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Tulsa Nephrologist Elected Oklahoma Osteopathic Association President

Monday, May 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association inducted Kenneth E. Calabrese, DO, MACOI, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the 2017-2018 president on April 29 at its 117th Annual Convention at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

A Tulsa resident, Dr. Calabrese is a 1970 graduate of the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. After completing his rotating internship at Lakeside Hospital, he entered the internal medicine residency program at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital, now OSU Medical Center. In 1977, he completed a nephrology and hypertension fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and returned to OSU Medical Center to begin his practice and develop end stage renal dialysis services for the hospital. A board-certified internist and nephrologist, Dr. Calabrese is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Internists Gillum Society of Master Fellows. Dr. Calabrese serves as director emeritus of the Osteopathic Founders Foundation and trustee of the Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine. 

During his inaugural address, Dr. Calabrese reinforced the convention’s unity theme by calling on the association’s members to join together to ensure patient-centered care as the foremost focus of every decision. Dr. Calabrese also implored each physician to fully embrace the art of medicine and the hands-on style of practice that serves as the foundation of osteopathic teachings. Dr. Calabrese’s rallying speech was met with resounding applause and a standing ovation from members of the association, family, friends, and special guest Mark A. Baker, DO, president-elect of the American Osteopathic Association.

The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association serves more than 2,400 members, including practicing physicians, residents, interns, osteopathic medical students and retired physicians. Doctors of osteopathic medicine, or DOs, practice in 69 of the state’s 77 counties and in 147 Oklahoma communities. Oklahoma DOs practice in all areas of medicine from cardiology to sports medicine to radiology.

DOs complete four years of medical training and continue their education in postgraduate internships and residencies. As complete physicians, DOs are able to prescribe medication and perform surgery. In addition, DOs have added training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), a hands-on treatment tool they can use to diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. OMM can be used in conjunction with, and sometimes in place of, medication or surgery to restore mobility and function. For more information about Oklahoma DOs, visit the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association’s website at