems, including overweight, obesity and diabetes.

It's called the MOVE study, a research project that, as the name suggests, aims to motivate teens to get moving more.

"We've developed new protocols for treating diabetes in children, but nothing in terms of teaching those at risk to avoid the disease," said Kenneth Copeland, M.D., co-principal investigator of the study. Copeland holds the Paul and Ann Milburn Chair in Pediatric Diabetes at the OU College of Medicine and director of pediatric programs at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center.

"Studies have demonstrated that incentive programs help adults meet their goals in weight loss or smoking cessation programs, but no one has ever considered whether financial incentives can improve health outcomes in younger populations," said Kevin Short, Ph.D., co-principal investigator and associate professor in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology at the OU College of Medicine.

It is now estimated that one in three children born today will develop diabetes during his or her lifetime. The rising prevalence of diabetes and obesity in younger populations has been especially alarming and has researchers and health care providers evaluating new strategies for preventing children from developing diabetes in the first place.  

The MOVE study will evaluate how effective financial incentives are in motivating young people to exercise regularly.

Copeland and Short have collaborated with the Choctaw Nation, developing initial sites for the program in Hugo and Talihina.

The year-long study enrolls participants in three sessions, each 16 weeks long.  In the first session, participants are rewarded for the number of visits made to a designated workout facility.  In the second session, study enrollees are rewarded for the amount of time they spend in a predetermined heart rate range.  The final session randomly rewards participants of the study.

"Many of these kids don't understand that exercise is the best approach for diabetes prevention and that physical activity is important for overall health," said Short.  "Using money as an immediate incentive helps us demonstrate to the kids that consistently and routinely exercising makes you feel better and improves a lot more than your waist size."

MOVE isn't just about the money, however.  The research program is designed to encourage positive clinical outcomes by improving physical fitness, lowering blood pressure and helping teenagers learn habits that lead to good health. 

"We hope this research will help us develop prevention programs that effectively address how to increase the physical activity levels of all youth as well as model incentive programs for future use in the Choctaw Nation and elsewhere," said Short. 

The MOVE study is part of a larger NIH-funded diabetes prevention research effort led by Neil Henderson, Ph.D., director of the American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center at the OU College of Public Health.  
 

Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is an OU Medicine Center of Excellence leading the way to prevent, treat, and ultimately find a cure for diabetes.
Research reported in this news release was supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P20MD000528. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1780Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Anesthesiologist Joins OU PhysiciansTanmay Shah, M.D., a board-certified anesthesiologist, has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor of anesthesiology for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Anesthesiologists specialize in the use of drugs and other means to avert or reduce pain in patients, especially during surgery. 
      
Shah completed an anesthesiology residency at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, N.J., after completing a fellowship in obstetric anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn. He completed a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Women's & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, N.Y. He earned his medical degree in India.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1779Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Adolescent Medicine Provider Joins PracticeKelly Curran, M.D., has established her medical practice with OU Children's Physicians and will see patients in the adolescent medicine clinic. Adolescent medicine physicians provide comprehensive general health care to teenagers, including routine wellness checks, sports physicals and immunizations.
      
Curran has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics and board eligible in adolescent medicine. 
      
Curran completed an adolescent medicine fellowship at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she also completed an internal medicine/pediatrics residency. She earned her medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill.
      
Curran is a member of the Society of Adolescent Medicine and Health.
      
OU Children's Physicians Adolescent Medicine providers see patients at 1200 Children's Ave., in Oklahoma City. For appointments, call (405) 271-6208.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1778Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Radiologist Joins OU Physicians Joseph Lambert, II, M.D., a board-certified radiologist, has established his medical practice at OU Physicians. Radiologists specialize in administering, supervising and interpreting MRI, CT, X-ray, ultrasound and other types of imaging studies. 
      
Lambert completed a musculoskeletal imaging fellowship at Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C. He completed a diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and an emergency medicine residency at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, N.C. He completed  medical school at Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va.          
      
Lambert is a member of Radiologic Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society and the American College of Radiology.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1777Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Quality in Focus: Improved Health Care Impacts Health Equity Improving overall quality of care for hospitalized patients produces a welcome by-product --improvements in the equity of care for racial and ethnic minorities.

That's the conclusion of a new report by researchers, including Dale Bratzler, D.O., M.P.H., professor and associate dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health. The study appears in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

"Certain racial and ethnic minorities historically have not received the same quality of care as Caucasian patients," said Bratzler. "Our research shows that improving health care overall closed the gap."

The findings are based upon a survey of over 12 million patients at about 4,000 American hospitals in the United States.  It began almost a decade ago when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began an ambitious public reporting initiative. 
 
"Beginning about 2005, all hospitals in the country essentially had to start reporting quality of care metrics for heart attack, pneumonia and heart failure," Bratzler said. "Then in 2012, Medicare payments to hospitals became contingent upon how well those hospitals implemented federal metrics for quality of care. As a result, overall quality of care at hospitals in the U.S. was found to have significantly improved."
 
Yet, did the gap in care for minorities remain? That is the question Bratzler and fellow researchers tackled in their work.
 
"We wanted to see if improved overall quality of care on these common conditions – heart attack, pneumonia, or heart failure – would decrease racial disparities as well as to determine whether disparities in care were improved not just within hospitals but also between hospitals."
At the start of the survey in 2005, researchers found nine measures for which minority patients (three for black and six for Hispanic patients) received substantially lower quality of care than white patients. Six years later, these racial and ethnic gaps in quality of care for all of these measures had narrowed.
 
In some cases the disparities narrowed significantly. In others, they were entirely eliminated as overall quality of care improved for white, black and Hispanic patients," Bratzler said.
 
In addition, the study found the disparities not only declined for white and minority patients treated in the same hospital, they also declined in hospitals that serve larger proportions of minority patients.   
 
"The study shows that quality improvement interventions are relatively blind to color or ethnicity. That’s likely because efforts to improve quality of care often attempt to make care more consistent and less variable and may thereby also reduce inappropriate variations based on race or ethnicity," Bratzler said.

Researchers said the study supports ongoing tracking of quality of care for minority and non-minority patients in an effort to continue to detect whether quality improvement efforts further enhance equity of care. 
 
The study was funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The research team included members from the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, OU Health Sciences Center, Brown University, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Providence VA Medical Center and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1773Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Orthopedic Surgeon Joins OU Physicians Rishi Thakral, M.D., a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 
      
Thakral specializes in limb salvage and reconstruction, total joint replacement (hip and knee), revision total joint surgery, hip preservation surgery, lower extremity deformity correction and lengthening.
      
Thakral completed fellowships in adult reconstructive surgery at the University of Chicago and then at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He also completed a fellowship in limb reconstruction and lengthening at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, Md. Thakral completed orthopedics and surgery residencies in Ireland. 
      
He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and AOTrauma, an international community of trauma and orthopedic surgeons and others dedicated to improving patient care and outcomes in the field of musculoskeletal trauma.
      
Thakral sees patients at the OU Physicians building, 825 N.E 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For an appointment with an OU Physicians orthopedic hand surgeon, call (405) 271-2663.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1772Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Poundwise Holiday Potluck and Parties Guide'Tis the season … the season for parties.  With invitations to office parties, neighborhood parties, church parties and more from now right through New Year's Eve, how do you participate without packing on the pounds? Health experts say it just takes a little planning.
 
With so many holiday parties, buffets and potlucks, and so many delicious options readily available, it's easy to overindulge. Health experts say that's where a little pre-party planning can help.
 
A great trick is to make sure you don't show up hungry, said Molly Fernando, Psy.D., with Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. If you arrive famished, you will be more likely to overindulge. So she suggests eating a healthy snack before you go. 
 
When you arrive, evaluate your options before you start filling your plate.
 
"Just walk around the buffet table. See what choices you have. Then when you actually get in line to get your food, you already know what you are going to choose. So that can be a very easy trick," Fernando said.
 
Here are a few other pound-wise holiday potluck and party tips from the health experts at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center:
 
•         Choose a smaller plate. This allows you to load up with smaller portions of your favorite foods and still have a full plate.
•         Eat slowly and savor the food while enjoying the company of friends and family.
•         Don't stand next to the food. Distance is your friend when it comes to buffets.
•         If you are thinking about going back for seconds, wait 10 minutes. It takes a while for your brain to register that you are full. So if you wait before going back for more, you may realize that you are already full.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1770Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
OU Nurses Sweep ONA Awards 2014Faculty at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Nursing won all four individual awards presented by the Oklahoma Nurses Association at its annual conference. As the leading professional organization for nurses in the state, the Oklahoma Nurses Association recognizes and advocates for excellence in the nursing profession. The faculty were recognized for achievements in research, excellence in nursing, impact on public policy and a career of exemplary achievement.  

Lazelle Benefield, dean of the College of Nursing, was honored with the Nursing Research Award for producing excellent research in geriatric nursing, focusing on aging in place and the ways that nurses and caretakers, especially those looking after a family member with dementia, could use technology to assist in their caregiving. The award recognized that not only was the research itself innovative, but it created clear ways for nurses to implement the findings and improve outcomes for patients and caregivers. The models Benefield created can be used to fill in gaps in care and provide guidelines for nurses and family caregivers, who provide more than half of the care for people with dementia. It also demonstrated how nurses at a distance can stay in touch with caregivers and patients to ensure that needs are met.  

