John Nettles

Title: Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Company: University of Oklahoma
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

John Nettles

John Barnwell Nettles, MD, Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Oklahoma, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in women’s health.

Distinguished in the medical and academic fields, Dr. Nettles is noted for more than six decades of service. Prior to obtaining the honorable title of Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa in 2009, he had taught at the institution since 1969. He had joined the faculty after teaching and directing programs at Hillcrest Medical Center, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the University of Illinois and Augusta University. In addition to these notable roles, Dr. Nettles has also provided his expertise with the Saint Francis Health System, the St. John Medical Center, the Health Policy Agenda of American People, the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, Planned Parenthood and the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital among many other reputable institutions.

Dr. Nettles became involved in his profession after various members of his family guided him towards medicine. His parents presented him with the options of law, religion or medicine, and he chose the medical field feeling the value of that kind of work best suited his interests. He went into obstetrics and gynecology due to the influence of a family friend. Dr. Nettles pursued this field at the University of South Carolina, first earning a Bachelor of Science in 1941 and then an MD from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1944. He recalls this time as being one of the highlights as he graduated during World War II. Dr. Nettles was in medical school during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was then placed in a training program in the army upon his draft. Dr. Nettles was given a mission in the Army Medical Corps. During the end of his internship, once they didn’t need Army Medical Corps, he was offered a commission in the Navy with the same rank and privileges. This meant he was going to be on the ship that was receiving fire. When the bombs were dropped on Pearl Harbor, it ultimately prevented him from going to war.

Throughout his career, Dr. Nettles has received a number of accolades for his services to both country and practice. In 2013, he was honored with a Prevention in Practice Award from the Physicians’ Campaign for a Healthier Oklahoma. He has also been recognized with the Ed L. Calhoun Leadership in Organized Medicine Award from the Oklahoma County Medical Society, a Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Young at Heart Award from the American Medical Association and an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics among many other accolades. In his career, Dr. Nettles has maintained professional affiliation with various groups such as the Margaret Hudson Program , the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the Southeastern Obstetrical & Gynecological Society, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons among many other organizations.

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