Academy of Teaching Scholars

Current Members

MZB 2015
Mary Zoe Baker, MD
Faculty Development, Education & Mentoring Committee Member 
Mary-Baker@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 09/2014

 Siribhinya Benyajati, PhD
Faculty Development and Education Committee Member
sinya-benyajati@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

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Sanjay I. Bidichandani, MBBS, PhD
Membership & Standards Committee Member
sanjay-bidichandani@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 01/2014

Dr. Sanjay Bidichandani is currently the CMRI Claire Gordon Duncan Chair of Pediatric Medical Genetics and Professor of Pediatrics and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. He received his degree in Medicine from the University of Pune (India) and a PhD in Medical Genetics from the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK). He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neurogenetics at the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX), where he also trained in the Master Teacher Fellowship program. At OUHSC, Dr. Bidichandani has been involved in teaching human genetics to first year medical students since 2001, serving as course director for the Medical Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics course (2009), and the Molecular & Cellular Systems course (2010). He served as the Assistant Dean for Preclinical Curriculum during the transition to the new systems-based curriculum. Dr. Bidichandani has won the Aesculapian award for excellence in teaching three times, and the OU Board of Regents Award for Superior Teaching once. His teaching in the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences has also been well received by PhD students. He has served as the primary thesis advisor for six PhD students in his research lab, and mentored six postdoctoral fellows, many of whom have gone on to independent positions in academia and industry. At the national level, Dr. Bidichandani served as the Treasurer for the National Association of Medical Biochemistry Course Directors, and on the program planning committee for two of their national meetings. His research program has received continuous grant funding for more than a decade from the National Institutes of Health and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). His research is focused on characterizing the genetic and epigenetic defect in Friedreich ataxia, and he has published 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He recently (2011-2012) served as the Vice President for Research at the MDA.
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Steve Blevins, MD
Recognition & Awards Committee Member
Steve-Blevins@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 01/2014

Dr. Steve Blevins is Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean for Curriculum Development at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He received a Bachelor of Science from Yale University in 1985 and a Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in 1989. He completed his residency in internal medicine at University of Oklahoma in 1994 and subsequently joined the medical faculty in the General Internal Medicine section. He has served on the OU faculty for 20 years, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble and Chamber Music in Oklahoma.
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Robert Blair, PhD
Past Chair, Academy of Teaching Scholars
Recognition & Awards Committee Member
Robert-Blair@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Dr. Blair is David Ross Boyd Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Physiology.  He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  His current primary interest is medical education.  He helped design and implement the new medical education curriculum that began in 2010.  He pioneered the use of team-based learning and using an audience response system for in-class interactive sessions.  He initiated the use of computerized exams for high-stakes summative evaluation.  He was the first to use a National Board of Medical Examiners Customized Exam for the final exam in a medical school course.  Dr. Blair has received recognition for his teaching.  He has been nominated 12 times for the Aesculapian award for outstanding teaching to first or second year medical students and won the award three times.  He has been nominated twice for the Robert Magarian Faculty Award and three times for the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Pharmacy.  He won an Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award from biological psychology students.  His awards culminated with the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award. 

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Chris Brasel, PhD
Faculty Development Education & Mentoring
Committee Co-Chair
Induction date: 09/2015
chris-brasel@ouhsc.edu

Dr. Chris Brasel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the OU School of Community Medicine, Tulsa. Dr. Brasel received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from the Oklahoma State University- Center for Health Sciences in 2008. From 2008 – 2013, Dr. Brasel taught both undergraduates and graduates at the University of Tulsa in a wide range of disciplines, including anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience. Since 2008, he has taught in OU-Tulsa Physician Assistant Program and served as the Course Director for courses in physiology, genetics, and immunology. In addition, Dr. Brasel has taught physiology in the MD Program in the OU College of Medicine since 2014. Dr. Brasel has pioneered the use of a flipped classroom teaching model in the OU School of Community Medicine and conducts research related to novel teaching methodologies and the use of digital technologies in medical education. Dr. Brasel currently serves as Co-Chair on the Academy of Teaching Scholars Faculty Development, Education, and Mentoring Committee.
Michael Bronze, MD
Membership and Standards Committee Member
Michael-Bronze@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Dr. Bronze has been Chair of the Department of Medicine since July 2000. He also holds the Stewart G. Wolf Endowed Chair in Medicine and serves on a number of national committees, including several for the National Board of Medical Examiners (USMLE). He is treasurer of the Association of Professors of Medicine and serves on its Board of Directors as well as Chairs the Board of Directors of Academic Physicians Insurance Company. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He has won a number of teaching awards and most recently the Founders Medal from the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation.
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Christopher S. Candler, MD, EdD
Faculty Development and Education Committee Member
Chris-Candler@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Dr. Christopher S. Candler serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Candler received a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Oklahoma State University and a M.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He subsequently obtained a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas. During his seventeen years in medical education he has served in a variety of administrative and leadership roles. Dr. Candler has received over one million dollars of funding from national granting agencies for work on medical education. His projects have been featured in Harvard Medical International and the journal Science. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Macy Program for Physician Educators and received the Oklahoma State Regents Award for Instructional Technology Excellence. Dr. Candler is the Editor and Co-Founder of MedEdPORTAL, a peer-reviewed publication developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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Mohamad Cherry, MD
Faculty Development Education & Mentoring Committee Member
Induction date: 09/2015

