Gerard Clancy, MD

Gerard Clancy, MD
Professor of Community Medicine
College of Health Sciences
Community Medicine
918-631-3244 Collins Hall Room 2230


Graduate – University of Iowa Health Care Institutional Leadership Development Program MD – University of Iowa College of Medicine Graduate – United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine Flight Surgeon’s School and Survival Training Graduate – Harvard Kennedy School of Government Program in Non-profit Financial Stewardship Graduate – Harvard College of Public Health Program on Health Care Policy and Management BA – University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts


Gerard Clancy served as the 20th President of The University of Tulsa. Prior to assuming the presidency, Clancy served as Vice President for Health Affairs, Dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences and held the Oxley Foundation Chair in Community Medicine, all at the University of Tulsa. He serves on numerous Boards across Oklahoma and is the 2015 Chairman of the Board of the Tulsa Area United Way. He continues to work at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and continues to see psychiatric patients. Dr. Clancy’s areas of expertise include health disparities, health care delivery system and health professions education transformation, severe mental illness and creative talent development, retention and recruitment for regional economic development.

At the age of 19, Dr. Clancy began his medical career assisting in the DNA sequencing of the Insulin Receptor gene in a molecular biology laboratory at the University of Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry (1983), an American Heart Association Research Fellowship (1985), and a medical doctor degree with Alpha Omega Alpha Honors (1988). He continued on at the University of Iowa with his Psychiatry Residency and Psychiatry Chief Resident training (1992).

He served active duty in the United States Air Force for 6 years where he was trained as a Flight Surgeon (1993), graduated from United States Air Force Survival School (1993) and completed Hostage Negotiations training. He was able to fly B-1, B-52, KC 135, T-37, T-38 aircraft and H-1 Huey Helicopters. Dr. Clancy was promoted to the rank of Major before he returned to the University of Iowa in 1995.

At the University of Iowa, Dr. Clancy developed several programs for the severely mentally ill including homeless outreach clinics and a mobile team of mental health professionals providing care to those with the most severe forms of mental illness. This program was then replicated across Iowa and later across the US. The success of those programs in improving health and reducing healthcare costs earned Dr. Clancy additional responsibilities including Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Director of University of Iowa Health Care’s Behavioral Health program and Assistant Dean of Students in the Carver College of Medicine. During this period, Dr. Clancy received seven major teaching awards and two awards from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Dr. Clancy joined the University Oklahoma in 2001 where he was appointed as the Dean of the College of Medicine, Tulsa. In 2006 he assumed the additional role as President of the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa. During his 14-year tenure, at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Clancy more than doubled the number of education programs, student enrollment, patient care visits, employees, campus facility square footage and campus annual budget to more than $150,000,000. He was able to fully fund and build seven new education and clinical buildings and build a significant reserve fund for the campus.

Over his tenure as campus President, Dr. Clancy was able to raise more than $362,000,000 including $132,000,000 in endowed faculty chairs, $141,508,000 in fully funded new facilities, $17,500,000 in student scholarships and set a record with $26,602,884 for the Tulsa Area United Way annual campaign.

Dr. Clancy led several multi-year efforts including founding a student-run free evening clinic for the working poor. He was the lead in establishing a 4-year medical student program and physician assistant training program in partnership with the University of Tulsa named the School of Community Medicine. This medical education program is focused on educating a health workforce committed to improving on our nation’s significant health disparities. Between 2009 and 2013, the OU School of Community Medicine led a successful community-wide modernization of the region’s health care delivery system and therefore the platform for training the region’s future health workforce. Aided by several competitive Federal grant awards totaling more than $16,000,000, these new region-wide programs included development of patient centered medical home teams, care coordination services, regional health information exchange and health workforce training expansion initiatives.

In response to a 14-year difference in life expectancy between north and South Tulsa, he raised $20,000,000 in facility funds as well as operational funds to establish a new 50,000 square foot multi-specialty clinic in north Tulsa. In 2015, that 14-year difference in life expectancy has now improved to 11-years. Under Dr. Clancy’s guidance, several new research programs and partnerships were created including the OU Center for Integrative Immunology, the OU Photonics and Quantum Optics Laboratories, the OU Medical Informatics Program, the OU Early Childhood Education Institute and the Laureate Institute for Brain Research.

Dr. Clancy has worked intently over the past decade to ensure a safe campus for all. This has included the transition from a campus security force to a campus police force, campus wide education efforts regarding Title IX, development of a Title IX reporting system, creation of a campus-wide Behavioral Intervention Team and creation of a campus-wide Threat Assessment Review Committee.

Dr. Clancy has played several civic leadership roles including Chairman of the Board of the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce (2011). He has served as the Chair of a multi-chamber of commerce initiative to recruit, retain and develop young creative talent to enhance regional economic development. In 2014, Dr. Clancy was invited to begin international child maltreatment and health disparities work with the World Health Organization. He has worked most recently in the Middle East.

Dr. Clancy is a graduate of several additional programs including the Harvard University School of Public Health Program in Health Policy and Management (1997), the University of Iowa’s Institutional Leadership Development Program (2000) and the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Program in Non-profit Financial and Stewardship (2011).

