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1992 - Adam Vail Stephens

Friday, August 17, 2007  
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The following is an excerpt from an article that recently ran in the Shawnee Oklahoma Times about 1992 OC alumnus, Dr. Adam Vail Stephens:

His desire to provide medical care and to reach out to other people prompted him to study medicine. But it is his love for the town that he grew up in that convinced him to return to Shawnee to begin his medical career.

Adam Vail Stephens, M.D., recently joined the physicians and the team of healthcare providers at Shawnee Medical Center Clinic. Dr. Stephens specializes in family medicine and has just completed the family medicine residency program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where he received the Maxwell award for the most outstanding resident of the year.

Stephens said he chose family medicine because it encompasses all aspects of health care.

"I liked all the different rotations in medical school," Stephens said. "From delivery to surgery, from caring for the elderly to procedure-based specialties, family medicine is the only branch of medicine where one can see patients of all categories, even psychiatric disorders."

By virtue of his training, Stephens is qualified to see patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics.

Stephens believes that family aspects and social interactions play a vital role in a person's well-being. "If I know what's gong on in a patient's home, what's going on with the other family members, I can often take better care of the patient," Stephens added.

Dr. Stephens's family moved to Shawnee in 1980 when his father Wayne Stephens was hired to pastor Northridge Church of Christ. His mother Nadine was a nurse and he was exposed to medicine at an early age. He attended Grove School from second through eighth grade and graduated from Shawnee High School in 1991.

After graduating from high school, he attended Oklahoma Christian University while helping out in the family's used book business that his father started after retiring from the pulpit. He eventually decided to put his college career on hold to devote fulltime to the family's burgeoning business. He became manager and later chief financial officer of the family's three bookstores.


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