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David Kendrick, MD, MPH

David Kendrick, MD, MPH

Dr. David Kendrick chairs the Department of Medical Informatics and serves as the Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning for the OU Health Sciences Center.  He is the principal investigator and CEO of MyHealth Access Network, Oklahoma’s non-profit health information network, which ensures that every Oklahoman’s complete health record is securely available where and when they need it for care and health decision-making.  Dr. Kendrick is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a member of the Board of Directors for the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), and convening faculty for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCi).  Dr. Kendrick served as Senior Counsel for Interoperability to the National Coordinator for Health IT and continues to work closely with ONC.

Dr. Kendrick received his BS in Chemical Engineering and MD from the University of Oklahoma.  

Blake Lesselroth, MD, MBI

Blake Lesselroth

Dr. Lesselroth is the Vice-Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine. Prior to joining the OU-TU School of Community Medicine in 2019, Dr. Lesselroth was a faculty member and teaching-hospitalist with the Portland VA Department of Hospital and Specialty Medicine, the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) Department of General Medicine, and the OHSU Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology. He was also VA Site Director for one of the first ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics Post-doctoral training fellowships.

In his current role, Dr. Lesselroth manages a portfolio consisting of implementation science research, medical informatics education, and IT service delivery. His areas of expertise include medical decision making, quality improvement evaluation, human-computer interactions, UX research, and implementation science. He is double board-certified in internal medicine (ABIM) and clinical informatics (ABPM) and has advanced training in human-computer interactions (UXC).

Dr. Lesselroth received his BS in Biological Anthropology from University of California at Los Angeles and MD from Tulane School of Medicine.  He completed a residency in internal medicine at OHSU and continued as a Medical Informatics & Clinical Education Fellow, ultimately obtaining a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Informatics (MBI).  

Juell Homco, PhD, MPH

Juell Homco, MPH

Dr. Homco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Homco’s research interests involve using epidemiologic methods to understand the impact of advanced health information technology on healthcare utilization, clinician behavior, and population health. Her current work focuses upon performance measure validity and the use of healthcare data to investigate care gaps in populations and health service delivery. She leads the Department’s community analytics and research teams. These teams are responsible for providing advanced data analytics support to the OU Physicians-Tulsa clinics, the Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Improvement Cooperative (OPHIC), the Sooner Health Access Network (HAN), and numerous multidisciplinary researchers across Oklahoma. Prior to working at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Homco served as the Health Planner for the Tulsa City-County Health Department. In this role, she authored the Tulsa County Health Profile 2010.  She frequently analyzed data through local, state, and national databases to identify community needs and health trends.  

Dr. Homco completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma. She received her MPH from Saint Louis University with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Charles A. Tryon, MSKM

Chuck Tryon, MSKM

Chuck Tryon is a faculty member in the Department of Medical Informatics.  He serves as the project manager for the Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Improvement Cooperative (OPHIC).  In that role, Chuck managed the AHRQ-funded EvidenceNOW: Healthy Hearts for Oklahoma (H2O) and Do No Harm: Pain and Opioid Management, in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Prior to joining OU, Chuck spent 30 years as a full-time consultant and seminar leader in the topics of Project Management, Knowledge Management and Process Design.  He is the author of two books, Managing Organizational Knowledge: 3rd Generation Knowledge Management and Beyond and Project Identification: Capturing Great Ideas to Dramatically Improve Your Organization, both published by Taylor and Francis’ CRC Press.  He teaches graduate courses in Knowledge Management and Project Management for the Organizational Dynamics program at OU-Tulsa.

He received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa and M.S. in Knowledge Management from the University of Oklahoma.  

Melissa Van Cain, MD, MBI

Melissa Van Cain, MD, MBI

Dr. Melissa Van Cain is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She is a graduate of the Clinical Informatics Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital where she received a Masters in Biomedical Informatics from Harvard Medical School and worked clinically as an attending in the Department of Pediatrics. As Manager of Applied Informatics she uses data and informatics principles to improve the healthcare delivery system and the lives of our patients. In her role as Physician Champion for Epic she serves as a liaison between clinicians and the project team to improve design and implementation of the electronic health record. Dr. Van Cain also holds leadership positions with the American Medical Informatics Association and the Council on Clinical Information Technology of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Van Cain received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MD from Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her General Pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Montefiore in the Bronx, NY.

Adjunct Faculty

R. Matthew Atkins, MD, FACP

Sarah McClanahan, DO

Dr. Atkins is the Chief Medical Information Officer for OU Medicine as well as being an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and a practicing general internal medicine physician. In his role as CMIO, Dr. Atkins oversees the physician informatics and business intelligence missions of OU Medicine. He has specific research interests in predictive analytics and the pursuit of the Learning Health System.

Dr. Atkins received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Duke University Health System. He then served as the Chief Resident for Quality and Safety at Duke Health and the Durham VA Medical Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine through the ABIM and Clinical Informatics through the ABPM.

Brent W. Beasley, MD, MBA

Brent W. Beasley, MD, MBA

Dr. Brent Beasley is the Medical Director for the Internal Medicine practice and a Professor within the OU-TU School of Community Medicine.  He also serves as the Medical Director for the Sooner HAN care management team within the Department of Medical Informatics.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine.

He completed his medical doctorate and residency in Internal Medicine at OU-Tulsa, as well as an additional fellowship in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.  He also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Baker University.

Nancy R. Inhofe, MD

Dr. Nancy Inhofe is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Medical Director of the Pediatric Asthma Clinic at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine.  She is board certified in Pediatrics.  Dr. Inhofe has over 20 years of clinical experience in the evaluation and management of children with asthma.  She has been a sub-investigator of the WIND Study since 2012, a multicenter prospective cohort study of the future development of asthma in children with severe bronchiolitis in infancy.  Her quality improvement research involves development of an asthma decision support tool within EMR to support physicians at point of care.  Dr. Inhofe is collaborating with Sooner HAN as Asthma Intervention Specialist to provide standard of care asthma tools and consultation to community physicians caring for difficult to control asthma patients and their families.  

Dr. Inhofe received her BS in Psychology from Duke University and MD from the University of Missouri.  

Sarah E. McClanahan, DO

Sarah McClanahan, DO

Dr. Sarah McClanahan is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Oxley Chair of Integrated Program of Assertive Community Treatment at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine.  She currently serves as Medical Director of the University of Oklahoma Integrated Program of Assertive Community Treatment (IMPACT), providing psychiatric outreach care to patients with chronic and persistent mental illness.  She also provides outpatient psychiatric care in the OU Physicians Psychiatry Clinics at the Schusterman and serves as Behavioral Health Medical Director of the Sooner Health Access Network (HAN), serving Medicaid patients in the state of Oklahoma.   

She completed her B.S. in Biochemistry at Oklahoma Baptist University prior to receiving her Doctor of Osteopathy degree at the Oklahoma State University.