Dr. Clancy has received several awards for his education, service and civic efforts including the “Service to the Homeless” Award and the “Exemplary Psychiatrist” Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine “Distinguished Alumni Award for Early Achievement” (2005), Tulsa People Magazine’s “Tulsan of the Year” (2009), the University of Iowa “Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement” (2011), the League of Women’s Voters “Pathfinder” Award (2013), the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce “Chairman’s Leadership” Award (2014) and the Tulsa Young Professionals “Boomtown” Award (2014).

Dr. Clancy has been married to his wife Paula for 30 years. They have 3 children including Sam, 24, a 3rd year law student, Mary, 21, a senior speech pathology student and Joseph, 16, a junior in the engineering track at Booker T. Washington High school.

Research Interests

Kellogg Foundation funded “Beyond Flexner” Research Team Member. Paired with George Washington University faculty to perform a nationwide survey of medical schools regarding obligation of medical schools to train students and care for the underserved.
Association of Academic Health Centers Taskforce Member on the Social and Environmental Determinants of Health.
The Tulsa Health Innovation Zone – Federal planning grant supported initiative to create an Accountable Care Organization for care of the most costly and disabled patients with embedded medical education programs.
Psychiatric service delivery to the seriously mentally ill.
Health status improvement for the uninsured.
Impact of health reform on medical education and care of the underserved.


Journal Articles

  • 14. Clancy, GP: Understanding Our Deficiencies in Advancing health Equity: A Case of Public Health, Pit Bulls and Pimps. Academic Medicine. 2015 Apr;90(4):418-420.

  • Duffy, FD, Miller-Cribbs, JE, Clancy, GP, Van De Wiele, CJ, Teague, TK, Crow, S, Fox, MD: Changing the Culture of a Medical School: Orienting Students and faculty toward Community Medicine. Academic Medicine. 2014 Dec;89(12):1630-1635.

  • Clancy, GP, Duffy, FD: Going All In to Transform the Health and Health Workforce of Our Community. Academic Medicine. 2013 Dec:88(12):1844-1848.

  • Clancy, GP: Linking Health Equity with Economic Development: Insights from my Year as Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce. Academic Medicine. 2012 Dec:87(12):1665-7.

  • Black DW, Monahan P, Gabel G, Clancy GP, Baker P: Hoarding and treatment response in 38 non-depressed subjects with obsessive compulsive disorder. J. Clin Psychiatry 59:420-425, 1998.

  • Gerdes T, Yates WR, Clancy GP: Increasing identification and referral of Panic Disorder over the past decade. Clin Psychiatry 56, 1995.

  • Clancy GP, Yates WR, Cadoret RJ: Mental health professional’s opinion on multiple personality disorder. Hosp Comm Psychiatry 44:288, 1993.

  • Clancy GP, Yates WR: Anabolic steroid use among substance abusers in treatment. J Clin. Psychiatry 53:97-100, 1992.

  • Husted RF. Clancy GP, Adams Brotherton A, Stokes JB: Inhibition of sodium transport by 2 chloroadenosine: Disassociation from cyclic nucleotides. Can J Physiol Pharmacol 69:1357-1362, 1990.

  • Pratt AD, Clancy GP, Welsh MJ: Mucosal adenosine stimulates chloride secretion in tracheal epithelium. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 251:167-175, 1986.

  • Clancy, GP: Good Neighbors: Shared Challenges and Solutions Towards Increasing Value at Academic Health Centers and Their Larger Universities. Academic Medicine (Accepted December 4, 2014, in press.)

Conference Proceedings

  • Clancy GP: Tulsa Health Care System as a System-based Practice Laboratory for Resident Physician Training in Healthcare Delivery Improvement. Proceedings of Association of American Medical Colleges November 2003. Washington, DC.

  • Schwabbauer M, Densen P, Clancy GP: Learning communities in medical education, Proceedings of the Association of American Medical Colleges October 2000, Chicago, IL.

  • Gerdes T, Yates WR, Clancy GP: Panic Disorder in the consultation setting 1980-1990. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting, American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, 1995.

Courses Taught

  • Presidential Leadership Fellow II
  • Presidential Leaders Fellowship I

Awards & Honors

  • Inpatient Teacher of the Year
  • The Outstanding Performer Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Outpatient Teacher of the Year
  • Homeless Mentally Ill Service Award
  • Outstanding Instructor of the Year Honoree – Foundations of Clinical Practice
  • Professional Service Award
  • Honoree for Teacher of the Year – Introduction to Clinical Disciplines
  • Exemplary Psychiatrist Award
  • College of Medicine Clinical Beginnings Speaker
  • College of Medicine Commencement Speaker
  • The Excellence In Community Psychiatry Award
  • Award for Community Service
  • Champions of Health Award – Champions for the Uninsured
  • Community Collaboration Award
  • Fred Graham Award for Innovation in Community Health
  • Gold Humanism in Medicine Society Inductee
  • Champions of Health Award – Champions of Children’s Health
  • Gerry Clancy Day – September 29, 2006
  • Distinguished Alumni Award – for Early Achievement
  • U.S. Best Doctors Award
  • 2006 Recognition Award for Service to the Mentally Ill
  • Tulsan of the Year
  • Public Citizen of the Year
  • Distinguished Alumni Award – for Achievement
  • Men of Distinction Award
  • 2013 Pathfinder Award
  • 2014 BOOMTOWN Award
  • 2014 Chairman’s Award