Thomas Wesley Allen, DO, MPH


Title: Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Physician
Company: Oklahoma State University
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Thomas Allen, Physician and Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Oklahoma State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care education, pulmonary medicine and sports medicine.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Allen attended Ottawa University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 1960. He continued his academic pursuits at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating with a DO in 1964, and began his career as a physician. In 1970, Dr. Allen began his journey as a professional educator as an instructor of medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, where he remained for eight years. In the same period, he held the post of the chief of the pulmonary diseases section at his alma mater, Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Allen worked for the aforementioned institution as the vice president for academic affairs until 1987, when he began serving as a consultant in hyperthermia and hypothermia to the 85th medical battalion in the United States Army. From 1988 to 1990, he held the rank of a major in the Army’s medical corps, and from 1990 to 2005, he served as a colonel in the medical corps of the U.S. Army Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge. In 1991, he continued his educational career, Dr. Allen becoming the dean of Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he worked for more than a decade, additionally acting as the institution’s vice president for health affairs and a professor of internal medicine. He held these posts for more than a decade.

Since 2003, Dr. Allen has shared his experience and knowledge as a professor of medicine and a clinical professor of family medicine. After working as the director of sports medicine at the institution for several years, Dr. Allen became the director of the human performance laboratory at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Community Medicine in 2005, a position he held until 2019. He continued his academic pursuits at the University of Oklahoma, earning an MPH in 2010, and from 2010 to 2019, he served as an adjunct professor of emergency medicine at the university. Dr. Allen has authored, co-authored and contributed to myriad publications in his field, including the textbook “Exercise Prescription for Healthy Living” in 2019. He holds a medical license in the state of Oklahoma and is a board certified diplomate of the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.

For his excellence and dedication to his field, Dr. Allen was recognized with an honorary doctorate from the University of New England in 1989. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and as a further testament to his success and stature, he has been featured in the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, the sixth edition of Who’s Who in American Education, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who’s Who in America. Dr. Allen is also a classically trained vocalist, choral conductor, stage and screen actor, and in the coming years, he plans to further his acting career.

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