Finding a new doctor can be daunting. Many of us count on recommendations from other doctors. Thankfully, we are able to provide a list of the doctors whom other doctors recommend in our ninth annual Best Doctors issue.

To make this list, current Best Doctors are asked to nominate physicians they would personally refer a loved one to for care. Nominating a doctor is an honor in itself as it is the only way a doctor can become a Listee and participate in the biennial polling process. If selected by their peers in the voting process, the nominee is renamed as a Best Doctor and added to Best Doctors, Inc.’s database of physicians, and its companion, the Best Doctors in America® List. By no means does this list encompass all of Greater Cincinnati’s excellent doctors. Omission from this database does not diminish or disparage the professional abilities and expertise of other local physicians.

Gallup® has audited and certified Best Doctors, Inc.’s database of physicians, and its companion The Best Doctors in America® List, as using the highest industry standards survey methodology and processes. These lists are excerpted from The Best Doctors in Americaâ 2015-2016 database, which includes over 40,000 U.S. doctors in more than 40 medical specialties and 400 subspecialties. The Best Doctors in Americaâ database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors, Inc. For more information, visit or contact Best Doctors by telephone at 800-675-1199 or by e-mail at Please note that lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors Web site.

Katheryn Jadeed
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Group Health, TriHealth Physician Partners

Dr. Katheryn Jadeed has been working as a doctor for TriHealth for the past 11 years specializing in pediatrics and internal medicine. Jadeed finished her residency in 2005 at the University of Cincinnati. “I always liked science, and I liked the idea of being able to help people, so I thought becoming a doctor was a good combination of those things,” she says.

Jadeed typically sees about 20 patients a day through appointments, but it’s the other aspects of her day that can make it more difficult. “You have to juggle things all at once,” she explains, “There’s appointments, answering calls, attending to people in the ER and filling out paperwork all while trying to give all your attention to each patient.”

The new studies and guidelines that come out each year is what allows her job to be a little more consistent because there is more evidence available for making diagnoses than before. “I like being able to follow people through their primary care and seeing them improve,” says Jadeed, “I also like finding evidence showing what’s best for each patient.”

– Karly Dwenger

Dr. Mary A. Staat
Director, International Adoption Center & Specialist in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

In college Dr. Mary Staat became interested in international health issues and after graduating from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine figured she’d one day be practicing overseas.

But after adopting three international children that trajectory changed and opened another door. As a pediatrician, she says, “I felt people would benefit from some really specialized services for children who are internationally adopted.”

When she joined Cincinnati Children’s in 1995, she pitched the idea and the hospital was supportive.

Since 1999, the International Adoption Center at Cincinnati Children’s has seen over 3,000 internationally adopted children in its clinic. They range from infants to teenagers with the full spectrum of health conditions.

“We’re not a placement agency,” says Staat. “We’re here to help them from a medical, developmental and psychological standpoint. We help families with referrals and the information they get on the child. We talk through it and see what issues the child might face and help them make a decision on whether this is the child they’d be the right parent for.”

On a pre-adoptive basis, the center helps parents from all over the world review information on the children they’re adopting. The program has grown in the last few years to include mental health and learning services.

“A lot of kids are at risk for developmental issues from institutionalization and other issues they might have,” she says.

The goal of International Adoption Center isn’t to weed out problem children, Staat says, but to make sure parents understand and have all the information they need.

– Mike Boyer

Dr. Keith Wilson
Otolaryngologist and Head & Neck Cancer Surgeon
UC Health Barrett Cancer Center and UC Health Physicians Office North

It was during the break between Dr. Keith Wilson’s second and third year of medical school when he decided to be an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon. While working on a research project with an ENT doctor, he was invited to look in on a cancer surgery. What he saw led to his current career.

“This person had a cancer and to get to the cancer they actually had to break the patient’s jaw and kind of move the tongue out of the way to get back there. It really sort of looked like one of these scenes from Friday the 13th,” he says. “I was so taken with the fact that you could do that to someone. Then what really topped it off was later on that day, we were making rounds and we saw that same patient who was sitting in a bed, he was awake, he looked pretty good. From that moment on I decided that I’ve got to do cancer surgery.”

