Oklahoma State has named one of its alumni, Dr. Val Gene Iven, as its new head team physician, athletic director Mike Holder has announced.
A member of the Oklahoma State University graduating class of 1985, Iven returns to Stillwater from the University of Tennessee, where he has spent the previous 13 years as team physician for the Volunteers’ men’s athletics department. He was the dean of team physicians in the Southeastern Conference¹s Eastern Division.
At OSU, Dr. Iven will oversee all athletic health care.
“We feel very lucky to be going home and being near our families again,” Iven said. “I am honored to have an opportunity to return to my alma mater."
“We have been blessed to have been at Tennessee for the past 13 years,” he added. “We have had many wonderful experiences working with great coaches, staff and outstanding student-athletes in Knoxville.”
Iven is a native of Pond Creek and his wife, the former Angela Hight, is a native of Oklahoma City. He earned his bachelor of science from OSU in 1985 and his M.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Following completion of his family medicine residency, Dr. Iven was the first Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow at OU.
At Tennessee, he provided event coverage for all men’s sports, and was responsible for the sports medicine and training staff evaulation, treatment and rehab of athletic injuries.
Iven is board certified in family medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in sports medicine. He is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, Oklahoma Academy of Family Phyisicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, where he was recently designated as a Fellow.
The Ivens have two children: daughter Austyn (12) and son Carson (7).
Story Courtesy: Oklahoma State University
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