Dr. Cherry is an associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is currently the fellowship program director and the lead investigator in the phase I malignant hematology program. He is also the Co-Chair of the leukemia working group at the Sara Canon Research Institute. Dr. Cherry earned his medical degree from the Lebanese University and completed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital, N.Y., and at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon. He served as chief hematology-oncology fellow with the OU College of Medicine where he earned his hematology/oncology fellowship. Dr. Cherry has many research interests and has focused through his career on investigating novel therapies for patients with relapsed and refractory leukemia and lymphoma. He is also investigating the role of epigenetics as biomarkers for chemotherapy response in osteosarcoma. He is the principal investigator on NCI and pharma-sponsored phase I/II/III clinical trials for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloproliferative neoplasms. In addition, Dr. Cherry has a particular interest in analyzing the impact of “Heath care disparities” in patients with acute leukemia on their outcome. Over the last few years, Dr. Cherry has mentored several medical students, internal medicine residents and Hematology/oncology fellows in conducting clinical and translational research. This has resulted in close to 15 abstracts presented at the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meetings and numerous papers published in peer reviewed journals. One of his mentees “Dr. Hossein Maymani” won the 2014 ASH “Hematology Opportunities for the Next-Generation of Research Scientists (HONORS)” award while working on one of his research projects as well. Dr. Cherry is currently enrolled in a “Masters of clinical and translation research program” and is expected to earn the Masters in Science degree by the end of 2015. 
Mohamad-Cherry@ouhsc.edu

LaTasha B. Craig, MD
Chair, Academy of Teaching Scholars
Recognition & Awards Committee Member
LaTasha-Craig@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Dr. LaTasha B. Craig is an Associate Professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. She is the Clerkship Director for third year medical students doing their rotation in obstetrics and gynecology. She is also the Course Director for Reproduction and Gender-Based Medicine, which is a six-week course for second year medical students. Additionally, she sits on the Clinical Sciences Curriculum Committee, Basic Sciences Curriculum Committee, and the Curriculum Coordinating Committee that oversees the medical student curriculum.  She has received numerous teaching awards including the Chairman’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2011 American Professors of Gynecology & Obstetrics (APGO) Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and most recently she was awarded the national 2012 APGO William NP Herbert Promising Educator Award “in recognition of her demonstrated accomplishments and promising future in academic medicine and women’s health education”.  In 2013 she has been nominated for the Dr. Robert Magarian Faculty Award for the OU Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Craig was accepted into and completed the APGO Academic Scholars and Leaders Program, a rigorous 15-month curriculum to enhance education in obstetrics and gynecology by preparing ob-gyn physician faculty to possess the skills and knowledge necessary to be outstanding teachers and educational administrators.  She has engaged in innovative and productive educational research, with a particular interest in gender differences in performance on the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship, which has led to nine research presentations at regional and national meetings.  Nationally, she has been invited to lead 11 workshops at the annual Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Faculty Development Seminar and she is a reviewer for MedEd Portal. Dr. Craig attended University of Texas in Austin as an undergraduate and University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for medical school.  She completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Washington in Seattle.   She is board certified in both.

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Elisa Crouse, MD
Faculty Development,
Education & Mentoring Committee Member
Elisa-Crouse@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 09/2015

 Sheila Crow, PhD
Faculty Development Education & Mentoring Committee Member
Sheila-Crow@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 01/2014

Dr. Crow is the Assistant Dean for Curriculum & Faculty Affairs at the OU School of Community Medicine, Tulsa. Dr. Crow received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on Medical Education and Academic Leadership, from Union Institute & University and her Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Crow’s experience in medical education includes curriculum development, implementation, and revision for medical students, residents, and faculty; learner assessment; program evaluation; educational research; curriculum governance; and faculty development. She has more than twenty-two years of leadership experience along the continuum of medical education at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
Alix Darden, PhD
Director, Academy of Teaching Scholars
Alix-Darden@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012


