Greater Cincinnati is known for its top-ranked hospitals and quality physicians, and finding the right physician near you can be a daunting task. To make finding a doctor in the North less painful, we’ve compiled a list of more than 900 physicians and specialists with 87 specialties in Warren and Butler counties. The doctors interviewed in our profiles were selected from the total list.

Our directory is based off the State Medical Board of Ohio’s May 2014 list for Warren and Butler counties. We reviewed the list to verify that these doctors practiced in Northern Cincinnati, and checked the list for office phone numbers, addresses and affiliations. We also determined whether they still practiced or moved to another state or area. Some doctors also were omitted if we could not find or verify accurate information.

To keep this list up to date and accurate, we need your help. Please let us know if you or your preferred physician were left off this list for our next Doctors of the North issue.

We retrieved the list from med.ohio.gov/consumer-roster.htm. You may also contact the State Medical Board of Ohio for more information.

 

Dr. Brad Watkins
Surgeon at the UC Health Weight Loss Center

More than a third of American adults are now obese and the cost of the epidemic has become equally heavy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008, while the medical costs for obese people were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

“Regardless of how you become obese, it’s incredibly difficult to lose that weight on your own once you’re obese,” says Dr. Brad Watkins, surgeon at the UC Health Weight Loss Center. “We can argue about how people get obese, but once people are obese, surgery is the most effective method of helping them.”

Watkins, who also is an assistant professor of surgery at the UC Health Weight Loss Center, has helped patients overcome obesity through surgery for 11 years. Much of his work centers on gastric bypass surgery, a popular option for upending the disease. By reducing the stomach by 80 percent, a golf-ball sized pouch makes a cup of rice a sufficient meal.

“Surgery is used as a last resort,” says Watkins. “Most [surgeries] require six months of physician supervised weight loss before surgery becomes an option.”

When gastric bypass is necessary, Watkins changes lives. His work not only shrinks waistlines, it allows patients to have a new life.

He says it’s not uncommon for patients to come and visit a year after their surgery and they’re total strangers to him. The sleep apnea, joint pain and diabetes are all under control and their outlook on life has turned positive.

“There are just a lot of incredibly powerful stories.”

–Danny Restivo

 


 

Dr. Lynne E. Wagoner
Cardiologist and director of congestive heart failure program at Mercy-Health Fairfield

Patients of Mercy Health’s Heart Institute in Fairfield are finding strength in numbers through the use of shared medical appointments to fight congestive heart failure.

The concept is to bring small groups of patients and their caregivers together regularly to receive and share information. They meet every two weeks for two months to learn about medications and how to live with the disease, obtain lab work, exercise and share experiences.

“One of my patients was telling me the other day how great it was to be with other patients going through the same thing to share experiences and tips and to realize you aren’t the only one living with this chronic disease,” says Dr. Wagoner, cardiologist and director of Mercy’s congestive heart failure program.

One hospital challenge is to reduce patient readmission rates. Since Mercy began the shared appointments program last October, none of the more than 30 patients through the program has been readmitted.

Dr. Wagoner, who also sees patients at Mercy Health Heart Institute in Anderson, has a special affinity for heart disease patients.

“Heart disease runs in both sides of my family. My grandfather died at 45 and my mother’s brother also died at 45,” she says.

She also has keen interest in women’s heart health. Symptoms in women are subtler than in men, she says.

“One of the issues with women is they are so busy, wearing so many different hats—a caregiver, a job, a mom and a wife—that a lot of time they put their own health aside.”

–Mike Boyer

 

 

 

Dr. Camille Graham
Pediatrician at Mid-City Pediatrics

In the early 2000s, Mid-City Pediatrics noticed that a lot of people with children were moving to northern Cincinnati, including out-of-towners. The practice, which initially opened in Pleasant Ridge in 1983, opened the West Chester facility in 2005.

Mid-City also realized that there were also medically underserved patients in the community.

“One of the better things we’ve done is maintain continuity for families’ needs, to accept Medicaid and allow them to come see us. We were able to be there when they really needed us,” says Dr. Camille Graham, pediatrician at Mid-City Pediatrics and executive community physician leader for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

At Children’s, Dr. Graham acts as a liaison between the hospital, physicians and the community.

“We’re trying to improve the system for all the families,” she adds. “It’s been very rewarding.”

Dr. Graham, along with other physician leaders, finds out what community physicians need. The leaders also communicate any hospital changes and initiatives, but it’s not always simple. Children’s has more than 14,000 employees, and there are family physicians and other doctors affiliated with the hospital in the community.

“They’re on the front line taking care of the children. We keep the focus on the children and do the best thing for the child and the community,” she says.

Dr. Graham, whose first job was at a community health center with a teen clinic, has seen two generations of patients from birth to adulthood.

“If they’ve been in the practice before, then we can build trust with them and the parent. It creates a very special relationship,” says Dr. Graham. “I don’t know another profession that has this unique window into a person’s life.”

–Julie Bethlenfalvy