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Department of


Section of General Surgery

UC Health general surgeons are at the forefront of the advances of state-of the-art care for general surgical procedures. The team offers minimally invasive surgical approaches for gastrointestinal surgical disorders as well as care of complex general surgery and bariatric patients.

The team specializes in the surgical management of a wide variety of disorders including the broad discipline of general surgery; treatment of benign and malignant gastric abnormalities; swallowing disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and achalasia; gallstones, abdominal wall hernias; diseases of the endocrine glands (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands); inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis); diverticulitis; and colon cancer. The faculty now perform robotic surgery for several gastrointestinal disorders.

The division of general surgery has patient offices at the UC Health Physicians Office Clifton, The Christ Hospital Medical Office Building, the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and UC Health Physicians Office North in West Chester. The faculty also offers expertise in minimally invasive gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery, the LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure and laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery as treatments for obesity and endocrine surgery.

Surgical Weight Loss

In partnership with the UC Health Weight Loss Center, the Bariatric Surgery Program continues to grow. The UC Health Weight Loss Center on the West Chester campus is recognized as a Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Bariatric procedures are performed at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, UC Health West Chester Hospital, West Chester Surgical Center, and The Christ Hospital. Outpatient offices are located at UC Health Physicians Office North in West Chester, and the UC Health Weight Loss Center at The Christ Hospital Medical Office Building. The division of general surgery has performed hundreds of successful gastric bypass procedures since originally opening in 2002. The bariatric team consists of surgeons, physician assistants, nurses, dietitians, administrative assistants and precertification/insurance specialists. This team works in close collaboration with internists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, orthopedic surgeons, gynecologists, neurosurgeons, gastroenterologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, physical therapists, pharmacologists and psychiatrists to provide a multidisciplinary medical support system for individuals having complications from obesity.

Drs. Watkins and Thompson provide a broad spectrum of bariatric surgical services including: laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, laparoscopic gastric sleeve, laparoscopic gastroplication, laparoscopic and open gastric bypass.

Faculty - University of Cincinnati Medical Center:

Timothy A. Pritts, MD, PhD (Director)
Krishna P. Athota, MD
Kenneth Davis Jr., MD
Michael D. Goodman, MD
Jay A. Johannigman, MD
Jocelyn M. Logan, MD
Amy T. Makley, MD
Vanessa Nomellini, MD
Jason J. Schrager, MD
Betty J. Tsuei, MD

Faculty - West Chester Medical Center:

Jay A. Johannigman, MD
Jocelyn M. Logan, MD
Christopher F. Janowak, MD
D Anderson Millar, MD
Jonathan R. Thompson, MD
Bradley Watkins, MD
Christina P. Williams, MD
Dr. Pritts performing a thoracotomy
Section Chief
Timothy A. Pritts, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Section of General Surgery