Alix Darden, Ph.D. is a Research Professor of Pediatrics and is the Director of Faculty Development for the Pediatrics Department at OUHSC. She has a PhD in Immunology, Certificate of Medical Education in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Cincinnati, and is a graduate of the AAMC SGEA Leadership Education and Development LEAD Certificate Program. She was able to indulge her passions for science, quality science education and transformative student learning during her tenure as a Biology professor at The Citadel, Charleston, SC, 1995-2008. As a Carnegie Scholar in 2000-2001 she was introduced to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Applying and integrating her passions and skills in the areas of Biology and SoTL awarded her both a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to integrate her bench research into her classes and a national teaching award, the 2008 CASE US Professors of the Year, South Carolina Professor of the Year. She has been actively involved in faculty development through the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). She was co-founder of and remains a leader and facilitator in ASM’s NSF funded Biology Scholars Program which provides professional development in classroom assessment, science education research, and scholarly publishing, respectively. She moved into medical education in 2009 when she moved to Oklahoma and joined the pediatrics department. Her current research interests are in adult learning and faculty development.
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Andrew Dentino, MD
Membership and Standards Committee Member 
Andrew-Dentino@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 09/2016

Dr. Andrew Dentino is Professor and Interim Chair of the Donald W Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, Program Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship and Director and Principal Investigator of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI).  He has received substantive career extramural funding and has numerous publications and invited presentations in many aspects of older adult health.
Dr. Dentino is an elected member of the ACGME Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee and has also served as Chair for the Ethics Committees of the American Medical Directors Associations and the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).
Andrew is an alumnus of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  He completed his internal medicine/psychiatry residency at West Virginia University and his geriatric medicine fellowship at Duke University.  He is the only physician in the nation who is actively board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.
Dr. Dentino is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Geriatrics Society, the Gerontological Society of America, the American Psychiatric Association and the AAHPM. At OUHSC he serves on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the College of Medicine Admissions Board.

 F. Daniel Duffy, MD
Faculty Development and Education Committee Member
Daniel-Duffy@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Dr. F. Daniel Duffy has served the OU School of Community Medicine as Dean since 2010. Prior to his tenure with OU-Tulsa, Duffy spent 10 years in Philadelphia the Executive Vice President of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Duffy is a leading expert on Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, and while at ABIM he created the widely used self-administered practice improvement module that is now used across multiple certifying boards. Duffy has also been a leader in launching the new process for physician Maintenance of Certification that includes assessment and improvement of performance in practice. At OU, Dr. Duffy has been instrumental in the development of the School of Community Medicine, serving on the strategic planning committee since inception and in developing the Community Medicine Curriculum.  He is also the architect of the annual Summer Institute for students and faculty, a Faculty Academy for developing faculty in community medicine, and a Student Academy which teaches third year students in the skills needed to provide care to disadvantaged patients suffering with chronic illness. Dr. Duffy served as a regent for the American College of Physicians from 1992-98, chair of the Board of Governors from 1991-92, and as Oklahoma governor for the College from 1988-91. He was Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa where he was honored with the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award in 1989 and several awards from students and residents for excellence in teaching. Dr. Duffy is a highly sought-after national speaker and consultant in medical education and quality of care.  He has been on the American Board of Medical Specialties and the chair of its MOC Committee. Dan and wife Kay have been married for 45 years.  They have one adult son and two precious grandchildren.

Mark Fergeson, MD
Faculty Development Education & Mentoring Committee Member
Mark-Fergeson@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 01/2014

Dr. Mark Fergeson is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  As the Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Pediatrics he serves as the Director of the Pediatric Clerkship and the coordinator of 19 electives within with Department of Pediatrics.  He is also the course director for the, “Art of Observation,” course within the college’s medical humanities enrichment program.   In addition, he lectures throughout the entire spectrum of medical education, from medical students in every year of their training, to pediatric residents and Grand Rounds. In 2007 he was nominated by the OU College of Medicine Class of 2007 for the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award.  In 2009 was named the CMRI Harris D. Riley, Jr., MD Chair in Pediatric Education.  He is also active nationally in the Counsel on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) and has given a faculty development workshop to his peers at their national meeting.  Dr. Fergeson has co-written a peer-reviewed virtual patient case for incorporation into the Computer-assisted Learning in Pediatrics Program (CLIPP) which has been used by over 30,000 medical students and he now serves on the Editorial Board of CLIPP which is the most utilized technology-enhanced learning program in medical education anywhere in the world.  Dr. Fergeson has been awarded a Certificate of Educational Excellence in Educational Scholarship through his participation in the Academic Pediatric Association Educational Scholarship Program.
Rachel Franklin, MD
Membership and Standards Committee Member
Rachel-Franklin@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Dr. Franklin is a former private practice physician and business person who returned to the University in 2006.  She served as family medicine clerkship director from 2006-2012, when she became Medical Director for the University Family Medicine Center, guiding a multidisciplinary group practice which cares for more than 60,000 patients annually.  As clerkship director, Dr. Franklin was responsible for the creation and maintenance of an objectives-based, standardized curriculum, aligned with national educational goals established by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and created a peer-reviewed online educational case study since accessed by tens of thousands of medical students at more than 80 schools internationally.  During her tenure, interest in primary care soared: in 2007, less than 3% of the graduating class chose family medicine as their specialty; by 2012, more than 15% matched in family medicine, twice the national average. Dr. Franklin continues to teach and mentor all levels of learners, from her first and second year medical students to residents, fellows and faculty.  Her work in curriculum development is ongoing, with a focus on improving physician-patient communication, medical-decision making, clinic workflows, billing accuracy and clarity of the medical record.

