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Family Medicine Researchers
Thomas W. Allen, D.O., MPH, FACP, FCCP, FACOI
An Illinois native, Dr. Allen earned a B.A. in Biology at Ottawa (Kansas) University. He earned his D.O. degree at Midwestern University - Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine then completed a rotating internship and an internal medicine residency at Midwestern, followed by a pulmonary medicine research fellowship at Northwestern University. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. Dr. Allen has held academic appointments at Midwestern University, Northwestern University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and at Oklahoma State University where he also served as Vice President of Health Affairs and Dean of Medicine from 1991-2003. He served as a Colonel in the Medical Corps, United States Army Reserve until 2005. He is broadly published in the areas of pulmonary medicine, human physiology and sports medicine. His research interests are in human performance and pulmonary physiology with special interests in sports medicine and pulmonary disorders in athletes.
David K. Brennan, E.ED
An Australian native, David Brennan earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Houston. He has held faculty appointments at Houston Community College, Baylor College of Medicine, and OU-Tulsa Department of Family Medicine where he teaches and develops worksite primary care and wellness programs. He also coordinates the Family Medicine Human Performance Lab. Mr. Brennan enjoys running and music and has been a competitive distance runner since 1967 and jazz musician since 1985.
Lamont Cavanagh, MD
A Tulsa native, Lamont Cavanagh, M.D., earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Oklahoma. After an internship in Tulsa, he spent five years as an Air Force flight surgeon and currently is chief of aerospace medicine for the 138th Fighter Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard. In 2000, he completed a family medicine residency and a sports medicine fellowship at OU-Tulsa. He joined the clinical faculty of the Department of Family Medicine in 2001. His sports medicine activities include serving as tournament physician for the Western Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament and team physician for three universities in Tulsa and a high school in the Tulsa area and for the Colorado Rocky's Baseball AA farm club. He is married and enjoys spending time with his children.
Douglas Ivins, MD
Douglas Ivins was born in Williamsport, PA and is a native of New Jersey. After graduating from Haverford College in 1989, he obtained a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1991. He graduated from UMDNJ-RWJMS medical school in 1995 and completed a family practice residency at the Memorial Hospital of Burlington County in 1998. He then completed a faculty development/medical informatics fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in June 2000. He is currently engaged in completing a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. Most recently, he has held a position as a faculty member at the Geisinger Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program. He has strong interests in sports medicine, medical informatics, and clinical research. He is also active in the Air Force Reserve.
Linda Oberst-Walsh, MD
Medical Director of the Family Medicine Department
Dr. Linda Oberst-Walsh is an Assistant Professor and Medical Director in the Department of Family Medicine at OU-Tulsa. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado-Denver and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Oberst-Walsh served as a physician in the Ptarmigan Family Practice for nine years, and then was appointed as the Medical Director of the University of Colorado’s Westminster Satellite Clinic.
Dr. Oberst-Walsh has participated in a variety of research and scholarship endeavors in association with the University of Colorado, such as Applied Strategies for Improving Patient Safety, Leaders in Effective Activity Planning, and HgbA1c Decision Making Study. She has been involved in the American Academy of Family Practice and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Oberst-Walsh’s interests mainly focus upon women’s care, health prevention and recovery, and positioning practices to improve chronic disease management.
Assistant Residency Program Director,
Director Behavioral Medicine
A licensed professional counselor, Dr. Sannito is a graduate of California State University-Los Angeles and holds a master's degree in marriage, family and child counseling from the California Family Study Center, as well as a doctorate in family psychology from Capella University. He is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Director in the Family Medicine Department. Dr Sannito’s research and patient care interests are the impact of marital satisfaction on physical health, medical marriages and relationships, and the entire spectrum of close relationships. He and his wife have four children. He enjoys sports, both as a fan and a participant and is an avid lifelong learner.
Frances Wen, PhD.
Frances K. Wen, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. She was an intern at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and worked as a postdoctoral psychology resident at Layh and Associates in Yellow Springs, OH. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of psychological aspects of medical conditions, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and stress management. She is an accomplished researcher and provides statistical support to medical residents.