Matt Henn, ‘11 MD, is the fourth child of Ralph and Molly Henn and the fourth to become a surgeon

When youngest child Matt accepted a position at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, he became the fourth of his four brothers to become a surgeon. Their story is one of inspiration and resilience, as they lost their father unexpectedly in 1993.

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Class of 2010

Robert Cooper, ’10 MD, ‘13 Res, ’15 Fellow, oversees the College of Medicine’s Student Run Free Clinic, a primary and urgent care walk-in clinic managed by Ohio State medical students.

The clinic served the medically underserved and uninsured patient populations and offers support in specialties like psychiatry, gynecology, law and LGBTQ patient care. 

Daniel Bachmann, MD, ‘10 Res, was quoted in an article discussing the possible long-term health effects of covid that first responders may face.

Dr. Bachmann currently works as an emergency medicine physician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

“Dan Bachmann is an emergency doctor and one of the investigators at the Center to Stop COVID at Ohio State University. He says they are studying the long-term impact of COVID-19 on first responders, both vaccinated and unvaccinated.”

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Congratulations to Whitney Luke, MD, ’13 Res, who will be serving as the interim chair of the Departement of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Ohio State University College of Medicine!

Ashley Lipps, ‘13 MD, ‘16 Res, was quoted discussing how to keep kids safe as many plan to return to in-person school this fall.

“Because schools have kids that cannot be vaccinated and high rates of kids that can’t be vaccinated in the younger age groups, I think really adhering to the mask guidelines can help reduce the risk of spread of illness in the classroom,” said Dr. Ashley Lipps, an infectious disease physician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.”

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Three College of Medicine Alumni Open Pediatric Associates of Lancaster, INC 

Lancaster, OH— Pediatric Associates of Lancaster, Inc moved to a new location on June 18, 2018 and held the Grand Opening and Open House on July 12, 2018. A ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted by the Lancaster Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce. The new address is 1554 Wesley Way in Lancaster, Ohio. Pediatric Associates of Lancaster, Inc had been providing medical care to infants through adolescents in the community for more than 25 years at its previous location 1550 Sheridan Dr, Suite 102 in Lancaster. The practice was outgrowing that location and broke ground on the construction for the new building in November of 2017. The new office offers double the square footage of the old location with many more exam rooms.

The practice was opened by Michele Hensley, '98 MD, Res, Jennifer Miller, MD and Michelle Golla, '10 MD.

Amy Raubenolt, ‘10 MD, named EMS Medical Director of the Year 

The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services (EMFTS) and the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (Ohio ACEP) hosted the 19th Annual EMS Star of Life Awards ceremony in observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 19-25.

“An estimated 240 million calls are made to 9-1-1 in the U.S. each year, with approximately one million emergency runs for EMS in the state each year,” said Ohio EMS Executive Director Mel House. “EMS teams are ready to provide critical, lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” 

National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's front line. The theme, “BEYOND the CALL," exemplifies the commitment and dedication of the 750,000 EMS providers nationwide, and the more than 41,000 in Ohio, who provide an essential community service every day.  EMS Star of Life Awards recipients are:

EMS Stars:
Berea Fire Department (Cuyahoga County)                                                
Butler Township Fire and EMS (Montgomery County)                                                            
Fairfield Fire Department (Butler County)
Hanco EMS (Hancock County)
Homeworth Volunteer Fire Department (Columbiana County)                          
Mayfield Heights Fire Department (Cuyahoga County) 
Middletown Division of Fire (Butler County) 
Oxford Fire Department (Butler County) 
Tri-Village Rescue Services and New Madison Volunteer Fire Department (Darke County)

EMS Agency of the Year: Whitehall Division of Fire
Provider of the Year: Christopher Menapace, Whitehall Division of Fire

EMS Medical Director of the Year: Dr. Amy Raubenolt, Akron
Frank Giampetro Distinguished EMS Educator Award: Doug LaRue, Lima Memorial Hospital

Lifetime Achievement Award: Charles Willis “Bill” Troy, Ohio Department of Public Safety (Retired)

7 College of Medicine Alumni receive 2018 Lead.Serve.Inspire Awards at The Ohio State University College of Medicine 

The Ohio State University College of Medicine Presents the 2018 Lead.Serve.Inspire. Awards
The faculty and staff at the College of Medicine are celebrated annually at the spring symposium. Recipients of awards are nominated and selected by their peers or learners. These awards honor the outstanding contributors to the Lead.Serve.Inspire. curriculum and the College of Medicine's educational objectives.

