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Dr. Preston Phillips biography: 13 things about Tulsa, Oklahoma orthopedic surgeon

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Dr. Preston J. Phillips was a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He worked in an orthopedic office on the second floor of the Natalie Medical Building at Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States.

Philips specialized in spine disorders, joint reconstruction and surgical procedures. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. He was a jazz aficionado.
  2. He completed his residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
  3. He was the section chief of the Warren Clinic Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine on the second floor of the Natalie Medical Building at Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa.
  4. He was a fellow of the American Orthopedic Association, the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  5. He served as an emeritus board member of Saint Francis Health System and the lead physician for Tulsa’s Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team before the franchise moved out of state.
  6. He sat on the board of directors of the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, which seeks to transform society’s divisions into social harmony in memory of the race massacre in Tulsa from May 31, 1921 to June 1, 1921.
  7. In 1986, he completed his first fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
  8. In 1990, he graduated from Harvard Medical School in Boston. He also had advanced degrees in organic chemistry and pharmacology as well as theology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  
  9. In 1994, he completed his fellowship in Yaroslavl Medical Institute in Yaroslavl, Russia.
  10. In 1996, he completed his second fellowship in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
  11. On May 19, 2022, he performed surgery on Michael Louis, 45, of Muskogee, Oklahoma for a back injury at Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa. On May 31, 2022, he provided additional treatment to Louis.
  12. On June 1, 2022, Louis called his office to complain about back pain and request more assistance. Hours later, Louis opened fire on the second floor of the Natalie Medical Building at Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa, killing him, Dr. Stephanie J. Husen, 48, receptionist Amanda Glenn, 40, and retired U.S. Army sergeant William Love, 73. He was found dead in an exam room in the Warren Clinic Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine on the second floor.
  13. He died at the age of 59.
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