NORMAN – Dr. Dewayne Andrews, who has led the OU Health Sciences Center as Senior Vice President and Provost for the past four years has announced his intent to return full time to his leadership post in the College of Medicine, effective June 1. Andrews, who has served as Executive Dean of the OU College of Medicine and Vice President for Health Affairs since 2002, accepted the additional responsibilities as Provost with the agreement that he would serve in the dual posts only temporarily.
As the chief academic officer, Dr. Andrews has had overall responsibility for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center colleges and programs in addition to authority for the medical education, biomedical research and clinical practice enterprises of the College of Medicine, including OU Physicians.
“Dewayne Andrews is one of the most outstanding leaders in the field of academic medicine in the entire country,” Boren said. “The OU Health Sciences Center has made remarkable progress under his faithful leadership. He has been my close and valued partner. I am especially pleased that he will continue in a critical role as Dean of the OU College of Medicine. I look forward to continuing to work with Dean Andrews as major decisions are made.”
While serving as Provost, Andrews led the University’s effort to acquire the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park to expand research space for the OU Health Sciences Center, promoted a focus on inter-professional education and practice, enlarged the impact of OU Medicine and the OU Health Sciences Center in the rapidly changing health care marketplace, and unified and strengthened strategic planning among all components of the OU Health Sciences Center.
Andrews is a David Ross Boyd Professor of Medicine and holds the Lawrence N. Upjohn Chair in Medicine. He earned his medical degree in 1970 from the OU College of Medicine and completed his postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the OU Health Sciences Center. He joined the faculty in the OU College of Medicine in 1977 as assistant professor, quickly earning promotions to associate professor before becoming professor of medicine in 1988.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, twice being honored with the Aesculapian Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also has been honored with the Regents’ Award for Superior Professional and University Service and OU’s Outstanding Medicine Faculty Award. He was named Physician of the Year-Academic Medicine by the OU College of Medicine Alumni Association in 1995 and was named a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2004.
Active in numerous professional societies and organizations, Andrews has served as governor of the Oklahoma chapter of the American College of Physicians, as chairman of for the National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistants and chairman of the Section of Medical Schools of the American Medical Association. He also has served as a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which is the accrediting body for U.S. medical schools.
He has served on numerous editorial and review boards, including serving for 20 years as an editor of the journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. He is on the hospital staff of the OU Medical Center and serves on its Governing Committee.
Andrews also has served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Foundation, Lyric Theater, Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Dean McGee Eye Institute, and United Way of Central Oklahoma.
Boren said he will recommend to the OU Board of Regents that Dr. Jason Sanders, an OU alumnus and Rhodes Scholar, who has an M.D. and M.B.A. with honors from Harvard University and who has been serving as Vice Provost for Planning and Administrative Affairs at the OU Health Sciences Center since 2013, be named interim Senior Vice President and Provost. Sanders previously also worked with McKinsey & Company management consultants and with Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare leadership on care redesign and population health.
Sanders, who teaches courses including Clinical Medicine, Interprofessional Education and the Business of Medicine, works with medical students and residents at OU Medical Center. He practices General Internal Medicine, seeing patients at OU Physicians. He also serves on the Governing Committee for OU Medical System and the Stephenson Cancer Center Leadership Council.
Sanders graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2000. As a Rhodes Scholar, he attended the prestigious Trinity College, Oxford University, and received a Master’s of Art in English Language and Literature in 2003. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School with honors in 2008, and was Harvard University’s first combined M.D./M.B.A. program graduate. His M.B.A. field studies and research were on healthcare delivery innovation, primary care models, pediatric medical device development, medical education redesign, and working with a non-profit oncology therapeutics start-up. In 2009, Sanders completed an internship in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
To broaden his health care experience, Sanders joined McKinsey & Company, a leading international consulting firm, as a consultant in the Boston office in 2009. He served clients across the healthcare industry, advising community and academic hospitals on growth strategies, integrated delivery networks, clinical quality, operations, and physician alignment; pharmaceutical companies on research and development opportunities and drug safety; and national and local health insurers on healthcare reform and new business building strategies.
In 2011, Sanders returned to the practice of medicine and was selected for a residency in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, caring for patients in the inpatient, intensive care unit, and emergency room settings, and providing outpatient primary care at Internal Medicine Associates.
Sanders has continued to contribute to his OU alma mater by serving as the National Fellowship Advisor to the OU Honors College since 2000, on the Honors College Board of Visitors since 2010, and most recently on the Price College of Business Professional M.B.A. Advisory Board.