Shared from the 2018-04-27 Lawton Constitution eEdition
Lawton doctor will lead state medical group
BY VICKY SMITH
STAFF WRITER VSMITH@SWOKNEWS.COM
The first Lawton physician in over 100 years will lead the Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA), the state’s largest organization of physicians.
Jean Hausheer, M.D., F.A.C.S., who specializes in ophthalmology at the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Lawton, will be named president of the association on Saturday at the OSMA Inauguration Gala in Oklahoma City.
She will be the second OSMA president from Lawton and the first one since 1910-1911 when Lawtonian Dr. David Myers served a term.
As president of OSMA, Hausheer will be the public voice for nearly 4,000 physicians, residents and medical students statewide who rely on OSMA from the day they enter medical school to the day they retire.
OSMA provides continuing medical education, promotes legislative advocacy and creates initiatives that improve access to high-quality patient care and the advancement evidence-based medicine, according to Hausheer.
“I plan on listening to the diversified yet united voices of the OSMA membership,” she told The Lawton Constitution.
She most looks forward to helping physicians explore new practice models and working “to restore and preserve economic viability of medical practices,” she said.
“This year, we had over 300 various pieces of medicine-related proposed legislation show up at the State Capitol, so we have assembled incredible teams to carefully consider each of these and dissect every aspect,” Hausheer said. “Advocacy is what we do 24/7.”
Doctors across Oklahoma are changing lives, but there are still challenges to overcome, she said in a press release. Those challenges include expanding opportunities for rural physicians, curbing the growing opioid crisis and meeting the need for more robust state health care resources,” Hausheer said.
Hausheer continues to work in local hospitals
Hausheer serves as a member of the medical staff at Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Lawton Indian Hospital and the Oklahoma City Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital, according to a press release.
She also works as a clinical professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. In addition to working with patients, she is immediate past-president of the Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology and current president of the Great Plains Medical Society, which encompasses neighboring, local counties.
A strong advocate for helping those in need, she was instrumental in forming the Lawton Council of the Blind and has traveled to various countries in Africa doing ophthalmic surgical missionary work, the press release states.
A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s innovative six-year program, she completed ophthalmic residency training from the Mayo Clinic Department of Ophthalmology. Before coming to Oklahoma, she was the residency program director and professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in the Department of Ophthalmology, where she worked with residents for 26 years, according to a press release.
She will soon graduate with a Master Certificate in Health Care Practice Management from OCU’s Meinders School of Business.
She and her husband, Jim Meyer, have six grown children, six grandchildren and three dogs. They both serve as volunteers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as Friends of the Wichitas and are board members for the Lawton Hearts That Care, a free medical clinic. They also serve as musicians at the Apache Cowboy Church.