Hampton Named to Committee of National Institutes of Health

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Dr. James W. Hampton, F.A.C.P., an Oklahoma City hematologist/medical oncologist, has been named to the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee for the Office of Research on Minority Health at the National Institutes of Health.

Hampton is with the Oklahoma City office of Cancer Care Associates, a private practice formed in 1972. He is medical director of Integris Baptist Medical Center's Troy and Dollie Smith Cancer Center and a clinical professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

He is one of only eight Native American cancer specialists in the United States, said Dr. John Ruffin, associate director for minority health research at NIH.

There is only one Native American medical oncologist per 300,000 Native American population, compared with more than three per 100,000 of the general population, according to The American Society of Clinical Oncology.

The advisory committee for NIH's Office of Research on Minority Health reviews projects and initiatives to improve minority Americans' health and participation in biomedical and behavioral research.

NIH's minority health research office was established in 1990. In 1993 Congress authorized it to help reduce a disproportionate occurrence of illnesses among minorities and to encourage minorities to enter the medical field.

Hampton is a Chickasaw from Durant. He serves on the national board of the American Cancer Society and as chairman of a Cancer Control Network for the National Cancer Institute.

Heart procedure performed

Dr. Scott K. Lucas performed the first minimally invasive coronary artery bypass graft in the state earlier this month.

He performed the procedure June 1 at Deaconess Hospital.

The new procedure is considered minimally invasive for two reasons: it involves a smaller incision than standard coronary artery bypass graft and the patient's heart is not stopped.

In a standard procedure, the surgeon makes a large incision down the middle of the patient's chest through the breast bone. The patient's heart is stopped, and a heart-lung machine continues to circulate blood. …