College of Medicine alumni who received an award are listed below:

Part 1 Teaching and Learning Methods
Cardiopulmonary Disorders: Troy Schaffernocker, '02 MD
GI/Renal Disorders: Udayan Bhatt, '95 MD

Part 1 Educator
LP Preceptor of the Year: Jeffrey Weiland, '79 MD
LG Facilitator of the Year: Matt McCutcheon, MD, Res

Portfolio Coach of the Year
Deborah Lowery, '88 MD

Part 1 Excellence in Education
Sheryl Pfeil, '84 MD

Part 3 Excellence in Education
Troy Schaffernocker, '02 MD

Inspire: Nancy Liao, '10 MD

Med Center Names Three Associate Chief Clinical Information Officers 

The medical center is pleased to announce the appointment of three associate chief clinical information officers: Eric Adkins, MD, Res; James Knight, MD, Res, FHM; and Ravi Tripathi, MD. A new role, the associate CCIOs are responsible for assisting the chief clinical information officer in providing institutional leadership for the development and deployment of information technology across multiple disciplines. The associate CCIOs will collaborate with clinicians and leaders to identify the best possible technology solutions across medical specialties and care disciplines and will assist clinicians in the use of the electronic medical record to help ensure the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care. The appointments were effective Dec. 1. 

Dr. Adkins is an associate professor of emergency medicine and critical care. He is the vice chair of clinical affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He completed his medical degree at West Virginia University in 2002 and a five-year residency program for both emergency medicine and internal medicine at Christiana Care Health Services in Delaware in 2007. He completed fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Wexner Medical Center in 2010. He is board certified in all four specialties. He completed a master's degree in medical science at Ohio State in 2010. He has a joint appointment with the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, where he practices a portion of his time in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Adkins currently oversees the two medical center Emergency Departments and two AfterHours care sites and is the chair of the IHIS Decision Support Committee. 

Dr. Knight is the associate director of medical informatics in the Division of Hospital Medicine. He attended medical school at the Mayo Clinic, then completed an internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Ohio State. He joined the Ohio State faculty in 2009, and is passionate about leveraging technology to improve patient care and the physician experience. Dr. Knight is an Epic-certified physician builder, board certified in clinical informatics and has presented numerous times at Epic X-pert Group Meeting as well as at User Group Meetings.  

Dr. Tripathi joined Wexner Medical Center in 2010 and is a clinical associate professor of anesthesiology and serves as director of Anesthesiology Critical Care Services. He received his medical degree from the Northeast Ohio Medical University. He then completed an anesthesiology residency and critical care medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2010 and a cardiac anesthesia fellowship at Ohio State in 2012. Dr. Tripathi practices cardiovascular intensive care in the Ross Heart Hospital, where he serves as medical director of critical care and of information technology. He has academic interests in mechanical circulatory support, health information technology and nutrition and employee wellness. Dr. Tripathi is an Epic-certified physician builder and is also a co-founder of RossFit at the Ross Heart Hospital, a program to foster employee wellness.

Benjamin Kaffenberger, ’10 MD, conducted research at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center that discovered a correlation between oral hygiene and psoriasis

Dr. Kaffenberger led a study at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center that asked patients about oral hygiene and found a correlation between poor gum health and more severe psoriasis.

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Class of 2011

Clayton Taylor, ’11 MD, ’16 Res, discussed the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on detecting a certain type of cancer.

Dr. Clayton Taylor was quoted in Oncology Times discussing axillary adenopathy, which is a potential side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine. The concern is that the vaccine may cause swollen lymph nodes in some women which could be misinterpreted as breast cancer.

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Clayton Taylor, ‘11 MD, discussed with Healthline the new research that says that the COVID-19 vaccine may lead to false positive mammograms.

Dr. Clayton Taylor, a breast radiologist with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, said “it’s too soon to know how common swollen lymph nodes are after a COVID-19 vaccination”

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Matt Henn, ‘11 MD, is the fourth child of Ralph and Molly Henn and the fourth to become a surgeon. Their incredible family story was featured in The Columbus Dispatch

When youngest child Matt accepted a position at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, he became the fourth of his four brothers to become a surgeon. Their story is one of inspiration and resilience, as they lost their father unexpectedly in 1993.

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M. Wesley Milks, ’11 MD, associate program director of the cardiovascular disease fellowship at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, shared tips for safe exercise when recovering for a heart attack

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Daniel Pap, ’11 MD, joined OrthoNeuro practice as an Anesthesiologist

This multi-specialty practice of physicians is joined by Daniel Pap, MD. He will begin seeing patients at their New Albany and Grove City offices at the end of March.

Class of 2012

Iahn Gonsenhauser, ‘12 MD, was interviewed by WBNS and shared his thoughts on the safety of trick-or-treat this year.

Dr. Gonsenhauser speaks on whether or not it is safe for children to trick or treat as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, Iahn Gonsenhauser, ’12 MD, spoke about the safety of eating at restaurants after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine

"For the most part, it's certainly much safer than it's been for the past year and half if you're fully vaccinated," said Dr. Ian Gonsenhauser, the chief quality and patient safety officer at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Gonsenhauser developed COVID-19 procedures for the facility.

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As the world begins to open again, Iahn Gonsenhauser, ’12 MD, discussed whether or not it’s appropriate to ask someone if they’ve been vaccinated

“If you don’t want to get vaccinated, and you’re not going to get vaccinated, that’s your choice but own that, and be honest about it,” encourages Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser with the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

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Iahn Gonsenhauser, ’12 MD, discussed with Columbus Dispatch the possibility of booster short for the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Learn. Serve. Inspire. Curriculum Award winners: Melissa Quinn, ’15 PhD, Michael Wellner, ’12 MD, Casey Cosgrove, ’16 Res, and Amir Adeli, ’13 Res

Iahn Gonsenhauser, ’12 MD, shared with Prevention

Iahn Gonsenhauser, ’12 MD, shared with Prevention an important symptoms of COVID-19 that some people might not be aware of. He said that bluish lips could be a sign of severe COVID-19 case. In another article, he discusses dizziness and vertigo in relation to COVID-19.

