Keyes High grad is Academic Medicine's Physician of the year

Former executive dean of the OU College of Medicine, Jerry B. Vannatta, M.D., currently is David Ross Boyd Professor of Medicine and holder of the John Flack Burton Professorship of Medical Humanities. The Physician of the Year-Academic Medicine Award is the latest in a series of awards dating from 1979 that recognize Vannatta for excellence in medical education. He has been nominated for teaching awards two dozen times and has received the Aesculapian Award from students five times, was named outstanding medicine faculty member by third-year students and in 1987, received the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award.

Vannatta's career in academic medicine began in 1979. He became associate provost for medical affairs for OU Health Sciences Center in 1995. The following year, he took the reins of the College of Medicine as executive dean, vice president for health affairs and associate provost and held these top leadership positions until 2002. During his tenure as executive dean, he held the Lawrence N. Upjohn Chair in Medicine.

Throughout his career. Vannatta has been actively involved in teaching and developing materials for classroom use. He was director of medical education at the Presbyterian Hospital for 16 years and currently is attending physician and teaches interpretation of electrocardiogram as well as an elective in Literature and Medicine to senior medical students. He developed the College of Medicine 's simulated patient program as well as the course in literature and medicine for both medical and Honors College students. His name is synonymous with the teaching and mentoring students in humanism, and he is the author of Medicine and Humanistic Understanding on DVD, published through the University of Pennsylvania Press .

The native of Keyes, received a bachelor's degree in physics from Oklahoma City University in 1970 and his medical degree from the OU College of Medicine in 1975, followed by internship and residency in the Department of Medicine. He received the Stewart Wolf Society Award as outstanding resident in medicine in 1978. Vannatta is board certified in internal medicine.

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