Today is Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

Department of



Acute Pain

Team Leader: James Fortman, M.D.

Anesthesiologists: James Bruns, M.D., Timothy Burroughs, M.D., Brent Carroll, M.D.,  Richard Caudell, M.D., Will Chan,M.D., Breck Finzer, M.D., Andrew Friedrich, M.D., Shuchita Garg, M.D., John Lawrence, M.D., Harsh Sachdeva, M.D.

The Acute Pain Service/Inpatient Pain Service's goal is to help create a more pleasant hospital experience for patients by making pain more tolerable.We offer a full range of regional anesthesia options ranging from nerve blocks to epidurals that aid with acute pain during and after surgery. Through the precise placement of needles and catheters, we are able to inject local anesthetic to numb the affected area in order to reduce the amount of pain perceived. This allows for a better overall experience during and after surgery and allows patients to focus on getting better, as opposed to pain.

In addition to our role as regional anesthesiologists, we also aid with medication recommendations for acute and chronic pain. We believe through patient education and the use of a multi-modal pain medication regimen, we are able to decrease overall reliance on opioid medications and improve each patient's ability to function.


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Anesthesiologists: Michael Blust, M.D., James Bruns, M.D., Brent Carroll, M.D., Yvonne Cuffy, M.D., Richard Caudell, M.D., Yvonne Cuffy, M.D., Nervane Domloj, M.D., Breck Finzer, M.D., Shuchita Garg, M.D., Lesley Gilbertson, M.D., Ahmed Khalil, M.D., Helen Pappas, M.D., Randy Richter, M.D., Ph.D., Alexander Topala, M.D., Dheer Vyas, M.D.

The Ambulatory Division provides anesthesia for patients at the West Chester Surgical Center, West Chester Hospital and the Holmes Hospital operating rooms at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The team's focus is on regional anesthesia and "fast track" techniques for ambulatory procedures, specializing in anesthesia for orthopedics, plastic surgery, bariatrics, and ENT surgery.

Burn Surgery 

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Anesthesiologists: Renee Davis, M.D., Clare Herlihy, M.D., Thomas James, M.D.

The Division of Burn Surgery provides high-quality, innovative care for the treatment of burns in children and adults. Expert care from burn and plastic/reconstructive surgeons makes the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Burn Center and the Shriners Burns Hospital Cincinnati a major referral center for burn victims in the Midwest. Residents training in the department can elect to spend a month at Shriners Burns Hospital, providing a hybrid critical care and pediatric anesthesia experience.

Cardiac Surgery 

Team Leader: Benu Makkad, M.D.

Anesthesiologists: Andrea Girnius, M.D., Erin Grawe, M.D., John Lawrence, M.D., Dustin Tsitouris, M.D., Matthew Wallace, M.D., Ping Wang, M.D., Paul Wojciechowski, M.D.

The Division of Cardiac Surgery leads the region in the discovery and advancement of innovative treatment for patients with cardiac disease. Programs in robotic-assisted and minimally invasive surgical techniques, as well as the development of new advances, such as the growth of new blood vessels, have made the University of Cincinnati a state-of-the-art referral center for both standard and complex cases. 

The Division of Cardiac Surgery performs a wide variety of operative procedures in patients with cardiac and vascular diseases, including off-pump coronary revascularization, left ventricular assist device (LVAD) insertion, as well as all-arterial myocardial revascularization and mitral valve repair. Our Cardiac Surgery Division is the only division in the tri-state area that offers long-term LVAD support for heart failure and serves as a referral center for patients requiring specialized cardiac care. This division also focuses on the treatment of adults with congenital heart disease.

Chronic Pain

Team Leader: Harsh Sachdeva, M.D.