Wilson removes cancers in the head and neck that can be life threatening and often reduce the quality of life for patients. “Ear Nose and Throat is basically a specialty where we take care of the special senses. We do hearing, we do taste, we do smell, talking, voice. We do a lot of things that make life really interesting and enjoyable,” he says. Wilson says he enjoys being able to help people get back their senses and their life.

However, technology has changed since Wilson saw that first surgery thanks to robotics. “Just to be able to work through somebody’s mouth and not have to break a jaw to get to cancer back there, but to be able to use the robotic technology to get inside somebody’s jaw, inside somebody’s mouth, and take out a cancer and leave them basically intact from the outside, I think that’s fantastic technology to use,” he says.

- Corinne Minard

Dr. Brett Coldiron
The Skin Cancer Center

Skin cancer is more of a nuisance than a life sentence, says Dr. Brett Coldiron, founder of The Skin Cancer Center in Corryville.

“The most important thing is that it is curable, if caught early, and melanoma is not a life sentence,” says Coldiron, who is a specialist in minimally invasive Mohs surgery and a past president of the American Academy of Dermatology.

The cure rate of skin cancer is one of the things he finds most fulfilling about treating the disease and the reason he decided to focus on it, says Coldiron, who is also certified in internal medicine.

“Every day when I drive home I’ve cured cancer and I feel good about it,” he says. “That’s just a wonderful feeling.”

A native of Northern Kentucky who graduated from Dixie Heights High School, Coldiron says he has known he wanted to be a physician since he was 11 years old.

“I read a couple books. One was The Making of a Surgeon and the other was The Intern. They inspired me,” he says. “Being a physician, you can make people better and it’s challenging. You develop personal relationships with patients. You’re almost automatically their friend and ally. It’s a very privileged position.”

While skin cancer is almost always curable, Coldiron says patients need to be aware about the risks of excessive exposure, especially from tanning beds.

“Tanning is the new tobacco,” he says. “We don’t like tanning beds at all.”

– Mike Boyer

Dr. Richard W. Henthorn
Mercy Health Physicians

It was his interest in science, engineering, people and service that compelled Dr.

Richard W. Henthorn to become a cardiologist. Helping to make that decision to assist people with heart problems is the actual design of the heart itself, says Henthorn.

“Cardiology and engineering are like tied,” he says. “All the principles you learn in engineering—the fluid mechanics, the valve mechanics the electrical aspects and all the devices—it’s all engineering. It’s God’s engineering.”

Henthorn says the technology of treating people with rhythm disturbances of the heart, known as arrhythmias, has changed dramatically since he started medical school in the early ‘70s. Although devices like pacemakers were available in the ‘70s, the devices have been refined dramatically and miniaturized, he says.

Not only have the devices used to treat rhythm disturbances of the heart been improved but other promising treatments, such as anticoagulant therapies, have been developed, says Henthorn.

Other advancements include new miniature digital monitoring devices to help diagnose arrhythmias, he says. And the future looks even brighter for treating patients with heart problems as researchers develop gene therapies to boost cardiac function, he says.

“I think the genetic aspect is going to become more important,” Henthorn says.

– Eric Spangler

Dr. Mickey Karram
The Christ Hospital Health Network

Americans spend between $3 billion to $4 billion a year on adult protective wear, and most of that is diapers for women who have a bladder control problem, says Dr. Mickey Karram, a urogynecologist and pelvic surgeon who is the director of urogynecology and reconstructive surgery at The Christ Hospital.

And most of those people who buy adult protective wear can be helped by simply letting their doctor know if they are experiencing bladder or bowel control problems, he says. “It still is, to a certain degree, an in-the-closet problem,” he says.

Bladder and bowel control problems are just one of the symptoms of what is referred to as pelvic floor disorders. Karram says pelvic floor disorders can be divided into five categories—problems controlling one’s bladder, problems controlling one’s bowels, pelvic organs that descend, problems having pain-free intercourse and pain in rectum, vagina or bladder.

“It’s a wide array of benign conditions that have a significant impact on quality of life,” says Karram.

Those who have pelvic floor disorders are fortunate to have one of the few centers dedicated specifically for pelvic floor disorders at The Christ Hospital, he says. “It’s truly a center dedicated to these problems where you have a multidisciplinary approach,” says Karram. “Urogynecology, urology, colorectal surgery, physical therapy and a variety of ancillary nurse practitioners all come together and manage these problems,” he says.

– Eric Spangler

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