OU Health Announces Neurosurgery Chair

Ian F. Dunn, M.D., has been named chairman and a professor of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He will also hold the Harry Wilkins, M.D. Chair in Neurosurgery.

Dunn comes to OU Health from Boston, where he was an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School for eight years and director for the Center for Pituitary and Skull Base Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

He completed his clinical fellowship in skull base neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, Little Rock, after completing his postdoctoral fellowship in cancer genomics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Broad Institute, Boston. He completed his neurosurgery residency and served as chief resident at the Children’s Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and general surgery internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.

“OU Health is essential to recruiting specialists to Oklahoma such as Dr. Dunn, who brings distinctive neurosurgical expertise and leadership that will benefit patients across the state,” said Jason Sanders, M.D., senior vice president and provost, OU Health Sciences Center.

Dunn is a member of numerous national professional societies and has presented nationally and internationally concerning his central focus on complex brain tumors at the skull base, including those in the pituitary region. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal publications and 40 chapters of various scientific and/or medical publications in neurosurgery.

Dunn will see patients at the Stephenson Cancer Center and OU Physicians. For appointments with OU Physicians neurosurgeons, call (405) 271-4912

OU Health — along with its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center — is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics and centers of excellence. With 11,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Health is home to Oklahoma’s largest physician network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Health serves Oklahoma and surrounding states with the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital, the only National Cancer Institute -Designated Cancer Center and Oklahoma’s flagship hospital, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. OU Health’s mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education and research. To learn more, visit oumedicine.com.

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