Gary Loving, the college's associate dean for Academic Programs, received the Excellence in Nursing Award recognized his pioneering use of technology and distance education, representing a unique and creative approach that uses nursing theory in a practice setting. Loving began using technology to connect classrooms across the state as early as 1992—far before the current wave of online and synchronous courses. The next 25 years have seen further adoption of technology-mediated instruction put in place at the College under his direction. At present, the College of Nursing is a leader in both exceptional instruction and innovative ways to deliver it. He has provided leadership in teaching informatics, innovative online instruction and in the use of clinical simulations, including inter-professional simulation lab opportunities that allow student nurses to work alongside other healthcare students to gain experience as close to the real-world as possible.
 
Janet Sullivan Wilson received the award for Nursing Impact on Public Policy following the signing of State House Bill 2526 into law in May 2014 by Governor Fallin. Dr. Wilson's research in the late 1990s recognized intimate partner violence as both a public health and criminal problem that caused preventable injuries and deaths in Oklahoma. This work resulted in the formation of a statewide fatality review board that today reviews all intimate partner fatalities, collects and analyzes data, and recommends best practices for a wide variety of professionals in health care, law enforcement, and social services to better identify and intervene in domestic violence. Case analyses from this fatality review board discovered that professionals responding to intimate partner violence needed evidence-based tools to be effective. 

Wilson's most recent research, funded by the National Institute of Justice, evaluated police use of a lethality screen and safety protocol when called to homes for intimate partner violence, thus shifting the emphasis to violence prevention. Because of this study's findings and her collaboration with Oklahoma's violence prevention agencies, HB 2526 includes the intervention evaluated in her research. Oklahoma is the first state in the country to legislate police use of the lethality assessment protocol intervention, specifying that victims have the right to know the signs of lethality and be given state resources to keep them safe. Wilson is on the Oklahoma Attorney General's newly formed Lethality Assessment Council to help with the coordination and implementation of this law. 

Professor Emma Kientz, coordinator for the College of Nursing at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center, was honored with the Nightingale Award of Excellence, recognizing a career of exceptional achievements in nursing. Kientz is noted for serving as a role model of consistent excellence and a leader in her field. In addition to teaching students in the classroom for the past 12 years in online and clinical areas, she is responsible for managing the college's daily operations in Tulsa. Her impact reaches into the community, where she serves on the executive management team of the Tulsa Healthy Start Initiative and as a member of the Tulsa Family Health Coalition. In the areas of preventative health care, she serves as a program reviewer for the Association of Prevention Teaching and Research and is an active member of the Oklahoma Health Aging Initiative Northeast Region. In addition, she is pursuing a Doctorate in Nurse Practice.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1771Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Orthopedic Surgeon Joins OU Children's PhysiciansDavid Y. Chong, M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, has established his medical practice with OU Children's Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor of pediatric orthopedic surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
      
Chong has a specific interest in diagnosing and treating children with congenital deficiencies, often performing limb reconstruction, hip preservation and spine surgery. 
      
Chong completed a fellowship in limb deformity and reconstruction surgery at the Paley Advanced Limb Lengthening Institute, West Palm Beach, Fla. He completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at the University of Utah/Shriner's Hospital for Children, Salt Lake City. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center and earned his medical degree with honors in orthopedic surgery and primary care at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville.
      
Chong sees patients in the OU Children's Physicians building, 1200 Children's Avenue, Oklahoma City. For appointments with OU Children's Physicians orthopedic surgeons, call (405) 271-2669.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1769Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
OU Research Earns Cover of Prestigious Cancer PublicationUniversity of Oklahoma research pointing to a possible and promising new treatment for one of the deadliest cancers is prominently showcased in the newest edition of a top cancer research publication.  

The research by Altaf Mohammed, Ph.D., and C.V. Rao, Ph.D., of the Stephenson Cancer Center is featured on the cover of the December issue of Cancer Prevention Research--the flagship journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

"It is really a great honor for me to have our work featured on the cover of this prestigious publication," said Mohammed, who also is a faculty member of the OU College of Medicine's Department of Internal Medicine.

Rates of pancreatic cancer have increased slightly over the past decade. According to the American Cancer Society, about 46,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year and more than 39,000 die. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths among American men and women. OU researchers say finding an effective treatment and ultimately a cure is critical.

"Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal cancers," Rao said. "It is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among American men and women; and according to one estimate, it could become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths by the year 2020."

Rao, Mohammed and their research team at the Stephenson Cancer Center are focused on the impact of a specific drug on pancreatic cancer. The drug already is FDA-approved as a topical treatment for excessive facial hair growth in women and as an injectable treatment for sleeping sickness. However, it has also shown promise in about 20 clinical trials (ongoing/completed) in treating several cancers, including skin and colon cancer. 

The OU team is evaluating the drug's effectiveness against pancreatic cancer in laboratory studies. Their work shows the drug effectively inhibits the growth of pancreatic carcinoma. While more study is needed, the researchers say the laboratory research may point the way toward clinical trials of the drug in patients with pancreatic cancer soon. 

"We believe our work may help move such clinical trials onto the fast track  ̶  perhaps as early as next year, " Rao said. 

Increasing the chance for rapidly moving forward with clinical trials is the fact that the drug has shown no toxicological or human safety concerns in previous clinical trials for other cancers. 

"I am thrilled that other cancer researchers will read of our work," Mohammed said of the publication about their work in Cancer Prevention Research. "This is an important drug, which has been studied for a long time in other cancers, but not for the pancreatic cancer."

The research is supported by funding from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NCI grant N01-CN-53300).

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About the Stephenson Cancer Center 
Oklahoma's only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center is a nationally recognized leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top five cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the NCI's National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 180 research members who are conducting over 100 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $28.7 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1768Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The Holidays: Your "No Diet" ZoneThe holiday season is no time for dieting. That's the word from experts at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma, but that doesn't mean you can't still focus on your health.

"This is the holiday season, you don't want to put yourself on a strict diet or any diet for that matter," said Molly Fernando, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist with the Diabetes Center. 

The fact is "diet" is a four-letter word as far as most health and nutrition experts are concerned. That's because most people associate the word with restrictive eating plans that may even focus on fads that are not healthy and often not designed to produce long-term positive results for your health. 

Yes, the holiday season can be filled with delicious and tempting foods, but Fernando said the key to managing your waistline and your health, even if you are living with diabetes, is to shift your thinking.

"You can make the healthy choices; but you can also indulge a little and have a piece of that holiday cake that you enjoy. You just have to be mindful of what you are putting into your body and remember everything in moderation," she said.

Fernando knows that small changes in the way we think can have a big impact on what we choose to eat or drink and in our activity levels too. They have seen the strategy work for the many Oklahomans who have taken advantage of the Diabetes Center's Small Steps, Big Changes program. It's a program that empowers participants to live healthier through small, easy-to-make changes in both diet and exercise. It helps participants learn how to live fully while making better choices for their health, even during the holidays.

"During the holidays, we may feel like we are inevitably going to overspend, overeat and overtire ourselves, but we don't necessarily have to," Fernando said. "Just remember that you can control what goes into your body, the decisions that you make and the responsibilities that you take on. All it takes is a little planning ahead to maintain your health and still enjoy the holiday season."

Health experts at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center recommend the following 10 tips to focus on improved health this holiday season:
 
1.            Keep Your Doctor's Appointments
The holiday season can be extremely busy with things to do, meals to prepare, shopping and more. Sometimes, regular doctor's visits take a back seat to other things. In order to maintain your health, especially if you are living with a chronic disease like diabetes, it is vital to make keeping those doctor's appointments a priority.
2.            Don't Forget Your Medications
When you get busy, it's easy to get off schedule when it comes to medications, but that can put your health at risk. So remember to take all medications as instructed. If you have diabetes, be sure to test your blood sugar regularly and to adjust your medications accordingly.
3.            Snacking Helps
Eat a healthy snack before attending a holiday function. This can curb your appetite and help you make healthier choices and to avoid overindulging. 
4.            Potluck Those Parties
Oftentimes, everyone brings something to holiday parties and gatherings. So bring something you like, but that is also lower in sugar, calories and fat. This ensures that you will have at least one healthy choice.
5.            Super Small-Size the Plate
Choosing a smaller plate helps trick your mind. That way you fill your plate full with smaller portions of your favorite foods. 
6.            Watch What You Drink 
Many holiday drinks pack a hefty helping of sugar and calories. So choose water or other low and calorie-free beverages like club soda, diet beverages or tea. Alcoholic beverages should be kept to a minimum as they can sabotage both glucose control and healthy decisions.   
7.            Make Physical Activity Fun
Even shopping can help you get up and get moving. Park farther out and take a few extra laps around the mall to "window shop." When families gather, take a walk with a favorite relative to talk and catch up or gather the entire family for a game of football or soccer after the meal. 
8.            Get Your ZZZs
When you are tried, you may be tempted to grab for food to help bolster your energy. Adequate sleep also helps reduce stress.
9.            Just Say NO!
Plan ahead for what you can and can't do during the holidays. We can't do it all. So learn to set boundaries and to politely say "no" when a request exceeds them. 
10.        Manage your stress!
See tips 7, 8 and 9. Regular physical activity, adequate sleep and setting appropriate boundaries will help you reduce your stress and enjoy the holidays more!        
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1764Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Helping Those with Alzheimer's Remain Independent LongerA new grant will help advance research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center aimed at helping individuals with Alzheimer's retain their independence longer.
 
