Physician Update

New Director and Associate Director Named at Great Plains Family Medicine Residency Program

Tomás Owens, M.D., has been named Great Plains Family Medicine Residency Program director following the untimely death of founding director, Neal Clemenson, M.D. A family medicine faculty physician at Great Plains since the program’s 1995 inception, Owens served as associate program director since that time.

Owens earned his medical degree from the University of Panama and trained at the University of Oklahoma Family Medicine Residency Program where he was chief resident and completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. During his full-time faculty tenureat the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (1993 to 1995) Owens was distinguished with the Teacher of the Year Award. He is a clinical professor in the departments of Family and Preventive Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is also a clinical instructor at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Since 1999, he has served as INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center’s chairman of the Family Medicine department.

Owens holds certificates of added qualifications in Geriatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Sports Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care; he is a certified medical director in Long Term Care. He was the 2007-2008 president of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians, is a board member of INTEGRIS Mental Health and the Oklahoma County Medical Society, and was the 2006-2008 president of the Oklahoma City Clinical Society. Known as a “doctor’s doctor,” he is trusted by colleagues throughout the medical community for his depth of knowledge and limitless compassion.

Terrence Truong, M.D., is the new associate director for Great Plains Family Medicine Residency Program. Truong received his medical degree from the University of Texas-Houston and trained at the University of Oklahoma Family Medicine Residency Program, where he served as chief resident. He joined the faculty of Great Plains in 2001 after ten years of private practice in Mangum, Okla.

Truong has special interests in primary care research, surgery, obstetrics and procedure training, serving on the Deaconess Hospital Obstetric Quality Improvement Committee, Oklahoma Physicians Resource/Research Network, INTEGRIS Health Partners Network Strategy Committee, and Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians. A repeat winner of the Great Plains faculty award, determined by residents each year, he is a consummate, selfless teacher.