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COMmunicator Newsletter
      June 2005

Senior Breakfast

A senior class breakfast, sponsored by the Alumni Association, was held for OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine graduates. “We wanted an event just for the class,” Ben Kamp, D.O., ‘05, (right) class president said. Joe Coffman, D.O., ’95, (left) attended on behalf of the association and spoke to graduating students, who received leather portfolios from the association.

Dear Alumni

I am very privileged to serve as president of our alumni association. I have great love for our school and I feel we are continuing to turn out the best physicians in the country. I would like to thank Dr. Charles Henley, ’77, for the wonderful job he did as president. He devoted many hours to the association. I’d also like to welcome our new executive board member and secretary-treasurer, Dr. Mike Eimen, ‘85. He has been involved for many years in the education of our students and I know he cares very deeply for the school.

Some exciting changes have recently taken place. The College alumni association has joined the larger OSU Alumni Association as an affiliate chapter. This affiliation lets us utilize the networking of a $175,000 computer system, allowing us to keep better track of our graduates and to better “get out the news.” The OSU alumni association and our College association will no longer compete for membership, and dues will go partially to OSU’s association and partially to our College. Any money raised by the College association (like Spring Fling CME) will remain in our general fund.

We are expanding the executive board to include “at-large” members. They are selected from geographical areas of the state in order to further include those members who are not close to Tulsa. The at-large representatives will be announced soon.

Our Spring Fling CME was a great success this year, raising money that will be used to continue promoting student programs and scholarships. Thanks to all of the graduates who attended, and a special thanks to the anniversary classes. I also would like to thank all the doctors who took the time to give a lecture for this program.

At the last executive board meeting Dr. Doug Foster, ’86, presented his plan for an endowed chair for surgery named for Dr. Paul Koro. This endowment would allow more money to be used for surgical programs. I feel this is a wonderful cause to get behind, as does the board, and we have started the ball rolling by approving sponsorship of the first Paul Koro Lecture Series. If you are interested in donating to this worthy cause, please contact the Office of Development or Dr. Foster.

Our golf tournament is back! This fund raiser is Aug. 1 at the Oaks Country Club. It’s going to be a great time at a great course. If you are interested in playing in the tournament or know someone who would like to help with sponsorship, please call Ryan Miller or Reneé Motte in the alumni office (918-699-8709), or contact any executive board member. I look forward to seeing you there.

Murray Crow, D.O., ‘92
President – Executive Committee
OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
Alumni Association



Ryan Miller presents check to Dr. Michael Moody

Check presented - Ryan Miller, assistant director of alumni affairs, presents a check for $1,500 from the College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association for the Osteopathic Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine building maintenance fund. Accepting is Michael Moody, D.O., ’82, OEFOM president (right).

Scott Ghere, D.O. visits Alumni booth with family

New alumnus Scott Ghere, D.O.,’05, visits the OSU booth at the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association meeting in April, accompanied by wife Carol, and son Conner. The booth drew students, physicians and alumni. Ghere was among 83 new OSU physicians who graduated from the College in May.

For the record
The March COMmunicator reported Michael Moody, D.O., ’82, as the first graduate of the OSU Center for Health Sciences Master of Forensic Sciences Administration degree program. He is the first osteopathic medicine physician to receive the degree.

U.S. News & World Report: OSU Medical School One of Nation's Best

U.S. News Best Graduate Schools 2006 OSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is named in the U.S.News & World Report “2006 Best Graduate Schools Guide,” an annual report card that analyzes schools in selected fields such as health care and medicine.


The publication shows the medical school in:
  • 11th place in rural medicine
  • 16th in family medicine
  • 54th in primary care

U.S.News compares the nation’s 144 medical schools based on opinions and data collected from college academic deans, program directors and senior faculty throughout the United States, according to John Fernandes, D.O., president and dean. This is the fifth year in a row OSU is listed.

“Our consecutive top rankings reflect our longstanding commitment to the people of Oklahoma and to the Legislature to educate and train excellent physicians for our state,” said Fernandes. “We are honored to be recognized for meeting our mission of preparing the majority of the state’s rural and family doctors.”

Bond issue aids campus improvements

A higher education bond issue passed recently will bring more than $4 million in capital improvements to the OSU Center for Health Sciences. Projects include:

# Renovation of Dunlap Auditorium
# Campus heating and air replacement
# Campus plumbing and electrical systems upgrade
# Campus laboratories upgrade
# Campus safety improvements
# Campus renovations
# Health Care Center - patient care upgrades

Spring Fling CME

A total of 228 physicians from 12 states attended the 19th annual CME Spring Fling. Among them were 178 OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni. The Class of 1998 had the largest number of alumni at 15, followed by the classes of 1983, 1985 and 2000 at 11. Oklahoma was represented by 204 physicians, six were from Texas, five from Missouri and four from Kansas. Top three specialties in attendance were:
  • family practice – 127
  • internal medicine - 18
  • emergency medicine - 14


Paul Koro Endowed Chair for Surgery

OSU medical studentThe alumni association has provided $5,650 to sponsor an initial lecture series this fall, launching fundraising for the department of surgery endowed chair honoring the late Paul P. Koro, D.O.

