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OSU-CHS professor to be advisor in Iraq

TULSA, Okla. – Anil Kaul, M.D., D.D.S., M.P.H., an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, has been appointed as a Senior Public Health Advisor with the U.S. Department of State, helping to evaluate basic health care structures and identify priority needs in Iraq.

He will be on an unpaid leave of absence from OSU while he is a member of an advisory team studying health care delivery, maternal and child health, manpower issues, academic medicine and research. “Our first job as advisors is to evaluate basic health care structure. We will visit sites, talk to health care providers and help identify and deal with problems.” Problems could range from medical equipment that does not work, or has no one to operate it, to immediate health care, he said. “In conflict areas, people are more concerned with acute care, not long-term issues. For example, if infant mortality is high in an area, there are ways to help prevent it,” Kaul said. “That is how we can connect with a local community, through people seeing results.”

He sees OSU’s rural health and telemedicine expertise as uniquely suited to training and distance learning tools that might be used to help ease a shortage of nurses or technicians. He said most of Iraq’s medical schools have outdated libraries and that online access could help to provide up-to-date information. “OSU is a leader in these areas and I hope to determine how we can help put technology to work there,” Kaul said.

Kaul, a native of India, has a diverse, international background as physician, dentist, researcher, and teacher. “I have lived and practiced in resource poor environments and I know the challenges. This is a unique opportunity for me as a physician, but also it is an honor and a privilege,” he said. "If I can make a small difference with my skills, I want to do it.”

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer nine graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates six clinics, five in Tulsa and one in Enid. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.