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Living Tribute Award

Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM, '84
2008 Living Tribute Award Recipient


Dr. Phelps, of Scottsdale, Ariz., attributes his osteopathic education to the generous giving of KCOM alumni and feels a tremendous responsibility to pay those opportunities forward. “Whether it was by their time, talent, or treasure, I received a life changing education at KCOM,” said Dr. Phelps. “Each day I wake up looking for some way to contribute to the next generation of ATSU students.”

In light of that commitment, Dr. Phelps has immersed himself in ATSU. For the past 10 years, he has served as provost of ATSU’s Arizona Campus and its three schools: the Arizona School of Health Sciences, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. In that time, the Arizona Campus opened the state’s first dental school and an osteopathic medical school.

Working closely with associate provost Ted Wendel, Ph.D., and a dedicated team of administrators, faculty, and staff, Dr. Phelps oversees development of the 20-acre Arizona Campus and adjacent 36-acre Arizona Health and Technology Park (AZHTP). AZHTP promotes the University’s mission through partnerships with healthcare providers and health-related educational, research, and technology companies. “I have been blessed to work with a great board of trustees and president who understand the importance
of remaining relevant in healthcare and being involved in the community,” Dr. Phelps said.
Dr. Phelps is a member of several professional societies and associations, including the American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, and the Society of NBA Team Physicians. He also has been honored with several awards, which include the 2006 KOAA Distinguished Service Award, ATSU’s George Windsor Award in 2007, and Health Care Heroes Finalist in 2008.

Practicing for more than 20 years in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Dr. Phelps continues to care for patients and is the primary care team physician for the NBA Phoenix Suns and WNBA Phoenix Mercury, physician for Ballet Arizona, and team physician for Grand Canyon University, Scottsdale Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, and Gateway Community College. When he isn’t working, Dr. Phelps enjoys family time with his wife, Stacy, and son, Zachary; staying in shape; reading; and volunteering with local high schools and colleges.

Established in 1969, the Living Tribute Award provides alumni and friends of the College an opportunity to support outstanding KCOM faculty and administrators.