Anesthesiologists: James Bruns, M.D., Timothy Burroughs, M.D., Will Chan, M.D., Shuchita Garg, M.D., Karen Krone, M.D.
PAs: Amy Bernhardt

The UC Health Pain Medicine Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment to patients with the goal of reducing pain, improving quality of life, and increasing activity levels. Our physicians and staff are fully-equipped to treat a variety of pain conditions and our office features modern technology and equipment that allows us to provide comprehensive treatments and the latest technologies in one convenient location. 

Our physicians are fellowship-trained in pain medicine, and, as faculty members at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, they are backed by the latest in discovery-driven care and research. We provide different approaches to pain medicine including, but not limited to, interventional techniques, medical management, psychological therapies, and surgical techniques. In addition to pharmacological management, we perform pain management procedures ranging from basic epidural steroid injections to more advanced techniques such as spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal devices.

General Surgery 

Team Leader: Dustin Tsitouris, M.D.

Anesthesiologists: Stuart Bertsch, M.D., Diann Bridenbaugh, M.D., Brent Carroll, M.D., Todd Carter, M.D. Yvonne Cuffy, M.D., Renee Davis, M.D., Nervane Domloj, M.D., Michael Hawryschuk, William Hurford, M.D. Thomas James, M.D., Lisa Jason, M.D., Karen Krone, M.D., Marcus Lehman, M.D., Melanie Maughlin, M.D., Shital Patel, M.D., Alex Topala, M.D.

The Division of General Surgery offers state-of-the-art endoscopic and minimally invasive surgical approaches to gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders, including robotic-assisted procedures for general surgery.

This division focused on the surgical management of a wide variety of disorders including general surgery, benign and malignant gastric abnormalities, swallowing disorders (such as gastroesophageal reflux disease and achalasia), gallstones, abdominal wall hernias, diseases of the endocrine glands, inflammatory bowel diseases, diverticulitis, and colon cancer.


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Anesthesiologists:  Stuart Bertsch, M.D., Richard Caudell, M.D., Renee Davis, M.D., Breck Finzer, M.D., Clare Herlihy, M.D., Thomas James, M.D., Karen Krone, M.D., Gretchen Lemmink, M.D., David Matteson, M.D., Rajeshri Nayak, M.D., Helen Pappas, M.D., Shital Patel, M.D., Martin Schroeder, M.D., Matt Wallace, M.D., Ping Wang, M.D., Erik Zander, M.D.
CRNA: Jason Hayes, Jacques Shelton 

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center is a regional referral center for all types of neurosurgical procedures, especially those required for the treatment of neurovascular disease. Residents rotate on the neuroanesthesia service for one month during the CA-1 year and one month in the CA-2 year. During this rotation, the resident gains experience with commonly employed neuroanesthetic techniques and expand his/her knowledge base in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Residents are instructed on the management of fluids, cerebral volume reduction, induced hypotension, cerebral protection, as well as the anesthetic management of intracranial, cerebrovascular and complex spinal surgery.

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Team Leader: Lesley Gilbertson, M.D.

Anesthesiologists: Renee Davis, M.D., Andrea Girnius, M.D., Thomas James, M.D., Rajeshri Nayak, M.D., Helen Pappas, M.D., Shital Patel, M.D., Ping Wang, M.D.

The Division of Obstetrical Anesthesia provides maternal analgesia and anesthesia for 2,500 deliveries a year and for an additional 700 surgical procedures. Approximately 40 percent of these patients have maternal and/or fetal high risk complications. Although the major emphasis is on regional anesthesia (approximately 85 percent of all deliveries are performed under epidural or spinal anesthesia), other blocks and general anesthetic techniques are taught. In addition, the division provides anesthesia care for patients undergoing fetal surgery in conjunction with Cincinnati Children’s' Hospital Medical Center. The division supports an ACGME-accredited OB Anesthesia Fellowship program.


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Anesthesiologists: Michael Blust, M.D., James Bruns, M.D., Brent Carroll, M.D., Richard Caudell, M.D., James Fortman, M.D.

