Cherokee Nation physician awarded A.T. Still Award of Excellence



Cherokee Nation osteopathic physician and 2017 A.T. Still Award of Excellence recipient Dr. Jeffrey Gastorf.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Dr. Jeffrey Gastorf was awarded the 2017 A.T. Still Award of Excellence by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association.

The award is given to just one osteopathic physician statewide in honor of A.T. Still, who was the founder of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine which focuses on total body health and the ability for the body to heal itself.

Gastorf, 41, is a general physician at the Vinita Health Center.

“The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association is honored to recognize Dr. Gastorf with the A.T. Still Award of Excellence,” said Kenneth E. Calabrese, DO, president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association. “Dr. Gastorf embodies the teachings of Dr. A.T. Still and seeks out opportunities to share his knowledge with residents and students. His patient-centered approach is the foundation of osteopathic medicine and benefits the lives of his patients.”

The association honored five doctors at an awards ceremony in April.

Gastorf completed his medical school training at Oklahoma State University and completed his residency training at Durant Family Medicine Residency.

He is the former director of the Durant Family Medicine Residency Program, where he served for eight years before joining Cherokee Nation’s Vinita Health Center in January.

“I wanted to focus more on patient care, and I appreciate that Cherokee Nation is truly concerned about providing care and having resources to help patients,” Gastorf said.  “The most rewarding thing is when patients are appreciative of the care they receive and thank you for your help.”

Gastorf also currently serves on the Graduate Medical Education committee for the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association and previously served as president of the Oklahoma chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Cherokee Nation Health Services operates the largest tribally run health system in the country, with more than a million patient visits per year. It consists of eight health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.

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