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Kennon M. Garrett, PhD
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David L. Gordon, MD, FAAN, FAHA
Membership and Standards Committee Chair
David-Gordon@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

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Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Ph.D, AGAF, FACG
Faculty Development Education & Mentoring Committee Member
Beverley-Greenwood@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 09/2014

Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Ph.D, AGAF, FACG is currently the Presbyterian Health Foundation Chair in Neurosciences, Director of the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience and Professor of Physiology.  She is also affiliated with the VA Medical Center and has been a VA Career Scientist since 2007.  Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld has been actively involved in medical student education for many years (1986-present) and is currently the Course Director for the Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary System (2010-present).  She is also very involved in graduate teaching and has mentored many undergraduate, graduate, medical and post-doctoral fellows.  Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld is actively involved in research currently serving as the principal investigator on two active VA grants and numerous contracts, as well as serving as a co-investigator on an NIH P20 grant.  Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld’s research expertise is the neuropharmacology of visceral pain of gastrointestinal origin. She is a highly productive researcher with over 132 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the field and an international reputation that was recognized by receipt of the 2004 Janssen Award for Basic Research in Digestive Diseases and the 2012 Oklahoma University Reagent Award for Superior Research and Creative Activity.  She is currently the Associate Editor for the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics,  serves on the journal management committee for Neurogastroenterology and Motility and is on the editorial board of 3 other journals.  Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld is also  Chair of a VA Study section (Neurology B) and reviews grants for other national (NIH, Pew Charitable Trust) and international funding agencies (UK Parksinson's Foundation; Welcome Trust, AAAS, the Flemish Government and the Vienna Research Council).  She is currently the President Elect of the Neuropharmacology Division of ASPET and each year she chairs and organizes multiple symposia and research fora.
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Nancy Halliday, PhD
Faculty Development Education & Mentoring Committee Member
Nancy-Halliday@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 01/2014

Nancy Halliday, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She teaches anatomy, histology, and embryology to first year medical, dental, and PA students. She also teaches in the Clinical Medicine and Pathophysiology courses for PA students. She is a Co-Course Director for the MS1 Clinical Human Structure course. Her research interests focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning..

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Molly Hill, PhD
Vice-chair
Membership and Standards Committee Member
Faculty Development and Education Committee Member
molly-hill@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

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Rhett L. Jackson, MD
Faculty Development and Education Committee Member
Rhett-Jackson@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

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William F. Kern, MD
Faculty Development and Education
Committee Member
Bill-Kern@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Dr. William F. Kern is an Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is Director of Clinical Hematopathology and Director of Medical School Pathology Education. He was the Associate Director of the Pathology Residency Program from 2004 until 2011. He is the course director of the Blood-Hematopoiesis-Lymphopoiesis course, and also lectures on renal pathology and cardiovascular pathology. He has received numerous teaching awards including the Aesculapian Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Basic Sciences (2008, 2011 and 2012), the Rents’ Award for Superior Teaching, the Richard W. Leech Award for Excellence in Teaching Pathology Residents (1998, 2000), the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award (2012) and the Edgar W. Young Lifetime Achievement Award (2012).

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Lisa Landrum, MD
Membership & Standards Committee Member
Lisa-Landrum@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 01/2014

Dr. Lisa Landrum is an Assistant Professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. She coordinates the Gynecology Oncology component of the Clerkship for third year medical students doing their rotation in obstetrics and gynecology and for fourth year medical students completing sub-internships. She also teaches ovarian, endometrial, cervix, and lower genital tract pathology in second year medical student course, Reproduction and Gender-Based Medicine.  She has received numerous teaching awards including the Chairman’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award for Medical Student Education Award in 2012, and the APGO/CREOG National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education in 2010.  Dr. Landrum was recently accepted into and completed the APGO Academic Scholars and Leaders Program, a rigorous 15-month curriculum to enhance education in obstetrics and gynecology by preparing ob-gyn physician faculty to possess the skills and knowledge necessary to be outstanding teachers and educational administrators.