Orthopaedics is the busiest service at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The orthopedic team's focus is on developing regional anesthesia techniques, including ambulatory continuous nerve blocks.

Thoracic Surgery

Team Leader: Andrew Friedrich, M.D.

Anesthesiologists: Suzanne Bennett, M.D., Brent Carroll, M.D., William Hurford, M.D., Sean Josephs, M.D., Courtney Jones, M.D., John Lawrence, M.D., Maggie Mechlin, M.D., Matt Wallace, M.D., Paul Wojciechowski, M.D.

The Division of Thoracic Surgery is a leader in treating the entire spectrum of thoracic diseases, including lung cancer, benign and malignant esophageal disorders, airway, mediastinal, diaphragmatic, and chest wall disease. The division offers particular expertise in minimally invasive thoracic procedures, including thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy and sophisticated interventions for complex airway and foregut disorders.

This division specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and performs the highest volume of lung cancer surgery in Cincinnati. Special attention is directed to patients who are at high risk for surgery due to underlying lung disease, including those with cystic fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. The division offers a full range of lung cancer treatments from minor resections to highly complex thoracic operations.


Team Leader: Sean Josephs, M.D.

Anesthesiologists: Suzanne Bennett, M.D., James Bruns, M.D., Andrew Friedrich, M.D., Courtney Jones, M.D., Maggie Mechlin, M.D.

The Division of Transplantation provides kidney, pancreas, and liver transplantation. The division is a leader in laparoscopic nephrectomy, immunosuppressive drug development, corticosteroid elimination, laparoscopic liver surgery, dialysis access research, and the development of paired kidney donation programs. Robotic-assisted surgery and islet cell transplantation offer new hope for high-risk patients.

The UC Liver Transplant Program is the busiest program in Ohio, with an average of 50 liver transplants per year. The Division has performed over 500 laparoscopic donor nephrectomies and is one of a very small number of programs that performs 100 percent of living-donor nephrectomies laparoscopically.

Simultaneous kidney-pancreas, pancreas after kidney, and solitary pancreas transplants are performed by Division faculty. The Paired Donation Network continues to grow, increasing access for patients to paired kidney donation programs across the United States.

The division has excelled in the area of hepatobiliary surgery for benign and malignant tumors of the pancreas, liver, and biliary tree, having performed over 1,000 advanced hepatobiliary surgical procedures.

Trauma/Critical Care

Team Leader: Suzanne Bennett, M.D.

Anesthesiologists: Andrew Friedrich, M.D., Erin Grawe, M.D., William Hurford, M.D., Sean Josephs, M.D., Maggie Mechlin, M.D., Courtney Jones, M.D., Paul Wojciechowski, M.D.

The Division of Trauma and Critical Care provides excellent care for seriously injured and critically ill patients. The University of Cincinnati Medical Center is the only verified adult Level I trauma center in the region, serving Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana.

The University of Cincinnati serves as the United States Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) at the Trauma Center of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. This program is the training platform for all Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Teams and provides a clinically-relevant training for military medics, who must remain skilled in trauma and critical care.

Vascular Surgery

Team Leader: Ping Wang, M.D.

Anesthesiologists: Suzanne Bennett, M.D., Andrew Friedrich, M.D., William Hurford, M.D., Courtney Jones, M.D., Sean Josephs, M.D., John Lawrence, M.D., Benu Makkad, M.D., Maggie Mechlin, M.D., Rajeshri Nayak, M.D., Paul Wojciechowski, M.D.

The Division of Vascular Surgery offers a full-range of minimally invasive procedures and operates as a regional center for the treatment of complex vascular problems. The division performs standard vascular procedures for abnormal enlargement of arteries in the chest and abdomen, repair of previous aortic surgery, and bypass to bring blood flow around blocked arteries in the leg.

This division was one of the first academic vascular practices in the country to develop a formal program in endovascular surgery and remains a recognized leader in the clinical applications of this rapidly evolving field.