The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterJason Sanders, M.D.
Senior Vice President and Provost
P. O. Box 28901
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
Phone: 271-2323
FAX: 271-8874

In education, research and patient care, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is the state's premier academic health center and regional leader in meeting the challenges of 21st-century health care. The most concentrated source of medical expertise in Oklahoma, the OU Health Sciences Center's new facilities and new technology -- plus an internationally prominent faculty -- place it at the leading edge of the nation's institutions of higher medical education.

One of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional schools, the OU Health Sciences Center serves more than 3,800 students enrolled in more than 70 health professions, graduate and undergraduate programs on the Oklahoma City campus and at the Schusterman Center at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. In addition, more than 700physicians are receiving residency training in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Research, training grants and contracts, and sponsored program activities at the OU Health Sciences Center totaled more than $148 million in FY 2010. With a budget of over $745 million, OUHSC employs more than 1,000 full time faculty and nearly 4,000 staff.

More than $58 million of the research funding of grants, contracts and sub-contracts came from the National Institutes of Health, which is considered the gold standard for benchmarking research activities at academic health sciences centers. More than half of all NIH expenditures in the state of Oklahoma result from OU Health Sciences Center research.

The OU Health Sciences Center serves as the state's training facility for physicians, biomedical scientists, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and a wide range of allied health and public health professionals. As an academic health center, the OU Health Sciences Center continues to distinguish itself among its peers.

The OU Health Sciences Center is known for its research programs in cellular and molecular medicine, gene regulation, structural biology, microbiology and immunology, vision, cardiovascular physiology, neuroscience and pharmaceutical sciences. The center's growing faculty and facilities offer unparalleled opportunities for students, patient care and the development of the biomedical industry in Oklahoma.

OU Health Sciences Center-developed technology is advancing the economy of Oklahoma. Companies that commercialize technology created by OU Health Sciences Center researchers have been established in Oklahoma City.

OU has become one of the primary centers in the world for genome studies, with the Norman campus contributing to the human genome project and the OUHSC campus providing a number of microbial pathogen genomes. The OU Health Sciences Center ranks second in the world for the number of microbial genomes being sequenced.

Two-thirds of all Oklahoma physicians, half of the state's dentists and a significant percentage of Oklahoma's other health care professionals earned their degrees from the OU Health Sciences Center. In addition, the seven OU Health Sciences Center colleges are the primary source of continuing education for the state's health care professionals.

The scientists, scholars and clinicians appointed to the OU Health Sciences Center faculty stand at the leading edge of their profession. They not only train the next generation of health care providers and researchers, many are themselves practicing professionals actively involved in improving the lives and health of Oklahomans.

The clinical practice of the OU Health Sciences Center physicians is provided through OU Physicians. These physicians represent the largest multi-specialty medical group in the state with more than 500 physicians, offering almost every adult and child specialty. All OU Physicians are faculty members in the OU College of Medicine. The 178,000-square-foot OU Physicians building meets the needs of patients through efficient services, access and convenience. OU Physicians accepts referrals from across the state and region and care for hospital patients at the OU Medical Center.

With cancer being one of the leading causes of death in the United States, The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center opened in 2011. This comprehensive cancer center allows the people of Oklahoma to receive world-class treatment without leaving the state and is staffed with some of the nation's finest cancer physicians. It offers state-of-the-art technology, unparalleled cancer research programs, and bench-to-bedside care.

The new Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center is a comprehensive treatment, research, and educational facility dedicated to eliminating and controlling the effects of all types of diabetes. The Diabetes Center is at the forefront in diabetes-related research, and OUHSC physician researchers are specialists in diabetes care and utilize cutting edge research for the best treatment available research

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