||Dr. Mike Crutcher|
Dr. Mike Crutcher was appointed commissioner of health by the Oklahoma State Board of Health on Nov. 13, 2003. An Oklahoma native, Crutcher previously served as deputy commissioner of Disease and Prevention Services of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, a position he had held since March 2001. Prior to that appointment, he had served as State Epidemiologist since joining the agency in 1995.
Crutcher received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1980. After completing an internship at University of Oklahoma Hospitals, he began his medical career as a flight surgeon and preventive medicine officer for the U.S. Navy, serving 14 years. He obtained his master of public health degree and completed a residency in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University in 1988.
Crutcher retired in 2004 as a captain from the U.S. Naval Reserves. He currently holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health and College of Medicine. He is board certified in preventive medicine.