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Iahn Gonsenhauser, ’12 MD, was quoted by ABC discussing the spike in COVID-19 cases

Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser says we should give more thanks to our lab workers who are running COVID tests. He also claims that the spike is artificial because labs are getting caught up, but it still represents cases affecting real people.

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Iahn Gonsenhauser, ’12 MD, advised people not to travel for Thanksgiving when speaking with NBC News. Gonsenhauser is the chief quality and patient safety officer at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

He said to NBC News, “As much as we get tired of this virus, the virus is insatiable.”

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Iahn Gonsenhauser, ’12 MD, shared a message on multiple platforms on the importance of kids understanding safety guidelines for the upcoming school year.

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Iahn Gonsenhauser, ’12 MD, discussed the effectiveness of different types of face masks as well as why everyone should wear one in an article with INSIDE.

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Jarred Burkart, ’12 MD, and Marium Husain, ’12 MD, are part of a research group studying intestinal bacteria’s interaction with the immune system

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Matthew Rahrig, '12 MD, joins Mercy Washington 

Matthew Rahrig, MD, recently joined Mercy Clinic Four Rivers, and will see patients at Mercy Pain Management in Washington, a service of Mercy Hospital Washington. Dr. Rahrig will partner with Justin Naylor, MD, in Suite 208 at Mercy Medical Building North, 851 E. Fifth St. He will also provide anesthesia services in the hospital.

Dr. Rahrig earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. He finished residency training at University of Chicago Hospitals, Pritzker School of Medicine, and a fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

“I am very excited to join the team in Washington and help patients who are suffering from various pain issues,” said Dr. Rahrig, who relocated from a private practice near Columbus, Ohio.

“Ongoing pain is frequently debilitating and leads to significant reductions in function, sleep, and quality of life for many people across the country,” he said. “My goal is to help patients -— either through a procedure or through therapy — get back to normal function.”

As a specialist in interventional pain management, Dr. Rahrig offers epidural steroid injections, ultrasound guided nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, joint injections and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) — which can help patients with chronic low-back, neck pain, and pain related to arthritis. He also can offer treatments for headaches that include Botox and nerve blocks.

“Whether a person’s pain arises from surgery, injury, nerve damage, or a health issue, there are options available to help them,” said Dr. Rahrig. “New technology also allows us to safely and effectively treat even the most complicated pain problems. But before any treatment takes place, I will make sure my patients have a clear understanding of their pain and how we will work together to make them feel whole again.”

Mercy Hospital Washington, a member of Mercy, is a 148-bed hospital serving all or parts of Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren counties. The hospital offers comprehensive emergency, heart, cancer, surgical, obstetric, pediatric and other health services. The hospital is supported by the care of more than 180 physicians and advanced practitioners who are part of Mercy Clinic.

Teresa C. Cunningham, '12 MD, joins Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery 

Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery has led the way in plastic surgery for more than four decades. Founder Dr. John A. Grossman has recruited a first-class team of partners and associates and has grown the practice into an icon in the cosmetic surgery industry. The elite practice is sought out by many in Denver, the United States and across the globe.

Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery welcomes Teresa C. Cunningham, MD, to the team. As a highly educated and accomplished plastic surgeon, Dr. Cunningham is the perfect complement to the current culture and personalities of Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery's three esteemed board-certified plastic surgeons.

"Choosing to join Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery was one of the easiest decisions I have made in my life," Dr. Cunningham said. "I feel honored to work alongside three first-class surgeons who share the same passion that I have for patient care and exceeding expectations with their work. The reputation they have earned speaks for itself, and I look forward to carrying on the tradition of excellence associated with the Grossman | Capraro name."

Dr. Cunningham graduated with highest honors from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. She then went on to medical school in Columbus, Ohio, where she attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine, graduating magna cum laude. She completed her surgical residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Dr. Cunningham is a well-rounded contributor in the plastic surgery field. She is not only a published author but also a sought-after presenter at various regional and national plastic surgery meetings – notably The American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting and the American Burn Association Annual meeting. She also shares her talents through actively participating in ongoing research projects.

Patients are drawn to Dr. Cunningham's warm and approachable demeanor. She is a surgeon dedicated to personalized care and natural-looking results, and she approaches all of her patients as a true partner throughout the journey. She feels the power in plastic surgery is the ability to make one feel whole – physically and emotionally.

"Listening is key," she said. "Understanding goals, making a proper assessment, sharing all options and ensuring patients feel very cared for are all huge factors in the success of achieving beautiful results."

The decision to add a new physician to a team is never one that should be taken lightly, and it was certainly no different for Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery. Dr. Grossman adds:

"It takes a long time and it's a rigorous selection process. Dr. Cunningham comes to us not only with impeccable credentials, but with universal recommendations among her colleagues, peers and patients regarding her integrity, skill and personal demeanor. It's with great pleasure that we introduce her to Denver."

