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Oklahoma State Medical Association leader to speak at Puterbaugh Ethics Lecture

Thursday, March 24, 2022

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Dr. Mary Clarke, president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, will be the featured speaker for the Puterbaugh Ethics Lecture at 1:30 p.m., March 31, in Jorns Hall on Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus. The presentation is open to the public.

Clarke’s visit is sponsored by the Center for Legal Studies and Business Ethics (CLSBE) in the Spears School of Business.

Dr. Mary Clarke
Dr. Mary Clarke

For the last two years, Oklahoma and the United States faced a massive healthcare crisis. Because of the ongoing pandemic, over 15,000 Oklahomans lost their lives. In her presentation, Clarke will recount the challenges presented to the state and its medical workers. She will explore Oklahoma’s response, what it did right and what it did wrong.

“Having the opportunity to hear Dr. Clarke discuss the ethical challenges presented by the pandemic will benefit the entire OSU academic community,” said Griffin Pivateau, Puterbaugh Professor of Legal Studies and Ethics in Business and CLSBE affiliated faculty.

A native Oklahoman, Clarke earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma before attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. She completed her Family Medicine residency in Wisconsin, where she was named Chief Resident and outstanding senior. She practiced in the Dallas area for four years before returning to Oklahoma in 2008 to establish her medical practice in Stillwater.

“The CLSBE is pleased to support the annual Puterbaugh Ethics Lecture,” said Laurie Lucas, director for the CLSBE and associate professor of legal studies. “A core mission in the center is to provide our students the chance to meet with leaders in Oklahoma who are willing to share their stories about the ethical challenges they face in their field and in society.”

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