“We have to recognize that the U.S. has been all about rescue medicine, and take steps to move into patient-health-vibrancy. We’ve been delivering sick care all this time. To find that oasis of vibrancy, we must move toward a patient experience where people want to come back and seek health and wellness – not sick care.”
Jennifer K. Clark, M.D., is a Healthcare Delivery Scientist and an Associate Professor at the University of Tulsa Oxley School of Health Sciences. In addition, Dr. Clark is an independent consultant, and serves as an executive advisor and palliative care physician for the Hillcrest HealthCare System. Her holistic view of medicine made the The Institute for Healthcare Excellence (IHE) a good alliance for her.
She served as the Chief Medical Officer for Hillcrest HealthCare System and Hillcrest Medical Center from 2015-2017 and the Chief Quality Officer from 2014-2015. Dr. Clark has practiced Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Palliative Care since 2007 and is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Clark has also received certification in Ayurveda, the ancient medical tradition of India. Her professional interests focus on innovative healthcare delivery, human development and the cultivation of vibrant living.
Dr. Clark’s studies in Ayurveda have led her to ask why humans allow ourselves to suffer and find ease in describing disease. Why are we less likely to spend time describing what it feels like to be healthy, at ease and vibrant? These observations and experiences have led to her creation of a human developmental model of vibrant living called Choosing. More information can be found on her website www.thegiftofchoosing.com.
She has presented regionally and nationally on the topics of palliative care, resilience and self-care for healthcare professionals.
Dr. Clark earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas in 1994. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas in 2003. She completed her internship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina in 2004 and 2007 respectively. She completed the Harvard Medical School Palliative Care Education and Practice Program in 2009 and the Chopra Center Perfect Health Teacher’s training in 2017.
Dr. Clark’s personal interests include spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, reading and cooking. You can follow Dr. Clark on LinkedIn.