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Kayse M. Shrum, D.O., President
President Shrum is a native Oklahoman. She earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and has completed executive leadership and management training programs at Harvard University and Stanford University. In 2013, Dr. Shrum was named president of OSU-CHS, becoming the youngest and first female president and dean of a medical school in the state of Oklahoma. President Shrum holds the George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Medical Excellence and Service and the Saint Francis Health System Endowed Chair of Pediatrics. She joined the medical school faculty at OSU Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) in 2002 and served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics from 2004 – 2011. In 2011, she was named provost of OSU-CHS and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and served in that capacity until her promotion to president in 2013.
Under her leadership, OSU Center for Health Sciences has experienced unprecedented growth. Student enrollment has more than doubled as new academic programs have been established to meet the workforce needs of Oklahoma. To fuel the growth of OSU-CHS, President Shrum has raised more than $22 million in private support, including an $8 million transformative gift from the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation to support the construction of a state-of-the -art clinical skills simulation building. During her tenure, she has made addressing the health care workforce shortage in rural Oklahoma a top priority for OSU-CHS.
A fervent champion of rural health and primary care medicine, President Shrum led the strategic efforts to create a sustainable rural primary care physician pipeline program, which starts with rural high school outreach programs and culminates with rural-based residency training programs. President Shrum launched award-winning high school recruiting programs like Operation Orange and Blue Coat to White Coat, established the Rural Medical Track (a rural-focused medical curriculum), and expanded the number of residency training programs in Oklahoma by securing a $3.8 million grant from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust and a $5.6 million grant from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
President Shrum is active in a variety of professional and charitable organizations. She holds committee positions in osteopathic professional organizations including the American Osteopathic Association, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics. She is also a board member of the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Saint Francis, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, PLICO, Oklahoma State University Medical Authority and Trust, OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation and Women for OSU Council. President Shrum has been recognized for her leadership and many contributions to improving health outcomes in Tulsa and Oklahoma. She was named a 2018 Newsmaker by the Association for Women in Communications Tulsa Chapter, a finalist for the Journal Record’s 2018 Woman of Year award and a 2013 inductee into the Connors State College Athletic Hall of Fame. She also received the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association’s Outstanding & Distinguished Service Award in 2014 and the Tulsa Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women’s Pinnacle Award for Health in 2012.