Alzheimer's affects 60,000 Oklahomans, a number that is projected to grow by more than 25 percent in the next decade. 
 
Now, the Alzheimer's Association has awarded almost $100,000 to the OU College of Allied Health. The grant funds a new phase of research into a method known as Skill-building through Task-Oriented Motor Practice or STOMP, a non-drug therapy that showed promise in earlier research in preserving cognitive function in people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. It is one of only three non-medication studies awarded grants by the Alzheimer's Association this year. 
 
"Based on our previous STOMP clinical and at-home studies, we know that this method of therapy helps patients with dementia or Alzheimer's retain their ability to perform daily life skills," said Carrie Ciro, Ph.D., principal investigator and assistant professor of occupational therapy at the OU College of Allied Health.
 
Developed by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, STOMP utilizes repetitive therapy in an effort to strengthen and preserve procedural memory, the memory that allows individuals to accomplish tasks of daily living.  
 
"Our brain is hard-wired to improve in activities that we practice. While conscious memory for facts and personal information is impaired in dementia, procedural memory -- unconscious memory for activity performance -- is retained later in the disease," Ciro said.
 
The STOMP method allows researchers to identify tasks most important to each individual with Alzheimer's and then practice those tasks on a regular basis. Such activities might include bill paying, operating the microwave, taking medications properly or operating a computer to access Email.
 
In previous studies, Ciro said participants practiced such activities for three hours every day, five days a week for two weeks both in a clinical laboratory, designed to be similar to the home environment, and also in their own homes. 
 
"Now, we want to determine the minimum amount of therapy needed to help these patients sustain those skills and lower their risk of institutionalization," she said.
 
In the newest study, all sessions will be in the participants' homes. Half will participate in the skill-building activities three hours a day, five days a week for two weeks as in the original studies. The other half will do skill-building activities one hour two days a week for two weeks.   
 
"The goal is to determine whether the amount of therapy makes a difference in the retention of procedural memory," Ciro said.  
 
"For Oklahomans with Alzheimer's and their more than 200,000 caregivers, I believe this research at OU will drastically help in their daily lives," said Nellie Windsor, communications director, Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. 
 
Recruitment for the newest STOMP clinical trial is already underway. To qualify for the study, individuals must:
-          Be between the ages of 55 and 80
-          Have mild to moderate dementia
-          And live at home with a spouse or caregiver
 
Participation in the study is limited. To learn more about the study, call (405) 271-2131.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1760Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Pathologist Joins OU Physicians
Pathologist Rachel Conrad, M.D., has established her practice with OU Physicians. She is also a assistant professor of pathology with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 
      
Conrad is board certified in pathology and cytopathology (the branch of pathology that studies and diagnoses diseases on the cellular level). She completed a cytopathology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her residency in anatomic/clinical pathology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California, where she also earned her medical degree. 
      
Conrad is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology and the American Society of Cytopathology.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1747Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Keep HSC GreenHelp the Health Sciences Center live Green!

 
Members of the campus community are encouraged to recycle the below items at the David L. Boren Student Union:
  • Plastic
  • Newspaper
  • White paper
  • Aluminum

Please be mindful of the helpful hints from the HSC Green Team.
 
Computers
 
  • Screen savers DO NOT save energy. Instead put your computer into “sleep mode” by enabling power saving features. When not actively in use, your monitor and hard drive will go into a low power mode.
  • Turn OFF your monitor when going to lunch, taking a study break or attending a meeting.
  • If your computer must be left on, turn off the monitor.
  • Use the “print preview” option to find potential errors before printing, because saving paper saves energy.

General Office Equipment
 
  • Enable power-saving features on all equipment.
  • Use power strips, but turn equipment on and off individually.
  • Buy office equipment with the “Energy Star” label. Energy Star products meet or exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficiency criteria.
  • Schedule energy-intensive activities in the morning hours to avoid peak electrical rates, such as running large numbers of copies or prints, experiments, etc.

Your Environment
 
  • Keep window shades and blinds closed when the sun is directly on the windows.
  • Limit the use electric space or radiant heaters; they are a fire hazard and consume enormous amounts of energy.
  • When gone for extended periods of time, unplug personal refrigerators and/or microwaves.
  • There are certain electronic devices that continue to use power even though they are not turned on, lovingly called "Phantoms". To help save electricity in your home or office remember to unplug your phone, laptop, camera, iPod, and/or power tool charger.
 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=534Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Nephrologist Joins OU PhysiciansUsman Z. Bhutta, M.D., has established his practice at OU Physicians. Nephrologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the kidneys. 
      
Bhutta is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in nephrology. He completed a nephrology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he also completed an internal medicine residency. He earned his medical degree in Pakistan.
      
Bhutta is a member of the American Society of Nephrology.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1741Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Hand Surgeon Joins OU Physicians Yuri Lansinger, M.D., a fellowship-trained hand surgeon, has established her medical practice with OU Physicians.
      
Lansinger sees adult and pediatric patients with hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions. She also sees patients with general orthopedic conditions. 
      
She completed a hand surgery fellowship through the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., where she also earned a master's degree in physiology. She earned an additional master's degree in Biblical studies from Westminster Seminary California, Escondido.
      
Lansinger is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, International Congress for Joint Reconstruction and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.     
      
Lansinger sees patients at the OU Physicians building, 825 N.E 10th Street, Oklahoma City. For an appointment with an OU Physicians orthopedic hand surgeon, call (405) 271-2663.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1740Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Setting Errant Heart Rhythms RightResearchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center are exploring the effectiveness of a new high-tech treatment for atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder.

Atrial fibrillation affects more than 2.5 million Americans. With atrial fibrillation, rapid, disorganized electrical signals cause the heart’s two upper chambers to beat very fast and irregularly.  Atrial fibrillation can cause strokes and death.

Current treatments involve drugs or surgery, but a new approach is being investigated that focuses on stimulating the vagus nerve, a nerve that exists on both sides of the body and plays an important role in helping the heart beat within a safe range.
  
"It's been shown that people who have a greater vagal tone are less likely to suffer a heart attack, are less likely to have sudden cardiac death or an adverse outcome following a heart attack,” said Stavros Stavrakis, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of Cardiology at the OU College of Medicine and member of the OU Heart Rhythm Institute.

Stavrakis and his team are evaluating the therapeutic potential of low-level vagus nerve stimulation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

The approach utilizes a stimulator surgically implanted around the vagus nerve.
   
"So you just do a small incision in the neck; put that in; and then the stimulator communicates wirelessly with an external generator,” Stavrakis said.

The hope is that by stimulating the vagus nerve at a level that is not slowing the heart rate and is not noticeable by the patient, the device will be able to prevent episodes of atrial fibrillation, thereby regulating and restoring a more normal heart rhythm.

If successful in the laboratory, the developers of the device believe clinical trials could begin in the United States as early as next year. The company already is in the process of testing a prototype in patients in Europe.

While commercial availability of the device in this country is still probably five to ten years away, Stavrakis said it is promising technology and may provide a way to offer a minimally invasive treatment for atrial fibrillation. However, he emphasizedthe technology would likely be used to complement, rather than replace, current atrial fibrillation treatments.

The research is being conducted in conjunction with Rosellini Scientific with funding from a $75,000 NIH Small Business Innovation Research grant.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1738Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Accidental Injury Can be the Real Scare on HalloweenHalloween brings costumes, gatherings and trick-or-treating, but it can also pose hidden dangers for children.

"Every year about 42 million get involved with trick or treating for Halloween and they go to about 110 billion houses across the United States," said Kirk Verbrugghe, an emergency room physician at Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. "In all of the excitement, accidents sometimes happen. That's why it's important to take steps ahead of time to help protect your children from accidental injury."

Verbrugghe and fellow E-R physicians at Children's say pedestrian versus vehicle accidents result in some of the most serious injuries they see. 

"Everyone just needs to slow down and pay extra attention on Halloween night," Verbrugghe said. "You've had a long day at work and you are coming home. It's right around the time that all the little ones are going to be trick or treating. So you just really, really need to slow down throughout your neighborhood. Make sure there are no distractions.  Turn your radio off. Turn your cell phone off. Don't text and just keep a close eye out for the kids."

