OKLAHOMA CITY –- Jesus E. Medina, M.D., an international leader in head and neck cancer surgery with 34 years of experience and devoted patient service at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, has been named president of the OU Physicians clinical group practice in Oklahoma City, the largest in Oklahoma. OU President David L. Boren made the announcement today at the September meeting of the OU Board of Regents.
“I can think of no stronger or more respected voice for our faculty than Dr. Jesus Medina,” said Boren. “His leadership will be invaluable as the OU Health Sciences Center goes through an important time of transition.”
As president of OU Physicians, Medina will work closely with the provost, dean of medicine and OU’s physician leaders to deliver exceptional quality care, recruit top physicians to Oklahoma and expand patient access to a premier academic health center in partnership with OU Medical System. He also will have the opportunity to enhance collaborations with OU Physicians in Tulsa, as well as coordinate care among networks of affiliated community healthcare providers. Medina will oversee and ensure the clinical practice continues to mutually support the teaching and research missions of the OU College of Medicine and OUHSC, including the development of new treatments and technologies, and will be appointed Associate Vice Provost for Clinical Programs and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.
“We are tremendously excited for Dr. Medina to assume this new leadership role of OU Physicians at a time of transformation for our health system” said OU Senior Vice President and Provost Jason Sanders.
Medina previously served as chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the OU College of Medicine for 17 years. During his distinguished career in academic medicine, Medina has earned numerous state and national honors, including the Otis Sullivant Award for Perceptivity as well as an Honorary Degree from OU. He has served as president of the American Head and Neck Society, Triological Society, and Society of Head and Neck Surgeons. He has authored 122 papers, 68 book chapters and four textbooks. Being published this year, he co-authored Neck Dissections: Colour Atlas of Surgical Technique. Medina is a civic leader in the community, actively volunteering his time for numerous medical and humanitarian programs.
"I am deeply honored and excited at the opportunity to serve in this capacity during a time of unprecedented changes, both in our clinical organization and in OU Medical System and its affiliations with the OU Health Sciences Center," said Medina.
At OU Physicians, Medina will lead a clinical practice that encompasses almost every adult and child specialty that also includes more than 1,000 doctors and advanced practice providers. In patient satisfaction with provider care, OU Physicians is ranked among the top practices nationally, alongside Mayo Clinic, Stanford and Cleveland Clinic. OU Physicians provide advanced care for patients from across the region in partnership with OU Medical System, including OU Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital. OU Physicians also serve as faculty of the OU College of Medicine to train Oklahoma’s future doctors, physician associates and other critical healthcare professionals.