Doug Foster, D.O., ’86, assistant professor and chair of surgery, is leading fundraising efforts to found the Paul Peter Koro Endowed Chair for Surgery. Koro served as chairman of the department of surgery and professor of surgery from 1976 to 1988, and returned to OSU in 1999 as senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor of surgery. He also served as interim dean. The creation of the endowed chair will serve as a memorial to Koro who was much beloved by faculty and staff. It will be the first endowed chair for the OSU Center for Health Sciences.

A goal of $1 million has been set to be raised from private foundations, corporations and individuals. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will provide a matching $1 million, bringing the endowment fund total to $2 million.

The goal is to raise $1 million in pledges and gifts by July 1, 2006. Endowment funds will be used to pay for an annual lecture series, research and other expenses in the surgery department. Foster said he expects the lecture series to eventually grow into a three-day, nationally recognized education event.

Alumni and others are asked to join the campaign to raise funds. Donation checks should be made payable to OSU Foundation. Include “Koro Endowed Chair” in the memo line of the check or include an attached note. Mail checks to:
Karen Senger
Development Office
OSU Center for Health Sciences
1111 W. 17th Street
Tulsa, OK 74107

To make a donation other than by check or for more information, contact Senger at 918-561-8206 or

Senger said making a donation to fund the endowed chair is a touching and significant way to remember Koro. A special dedication event, which will include Mrs. Koro and other family members, will take place when funds are raised.

The Summer Classic 2005 Golf Tournament

Make plans now to join alums at the Summer Classic Golf Tournament, slated Monday, Aug. 1, at Oaks Country Club in Tulsa. Proceeds from the tourney benefit the alumni association’s endowed scholarship program.

For more information or to register, contact the association at 918-561-8221, toll free 800-677-1972 or register online.


New officers start terms
For the OSU-COM Alumni Association executive committee for 2005-2006.

Murray D. Crow, D.O.Murray D. Crow, D.O., ’92
Joseph M. Coffman, D.O.Joseph M. Coffman, D.O., ’95
Richard Hastings, D.O., Ph.D.Richard Hastings, D.O., Ph.D., ’80
R. Michael EimenR. Michael Eimen, D.O. ’85


Ryan Miller, assistant director of alumni affairs, said plans to add at-large members from across the state are being finalized.

Career services begun
# Are you looking for a doctor to fill a position?
# Are you a doctor seeking employment opportunities?
# Do you have a private practice for sale?

A career services page is now available on the Alumni Association’s webpage.




Alumni Notes

Martin Beal, D.O., ’93, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Edward Goljan, M.D., professor and chair of pathology, have been named Outstanding Educators by the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Class of 2005. Both were grand marshals at commencement exercises.

Todd Beasley, D.O., ’99, is among People magazine’s top 10 “Beauties on Your Block.” The May 9 issue of the magazine applauds “everyday people whose stunning looks match their big hearts.” He was nominated by his wife, Joli.

Kurt Daniel, D.O., ’01, is one of eight researchers nationwide chosen for the Inspra® Young Investigators Awards program. He is an internal medicine specialist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and an instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine. He will conduct research to determine whether genes play a role in diastolic heart failure.

Jackie Neel, D.O., ’80, has joined the psychiatric staff at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, working in inpatient and outpatient adult psychiatry.

M. Sean O'Brien, D.O., ‘99, and Gabriel M. Pitman, D.O., ’96, have received Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's "Rookie Physician of the Year" awards. O'Brien specializes in general orthopaedics, hand surgery, and sports medicine at the Oklahoma Center for Orthopaedic Excellence & Sports Medicine and Pitman is in private practice.

Office of Alumni Affairs
Ryan N. Miller
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs

Renee’ Motte
Senior Administrative Assistant

OSU Center for Health Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine
1111 West 17th Street
Tulsa, OK 74107-1898
918-699-8709 or 800-677-1972

The COMmunicator is a quarterly newsletter published by the OSU Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association.

John J. Fernandes, D.O., M.B.A.,
president & dean
Marla M. Schaefer, M.S., editor
Ellen L. Stockton, art director
Mary Jane Nichols, graphic designer
Terry R. Drenner, photographer
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