Iahn Gonsenhauser, '12 MD, appointed as chief quality and patient safety officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center 

’12 Iahn Gonsenhauser, MD, MBA, has been appointed to the position of chief quality and patient safety officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He has been serving as the interim CQPSO since September 2017. Dr. Gonsenhauser is an assistant professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine within the Department of Internal Medicine and will continue actively practicing medicine as a hospitalist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Class of 2013

Lapo Alinari MD, ’13 Res, ’16 Fellow, PhD received a five-year grant for the National Cancer Institute to support his research on the role of transducin beta-like protein 1 in mantle cell lymphoma.

Karilyn Larkin MD, ’13 Res led a breakthrough study that identified that young, adult Black patients are five times more likely to die within 30 days of treatment for aggressive blood cancer.

As lead author on the study, Dr. Larkin was the first to examine how molecular genetic alterations could contribute to this disparity. Dr. Larkin currently works as a hematologist at the James Cancer Center. 

Young Black patients with AML have significantly worse outcomes than white patients of same age (osu.edu)

Congratulations to Lisa Hickman, ’13 MD, was awarded a Patient Care Innovation grant for OSUP and the College of Medicine for her work “SMART start to motherhood”. 

This is a series of educational videos for pregnant women and a way for new mothers to visit physical therapists. She is currently serving as a clinical assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Gabriel Lockhart, ‘13 MD, ‘16 Res, shared with the AAMC about how he convinced his mother to get vaccinated!

Dr. Lockhart is a critical care physician at National Jewish Health and director of the Intensive Care Unit at Saint Joseph Hospital in Colorado. Read more. 

Ashley Lipps, ‘13 MD, ‘16 Res, was quoted discussing breakthrough COVID-19 infections and what to do should you get one.

“While ‘breakthrough’ infections can occur and are frustrating, it's important to remember that it does not mean your vaccine did not work,” Lipps says. “The vaccine provides very robust protection against hospitalization and death due to COVID-19, so even if you develop a symptomatic infection, the vaccine may have prevented you from a much more serious case.”

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Mina Makary, ’13 MD, was appointed to the American College of Radiology’s Appropriateness Criteria Expert Panel on Interventional Radiology. 

He will serve on a national stage to advocate and create guidelines to advance patient care and outcomes. 

Mina Makary, ’13 MD, recently performed a minimally invasive procedure to improve hyperparathyroidism

Interventional radiologist Dr. Makary is an assistant professor in the Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Ohio State. She recently performed the first parathyroid venous sampling procedure to help localize challenging ectopic parathyroid adenomas for subsequent successful surgical resection and treatment.

2013 fellowship graduate Sheryl Mascarenhas, MD, was recently quoted in an article sharing what she as an educator learned after going virtual

She said “The pandemic completely changed the way we teach medicine. One of the most dramatic changes came with the dissolution of in-person lectures and the pivot to video conferencing. Virtual education has numerous benefits. Learners no longer needed to cut clinics short to travel to a lecture hall, and with social distancing rules we did not have to worry about limiting the attendance for our lectures. Lecture times were no longer restricted to building hours.”

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Ashley Lipps, ’13 MD, told Healthline that COVID-19 vaccines are still effective against the new Delta variant

Dr. Lipps is an infectious disease physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

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Ashley Lipps, ’13 MD, shared her plans as an infectious disease expert for and thoughts on the somewhat normal summer approaching.

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Interested in knowing what supplements can help to improve your mood? Residency graduate Samar McCutcheon, ’13 Res, gave advice on herbs and natural remedies to alleviate symptoms of depression.

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Mina Makary, ’13 MD, is the co-author on “Thinking About Ethics During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights and Practical Approaches for Interventional Radiologists”, an article discussing the intersection of medical ethics and interventional radiology during the pandemic. 

In the article is a proposed framework for decision making in relation to the two. Makary is an interventional radiologist and assistant professor at Ohio State. 

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Ashley Lipps, ’13 MD, an infectious disease doctor, shared her Thanksgiving plans with Today.

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Ashley Lipps, ’13 MD, was quoted by the Columbus Dispatch regarding the cancellation of the Boil-Water Advisory in Columbus.

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Earlier this year, Mina Makary, ’13 MD, performed a minimally-invasive procedure on a patient with cirrhosis of the liver, making her the first person to perform a purely mechanical thrombectomy-based TIPS revision in Ohio!

This procedure requires advanced technique and is only being done at large medical centers currently, but the procedure gives physicians the opportunity to treat patients with end-stage liver disease and cirrhosis.

Megan Conroy, ’13 MD, was quoted in an article by Medscape about how the upcoming flu season will combine and impact the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gabriel Lockhart, ’13 MD, was interviewed by 9 News about working in a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the National Jewish Health Hospital in Denver that Lockhart works at asked for volunteers to treat COVID-19 patients in New York, he volunteered. He speaks during the interview about how he was overwhelmed by the gratitude of New York citizens.