Here are other tips to help keep your Halloween festivities safe: 

Make sure costumes are not too long and are made of flame-resistant materials
Face paint or makeup is preferable to masks, but if wearing a mask enlarge the eye holes to allow full vision.
Make sure costumes are not too long, which can cause trips and falls
Make sure your child carries a flashlight and consider adding reflective tape to costumes for better visibility. 
Don't wear costume contact lenses as they can cause injury or infection to your eyes.
Don't allow children under the age of 12 trick-or-treat without adult supervision.
If children over 12 are going out alone, make sure you know where they are going, what route they will take and have them check in regularly.
Instruct your children to only visit houses that are well lit and to NEVER enter a house.
Stay on the sidewalk and don't cut across lawns, which may have hidden tripping dangers.
Remind your children not to eat their treats until you have had a chance to check them over at home.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1735Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Radiologist Joins OU Physicians Divya Gunda, M.D., a neuroradiologist, has established her medical practice at OU Physicians. Neuroradiology is a subspecialty of radiology focusing on the diagnosis and characterization of abnormalities of the central and peripheral nervous system.
      
Gunda is board certified in radiology. She provides neuroradiology services for both adult and pediatric patients. She completed a neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and completed her diagnostic radiology residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadephia. She earned her medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
      
Gunda is a member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, American College of Radiology and Radiological Society of North America.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1734Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Audiologist Joins OU Physicians Audiologist Ariel Adams Bennett, Au.D., has established her practice with OU Physicians. She will sees pediatric and adult patients.
      
Bennett earned her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She earned her doctorate in audiology from Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America.
      
Bennett sees patients at OU Children's Physicians, 1200 Children's Ave., and OU Physicians, 825 N.E. 10th St., Oklahoma City. For appointments, call 405-271-7559. 
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1733Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Urologic Cancer Specialist Joins Cancer CenterKelly Stratton, M.D., a urologic oncologist, has established his medical practice with the Stephenson Cancer Center. Urology is the surgical specialty dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the urinary tract and reproductive organs. 
      
As a urologic oncologist, Stratton will diagnose and treat urologic cancers primarily through minimally invasive and robotic surgeries.  
      
Stratton completed a urologic oncology fellowship and served as chief fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y. He completed a urology residency at Vanderbilt University, Nashville. He earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and earned his undergraduate degree at OU in Norman. 
      
Stratton is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Urologic Oncology and American Urologic Association.
      
Stratton sees patients at the Stephenson Cancer Center, 800 N.E. 10th Street. For an appointment, call (405) 271-4088. 
        
Oklahoma's only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center is a nationally recognized leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top five cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the Institute's National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 180 research members who are conducting over 100 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $28.7 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1724Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Nephrologist Joins OU Children's PhysiciansAnjali Nayak, M.D., a pediatric nephrologist, has established her medical practice with OU Children's Physicians. Nephrologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the kidneys. 
      
Nayak works with pediatric patients needing kidney transplantation. She is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric nephrology. She completed a fellowship at Mattel Children's Hospital, University of California-Los Angeles, and a residency at Hershey Medical Center/Penn State University, Hershey, Pa. She earned her medical degree in India. 
      
Nayak is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society of Nephrology and American Society of Pediatric Nephrology.
      
For an appointment with any of the OU Children's Physicians pediatric nephrologists, call (405) 271-4211.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1723Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
A Killer Among Us
Ebola has been in the news a lot lately, and surveys show it is stirring concern for people all across the United States. The actual risk of developing Ebola is low here, though, while the risks associated with another deadly disease, blood clots, are significant. Yet, few are aware of them.

Millions of people die every year from blood clots. They are the underlying cause of the world's top three cardiovascular killers: heart attack, stroke and venous thromboembolism (blood clots in the legs and lungs).

Now, the dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health and other experts worldwide have joined in a new international initiative to raise awareness about blood clots and ultimately save lives. 

Monday, Oct.13, marked the first World Thrombosis Day. The primary focus of this year's initiative is venous thromboembolism, which impacts hundreds of thousands of Americans every year.

"There are too many people unaware of the facts about blood clots in the leg and lungs and their life-threatening consequences – and too many people are dying a preventable death," said Gary Raskob, Ph.D., dean of the OU College of Public Health and internationally known for his research into the prevention and treatment of blood clots. "The worldwide effort for World Thrombosis Day is designed to increase awareness among the public and among health care professionals about the importance of thrombosis as a major contributor to death and disability worldwide."
 
Judy Belk of Mustang learned firsthand just how dangerous those clots can be. The Mustang woman loves to garden, loves her family and loves to travel too. It was after returning from a trip to the mountains with her husband, though, that something went terribly wrong. 

"I was standing at the kitchen sink and I noticed I was having trouble breathing and I thought, well it will pass, you know. And I went ahead and finished cleaning up. And by the time I walked into the living room, I said ‘Glen, I'm having trouble breathing. And of course, being in the medical field, he said, ‘All right, let's go.' And so he got up, and we made a flying trip to the hospital," Belk said.
 
At the hospital, doctors quickly diagnosed Belk with pulmonary embolism. She actually had two clots, one in each lung. Belk was immediately hospitalized and treatment begun.
 
"If we can implement treatment quickly, which mostly consists of anti-clotting medication, the prognosis for patients is excellent. The key is getting a prompt, accurate diagnosis," Raskob said.

Blood clots can strike at any age. Vascular medicine experts say one of the challenges in preventing blood clots is how few people know about factors that may put them at risk.

"The most common risk factors actually have to do with being in the hospital or immediately following being in the hospital whether that be for a medical illness like pneumonia or heart failure or surgery, especially orthopedic surgery. People who have been in serious accidents are also at increased risk," said Dr. Suman Rathbun of the OU Vascular Center.

Other risk factors include:

-          Not moving for long periods of time
For example, having to stay on bed rest or traveling on long trips without getting up and walking around are examples of being immobile that can increase your risk.
-          Older age
The older we get the greater our risk for developing a blood clot.
-          Family history 
If someone in your family has had a blood clot, you may be at increased risk, especially if you add one of the three risk factors we just discussed like undergoing surgery or being in the hospital.
-          Using estrogen medications like oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy
-          Being pregnant or having recently given birth.
 
Since two-thirds of blood clots occur during or following hospitalization or surgery, health care providers and hospitals have grown increasingly aware of the importance of taking steps to prevent clots. 
 
"Many hospitals, including ours, do a risk assessment with every admission. The goal is to assess the patient's risk of getting clots, then prescribe either mechanical means to prevent clots, like pumps and support hose or medicine that can prevent clots," Rathbun said.
 
At OU Medical Center, clot prevention begins as soon as a physician enters his or her patient into the electronic hospital system.
 
"The first screen that comes up says your name, maybe the patient's name, and then what you are being admitted for. So, you are being admitted for pneumonia. You are being admitted for cancer surgery," said Dr. Curt Steinhart, medical director at OU Medical Systems. "Then it will say who the doctor is that you are being admitted to. Then right after that, it says VTE prophylaxis. VTE is short for venous thromboembolism, or blood clot. You can't order the diet. You can't order the lab work. You can't order the medications. You can't order anything.  You can't close your orders out without making a decision about whether you are going to use prophylaxis against deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism."
 
Raskob said the World Thrombosis Day effort is about empowering individuals to take steps to protect themselves too.

"It is critical for people to: one, know the risk factors; two, be proactive – talk to your doctor about your risk and ask about preventing blood clots, especially if you are admitted to a hospital or are having surgery; and three, know the symptoms and signs of a deep-vein thrombosis and of a pulmonary embolism and seek medical attention promptly if you experience them," he said.

Information on warning signs, risk factors, prevention and ways the public can get involved are available at www.worldthrombosisday.org 
 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1718Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Targeting Breast Cancer Tumors with LightResearchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center hope to shed new light on breast cancer treatment with fewer side effects.

They have developed an innovative treatment strategy that utilizes photodynamic therapy and site-specific chemotherapy to precisely target breast cancer tumors in an effort to maximize the therapeutic efficacy and to minimize the body's exposure to chemotherapeutic drugs.

Youngjae You, Ph.D., a member of the Stephenson Cancer Center and associate professor with the OU College of Pharmacy, has just received a new three-year, $550,000 federal grant to advance the work.

His laboratory-based research targets a specific type of breast cancer known as triple-negative. That means the tumor does not have any of the three most common known cancer-growth factors – estrogen, progesterone or the HER-2 gene. Thus, hormonal and HER-2 targeted therapies do not work for such cancers.

"Chemotherapy, the treatment of cancer with chemical drugs, is the one of the ways to treat triple negative breast cancer," You said. "Unfortunately, even when their breast tumors are localized, patients experience side effects from chemotherapy, like weakness, nausea, vomiting and pain, because their entire body is exposed to the drug."

Not only can these side effects be difficult for patients, they may also limit the amount of a chemotherapy drug that can be given.

"By being able to combine chemotherapy with photodynamic therapy using our novel linker technique, we have found that we are able to have a site-specific and controlled delivery of the drugs to the tumor without all the negative side effects caused by systemic chemotherapy," he said. 

Photodynamic therapy is a treatment that uses special drugs, called photosensitizing agents that only work after they have been activated by near infrared light. 

