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Getting to Know Suanne Gersdorf and the Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute

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Aired on Monday, October 24th.

Recently, Tulsa's St. John Health System and the Tulsa Cancer Institute joined forces to become the Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute (or OCSRI). Our guest on StudioTulsa Medical Monday is Suanne Gersdorf, who became the chief executive officer of OCSRI about a year and a half ago. She arrived at this position with more than 20 years of oncology leadership experience; previously, Gersdorf served at Valley Health Services in Winchester, Virginia, where she was executive director of oncology and surgery and then, after a promotion, served as vice president of corporate service lines. As Gersdorf tells us today, OCSRI is a physician-owned group practice with more than 20 blood and cancer specialty physicians and some 200 nurses and associates. It's also affiliated with Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, and it's the Sooner State's only certified member of the Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Network.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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