Dr. Vanhooser was educated in Oklahoma schools. Greystone elementary, Hoover Middle School, John Marshall High School (never graduated!) Oklahoma Christian University of Arts and Science, and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
During General Surgery training he did a two-year stent in Connecticut, and then two years in North Carolina for his cardiovascular fellowship. He returned to Oklahoma City in 1989 and practiced there until 2001 when he moved to Enid, and has been here since. During his time in Oklahoma City he was active in the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute, and was a member of the team that performed Oklahoma’s first Heart Transplant. He has performed over 5000 major cardiac operations. Since being in Enid he and the Cardiac Surgery team at Integris Bass have performed many firsts, and continue to lead the way for Northwest Oklahoma cardiac surgical care.
Dr. Vanhooser is currently Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Integris Heart and Vascular Institute of Northwest Oklahoma. He is married to Stephanie Vanhooser RN, BSN and she works with him in his practice at Integris Bass Hospital. Dr. Vanhooser has three grown children, a son and two daughters. One doctor, one lawyer and one small business owner.
Dr. Vanhooser has been a member of the MAPC since 2012. He is currently a member of the Integris Bass Hospital Governing Board. He has served as chief of the surgery department for Integris Bass Hospital. He has been a member of the Board of the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality. He has owned and operated several small businesses, including a women’s retail boutique, and currently owns three medical office buildings in Enid.
His areas of emphasis as Ward 6 representative to the City Commission include: transparency and restoring trust in Enid City Government, limiting the city governments role to proper responsibilities, seeing that the city does not use taxpayers’ moneys to compete with private business, and fiscal responsibility in all matters.
His free time consists of racing his standard formula mazda open wheel race car all over the country, and trying to go just a little faster each time.