Assistant Dean of Rural Health, Center for Health Sciences
Mark is the Laurence L. and Georgia I. Dresser Chair of Rural Health Policy, AT&T Professor of Telemedicine, and Assistant Dean for Rural Health at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU CHS). As the StORM (Students in Osteopathic Medicine) Club advisor and teaching the Rural & Underserved Populations course each fall semester for second year medical students, Mark enjoys creating shared learning and research opportunities for OSU students, faculty and rural medical communities throughout Oklahoma. Mark also leads the OSU Center for Rural Health at OSU CHS, comprised of diverse faculty and staff at the State Office of Rural Health in Oklahoma City, AHEC, Telehealth, Global Health, and the OSU Rural Health Policy & Research Center created in 2002 in partnership with the State of Oklahoma. Prior to OSU, he spent 20 years as a hospital CEO and senior executive with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment leading various healthcare finance and policy initiatives for the largest branch of Kansas state government. Committed to achieving rural health equity through effective governance, policy, and community-based participatory research, he serves on numerous board of directors including the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma, Telehealth Alliance of Oklahoma, and the Texas A&M Center for Optimizing Rural Health national advisory board. Mark received his BS in Risk Management & Insurance from Bradley University, MHA from the University of Iowa, and DrPH from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.