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Whitney Whitis, '13 MD, marriage to Aftab Karma Singh Pureval 

Dr. Whitney June Whitis and Aftab Karma Singh Pureval were united in marriage Saturday, May 26, 2018, by Judge Timothy S. Black, Southern District of Ohio United States, in an outdoor wedding at The French House in French Park Cincinnati. 

The wedding party entered the venue to music by the Cincinnati Symphony’s String Quartet playing “Stand By Me.” The double ring ceremony included wedding vows written by the couple and the reading of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sonnet — “Love is Love is Love.” Cocktails and a dinner dance followed the ceremony for 250 family and friends. The groom’s family were delighted to host family and friends from England, Australia, Amsterdam, India and the United States. 

In keeping with the union of two diverse families, the traditional Tibetan wedding ceremony was performed in the groom’s family home Thursday afternoon followed by a luncheon. The traditional Sangeet and Mehndi was held Thursday evening with a dinner dance at the Dayton Art Institute and a performance of the Bhangra by The Ohio State University dancers. The traditional Sikh wedding ceremony — Anand Karaj — was performed at the Dayton Gurdwara followed by a luncheon for family and friends at The Country Club of the North, Xenia. 

The bride is the daughter of John Whitis, of Cambridge, and Diane (Fred) Mottice, of Louisville. Whitney was escorted by her father, mother and sister, Erin Whitis, of New York, for all the wedding ceremonies. 

The groom is the son of Drenko and the late Devinder Pureval, of Xenia. Grandparents of the couple are the late Betty June and Ralph Richard Whitis of Cambridge; Velma and the late Kennon Huntsman, of Zanesville; the late Joanee Ahrendts, of Cambridge; Brigadier General Ajit Singh and Randhir Kaur Singh, of New Delhi, India; and Ponpo Thoutop Gyonpo and Dorji Lhamo Gyonpo, of Katmandu, Nepal. 

Whitney received her undergraduate degree and her Doctor of Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Whitis is an internal medicine hospitalist for TriHealth Physician Partners working out of Bethesda North in Cincinnati. Aftab received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law. He is Clerk of Courts for Hamilton County. 

The couple makes their home in Cincinnati.

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Arpan Parikh, '13 MD, to pursue full-time MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania 

After graduating from his psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s/West Hospitals in New York City in 2017, Dr. Arpan Parikh accepted a full-time faculty position as the medical director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital. Having served just over one year in this role, he will be leaving New York this August and moving to Philadelphia, where he will be pursuing his full-time MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with areas of focuses in health care management and finance.

Mina Makary, ’13 MD, designed an app called RadApp to help fellow radiologists find resourcesee to manage their workflow

Mina Makary, who works as an assistant professor of radiology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, designed an app called RadApp to help fellow radiologists find resources to manage their workflow and to prevent burnout. He discussed with Diagnostic Imaging the long-term impact of this informatics tool.

Class of 2014

Andrew Keaster, ‘14 MD, recently joined a SXSW panel about the transgender health crisis.

Dr. Keaster is a member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Ohio State and a co-founder of Ohio State’s Transgender Primary Care Clinic. Read more. 

A recent post on Your Digital Wall recently featured the bio of Steven Shin, ’14 MD, a sports medicine specialist. 

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Class of 2015

Sophia Tolliver, ‘15 MD, was quoted discussing the five common health concerns that college students face.

“Students will also need to make personal decisions that can impact their overall health, Dr. Sophia Tolliver, family medicine physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, tells Yahoo Life. These decisions, she says, "may lead to a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle.’ “

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Sophia Tolliver, ‘15 MD, was interviewed on FOX28 discussing how we can prevent a “twindemic” of COVID-19 and the flu.

Dr. Tolliver and others are worried about a possible “twindemic” as there are fewer mask mandates this flu season.

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In an article discussing ways to avoid getting sick, Sophia Tolliver, ’15 MD, lists prioritizing mental health as her health tip

She says, “If I could give one health tip, it would be to preserve your mental health and inner peace at all costs.” Dr. Tolliver is a family medicine physician at the Wexner Medical Center.

"Meditating in the morning and setting an inner agenda and positive intention can be a great way to set the tone for the day," she says. "At the end of a long day, meditating to clear your mind of all negativity, forgiving the upsets of the day, and reconciling your authentic self can set the stage for restful and relaxing sleep and really is a form of self-care at its highest level."

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Jamie Robinson, ’15 MD, who is a clinical assistant professor of Family Medicine, established a multidisciplinary clinic for immigrants and refugees

WELD honors the achievements of these notable women in our Women WELDing the Way calendar. The 2021 Women WELDing the Way honorees will be recognized at a November 5, 2020 reception at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. 

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Congratulations to Sophia Tolliver, ’15 MD, as she has been as a 2021 WELD Honoree!

This is program is one of many individual efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. Dr. Robinson has received this year’s Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award because of these efforts.

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Sophia Tolliver, ’15 MD, was quoted in an article discussing the effects of black licorice on health. 

This conversation began following the death of a 54-year-old Massachusetts man after he ate large amounts of black licorice daily. 

