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Leadership Reception for OU-Tulsa

University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announces new leadership for OU-Tulsa and OU-TU School of Community Medicine

TULSA, OKLA (November 2, 2015) — University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced today that John H. Schumann, M.D., has been appointed as the OU-Tulsa President and James M. Herman, M.D., MSPH has been appointed Dean of the OU-TU School of Community Medicine.

“The two exceptional leaders will provide the energy and vision needed to take education to a new and higher level in Tulsa and eastern Oklahoma,” said OU President David L. Boren.

Dr. Schumann joined the faculty of the School of Community Medicine in 2011. He served as associate professor of Internal Medicine, Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Vice Chair of the department’s education program before being named interim president of OU-Tulsa in January of 2015. He holds the Gussman Chair in Internal Medicine at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine.

Dr. Schumann earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University. Following graduation, he worked for the U.S. Information Agency in Washington, D.C.

After shifting his focus to medicine, he earned his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, his hometown. He completed residency at Cambridge Hospital in Massachusetts, where he served as Chief Resident of Internal Medicine.

Following a year as a faculty physician with the Cambridge Health Alliance in 2002, he moved to the south side of Chicago, where he joined the faculty at the University of Chicago.

Later, Dr. Schumann completed a fellowship in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center, after which he became a faculty affiliate. He also co-chaired the faculty advisory board of the university’s Human Rights Program, for which he developed and taught a multi-disciplinary course entitled “Health Care and Human Rights.”

Dr. Schumann has authored the blog GlassHospital since 2010, writing weekly posts aimed at demystifying medicine and bringing transparency to health care and policy. His essays are frequently reposted on leading health and patient advocacy blogs across the country. He has also written for Slate, the Atlantic, the radio program Marketplace, and National Public Radio’s blog, Shots.

Since moving to Tulsa, he is a frequent contributor to KWGS 89.5-FM, Public Radio Tulsa, where in addition to providing medical commentary, he guest hosts the station’s flagship weekday program, StudioTulsa. He is also the developer, co-producer and host of the radio show, Medical Matters on KWGS, which explores health care and the human condition.

“This new role is a great opportunity to work across campus with all colleges and programs at OU-Tulsa to ensure we continue to provide the outstanding educational opportunities for our students and ensure OU- Tulsa continues to grow and thrive in Tulsa,” said Schumann.

Dr. Herman comes to OU from the Penn State College of Medicine and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where he served as the Hershey Company Professor and Chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He also held the position of Associate Dean of Primary Care and Primary Care Research. Also, Dr. Herman served as the director of the Center for Leadership at that institution, and directed a special program in leadership and dealing with change.

Dr. Herman earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Missouri. His residency training in Family Medicine was at the University of Rochester in New York.

He has previously served as a Marion Bishop Fellow of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation, a Fellow of the American Council on Education, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

“It is an honor to be able to lead the new OU-TU School of Community Medicine. This new program and opportunity for students will make a difference in their education and in the lives of countless Oklahomans,” said Herman.

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