Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Christopher Thurman, D.O.


Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Associate Professor of Family Medicine



  • 2001 to 2003
    Chief Resident
    Family Medicine Residency

    OSU Center for Health Sciences 
    Tulsa, OK
  • 2000 to 2001   
    Chief Intern            
    Family Medicine Emphasis Internship

    Tulsa Regional Medical Center
    Tulsa, OK
  • 1996-2000
    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) 
    OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) 
    Tulsa, OK
  • 1991-1995
    B.S. (Biology)
    Northeastern State University
    Tahlequah, OK


  • 2003 – Present          
    Board Certified – American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians
  • 2000 – Present           
    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine – Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners
  • 2000 – Present 
    Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control 
    OBN Certificate Registration
  • 2000 – Present
    Federal DEA Registration

Work Experience

  • August 2008 - to present
    Chairman Dept of Family Medicine
    Oklahoma State University CHS
  • November 2005 - April 2008     
    Vice Chairman, Department of Family Medicine
    OSU Center for Health Sciences 
  • September 2006 - April 2008
    Associate Program Director
    OSU FM Residency
  • July 2003 - to present                     
    Assistant Professor Family Medicine
    OSU Center for Health Sciences
  • 2001 – 2002                
    Emergency Physician (Moonlighting)
    Bristow Medical Center       
  • 2001 – 2002                
    Emergency Physician (Moonlighting)
    Wagoner Medical Center


  • CME Lecture/Presentation 11th Annual Emergency Medicine Review, Tulsa, OK “Diabetic Emergencies” June 8th, 2008
  • Associate Program Director in charge of resident training – successful inspection of program with 5 year approval
  • Monthly lectures to 3rd year OSU-CHS students on Family Medicine Rotation at HCC – Medical Documentation and Soap notes; Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Resident Academics participation and lectures in topics covering Practice Management, Women’s Health, Labor and Delivery, Antenatal Testing, Preterm Labor, AOA Core Competencies
  • OSU-CHS predoc lecture Health Promotion Disease Prevention Topic : Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Clinical Problem Solving Group Leader, OSU-CHS
  • Curriculum Development – Radiology Module – web-based student learning in CPS Course


  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • Osteopathic Founders Foundation
  • Oklahoma Osteopathic Association
  • Tulsa Osteopathic Medical Society


  • Clark, L., Eddy, S., Stewart, J., Stone, S., Thurman, C. Journal of International Academic Medical Student Educators. June 2008 “Fourth-year Medical Students as PBL Facilitators”
  • Co-Principle Investigator on Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Grant for Geriatrics training – 2 million dollars over 4 years – submitted July 1, 2008
  • Thurman, C., Stewart, J., Clark, L. April 2008 Poster Presentation AACOM / AODME national meeting in St. Louis, MO; OSU CHS Research Day, Tulsa OK. – “Fourth year students as PBL Tutors”
  • Pending – HRSA project – Thurman, C.  Jenkins, L. 
    “Patient inclusion in the 360 degree evaluation.”
  • Clark, L. Oklahoma State University, Thurman, C. Oklahoma State University, et al, Academic Exchange Quarterly, Winter 2006:205. 
    “Tutorless PBL Groups in a Medical School.”
  • Meurer LN, Jamieson B, Thurman C. J Fam Pract. 2006 May;55(5):437,440. 
    “What is the appropriate use of sunscreen in infants and children?”      
  • Kim, JooHee.  Thurman, Christopher.  2005 Poster Presentation,
    “Development of an AOA Core Competency Paper Evaluation.”
  • Thurman, Christopher. Kim, JooHee. 2004 Poster Presentation, AACOM. 
    “The MED-360 evaluation tool.”
  • 2003 Co-Investigator in AOA Competency Modeling Project
  • 2003 Co-Investigator in AOA Competency Assessment Project
  • Community Relations Work:
    • Published Contributor (Interview) Tulsa World Article entitled, 
      “Leg Work” by Jason Ashley Wright Aug 12
    • Published Contributor (Interview) OK Business Weekly magazine, 
      “Heat Stroke”


  • Vice Chairman Family Medicine Department OSU-CHS
  • Budget and Benefits Committee – OSU-CHS
  • Student Selection Committee – OSU-CHS
  • OMECO Research Subcommittee Chairman
  • Research Committee – OSU-CHS
  • CQI Committee – OSU-CHS
  • Faculty Affairs Committee – OSU-CHS
  • Student Selection Committee – OSU-CHS
  • IRB Mentoring Subcommittee - OSU-CHS
  • Family Medicine Residency Interview and Selection Committee
  • Community service participation with students – Eugene Fields Health Fair
  • Associate Dean of Research Search Committee member
  • Family Medicine Chairman Search Committee – Chair
  • Pediatrics Chairman Search Committee – OSU-CHS
  • Vice Chairman Family Medicine Department of OSU MC
  • Infectious Disease Committee – OSU MC

Special Professional Interest

  • GME Education
  • Program Development
  • Resident Training Procedures for the Office Physician, including endoscopy, colposcopy, circumcision, minor surgical procedures


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