Shook Elected President of Internal Medicine Society

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Dr. Boyd Shook, associate chief of staff for ambulatory care at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, has been elected president of the American Society of Internal Medicine.

The internist, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Oklahoma, subspecializes in hematology.

Previously he served as medical director of the Central Oklahoma Medical Group, having practiced internal medicine and hematology in Oklahoma City for 30 years. Shook, a graduate of the University of Texas and George Washington University, with an MBA from Oklahoma City University, was first elected to the American Society of Internal Medicine's Board of Trustees in 1987. He also serves the board of trustees of an ASIM subsidiary, the Internal Medicine Center to Advance Research and Education. He is a past president of the Oklahoma County Medical Society, the Oklahoma Society of Clinical Oncology, the Oklahoma Society of Internal Medicine, the Oklahoma Foundation for Peer Review and the Physicians Medical Plan of Oklahoma. Founded in 1956, ASIM promotes the optimal delivery of cost- effective, high-quality medical care. More people Dr. John Barker Harley, a research scientist at the VA Medical Center Research Foundation, has received the 1996 Philip Hench Award for his research and contributions in the field of rheumatology and arthritis. The award, sponsored by the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, was presented Nov. 13 in San Antonio. The University of Pennsylvania graduate joined the staffs of the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, OU and the foundation in 1982. His scientific work has concentrated on the immunchemistry and genetics of systemic lupus erythematosus and related autoimmune rheumatic disorders. Eddie McElroy, executive director of the Referral Center for Alcohol and Drug Services, has received the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Executive Service Award. The center, which serves eight counties in central Oklahoma, has helped more than 50,000 clients since it began in 1981. McElroy has served as the center's executive director from its inception. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Jeanene Taylor has joined the staff of Commonwealth Management Inc., a subsidiary of PCA Solutions Inc. Her job tasks will include vocational evaluations, job analysis, ergonomic assessments, counseling and guidance. Taylor previously held the same position for CRA Managed Care and the Texas Rehabilitation Commission. Business The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has opened a 239,000- square-foot veterans center in Norman. The $29 million facility has a 301-bed capacity for Sooner wartime veterans. …