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Faisal Latif, MD
Recognition and Awards Committee Member
Faisal-Latif@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 09/2016

Dr. Faisal Latif is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma, and Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at VA Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK. He completed fellowship in Cardiology at University of Oklahoma, followed by a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan in USA.  Dr. Latif has been elected the Governor of Oklahoma Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. He has authored over 35 peer-reviewed publications and is an associate editor on recently released 4th edition of the book entitled “Management of Complex Cardiovascular Problems”. He is a passionate teacher and mentors fellows and residents. His research interests include pre-operative cardiac evaluation and studying clinical outcomes following revascularization. He participates in quality initiatives through SCAI and ACC. In 2014, he was chosen as an Emerging Faculty by ACC. In recognition of his research accomplishments, he was awarded Provost’s Research Award for 2015 by the University of Oklahoma.

 Jason Lees, MD
Recognition and Awards Committee Chair
Jason-Lees@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Jason S. Lees, M.D., Associate Professor. Dr. Lees, a native Oklahoman, completed his medical degree in 1998 and residency training at the University of Oklahoma in 2005. Following an additional year of fellowship training in trauma and surgical critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami, he returned to the OU faculty in August 2006. In 2011, Dr. Lees became the Surgery Residency Program Director and now holds the Robert D. Gordon Jr. Chair in Surgery which supports surgical education.

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Mohammad Madhoun, MD
Faculty Development, Education & Mentoring Committee Member
Mohammad-Madhoun@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 09/2016

Dr. Mohammad Madhoun completed his medical degree at the Jordan University of Sciences and Technology in 2003, followed by the completion of an internship at the Princess Basma Hospital in Irbid, Jordan and a transitional residency year at the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan.   In 2005, he came to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to complete a residency program in Internal Medicine before applying for a fellowship position in the Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Section of Internal Medicine on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus In July 2011, Dr. Mohammad Madhoun was presented the Richard F. Harty, M.D., Gastroenterology Fellow Award for Outstanding Fellow in Gastroenterology upon his completion of the GI Fellowship program in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition here at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Further, Dr. Madhoun had several other accomplishments during his fellowship program.  He completed a Master of Science in Clinical Translational Sciences, and due to his academic excellence and his leadership record, was elected to membership to both the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Delta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lamda.  Dr. Madhoun, was selected for the inaugural American College of Gastroenterology "Smaller Programs" Clinical Research Award for his research grant entitled, "Cancer Stem Cell Markers in Hepatocellular Carcinoma".    Dr. Madhoun currently serves as Site Investigator for a VA Cooperative Study, Colonoscopy vs. Fecal Immunochemical Test in Reducing Mortality from Colorectal Cancer, a comparative effectiveness study of the screening colonoscopy for colorectal cancer or the annual stool testing with a Fecal Immunochemical Test. He also serves as principal investigator for the randomized clinical trial involving different bowel preparations in diabetic patients. Dr. Madhoun published more than 30 manuscripts and abstracts, and serves as a research mentor for many Gastroenterology fellows and Internal Medicine residents.  He received multiple teaching awards from the section of Gastroenterology. Nationally, he served as a member of Research Committee of The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

 Lydia D. Nightingale, MD
Faculty Development Education & Mentoring
Committee Member
Lydia-Nightingale@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 01/2014

Dr. Lydia D. Nightingale is an Assistant Professor (Associate Professor starting July 2014) of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. She is the Co-Clerkship Director for the third year medical students who are doing their core clerkship rotations in Ob/Gyn. She is very involved in the College of Medicine and is currently on the Medical Education committee, the Clinical Curriculum subcommittee, the OSCE Advisory committee, and the resident Clinical Competency committee. She is an active lecturer who regularly teaches in the second year Reproductive and Gender-Based Medicine course and the department of Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds. Additionally she has been asked to speak nationally for ACOG and regionally for the Family Medicine and Physician Associate departments. She has received numerous teaching awards including the Chairman’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the American Professors of Gynecology & Obstetrics (APGO) Excellence in Teaching Award, and most recently received the national 2014 APGO William NP Herbert Promising Educator Award “in recognition of her demonstrated accomplishments and promising future in academic medicine and women’s health education.” Dr. Nightingale was accepted into the APGO Academic Scholars and Leaders Program, a rigorous 15-month curriculum designed to enhance education in obstetrics and gynecology by preparing Ob/Gyn physician faculty to possess the skills and knowledge necessary to be outstanding teachers and educational administrators. She completed this course in 2013. Dr. Nightingale is a dedicated mentor to junior faculty, residents, and students striving to help each be successful in their current endeavors.