You and his team first deliver inactive chemotherapy drugs directly to a tumor. Next, near infrared light is introduced to the tumor site by way of a fiber optic cable. The light breaks the chemical bonds that keep the drugs from working. With those bonds broken, the drugs become active and kill cancer cells at the tumor site.

"What makes this approach so unique is that we discovered a groundbreaking way to break these bonds with near infrared light using a special chemical bond we developed," You said. "It allows us to keep the drugs outside the tumor inactive and release the active chemotherapy drug at the tumor site, which minimizes the body's exposure to the chemotherapeutic drugs."

The use of near infrared light also offers a number of advantages. Unlike ultraviolet light and high-energy radiation like X-rays or gamma rays, near infrared light is not toxic. It can also reach up to a few centimeters (about an inch) inside tissues within the body, which ultraviolet light and short visible light cannot do.

Ultimately, the goal is to find a way to deliver effective cancer-fighting therapeutics while reducing bothersome side effects for patients.

"If our strategy is successful, it will be a significant advancement toward an effective and innovative treatment option that has minimal side effects for localized and inoperable advanced triple negative breast cancers," You said.

Collaborating with You on the project are Michael Ihnat, Ph.D. and Sukyung Woo, PhD, both colleagues at the OU College of Pharmacy.  
The research is funded by U.S. Department of Defense grant W81XWH-14-1-0392.

ABOUT THE STEPHENSON CANCER CENTER 
Oklahoma's only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma is a nationally recognized leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top five cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the Institute's National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 180 research members who are conducting over 100 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $28.7 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.

ABOUT THE OU COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy is committed to contributing to society through state-of-the-art education and research as well as modern, innovative pharmacy practices and services. With more than 4200 graduates since 1896, the college helps ensure the public need for safe and effective pharmaceutical care is met.  
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1716Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Dean Elected Treasurer of OrganizationP. Kevin Rudeen, Ph.D., FASAHP, dean of the University of Oklahoma's College of Allied Health since 2007, has been elected treasurer of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. Rudeen has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the organization since 2008. The national organization of more than 100 academic institutions, two professional associations and approximately 200 individual members is dedicated to addressing critical matters affecting allied health education, research and service. 

As treasurer, Rudeen will provide guidance and counsel to the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Board of Directors as to how to be the best stewards of the organization's resources and investments.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1712Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatrician Joins PracticePediatrician Natalie Hart, M.D., has established her practice with OU Children's Physicians. 
      
Hart completed a pediatric residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha.
      
She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
      
Hart sees patients in the OU Children's Physicians building, 1200 Children's Ave. For appointments, call (405) 271-6827.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1704Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatrician Joins PracticePediatrician Reid Hebert, M.D., has established his practice with OU Children's Physicians. 
      
Hebert completed his pediatric residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he also earned his medical degree. He earned his bachelor's degree with special distinction in zoology from OU in Norman.
      
He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
      
Hebert sees patients in the OU Children's Physicians building, 1200 Children's Ave. For appointments, call (405) 271-6827.
        
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1703Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Cancer Specialist Joins Stephenson Cancer CenterMohamad Khawandanah, M.D., a hematologist-oncologist, has established his medical practice with the Stephenson Cancer Center. 
      
Khawandanah has a specific interest in diagnosing and treating patients with acute leukemia, lymphoma, chronic leukemia, myeloid disorders, hematologic malignancies and those needing bone marrow transplant. He is board certified in internal medicine.
      
Khawandanah completed a hematology-oncology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he also completed his internal medicine residency. He earned his medical degree in Jordan. 
      
Khawandanah is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and American College of Physicians.
      
Khawandanah sees patients at the Stephenson Cancer Center, 800 N.E. 10th Street. For an appointment, call (405) 271-8299. 
        
Oklahoma's only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center is a nationally recognized leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top five cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the Institute's National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 180 research members who are conducting over 100 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $28.7 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1702Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Senior Health Care in Oklahoma Receives $11.5 Million in Support The University of Oklahoma Health and Sciences Center has been awarded a three-year $11.5 million grant by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to further efforts to improve the health of seniors in Oklahoma.

The grant will provide critical funding for the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, a senior health initiative of the OU College of Medicine's Department of Geriatric Medicine.

"As the population of our state and nation continues to age, it is vital that academic-based medical centers, like ours, remain at the forefront of advancing scientific knowledge of the aging process and evidence-based treatment of health concerns that may arise with advancing age," said Dr. M. Dewayne Andrews, senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center and executive dean of the OU College of Medicine. "The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has been a valued ally as we work to improve senior health in Oklahoma and we are honored to be the recipients of this generous grant."

The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative aims to support Oklahoma's seniors through a variety of programs that center on three key objectives:

        Increasing senior and caregiver access to inter-professional geriatric care
        Providing health education to consumers as well as health care providers
        Optimizing Oklahoma's current health and aging policy

The new grant will fund phase two of the initiative, which expands and builds on previous successes of the program. 

"The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative has helped us establish important inroads as we work to improve senior health statewide," said Dr. Laurence Rubenstein, chairman of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at OU. "The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative has opened three Centers of Healthy Aging across the state already, allowing us to serve seniors in 47 of Oklahoma's 77 counties. With this grant, we will be able to add additional centers, expanding our reach to every county in the state."

The Centers of Healthy Aging serve as hubs providing both clinical care and health education to citizens in the region.

"We look forward to being able to expand our work through the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative," said Dr. Andrew Dentino, Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative director and vice chairman of the Department of Geriatrics. "Already, this initiative has achieved great success for seniors in our state. We welcome the opportunity to further our educational activities for both seniors and health care professionals, to continue work already underway to better assess the needs and interests of older Oklahomans, to increase awareness of geriatric health concerns overall, and to help train the next generation of senior health care providers."

Surveys conducted through the Initiative have verified a need for more trained senior health caregivers in Oklahoma. The new grant will enable initiative leaders to implement a certified home caregiver training program aimed at increasing the number of qualified caregivers in the workforce and also better equipping family members to perform necessary tasks when they become caregivers to elderly loved ones.

The grant also provides the funding required to add three satellite centers to better address the needs of seniors in some of the most underserved areas of the state.  

"The Reynolds Foundation is immensely proud of the critical work that the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine is doing to bring geriatrics medical care and education to the state of Oklahoma," said Steve Anderson, president, Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. "Our goal is to improve the health of older people living throughout Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative is doing just that."

The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative was launched on the premise that good health is key to successful aging. The Institute is focused on increasing access to healthcare and providing important health education to seniors, their caregivers and healthcare providers statewide.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed over $258 million nationwide through the Aging and Quality of Life Program.
 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1699Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
OU Internal Medicine Resident Receives National Research AwardA medical resident at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is one of only 10 nationwide selected for a prestigious research award. 

Hossein Maymani, M.D., chief internal medicine resident at the OU College of Medicine, is recipient of the American Society of Hematology’s 2014 HONORS Award. 

The HONORS (Hematology Opportunities for the Next Generation of Research Scientists) Award is designed to encourage medical students and residents who have a demonstrated interest in conducting hematology research, but who have not yet entered a hematology-related training program, to pursue a research career in the field. 

"This award from the American Society of Hematology is a tribute to the dedication of Dr. Maymani and to the quality of his research projects here at the OU Health Sciences Center," said M. Dewayne Andrews, M.D., MACP, OU Health Sciences Center senior vice president and provost and executive dean of the OU College of Medicine. "Advancing excellence in medical research is among our top goals at the OU College of Medicine, and programs like this one help young researchers gain a stronger foothold in the field. We congratulate Dr. Maymani on this achievement." 

As part of the award, Maymani will receive a $5,000 stipend to conduct research with a mentor on a short- or long-term research project. In addition, he will receive another $1,000 annual stipend for two years to support his attendance at the annual American Society of Hematology meeting. 

The Society hopes the HONORS award ultimately will help develop the next generation of hematologists by supporting hematology research and introducing them to valuable contacts within the hematology research community.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1695Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist Joins OU PhysiciansJennifer McIntosh, D.O., has established her medical practice with OU Physicians Prenatal Diagnostic Center.
      
McIntosh sees women who are experiencing complications during pregnancy. She completed a maternal fetal medicine fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She completed an obstetrics-gynecology residency at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and earned her doctorate in osteopathic medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing. She earned a master's degree in clinical and translational science through the OU College of Medicine. 
      
McIntosh is a member of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
      
OU Physicians maternal fetal medicine specialists see patients on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Campus. For an appointment with an OU Physicians maternal fetal medicine specialist, call (405) 271-5400.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1693Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Cardiologist Joins PracticeCardiologist Nicole Tintera Tran, M.D., has established her medical practice with OU Physicians. She is also an assistant professor of medicine for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  
      
Tran is board certified in internal medicine. She is board eligible in cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography and nuclear cardiology.
      
Tran completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she also completed a residency. She earned her medical degree at the OU College of Medicine and earned her bachelor's degree at OU in Norman.
      
Tran sees patients on the OU Health Sciences Center campus at 825 N.E. 10th Street, suite 2500. For appointments, call (405) 271-7001.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1692Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Children's experts note uptick in respiratory virus infections: State and Federal Health Officials Studying Whether Illnesses Are Related to EV-D68Experts at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center are reporting an increase in the number of hospitalizations from respiratory viruses while state and national health officials are trying to identify if those illnesses are related to a virus that has sickened more than 1,000 children across the Midwest. 
 
