Class XIII – Physician Leadership Academy

The Oklahoma County Medical Society (OCMS) is proud to announce the successful graduation of Class XIII from the Physician Leadership Academy. This marks a milestone for these accomplished physicians who have completed a thorough curriculum designed to equip them with the necessary skills to take on leadership and administrative roles within the healthcare industry.

The OCMS Physician Leadership Academy is committed to developing and empowering current and future physician leaders. The carefully crafted curriculum, designed by physicians for physicians, aims to enhance leadership abilities, broaden administrative knowledge, and instill a commitment to advancing healthcare in Oklahoma.

The graduates of Class XIII have demonstrated exceptional dedication and aptitude in their respective specialties. The diverse group of physicians comprises leaders from various medical fields, showcasing the broad impact of the Physician Leadership Academy. The graduates are as follows:


Claire Atkinson, MD – an allergy and immunology physician with Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic in Oklahoma City. Dr. Claire E. Atkinson | Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic


Laith Alhyari, MD – a radiologist with a musculoskeletal radiology subspecialty, also an assistant professor with OU. Laith Alhyari, M.D. – OU College of Medicine (ouhsc.edu)


Cree Clay, MD – a fourth year psychiatry resident in Oklahoma City, originally from Dallas, Texas.


Marilynn Holman, MD – a psychiatrist with the Chickasaw Nation.


Rabeeya Nusrat, MD – an internal medicine and nephrology specialist with SSMHealth – St. Anthony in Oklahoma City. Currently the President of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America. Rabeeya Nusrat, MD | SSM Health


Robert Schoaps, MD – an anesthesiologist who is a faculty intensivist with the specialty critical care and mechanical circulatory support service at INTEGRIS in Oklahoma City. Robert Schoaps | INTEGRIS Health (integrisok.com)


Luz (Lucy) Tono, MD – and internal medicine physician and hospitalist with SSMHealth – St. Anthony in Oklahoma City. Dr. Tono also serves on the OCMS Board of Directors. Luz Tono, MD | SSM Health


Krishna Vedala, MD – an internal medicine and primary care physician with Norman Regional Health System in southwest Oklahoma City.  Krishna Vedala (MD, MPH, Dipl. ABOM) – Norman Regional Health System


Raghuveer Vedala, MD – a family medicine and obesity medicine physician with Norman Regional Health System in southwest Oklahoma City. Raghuveer Vedala (MD, FAAFP, Dipl. ABOM) – Norman Regional Health System


Joan Leslie Walker, MD – a specialist in gynecologic oncology with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Joan Walker | Profiles RNS (ouhsc.edu)

Audra Yadack, MD – a psychiatrist in Oklahoma City, who practices tele-psychiatry through the VA. She attended the University of Oklahoma and did a psychiatry residency in Brooklyn, New York.

These graduates have not only completed a comprehensive leadership program but have also showcased their commitment to advancing their careers and contributing to the healthcare community in Oklahoma. The OCMS Physician Leadership Academy is confident that these leaders will make lasting and positive contributions to healthcare in our region. Their dedication to advancing their leadership skills is commendable. The OCMS Physician Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for the next class, reaffirming its commitment to nurturing the next generation of physician leaders. For more information on the Physician Leadership Academy and how to apply, visit www.okcountymed.org.

The OCMS Physician Leadership Academy is a prestigious program designed to equip physicians with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in leadership and administrative roles within the healthcare industry. With a focus on fostering leadership development, the academy aims to empower physicians to enhance their careers, contribute to the physician community, and improve healthcare in Oklahoma.