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Release Date: July 08, 2020
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Dr. Phillip Fuller, former Chickasaw Nation contract urologist, has joined the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center staff full time.

Dr. Fuller is accepting patients and referrals for all urological issues. He has special interest in anyone suffering from kidney stones, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), erectile dysfunction (ED), low testosterone and recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI). Patients seeking a vasectomy need no prior physician referral.

Dr. Fuller said his mother had a powerful influence on his decision to pursue a career in medicine.

“I had the opportunity to grow up in the hospital,” he said. “My mom was the operating room director at Valley View Regional Hospital (now Mercy Hospital) in Ada. I fell in love with the idea of medicine and healing, especially the surgical aspect of it. It was having the ability to go in and fix something that really always appealed to me.”

That real-world experience through the years also allowed him to glimpse different specialty fields.

“I was able to shadow and follow, observe every single surgical subspecialty,” he said.

“(Doctors) invited me to into the operating room and their clinics with them to observe what they did. I figured out there were surgical specialties I really disliked and some I really fell in love with. “

“It came down to urology and orthopedics and urology won out.”

The 2001 Ada High School graduate studied zoology as an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma, a decision influenced by the fact he grew up on a ranch. Once again, his mother’s influence prevailed, this time to steer him away from his youthful ambition to work on animals.

“I thought as a kid I was going to grow up to be a veterinarian, but my mom convinced me I should work on humans,” he said.

Zoology course work fulfilled the prerequisite requirements he needed to enter medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. In 2014 his five-year urology residency was completed at the University of Missouri College of Medicine, Division of Urology.

Dr. Fuller said the decision to join the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center staff full time was an easy one.

“I grew up in Ada and I was always observing and witnessing the growth and the development of the Chickasaw Nation and what they have been able to achieve. Look at what the Chickasaw Nation has been able to achieve in just the last 20 years. It’s nothing short of pretty special.

“I’ve been a contract physician here for the last six years and have had the opportunity to work with and interact with the staff in the hospital for that period of time. When the opportunity arose to be a part of that, it was a no-brainer.”

Dr. Fuller married the former TK Walbrick, his junior high school sweetheart. They reside in the Stonewall area with their two children.

“We still have family in the area and that was a real driving force to bring us back here,” he said.

When not serving the needs of his patients, Dr. Fuller enjoys spending time with his family, attending church, hunting, fishing and ranching.

“I’ve got a small cattle operation here locally on 140 acres. Between farm life, church and chasing my kids around, we stay pretty busy,” he said.