Dr. Henley was named the inaugural Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs for the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in January 2011. Before coming to MU-COM, Dr. Henley was professor and vice-chair of the department of family medicine at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While at OU, Dr. Henley also held the Founders and Associates Endowed Chair for Research and was responsible for building the clinical research program for primary care. In 2006, Dr. Henley accepted a nomination by the dean of the OU School of Medicine as a Bishops Fellow, a yearlong fellowship in higher education sponsored by the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine. This appointment also made him an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow and the first osteopathic physician to ever be selected as a fellow in this prestigious organization. He is also an alumnus of the Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives, from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Dr. Henley has over 35 years of experience in academic medicine. He is a prolific writer and speaker with many publications and presentations at national meetings as well as successfully competing for extramural funds. Prior to his position at OU, Dr. Henley was a tenured professor and chair of the department of family medicine at Oklahoma State University, where he started the Division of Rural Health and the Division of Research through a combination of Health Resource and Services Administration and National Library of Medicine grants, which continued on while at OU.
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Henley did a residency in family medicine with the Army Medical Corp in Washington, D.C., and stayed on for a career, leaving the Army Medical Corps as a Colonel in 1997. During his Army career, he held several academic positions including residency program director, department chair, and was the first full time director of the faculty development fellowship program at Madigan AMC in Tacoma, Washington.
During his last assignment in the Army, Dr. Henley served as the Chief of the Policy and Consultants Division in the Office of the Surgeon General and Chief Consultant to the Army Surgeon General. He served as Commander of the 41st Combat Support Hospital out of Fort Sam Houston, and has received several notable military awards including the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Legion of Merit, and the prestigious Army “A” designator, indicating academic excellence.
A native Oklahoman, Dr. Henley has a masters in biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and an osteopathic medical degree from Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1977. His MPH was earned while on active duty at the University Of Hawaii School Of Public Health in 1983.
Outside of patient care, Dr. Henley's main interests have been faculty development and clinical research. He has successfully built new programs through a succession of program grants.
Dr. Henley met his wife, Hannah, while they were both on active duty and have been married 35 years. She is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, Medical Specialty Corps. Together they have a son, Patrick Nolan Henley, DO, who also earned his medical degree in osteopathic medicine from OSU and has completed an internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Scott and White Medical Center in Temple, Texas. He is currently a fellow in electrophysiology at St. Vincent Heart Hospital in Indianapolis.