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Daniel L. O’Donoghue, PhD
Recognition and Awards Committee Member
Daniel-Odonoghue@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Dr. Daniel L. O’Donoghue was born in Chicago, IL, and grew up there with nine siblings.  He went to an inner city Jesuit high school, St. Ignatius, and worked as a Chicago Park District lifeguard on Rainbow beach during the summers.  He left the South Side of Chicago to attend Loras College in Dubuque, IA.  There, he continued swimming as an intercollegiate varsity athlete as well as walked on to play defensive back for the football team.  He majored in Biology and left in 1977 with a B.S.  He spent one year as a quantitative chemist in a metal finishing/plating company in Chicago before he entered graduate school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in the Department of Anatomy.  He began teaching in the anatomical sciences at Loyola and earned a teaching assistantship in 1980.  He graduated with a PhD in Neuroanatomy after describing the alteration in cerebral cortical efferent pathways after cerebellar lesions in the newborn mammal. In 1984, he moved to Columbus, OH, to work in the Laboratory of Neuroanatomy at The Ohio State University School of Medicine as an NIH postdoctoral Fellow (NRSA).  The work involved the development and physiology of neuronal circuits of the cerebellar cortex.  He then moved to Atlanta, GA, to work in the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at Emory University School of Medicine.  There he participated on projects dealing with the development of specificity in cerebral cortical connections to the spinal cord.  As a research assistant professor, Dr. O’Donoghue taught Human Anatomy to the medical students. Dr. O’Donoghue joined the Faculty of the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine, in 1990 in the Department of Anatomical Sciences.  In 1995, he entered the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma and retrained for clinical duties.  Upon completion of the Physician Associate (PA) Degree in 1997, he rejoined the College of Medicine faculty with a joint appointment in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and in the Department of Cell Biology.  His teaching responsibilities currently involve students from most Colleges at the Health Science Center.  Clinical responsibilities are mainly assisting in reconstructive surgeons in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology to repair head and neck defects after resection of cancers.  He has been active in the PA Profession at the State and National levels since graduating.  He has worked on task forces and work groups in Oklahoma and nationally.

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Russell Postier, MD
Recognition and Awards Committee Member
Russell-Postier@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

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Ronald Saizow, MD
Faculty Development and Education
Committee Member
Ronald-Saizow@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Dr. Saizow is Professor of Medicine and associate dean for academic programs at the OU School of Community Medicine, Tulsa.  He is also the Designated Institutional Official, responsible for the accreditation and quality of the residency and fellowship programs.  He lead the development and implementation of the Bedlam-Longitudinal (Bedlam-L) Clinic and the Bedlam-Longitudinal course for  all third and fourth year medical students in Tulsa. His publications focus on outpatient internal medicine issues, medical student education and learning theory, curriculum development and implementation, and innovative teaching resources.  His involvement in faculty development includes a leadership role for the OUSCM Faculty Academy. He has completed the national fellowship program of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) to become a national instructor of faculty teaching the medical interview.  Also for the AACH, he is Chief Editor for DocCom: an interactive learning resource for healthcare communication, which is a grant-funded web-based comprehensive curriculum for medical school courses, residency programs, and clinicians.  He has instituted the prestigious teaching award, the Crimson Apple, recognizing teaching excellence among interns, residents, fulltime faculty and community faculty.  He is the founding medical director for the Simulation Center of OU, Tulsa (SCOUT).  The Aesculapian Award was bestowed upon Dr. Saizow by the graduating classes of 1999 and 2000.  In 2006, he received the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award.  In 2007, he received the BlueCross and BlueShield of Oklahoma Professional Health Care Champion award. In 2012, he was selected as a founding member of the OUCOM Academy of Teaching Scholars.  However, Dr. Saizow considers his greatest honor and most important role as father of Abby and Jeff.  A devoted dad, he is also active in their school, Riverfield Country Day School, where he attends class with his kids one day each month and has served as chairman of the Board of Directors.

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Chittur A. (‘C.A.’) Sivaram
Membership and Standards Committee Member
Chittur-Sivaram@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Dr. Chittur A. (‘C.A.’) Sivaram is David Ross Boyd Professor in the Cardiovascular Section, Department of Internal Medicine at University of Oklahoma. He is currently the Vice-Chief of Cardiovascular Section and Director of Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Training. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development at the OU College of Medicine. Dr. Sivaram has been very actively involved in education of medical students, residents and cardiology fellows at OU. He is the recipient of several teaching awards including 8 Aesculapian awards, Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award (1999), OU Regents Award for Superior Teaching (2007) and Edgar Young Lifetime Teaching Achievement award (2010).  Dr. Sivaram also is a clinical cardiologist with a special interest in echocardiography and cardiac imaging. He is very active in American College of Cardiology (ACC) both at the state level and nationally. He was the ACC Governor for Oklahoma between 2005 and 2008. He is currently the Chair of ACC’s Fellowship Training and Workforce Committee and serves on the Fellowship Redesign Task Force and ABIM Competency Pilot Work Group.  He was recently appointed as the Chair of American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and ACC’s Competency Based Pilot- a national initiative in educational innovation. As the Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development at OU College of Medicine, Dr. Sivaram has been actively engaged in process improvement through collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in its ae4Q (Aligning and Educating for Quality) initiative.