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Sophia Tolliver, ’15 MD, was quoted discussed important nutrients for a growing infant and breast feeding with Good Day Columbus in celebration of World Breast feeding Awareness Month and Black Breastfeeding Week. 

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James Van Hulle, ’15 MD, joins Orangeburg Eye Center

Ophthalmologist Dr. James Van Hulle has joined Orangeburg Eye Center on Summers Avenue and is accepting new patients.

Dr. Van Hulle comes to Orangeburg after completing an internship in internal medicine at Akron City Hospital in Ohio, where he completed training in ophthalmology. He served as chief resident during his final year of training.

He attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he was awarded the Means Scholarship and earned honors in ophthalmology, neurology and psychiatry. His undergraduate bachelor of science in microbiology was earned at Ohio State, with Dr. Van Hulle receiving the trustee scholarship.

Raised in Cincinnati, Dr. Van Hulle said he first became interested in ophthalmology in high school. “I had seen eye doctors my whole life and understood the importance of good vision,” he said.

He was drawn to Orangeburg Eye Center by “the excellent physicians, small town atmosphere, and friendly and welcoming patients.”

Dr. Van Hulle brings to the community a particular interest in diabetic eye disease and specializes in cataract surgery as well in-office laser eye surgery for a number of conditions. He is trained to treat cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, eye injuries, and perform regular eye check-ups.

He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

Dr. Van Hulle and his wife Rachael are the parents of four sons, with another on the way.

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Melissa Quinn, PhD, elected Director of the Central Region of North America

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) elected Melissa Quinn, '15 PhD, assistant professor of anatomy, director of the entire central region of North America. HAPS is the largest community of anatomy instructors, and this role serves as a liaison between this large region and the HAPS national board of directors, of which Dr. Quinn will be a voting member.

Class of 2016

Congratulations to Ryan Blackwell, ‘16 MD, on winning one of this year’s Lead. Serve. Inspire. Curriculum Awards!

Class of 2017

Tomas Guerrero, ‘17 MD, selected as Housestaff Recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award 

This distinction is awarded on the merit of student ratings of teaching. To qualify, candidates are evaluated both on quality and quantity of student teaching. Tomas Guerrero, MD was selected as one of the top housestaff teachers in internal medicine.

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Erica Mantel, ‘19 MD, has been named as a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year.

This award helps raise awareness and money to find cures for blood cancers. Mantel was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was a 22-year-old biology major at Ohio State. She then took a year off from school and then began at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, receiving her MD in 2019.

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Leslie Adrian, MD Joins St. Luke’s Regional Trauma Center

Dr. Leslie Adrian has joined St. Luke’s Regional Trauma Center. 

Dr. Adrian received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She then completed her emergency medicine residency at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

Dr. Adrian was named the 2018-2019 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resident of the Year at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

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Peter Y Chen, MD, Res, named as Fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (FASTRO) 

The world’s largest society for radiation oncology professionals recently voted to confer upon Dr. Peter Y. Chen, the designation of American Society for Radiation Oncology Fellow (FASTRO). Dr. Chen received his FASTRO designation at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 23, during ASTRO’s 60th Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

“Dr. Chen joins an elite group of physicians and medical physicists who are recognized for their far-reaching contributions to the field of radiation oncology and their progress in advancing cancer research, education and patient care,” said Brian Kavanagh, MD, MPH, FASTRO, Chair of the ASTRO Board of Directors. “Congratulations to Dr. Chen for achieving the designation of ASTRO Fellow.”

Awarded annually since 2006, the ASTRO Fellows program recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to radiation oncology through research, education, patient care and/or service to the field. Since its inception, the FASTRO designation has been awarded to just 327 of ASTRO’s more than 10,000 members worldwide; the 2018 class of Fellows comprises 35 individuals, including Dr. Chen. 

More information about the Fellows program is available via the ASTRO website, including the list of 2018 ASTRO Fellows, the complete list of ASTRO Fellows and information about the nomination and selection process.

Samir Parikh, MD, Res, named one of V-RED 2018 Honorable Mention Winners 

This year, more than 40 patients nominated their doctors for the V-RED Award.  One overall winner was chosen, and three other medical professionals were awarded honorable mention.

“The V-RED Award honors these healthcare professionals because their stories demonstrate the importance of the need for earlier diagnosis of vasculitis,” says Joyce Kullman, executive director of the Vasculitis Foundation. “So often our patients fail to get an early diagnosis because vasculitis symptoms can mimic so many other conditions.  We created the V-RED Award to celebrate those medical professionals who did catch the disease in its early stages, thus improving the outcome for the patient.”

Samir Parikh, MD

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio Dr. Parikh was nominated by Sandy Nye, who was diagnosed with Microscopic polyangiitis vasculitis in 2014 after being sick for more than five years with no definitive diagnosis.  Dr. Parikh, a nephrologist, made the diagnosis within four weeks after performing a kidney biopsy and recognizing the symptoms of vasculitis.

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Andrew Figura, MD, Res, to join the AHN Cancer Institute at Saint Vincent 

Saint Vincent Hospital today announced the recruitment of medical oncologists Jongming Li, MD, and Philip Symes, MD, effective Jan. 1, 2019, and radiation oncologists Andrew Figura, MD, and Conrad Stachelek, PHD, MD, who will join the AHN Cancer Institute at Saint Vincent in late 2019.

