Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OU College of Medicine to Honor Elkins, Tolbert for Contributions

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OU College of Medicine to Honor Elkins, Tolbert for Contributions

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Dr. Ronald C. Elkins and James R. Tolbert III will be the honorees at the 13th annual Evening of Excellence on Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Marriott Hotel.

The black-tie dinner is a project of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni Association with proceeds benefiting the College of Medicine Research Fund.

To date, nearly $900,000 has been awarded in grants to Oklahoma health sciences doctors and researchers. An internationally recognized surgeon, Elkins will receive the Dean's Award for Distinguished Medical Service. After earning his medical degree at OU in 1962, Elkins took his surgical internship and residency training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, with two years at the National Heart Institute in Bethesda, Md., as a clinical fellow. In 1966, he was a research fellow in cardiovascular physiology at The John Hopkins University Medical School. He joined the OU faculty in 1971 and is professor and vice chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of the Section of Thoracic Surgery. He has been chief of the Cardiac Services at University and Children's hospitals and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 21 years. A member of the Surgery Test Committee for the National Board of Medical Examiners, he has been an examiner for the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. His professional memberships are both national and international and he has been a leader in numerous civic and professional organizations. Elkins' research efforts have led to the publication of 128 manuscripts and numerous book chapters and his clinical research has led to major advances in cardiac surgical care for many Oklahoma children. A longtime board member of Children's Medical Research Inc., he has become recognized as one of the leading authorities in the treatment of aortic valve disease in children and young adults and pioneered the Ross Operation for the replacement of the diseased aortic valve. His honors include Academic Physician of the Year by the OU Medical Alumni Association in 1985 and the Edgar W. Young Lifetime Award for dedication and achievement in medical education in 1992. …

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