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Katie Smith, MD
Faculty Development, Education & Mentoring Committee Member
katie-smith@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 09/2016

Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of OBGYN where she serves as the Clerkship Director, Associate Section Chief and Resident Research Advisor.  She has a passion for medical education and enjoys developing new ways for students and residents to learn as well as educating patients and the public.  Her research focuses on these areas as well as gynecologic cancer prevention.  When she is not doing clinical practice, teaching or research she enjoys blogging and spending time with her husband and daughters.

 Amy L. Sparkman, MD
Faculty Development Education & Mentoring
Committee Member
Amy-Sparkman@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 01/2014

Amy Sparkman is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the OU Health Sciences Center.  She graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine in 2001 and completed residency training in emergency medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  Amy did her fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and was a Clinical Instructor on the University of Michigan faculty prior to her appointment at OU in 2007.  Amy serves as the Assistant Program Director for the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at OUHSC as well as the director of the simulation program for pediatric emergency medicine.

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Kent Teague, PhD
Faculty Development Education & Mentoring
Committee Member
Kent-Teague@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 01/2014

Dr. Teague is an immunologist with faculty appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and as adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the OU School of Community Medicine, Tulsa. He received a PhD in Immunology from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1995 and completed postdoctoral training in immunology research at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Denver in 1999. He teaches basic immunology, infection and immunity, and inflammation due to infection or psychosocial stress to students in the OU physician assistant program, OU College of Pharmacy, OU Medical School Humanities Enrichment course, and the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. In addition to teaching, he serves the Tulsa campus as the Director of Research Laboratories and as Director of the Integrative Immunology Center where his group is researching the use of biomarker signatures of stress for management of immune system-related illnesses.
William M. Tierney, MD FASGE AGAF
Recognition and Awards Committee Member
Induction date: 09/2015
William-Tierney@ouhsc.edu

Dr. Tierney is David Ross Boyd Professor of Medicine in the Section of Digestive Diseases at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  He is Vice Chief of Digestive Diseases and serves as the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Director.  Dr. Tierney earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) with honors from Williams College, Williamstown, MA and a Doctor of Medicine (cum laude) from Yale University, New Haven, CT.  He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center.  He was awarded the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award by the ACGME in 2013. In 2015 he received the Dewayne Andrews Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academy of Teaching Scholars. He currently serves as the Chapter Advisor for the OU College of Medicine Gold Humanism Honor Society. 
Michael Weisz, MD, FACP
Faculty Development and Education Committee Member
Michael-Weisz@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Dr. Weisz graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at OU-Tulsa.  He has served as Program Director of the Internal Medicine program and as the Clerkship Director in Tulsa.  He has been awarded numerous teaching awards including the Aesculapean Award and the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award.   He is currently a Professor of Medicine and medical director of A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Simulation Center at the OU School of Community Medicine in Tulsa.

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Robert Wild, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Faculty Development Education & Mentoring Committee Member
Robert-Wild@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 09/2014

Dr. Robert A. Wild is tenured Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Director of Research and Development, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family and Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma. He is Chief of the Gynecology Service at the VA Medical Center Oklahoma City. He is an experienced clinician and investigator with a focus on primary prevention strategies for women’s health combining Gynecology and Preventive Cardiology. He has devoted more than 30 years to patient care, research and higher education through teaching and mentoring Medical Students, Residents, Masters and PhD students, and fellow faculty. He practices and teaches Clinical Lipidology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics as a national and international consultant in Ob/Gyn, Menopause, and Endocrinology and in Preventive Cardiology. He has authored or coauthored over 200 peer reviewed manuscripts and has been continually funded through NIH, Foundations, Professional societies  and/or Industry since he joined OU in 1988. He has been co-chair of the campus wide annual course How to Practice and Teach Based on Best Evidence beginning 2006. He mentors every Ob/ Gyn resident on how to practice based on best evidence providing a monthly rotation in PGY1. He also provides each medical student with a 2 hour tutorial focusing on self-learning skills on how to become proficient in practicing based on best evidence. He offers a senior elective for 4th year medical students to develop clinical epidemiological and biostatitical skills to develop proficiency in finding evaluating and using best evidence to improve clinical decisions. He has developed a curriculum in women’s health as he provides a preceptor ship for every 2nd year Family Medicine resident as an essential rotation to learn Gynecology. He received the CREOG national award for excellence in teaching 2011. He teaches medical statistics, and clinical epidemiology to cardiologists and primary care physicians by chairing postgraduate education courses at the National lipid Association, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He teaches Clinical Lipid ology at the Master’s Level in the field of Preventive Cardiology. He taught Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as a core lecturer and Section Chief. He developed the elective course in Perinatal & Reproductive Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. He has been awarded the ASRM milestone achievement award for teaching graduate course at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine for over a decade. He teaches graduate courses at the American College of Obstetrician Annual Meetings in the fields of Menopausal Medicine, Lipidology and Evidence based Practice. He has provided mentorship for over 100 residents and fellows.. He has been elected chair of the educational chairs and is chair of the educational council (overseeing the CME,GME, New Career Development, Scientific Meeting, and Program Development Committees) for the National lipid Association. He is editor of Lipid Spin for the NLA, Associate Editor of Clinical lipidology and Menopause and has been on the Editorial board of all of the major journals in his field. He is a member of the Provost’s Educator’s for Excellence Group on the OUHSC campus.
Peggy Wisdom, MD
Peggy-Wisdom@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 05/2012