From Aug. 1-28 this year, 115 patients have tested positive for rhinovirus/enterovirus illnesses compared to 75 during the same time last year. Most of those patients were at The Children's Hospital, though some were also at OU Medical Center, the adult hospital. Some of those patients were sent to the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's. 
 
Health officials in Oklahoma are currently testing samples from Children's patients to determine if any are Enterovirus 68, or EV-D68, a viral illness that has been identified most recently in Missouri, where it sickened more than 300 children, sending as many as 15 percent to the intensive care unit at a pediatric hospital in Kansas City. 
 
Dr. Robert Welliver, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at The OU College of Medicine, said health care experts have been watching the activity of Enterovirus 68 for some time. 

"Enterovirus 68 has been present in the U.S. for some time, but at very low levels of activity. More extensive outbreaks have occurred in the Philippines and in Japan, where fatal infections have occurred in smokers and persons with asthma," he said. "Increased activity has been noted in the past month in the Midwest, and while some cases have been severe, none have been fatal to our knowledge."

Enteroviruses are very common viruses, and there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses. Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious. EV-D68 usually can cause mild to severe respiratory illness requiring only treatment of the symptoms. Some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized. 
 
Background
 
•         Enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 types. 
 
•         It is estimated that 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year.
 
•         Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious. 
 
•         Infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become sick.
 
•         Most enterovirus infections in the United States occur seasonally during the summer and fall.
 
Enterovirus D68:

•         Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses.
 
Symptoms

•         EV-D68 usually can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. However, the full spectrum of EV-D68 illness is not well defined.

Transmission

 EV-D68, like other enteroviruses, appears to spread through close contact with infected people.
 
Treatment

 There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections.
 •  Many infections will be mild and self-limited, requiring only treatment of the symptoms.
 •  Some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy.

 No anti-viral medications are currently available for treating of EV-D68 infections.
 
Prevention

 There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections. 
 
 Ways to help reduce the risk of getting infected with EV-D68:
 •  Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers
 •  Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
 •  Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
 •  Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

Guidance to Parents

 Children with cold like symptoms that experience difficulty breathing, are asked to consult with their family physician for further evaluation.

 There will not be a daily count of cases as  U.S. healthcare professionals are not required to report known or suspected cases of EV-D68 infection to health departments because it is not a reportable disease in the United States. Also, CDC does not have a surveillance system that specifically collects information on EV-D68 infections.


SOURCE: The Oklahoma State Department of Health and CDC

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THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AT OU MEDICAL CENTER
The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center has 326 inpatient beds and is the only freestanding comprehensive children's hospital in Oklahoma. The Children's Hospital's pediatric staff  have years of specialized pediatric training with education, research and technology to treat conditions ranging from cardiothoracic and oncology-related illnesses to neonatal specialty care and pediatric solid-organ transplants. The Children's Hospital's 88-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides the highest level of neonatal care in Oklahoma. The Children's Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the country to provide total, comprehensive care for mothers and their newborns all in the same building. Additionally, the Women's & Newborn Center at The Children's Hospital provides family-centered newborn care for all types of deliveries—from routine to complicated, high-risk births—and offers the most comprehensive obstetrics program in the state. The Children's Hospital is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report in its 2013 survey. To find out more, visit www.oumedicine.com/childrens or www.facebook.com/okchildrens.
 
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1683Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Radiologist Joins OU Physicians William Vanlandingham, M.D., an interventional radiologist, has established his medical practice at OU Physicians. An interventional radiologist utilizes minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases.
      
Vanlandingham performs a wide range of interventional procedures, including arterial and venous angiography (a procedure to help view the arteries and veins), hepatobiliary interventions (relating to the liver, gall bladder and bile ducts), interventions in transplant patients as well as numerous gastrointestinal, genito-urinary and other percutaneous procedures (using a needle to access inner organs). He has a specific interest in interventional cancer treatments. 
      
Vanlandingham is board certified in diagnostic radiology. He completed a vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, and a residency at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University. 
      
Vanlandingham is a member of the Society of Interventional Radiology, American Board of Radiology and Radiological Society of North America.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1678Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Neurologist Joins OU Physicians Neurologist Christi Pendergraft, M.D., has established her medical practice with OU Physicians. Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the central nervous system such as headache, seizure, stroke, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
      
Pendergraft has a specific interest in treating headache patients. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where she also earned her medical degree. She earned her undergraduate degree at OU in Norman.  
      
She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology.
      
Pendergraft sees patients on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus. For an appointment with an OU Physicians neurologist, call (405) 271-3635. 
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1676Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Electrophysiologist Joins PracticePaul J. Garabelli, M.D., an electrophysiologist, has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 
      
Electrophysiologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders. Garabelli specializes in implanting and removing pacemakers and defibrillators and performing catheter ablations to treat conditions such as atrial fibrillation.
      
Garabelli is board certified in cardiology and internal medicine and board eligible in electrophysiology. He completed a clinical electrophysiology fellowship and a cardiology fellowship at the OU College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and served as chief resident at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C.
      
Garabelli sees patients at the OU Physicians Building, 825 N.E. 10th Street. For an appointment with an OU Physicians electrophysiologist or cardiologist, call (405) 271-7001.
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1675Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Neurologists Join OU PhysiciansNeurologist Aaron Farrow, M.D., has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the central nervous system such as headache, seizure, stroke, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
      
Farrow will see all general neurology patients and is specifically interested in diagnosing and treating patients with cerebrovascular disease and multiple sclerosis. He completed a neurology residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he also earned his medical degree. He earned his undergraduate degree at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, graduating magna cum laude.
     
Farrow is a member of the American Academy of Neurology.
      
OU Physicians neurologists see patients on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus. For an appointment, call (405) 271-3635. 
      
With more than 560 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center and in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1674Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day AnnouncedThe Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at OU Children's Physicians is joining the cause to increase awareness of the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant. In recognition of International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day, Governor Mary Fallin has proclaimed September 9, 2014, as Oklahoma Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day.    
      
"The date -- ninth month and ninth day – symbolizes the nine-month gestation period," explained Tatiana Balachova, Ph.D., of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Balachova is also an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
      
The U.S. Surgeon General advises pregnant women and women who are considering becoming pregnant to abstain from alcohol consumption to eliminate alcohol-exposed pregnancies, referred to as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Yet it is estimated that 40,000 babies are born each year with the disorders. 
      
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are caused by a woman drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol in the mother's blood passes to the baby through the placenta and the umbilical cord. 
      
"When a woman drinks alcohol, so does her baby," Balachova explained. "There is no known safe amount or type of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders can impact children's physical, mental, behavioral, or cognitive development."
      
The most recognized condition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, fetal alcohol syndrome , is characterized by growth deficiencies, central nervous system disabilities and specific facial characteristics. It is the most preventable form of intellectual disability. The number of children born with fetal alcohol syndrome alone is comparable to spina bifida or Down syndrome.
     
Balachova added that to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorderss, a woman should not drink alcohol while she is pregnant or if she might be pregnant. This is because a woman often does not know she is pregnant for up to four to six weeks after conception. In the U.S., nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned. 
      
"If a woman is drinking alcohol during pregnancy, it is never too late to stop drinking," Balachova said. "Because brain growth takes place throughout pregnancy, the sooner a woman stops drinking, the safer it will be for her and her baby."
      
For more information on alcohol use during pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, visit www.cdc.gov/fasd and http://www.nofas.org/.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1669Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Neurologist/Neurointerventionalist Joins OU Physicians Neurologist Ankur Garg, M.D., has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the central nervous system such as stroke, brain hemorrhage, headache, seizure, dementia, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and more. 
      
Garg has additional experience in endovascular treatment of stroke, aneurysms, vascular malformations and fistulae (groups of abnormal blood vessels that connect arteries to veins) as well as carotid disease for both adult and pediatric patients.
      
Garg is board certified in vascular neurology and general neurology. His training includes fellowships in endovascular surgical neuroradiology (neurointervention) and vascular neurology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he also completed his neurology residency. He earned his medical degree in India.
      
Garg is a member of several academic societies including the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology, American Heart Association and American Academy of Neurology.
      
OU Physicians neurologists see patients on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus. For an appointment, call (405) 271-3635. 
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1668Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT
OU Vice Provost Receives Award for Achievements in Faculty DevelopmentValerie N. Williams, vice provost for academic affairs and faculty development at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award from the Association of American Medical College's Group on Faculty Affairs. Williams received the award at the group's professional development conference recently in Boston.

According to the group, "Williams, whose excellence as an innovator, a nurturer/mentor, a leader and an educator/academician, as well as her regional and national impact in the areas of faculty affairs and faculty development, exemplifies the criteria established for the award."

