New College of Public Health Dean Selected

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Dr. Bailus Walker Jr., professor of environmental health and toxicology at the School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany, has been selected as the new dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.

He will assume his post Aug. 1.

Walker has served as the Massachusetts commissioner of public health and was director of the Michigan Department of Public Health. From 1979 to 1981, he was director of the occupational health standards division of the United States Department of Labor.

Walker is a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and also serves on the National Academy of Sciences Commission to Study the Future of Public Health in the United States. . .

- Dr. Malcolm Robinson, 1968 graduate of the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, has donated $200,000 to help establish an endowed chair in gastroenterology at the university.

Robinson is a clinical associate professor of medicine and founder of the Oklahoma Foundation for Digestive Research and medical director of the Gastroenterology Laboratory at Presbyterian Hospital.

Robinson is contacting private foundations to help secure the remainder of the endowment of $500,000, which would be matched by a grant from the State of Oklahoma to fund the $1 million endowed chair. . .

- Bonnie Ballantine has joined Midwest City Hospital as a part-time social work assistant. She joins Bonnie Parham, Ruth Cain, Joan Thompson, and Carolyn Drake on social services staff for the hospital.

The social services team conducts support groups at the hospital for patients, families and friends and groups for Alzheimer's Disease Support; Arthritis Support; Family Cancer Support; and Mastectomy Support. . .

- Mid-Del Pain Clinic for the Evaluation and Treatment of Chronic Pain has opened under the direction of Dr. Vernon C. Hofmann. The clinic is designed to help chronic pain sufferers who have exhausted all other possibilities for relief. It offers a non-addictive, comprehensive program including nerve blocks, electrical stimulation and non-addictive drugs to fight chronic pain. …