Dr. Peggy Wisdom is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine followed by a Residency in Neurology at the University of Florida. Since returning to   OUHSC she has had a variety of leadership roles. She has had major roles in education, patient care, and research in the Department of Neurology as Vice-Chair, Interim Director of the Neurology Residency Program, Clerkship Coordinator for the Neurology Clerkship She currently serves as Chief of Service for Neurology and Rehabilitation at the Oklahoma City  VA Medical Center.  In this role she has developed the Neurosciences Center, which provides not only neurologic care and rehabilitation but interprofessional  programs as well.  With strong support from other faculty she has been responsible for  development of the VA Center for Alzheimers and Neurodegenerative Disease, Spinal Cord Injury/Multiple Sclerosis/ALS Program, TBI/Polytrauma Program and  the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center Pain  Program.  These programs   now include active clinical investigation and opportunities  for education of all professional students and trainees. She has received  numerous teaching awards which include the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award, James F. Hammerstein Physician of Excellence Award,  American Academy of Neurology  Teaching Award,  College of Medicine Outstanding Alumni Award and  2011 Neurology Residents  Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Dee Wu, PhD
Faculty Development, Education & Mentoring Committee Member
dee-wu@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 09/2016

Dr. Wu’s has a focus on assisting learners, educators, and practitioners with the implementation of new technology and management of learning assets to facilitate the transference of knowledge. Dr. Wu’s interest in medical education is to aid and assist learners through a broad range of topics relevant to critical thinking, interprofessional teamwork, and meeting learners where they are. Dr. Wu believes teaching is an organized activity that nurtures learning at all levels of education, and it is one that can be enhanced when shared between different disciplines. As disciplines become increasingly more specialized, a greater need to provide opportunities for dialogue and interchange emerges. Education and the facilitation of interdepartmental collaboration are two of the most significant potential circumstances for increasing this interactivity. As such, Dr. Wu welcomes serving as a mentor for medical students, residents, and fellows from different departments, including emergency medicine, obstetrics, neonatology, hematology oncology and pharmacology, in addition to his home department of radiology. Dr. Wu’s fluency in technology and adaptability to knowledge from different areas of medicine help him solve problems in a wide array of disciplines. A key component of his educational scholarship centers on a system he has developed called LIMES3, which is a literature information management and educational support system. The LIMES3 system addresses knowledge assets and supports the community of medical learners and professionals on their quest to receive updated information, maintain knowledge, and share these assets within and across clinical subspecialties.

 John Zubialde, MD
Faculty Development Education & Mentoring Committee Member
John-Zubialde@ouhsc.edu
Induction date: 01/2014

Dr. John Zubialde received his M.D. from and also completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of New Mexico where he was recognized as the Outstanding Graduating Resident. After residency he served four years in the United States Air Force attaining the rank of Major and serving as Chief of Family Medicine Services at the US Air Force Clinic and Hospital at Tinker AFB. He received the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.
Dr. Zubialde joined the College of Medicine in 1991 as a clinical and research faculty in the Department of Family Medicine. He also served as Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency program from 1994 to 2000, and then as Associate Dean for GME from 2000 to present. He holds faculty appointments at the rank of Professor at Univ. of Oklahoma as well as Dartmouth Medical School.
Dr Zubialde has received multiple grants totaling over $900,000, authored numerous publications and conducted presentations at state, national, and international levels on topics ranging from patient care, curriculum development, leadership development, and health systems planning. For over 20 years, Dr. Zubialde has also been very active both locally and nationally in community service to uninsured and underserved patients. In 2008 he was presented with the Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P Gold Foundation for his efforts. He has contributed significantly to the University of Oklahoma campus community serving as chairman and member on numerous boards and committees and as an advisor for student interest groups. He is a member of national and state professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians. His professional interests focus on educational development in graduate medical education, care for the chronically ill adult, health care administration and policy, health care systems and physician decision making.

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