The association's Group on Faculty Affairs builds and sustains faculty vitality in medical schools and teaching hospitals by supporting faculty affairs deans and administrators in their development and implementation of institutional policies and professional development activities. The Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award serves to honor members of the faculty affairs community who exemplify the spirit of phronesis – acting for the welfare of others without thought for the self; seeking and enabling heroically the development and success of others – through dedicated and selfless promotion of faculty vitality.

Since coming to the OU Health Sciences Center in 1989, Williams has served in a variety of faculty development and leadership posts, including as associate dean for faculty affairs in the OU College of Medicine and interim associate dean for academic programs in the OU College of Nursing. In her current capacity, Williams sponsors and guides faculty development and teaches in the OU Health Sciences Center's interprofessional faculty development program which includes faculty from each of the OU health professions colleges and the graduate college. She also has remained active as a principal investigator, and during the past 10 years has served as private investigator or sponsor for more than $18 million in competitively awarded grants and contracts.

Williams served as chair of the Association of American Medical College's board of directors in 2013. The association serves and leads the academic medicine community to improve the health of all, and represents all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and 90 academic and scientific societies.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1662Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Family Structure Impacts Risk for Obesity in ChildrenThe family structure in which a child is raised is significantly associated with behaviors that put him or her at risk for obesity, according to a study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Childhood obesity is a growing issue in the United States. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Despite this, few studies have examined the relationship between family structure, environment and behaviors linked to obesity, said principal investigator Susan Sisson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of behavioral nutrition in the OU College of Allied Health.

"Before the study we did not know if one size fit all, but we now know some kids are at a higher risk for obesity-promoting behaviors because the risk is not equally distributed among all the family structures," Sisson said.

For instance, siblings appear to provide some protection against obesity. In the study, the presence of a sibling was generally associated with lower obesity-promoting behaviors and more physical activity, regardless of marital status. However, the presence of a sibling did not completely eliminate the risk of engaging in obesity-promoting behaviors for a child in a single-mother or blended household.

"This is one of the first studies of its kind in the United States. Previous studies show children of divorced parents are more likely to be overweight, but we wanted to see if children living with single mothers and in two-parent, blended families were more at risk for engaging in obesity-promoting behaviors," Sisson said.

A novel finding of the study is that living in a household with two parents does not necessarily protect against behaviors that increase the risk for childhood obesity. 
In fact, if the family is a blended one, the risk increases substantially.  

The findings provide new insights on data originally collected through the National Survey of Children's Health. That survey was administered to more than 55,000 households with children under the age of 17 nationwide between April 2007 and July 2008.

Family structure was defined by the number of siblings and the parent's marital status. Each household was classified into one of four categories: two-parent biological or adoptive, two-parent blended family (divorced, but remarried), single mother, and other. 

Behaviors and environments linked to increased risk for obesity in the study included elevated television-watching time, the presence of a television in the child's bedroom, infrequent family meals and insufficient physical activity. 

Study results showed children living in a two-parent, blended family were 75 percent more likely to have a TV in their bedroom and children in single-mother households were 49 percent more likely compared to children who live with biological or adoptive parents. 

Children in two parent, blended homes were also more likely than any other category to watch an elevated amount of television.

Previous studies have linked increased television-viewing time and having a television in the bedroom to a higher risk for obesity in children. 

"Parents highly underestimate the amount of time their children are watching TV, especially if children have a television in their bedroom," Sisson explained.

The study also found children in single-mother homes were 28 percent more likely to have infrequent family meals. 

"We are not placing value on living circumstances," said Sisson of the research, "but we want to understand the risks associated with these."

Sisson said while childhood obesity may not be the first thing parents worry about when facing divorce or remarriage, the study points to the need to focus more attention on their children's health in these circumstances. 

"When a family separates, it is a difficult time for families. If these obesogenic behaviors surface as a coping pattern, we want to be able to give these families tools to help children better cope," she said.

Authors of the study noted that more research needs to be done to examine other living situations, like children who live with their grandparents.

They say their ultimate goal is to learn more so that interventions can be tailored to each child and family to prevent obesity and better ensure that all children grow into healthy adults. 

The study results are published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1661Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Leading in Leadership Education
A new $250,000 gift will place the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy at the heart of leadership in the education of future pharmacists in the United States. The five-year gift from CVS Caremark will fund development of a pharmacy leadership institute at the college.
 
The gift funds a leadership initiative that is a first of its kind. It will allow the college to build upon curriculum already in place to create the new leadership institute. 
 
"We are very excited to lead a national effort in leadership education and training for pharmacy students," said Associate Dean for Student Affairs Jane E. Wilson, Ph.D. "We foresee our institute becoming the major leadership development resource for pharmacy schools across the country."
 
About 50 students at the college are currently enrolled in a three-year program that involves curriculum aimed at training future pharmacists to be outstanding leaders in both the field of pharmacy and in their communities. 
"This curriculum teaches students how to be effective change agents with the ability to guide others in implanting positive change that best serves the profession and its patients," said Michael Smith, Ph.D., assistant dean for Tulsa Operations and coordinator of the leadership degree option at the OU College of Pharmacy.

In addition to establishing the new national leadership institute, the OU College of Pharmacy plans to establish a national summer symposium for leadership development for pharmacy students across the United States. College leadership hopes to have the summer leadership program up and running by 2015.

The gift will also fund development of the CVS Caremark Leadership Library, a resource library serving students and colleges of pharmacy nationwide. 
 
"The long-term plan is to extend leadership education and open it up to students studying for careers in other health care professions, like medicine, nursing and dentistry," Wilson said. 
 
 "We are pleased to be able to support OU College of Pharmacy's pursuit of educating innovative pharmacy leaders for tomorrow," said CVS Caremark's Director of Pharmacy Recruiting Amy Holland, Pharm.D. "As pharmacy evolves and we see changes in healthcare, it is truly important to prepare students to become clinicians, managers and leaders.  I look forward to our continued relationship as we strive for excellence together."
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1660Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Conquering Pain with TechnologyPain takes a terrible toll on those who suffer from it and on society as a whole, affecting more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.

Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability, according to the National Institutes of Health.

So perhaps it is not surprising that interest in new technologies targeting pain have drawn increased interest from patients and practitioners alike.

Among those is a group of rapidly evolving medical interventions known as neurostimulation. Much like a "pacemaker" for pain, neurostimulators offer a minimally invasive, reversible therapy that delivers highly focused electrical stimulation to the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves with the goal of decreasing chronic pain symptoms, helping restore function and improving quality of life.

With more than 25,000 neurostimulators implanted worldwide each year, a University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center scientist has joined other pain experts across the globe in an effort to better ensure these devices are used in the right ways with the right patients.

The International Neuromodulation Society has published their work – the first peer-reviewed comprehensive expert guidance on the appropriate use of neurostimulation for pain.

"The Neuromodulation Appropriateness Consensus Committee came into being because there is a limited amount of information and there are a limited number of patients out there," said Robert Foreman, Ph.D., George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Physiology and adjunct professor of Anesthesiology at the OU College of Medicine. "Today, we have more flexibility in treating different kinds of problems and unique challenges that arise in patients with chronic pain. We need an understanding of what the limitations of these technologies are and how they function so that they can be used appropriately."

Foreman, the only basic scientist on the committee, said developing consensus previously had not been easy because pain is seen by physicians in various specialties and little research has been done to address its mechanisms.

Neurostimulation targets pain signaling in the body, specifically pain signals carried through circuits in the spinal cord. 

"There seems to be a balance between large fibers that control suppression of pain and small fibers that carry noxious information that is experienced as pain," Foreman said. "Two scientists, Dr. Ron Melzack and Dr. Patrick Wall, put together the gate control theory, which means there are controls that turn on and shut off that signaling. If the gateway is open, signals that can be interpreted as pain get to the brain. However, if you activate the large fibers, that in some way seems to release natural-occurring transmitters that can decrease the amount of information carried to the brain."

He explained the concept with an analogy of bumping your arm really hard.

"You instinctively rub your arm. In so doing, you are stimulating the large fibers that carry touch and that seems to decrease the sensation of pain," Foreman said.

The same concept is utilized in neurostimulation. Neurostimulators typically consist of three parts: electrical leads or wires that deliver mild electric current generally to specific areas of the spine or neck; an impulse generator that may be worn externally at first, then implanted in a small pocket usually in the fleshy area of the upper hip or abdomen; and a patient remote control that allows patients to switch between previously set stimulation parameters programmed for their specific needs.

The new recommendations address several critical areas. They provide guidance on neurostimulation risk management and how to avoid complications as well as recommendations for the appropriate education training and environments for neurostimulation procedures. There is also a discussion focused on neurostimulation procedures of the head and brain, including treatment of intractable migraines and cluster headaches. Finally, they offer insights into cutting-edge future and technological developments, new devices and future potential applications of neurostimulation.

"The message that we are trying to get across is that there has to be communication between the basic scientist and the clinician to ensure that there is information going from what we learn in the lab to what they can use in the clinic. In addition, what they learn from patients in the clinic may generate questions that we can work to answer in the lab," Foreman said.

The goal is a system that freely delivers information from bench to bedside and back again to ultimately improve care for patients with chronic pain. Dr. Gretchen Wienecke, a pain specialist with OU Physicians, says the new guidance will help ensure that the technology is properly applied in clinical care.