The four physicians are coming to Saint Vincent as part of the ongoing transition of cancer care from the Regional Cancer Center in Erie to independent cancer programs being established by the RCC members. 

Saint Vincent is currently in the process of constructing a new comprehensive cancer center on its campus that will provide the complete spectrum of cancer care in one convenient location, including state-of-the-art radiation oncology capabilities, medical oncology and infusion therapy, nutritional counseling, social services and access to clinical trials being coordinated by Allegheny Health Network’s quaternary hospitals, Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn, and Johns Hopkins. 

The new facility is expected to open in late 2019.

Dr. Figura earned his medical degree at the Medical College of PA, Hahnemann University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in radiologic oncology at Ohio State Medical Center.

He is board certified in radiation oncology and holds memberships in The American Society of Therapeutic Radiologists, The American College of Radiation Oncology, The Pennsylvania Medical Society and The American Medical Association.

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J. Byers Bowen, MD, Res, and Ian Valerio, MD, pioneer technique that limits phantom limb and stump pain 

Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine are pioneering the use of primary targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) to prevent or reduce debilitating phantom limb and stump pain in amputees.

Losing a limb due to trauma, cancer, or poor circulation can result in phantom limb and stump pain in upwards of 75 percent of amputees in the United States. Primary TMR – the rerouting of nerves cut during amputation into surrounding muscle – greatly reduces phantom limb and residual limb pain, as reported in recent publications by Dr. Ian Valerio, division chief of Burn, Wound and Trauma in Ohio State’s Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Dr. J. Byers Bowen, a former resident who is now in private practice. Their latest work featured in the January 2019 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery describes how to perform this technique in below-the-knee amputations.

TMR was first developed to allow amputees better control of upper limb prosthetics. Traditionally doctors perform the surgery months or years after the initial amputation. When surgeons discovered the procedure also improves certain causes of pain, they started using it to treat disorganized nerve endings called symptomatic neuromas and/or phantom limb pain. 

In this paper, Valerio and Bowen provide a detailed description of TMR in below-the-knee amputees and document the benefits of primary TMR for preventing pain.

Over the course of three years, the surgeons performed 22 TMR surgeries on below-the-knee amputees, 18 primary and four secondary. None of the patients have developed symptomatic neuromas and only 13 percent of patients who received primary TMR reported having pain six months later.

“A significant amount of pain in amputees is caused by disorganized nerve endings, i.e. symptomatic neuromas, in the residual limb. They form when nerves are severed and not addressed, thus they have nowhere to go,” Valerio said. “Attaching those cut nerve endings to motor nerves in a nearby muscle allows the body to re-establish its neural circuitry. This alleviates phantom and residual limb pain by giving those severed nerves somewhere to go and something to do.”

Valerio said patients who’ve had TMR significantly reduce or sometimes stop using narcotics and other nerve pain related medications, which can greatly improve their quality of life.

“TMR has been shown to reduce pain scores and multiple types of pain via a variety of validated pain surveys. These findings are the first to show that surgery can greatly reduce phantom and other types of limb pain directly,” Valerio said.

Bowen added that upper extremity amputees are better able to use and control their prosthetics in addition to their improved pain outcomes. He said, “TMR allows for more individual muscle unit firings through the patient’s thoughts. It provides for better intuitive control resulting in more refined functional movements and more degrees of motion by an advanced prosthetic.”

The researchers believe primary TMR is a reliable technique to prevent the development of disorganized nerve endings and to reduce phantom and other limb pain in all types of amputations. When done at the time of initial amputation, there is minimal health risk and recovery is similar to that of traditional amputation surgery.

Surgeons perform TMR routinely at Ohio State, with primary TMR as the standard of care for most orthopedic-based traumatic and oncologic amputations. Valerio lectures and trains surgeons around the world on the primary TMR technique in an effort to make it a global best practice.

Thom E. Lobe, MD, Res, Recognized by Continental Who’s Who 

Thom E. Lobe, MD is being recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Achiever for his work as a Regenerative Medicine Specialist with Regenevéda

Regenevéda is a regenerative medicine practice that focuses on advanced cellular therapy. They provide consultations for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women, intravenous therapies that include specifically tailored vitamin therapy, ozone and ultraviolet blood irradiation treatments, peptide therapy and cellular therapy all of which are designed to restore and maintain optimal physiological function and slow down the aging process.

Dr. Thom E. Lobe, specialist with Regenevéda and professor of clinical surgery at the University of Illinois, has been working in the field of regenerative medicine for more than four decades. Originally located in Beverly Hills, California, the practice was opened in 2008, and five years later was relocated to its current location. During his time teaching, Dr. Lobe worked at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and the Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, contributing to both research and leadership roles. One of Dr. Lobe's prouder accomplishments in his field was his success in creating a minimally-invasive surgery and robotic techniques for children. In reference to his work with Regenevéda, Dr. Lobe notes that "When patients find us, they don't leave us."

