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Oklahoma Heart Hospital Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Ron White

Inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame

OKLAHOMA CITY—Oklahoma Heart Hospital interventional cardiologist Dr. Ron White was one of seven outstanding Oklahomans inducted into the 85th class of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in ceremonies held Thursday, November 15 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.  Dr. White was honored in the 2012 Hall of Fame for his leadership in medicine, education, military service and community involvement.

Dr. White graduated from Seminole high school and went on to receive his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Following his medical residency training Dr. White served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  After his military service, he completed a fellowship in cardiology at the OU Health Sciences Center and entered private practice. He specialized in diagnostic and interventional cardiology and attended one of the first balloon angioplasty training courses in Switzerland; as a result, he performed the first such procedure in Oklahoma.

Dr. White is the co-founder for the American Society of Cardiovascular Interventionalists and the founder of the Oklahoma Cardiovascular Associates (now Oklahoma Heart Hospital Physicians), the state’s largest cardiovascular physician group with satellite clinics in over 50 cities. He has been a chairman for the board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma for two terms and is beginning his second term as a State Regent for Higher Education; he received this appointment from several Governors including Boren, Nigh, Henry and Fallin. He served on the board of directors of Oklahoma Gas and Electric, was a member of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and a trustee for the OU Foundation, Oklahoma Zoological Society and Westminster Day School.

He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Heritage Association, the OU College of Health Advisory Board and the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum.

Other 2012 inductees joining Dr. White include Stan Clark, owner of the flagship Eskimo Joe’s, Mexico Joe’s and Joseppi’s, Bart Conner, Olympic gymnast; Suzannne Warren, director/trustee of Children’s Hospital Foundation at St. Francis, Tom L. Ward, chief executive officer of Sandridge Energy; Edith Kinney Gaylord, pioneer journalist and philanthropist;  and Lee West, federal judge for the United States District Court.

The 85th Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony will be held Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012, at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center. For more information about the Oklahoma Hall of Fame or making a nomination to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, contact Millie Craddick, executive administrator of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, at 405.523.3203 or mc@oklahomaheritage.com.

The 2012 inductees will also be recognized with the addition of their portraits to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

About Oklahoma Heart Hospital

Oklahoma Heart Hospital opened in August 2002 as the first all-digital hospital in America totally dedicated to the care of hearts.

Oklahoma Heart Hospital ranks among the top 1% of hospitals in the nation in patient satisfaction and cardiac procedural volumes.

In 2010, Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus opened its doors as an all-digital hospital specializing in the care of hearts.

Being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive from the state. Since the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s inception in 1927, 648 accomplished individuals have received this commendation. The names of the Hall of Fame members, as well as busts and portraits of these individuals, can be seen at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum. In addition, the inductees are recognized on granite monuments in the Heritage Plaza at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

Ron White Named to Oklahoma Hall of Fame

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