"Neurostimulation is not for every patient. Every patient is unique, and the more information we have as clinicians, the better able we are to meet the many, varied needs of our patients," she said. "These guidelines also help raise the bar on safety to ensure that these procedures are done in appropriately selected patients by well-trained medical specialists in the appropriate setting to help further elevate safety and effectiveness." 

The guidance articles are published in the current issue of Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1655Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Back to School Boosters
Parents of an Elk City toddler hospitalized as an infant with severe symptoms of a potentially deadly disease have joined doctors and health officials in urging children, pregnant women and other adults to join a different sort of booster club this year.
 
This club has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with protecting infants from a potentially fatal illness – pertussis, also commonly known as whooping cough.
 
Pertussis is a bacterial infection characterized by fits of coughing, followed by a "whoop" sound from the attempt to inhale.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saw a 24 percent increase in reported cases of pertussis in the first six months of this year compared to the same time period last year with 9,964 cases reported in 50 states and Washington, D.C. between January 1 and June 16 of this year.
 
The resurgence of pertussis in recent years has brought new recommendations for booster shots for school-aged children, pregnant women and any adults who may be around newborn babies.
 
"It is just so terribly important that people understand the need to protect babies from this disease" said Devyn Galmor, whose son Cullen spent weeks battling for his life after developing severe symptoms of pertussis. Cullen's illness came shortly after another Elk City baby died of the disease in 2012.
 
"A booster shot is an additional dose of vaccine that essentially boosts the body's immune response as immunity to the disease wanes over time," said Dr. Robert Welliver, an infectious disease specialist with OU Physicians. "We know that the combination diptheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine is about 98 percent effective in the first year, but immunity wanes over time. After five years, it is only about 70 percent effective."
 
Work is underway to develop a new, more effective pertussis vaccine, but researchers are likely at least ten years away from achieving that goal. Welliver said that is where booster shots come in, filling any immunity gap that may exist while a vaccine to produce more long-lasting protection is developed.
 
"We cannot afford to be casual about vaccination," he said. "As doctors, we would much rather prevent a disease than treat it. Vaccinations are the best way to do that. And because newborns are too young to be vaccinated for pertussis, it is critical that those around them are vaccinated."
 
Of children under six months of age who contract pertussis, 72 percent must be hospitalized, and 84 percent of all deaths from pertussis occur among children in this age group. A child who gets sick with pertussis in the United States has a one in ten chance of dying, according to the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.
 
Recently, in an effort to help better protect newborns from pertussis, new guidelines also were issued for pregnant women. The CDC now recommends that all pregnant women, even those previously vaccinated, receive the pertussis vaccine for adolescents and adults (called Tdap) during the third trimester of pregnancy.
 
"This recommendation replaces the original one that pregnant women get the vaccine only if they had not previously received it," said Dr. Landon Lorenz, OU Physicians obstetrician and gynecologist. "It is believed the best time to get the vaccine is between your 27th and 36th week of pregnancy. Getting the vaccine while pregnant is ideal so that your baby will have short-term protection as soon as he or she is born."
 
Lorenz said the early protection is especially important because babies do not get their first pertussis vaccine until they are 2 months old and the first few months of life are when babies are most at risk for catching pertussis and having severe, potentially life-threatening complications from it.
 
In addition, women should be vaccinated with each pregnancy, he said, to ensure that high levels of protective antibodies are transferred to each of your babies.
 
Cullen is now 2 year old. To see him play with his 6-year-old twin brothers, Carsen and Cale, at their Elk City home, few would guess the boisterous toddler spent the earliest weeks of his life hospitalized, fighting for every breath.  
 
"He's a real spitfire now," said Levy Galmor.
 
Still Levy hopes no other family has to face what they did. Though time has passed, they still remember vividly the difficult days they spent at Cullen's side at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center as a team of specialists worked to help save their son's life.
 
"No one should have to go through that − not when something as simple as getting a shot can help protect these babies," said Devyn Galmor, who has become a vocal advocate for vaccination. "It is just too important not to talk about this. People need to know that while getting that shot might not save their lives, it may save the life of a baby or child in their own family or community."
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1638Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Anesthesiologist Joins OU Children's Physicians Lauren Sparks, M.D., has established her medical practice with OU Children's Physicians. Anesthesiologists specialize in the use of drugs and other means to avert or reduce pain in patients, especially during surgery.
      
Sparks completed a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where she also completed a residency and earned her medical degree. She is a graduate of Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.
      
OU Children's Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma's largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 
      
Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children's Physicians are board certified in children's specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Children's Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can't be helped elsewhere come to OU Children's Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children's Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children's emotional needs.
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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1637Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Neurologist Joins OU PhysiciansNeurologist Tyler Webb, M.D., has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the central nervous system such as headache, seizure, stroke, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
      
Webb is board certified in neurology. He completed a neurophysiology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he had completed his neurology residency and earned his medical degree. For his undergraduate coursework, he attended OU in Norman.
      
OU Physicians neurologists see patients on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus. For an appointment, call (405) 271-3635. 
      
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
      
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

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https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1636Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Training Enhances Nurse-Parent CommunicationThe University of Oklahoma College of Nursing has long emphasized that newly licensed nurses need training in people skills along with their technical training. Now, new research from the college reveals a specific type of communication training can effectively prepare less experienced nurses for emotionally difficult conversations with parents of children who are hospitalized.

The OU College of Nursing study utilized the Four Habits Model, a core set of communication skills developed 20 years ago to help physicians better communicate with patients. This marks the first time, however, the model has been adapted and used with pediatric nurses.

"The hospital experience is extremely stressful where parents' emotions are often expressed, either verbally or non-verbally. Nurses tend to be the ones typically at the child's bedside, they are also the ones who are frequently exposed to or witness parents' expressed emotions," said principal investigator Mark J. Fisher, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor, OU College of Nursing. 

The study, published in this month's issue of Patient Education and Counseling, found that newly licensed nurses with brief exposure to the Four Habits Model reported significant improvement in emotionally difficult conversations with parents of pediatric patients.

In the study, one group of nurses participated in a one-hour, three-part education simulation session. The control group observed a one-hour video.

Nurses in the intervention group participated in a simulation that set up a fictitious scenario involving a medication error, the second medication error with the child during hospitalization.  In the simulated scenario, the role-playing mother becomes especially upset expressing her intense emotions both verbally and non-verbally based on the current error which are amplified by the severity of the previous medication error her child experienced. 

"The purpose of the specific scenario was to provide nurses with a simulated experience where empathy was the primary focus,” Fisher said.

Nurses in the simulation group were taught to apply an adapted version of the Four Habits Model for nurse-parent communication. The Four Habits Model was co-developed 20 years ago by Indiana University Regenstrief Institute investigator Richard Frankel, Ph.D., who was also an author of the study. The adapted version of the Four Habits Model used in this study included these principles:  
-      Invest in the beginning
-      Elicit the parent's perspective 
-      Demonstrate empathy
-      Invest in the end

Fisher said applying the Four Habits Model to the scenario meant the nurse first introduces himself or herself and explains to the mother what has happened; asks for and listens to the mother express her concerns; acknowledges the mother's emotions and that her concerns are understood; and finally collaborates and partners with the mother to develop a plan on what is to be done next to close or end the conversation in a positive way.

The study measured five areas – preparation, communication skills, relationships, confidence and anxiety. It found nurses in the Four Habits Model improved in four of the five areas measured.  Nurses in the study did not demonstrate a decrease in anxiety as hypothesized, however.  Researchers stress that is not necessarily bad because anxiety, when not excessive, can help lead to a higher level of vigilance, which is a critical to prevent errors.    

Fisher noted the standardized patient, acting as a parent in the intervention, along with the role-playing setting that included a hospital room decorated with children's drawings and a life-like mannequin in the hospital bed was meant to closely mimic the hospital setting. Nurses involved in the experiment indicated they appreciated the emphasis upon realism. 

"I think that was one of the most meaningful comments from a number of them was how real the experience felt,” said Fisher.

Improved caregiver-patient communications is one of the tenets of a campus-wide initiative begun almost a decade ago at the OU Health Sciences Center aimed at advancing excellence in care.

Although Fisher's study involved a limited number of pediatric nurses, he believes it points to the need for further study and perhaps the inclusion of still more of this type of communications training for nurses beginning their careers in health care.

"I am really excited about the possibilities of doing more with the Four Habits Model here at the OU College of Nursing, and the possibility of working with other colleges or schools of nursing, as well as hospitals across the nation,” Fisher said. 

A research grant from Sigma Theta Tau International Beta Delta-at-Large Chapter supported this research.
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$18.4 Million Grant Awarded to Enhance Biomedical Research in OklahomaAn $18.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will advance biomedical research and workforce development across the state.

The five-year grant, one of the largest NIH grants in Oklahoma to date, was awarded to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center from the NIH Institutional Development Award program to expand medical research and education in the areas of cancer, developmental biology and infectious disease. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will provide an additional $500,000 match annually to further enhance research and educational activities at Oklahoma's regional univers