Attending the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, Dr. Lobe graduated Cum Laude. He then went on to study General Surgery with the Ohio State University Hospitals, and furthered his medical education at the Children's Hospital, now Nationwide Children's Hospital, where he studied pediatric surgery.

Dr. Lobe is currently affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Regenerative Medicine. He is also currently a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the American Association for Anti-Aging Medicine.

In recognition of his outstanding work, Dr. Lobe has been globally recognized and awarded.

When he is not studying medicine, Dr. Lobe appreciates spending his time traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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Sakima Smith, MD, Res, Receives Landacre Research Honor Society Award 

Congratulations to Sakima Smith, MD, who has earned the Landacre Research Honor Society Distinguished Researcher of the Year Award for his dedication to advising and mentoring future physicians at Ohio State's College of Medicine. Dr. Smith is an advanced heart failure and heart transplant cardiologist at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

The Landacre Research Honor Society is the College's medical student research honor society, which encourages medical students to pursue excellence in academic achievement and individual research. Activities include the welcome and informational session at orientation for first-year medical students, a biomedical research opportunities information session for medical students, a Landacre-sponsored Research Opportunities Fair, other research related workshops and participation in the organization of the annual Wexner Medical Center Trainee Research Day activities.

2019 class of the Mazzaferri-Ellison Society of Master Clinicians to be inducted

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, this year’s class of the Mazzaferri-Ellison Society of Master Clinicians were inducted. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

2019 class of the Mazzaferri-Ellison Society of Master Clinicians:

Gail Besner
Quinn Capers IV
Daniel Clinchot
William Farrar
Miriam Freimer
Mary Fristad
Chris Kaeding
Mark Landon
Sheryl Pfeil 
Manisha Shah

Congratulations to 2019 Castle Connolly Top Doctors

Castle Connolly's nomination survey, research, screening and selection process involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, and regional and community hospitals across the nation. Castle Connolly's physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels.

We have many physicians at the medical center who are named to the Top Doctors list and featured in the August issue of Columbus Monthly. The Ohio State University College of Medicine alumni are listed below.

Cardiovascular Disease
Cindy Baker, MD, Res
Michael Donnally, MD, Res
Ayesha Hasan, MD, Res

David Lambert, ‘81 MD, Res
Susan Massick, MD, Res

Diagnostic Radiology
Chadwick Wright, ’06 MD, Res, PhD

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Kathleen Dungan, ’01 MD
Willa Hsueh, ‘73 MD
Rebecca Jackson, ’78 MD, Res
Laura Ryan, ’98 MD, Res

Peter Stanich, MD, Res

Geriatric Medicine
Tanya Gure, ’00 MD

Gynecologic Oncology
Floortje Backes, MD, Res

Spero Cataland, ’94 MD, Res
Michael Grever, MD, Res
Eric Kraut, MD, Res

Internal Medicine
Cynthia Kreger, ’85 MD
Patricia Ryan, MD, Res
Geoffrey Vaughan, ’93 MD, Res

Interventional Cardiology
Konstantinos Boudoulas, ’01 MD, Res
Quinn Capers, ’91 MD
Ernest Mazzaferri, ’99 MD, Res

Medical Oncology
Maryam Lustberg, MD, Res
J. Paul Monk, ’96 MD, Res
Jeffrey VanDeusen, ’06 MD, PhD
Jennifer Woyach, ’05 MD, Res

Udayan Bhatt, ’95 MD

Jacquelyne Cios, ’04 MD, Res
Miriam Freimer, ’85 MD, Res
J. Chad Hoyle, ’03 MD, Res
Andrew Slivka, ’80 MD, Res

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Michael Blumenfeld, ’85 MD, Res
Geri Hewitt, ’90 MD
Michelle Isley, MD, Res
Katherine Strafford, MD, Res
Wayne Trout, MD, Res

David Castellano, MD, Res
Colleen Cebulla, ’02 MD, PhD
Andrew Hendershot, ’05 MD, Res
Matthew Ohr, MD, Res
Michael Wells, MD, Res

Orthopaedic Surgery
Grant Jones, ’92 MD, Res

Amit Agrawal, MD, Res
Brad deSilva, ’03 MD, Res
Garth Essig, ’03 MD
L. Arick Forrest, ’88 MD, Res
Bradley Otto, MD, Res
Enver Ozer, MD, Res

Wei Chen, MD, Res, PhD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Albert Clairmont, MD, Res
Samuel Colachis, MD, Res
Walter Mysiw, ’81 MD, Res
William Pease, MD, Res

Darryl Brush, ’92 MD
James Young, MD, Res

Pulmonary Disease
Jonathan Parsons, MD, Res

Zhanna Mikulik, MD, Res

Doreen Agnese, MD, Res
Daniel Eiferman, MD, Res
William Farrar, MD, Res
Valerie Grignol, MD, Res

Geoffrey Box, ’01 MD, Res

Vascular & Interventional Radiology
Hooman Khabiri, ’90 MD, Res

Vascular Surgery
Jean Starr, ’89 MD
Patrick Vaccaro, MD, Res

Class of 2020

2020 Residency graduate Hiten Patel gave advice about how to get the most out of your first post-pandemic doctor’s appointment

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