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Leader in Medicine

Selection for the American Health Council’s “Leader in Medicine” award is reserved for those individuals who have exhibited exemplary conduct in their field. These doctors and medical educators serve as the guiding light for advancement from the classroom to the consultation room to the operating room. Leading by example, the difference begins with them.

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OHIO

Ohio's Best in Medicine
Barbara Nye, MD currently serving as co-director of the Headache Clinic at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Dr. Nye provides comprehensive services in migraine management, neurology and headaches.
Dr. Laura Rainer, Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in General Endocrinology. Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Rainer utilizes her eleven years of expertise in her role as a Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group.
Dr. Katrin Arnolds, an OB/GYN at Beebe Medical Center and previously at the Cleveland Clinic Florida, shares her knowledge and expertise in the field of obstetrics and gynecology and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Katrin Arnolds became involved in medicine because of her passion for women’s health. She specializes in minimally invasive surgery from adolescents to adults from pregnancy through menopause.
Karen Arnold, BS, PA-C, a physician assistant at Lakeside Urgent Care in Burbank, Calif., Ms. Arnold provides immediate walk-in treatment for patients suffering from a variety of illnesses and injuries. Since entering the healthcare industry 16 years ago, Ms. Arnold has garnered skills and knowledge in the emergency room and urgent care and all its diversity, especially orthopedics, pediatrics and dermatology.
Dr. Laura Rainer, Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in General Endocrinology. Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Rainer utilizes her eleven years of expertise in her role as a Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group.
Dr. Pitcher brings her extensive 29 years of experience in the healthcare industry, commitment to compassionate medical care, and passion for teaching to the Board of Physicians. Dr. Pitcher’s interest in medicine developed during her medical academic pursuits.
A current practicing Cardiologist at East Texas Medical Center, Dr. Aleksandr Korniyenko has an expertise in Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Vascular Medicine, Cardiac Critical Care, and Medicine, Dr. Korniyenko offers multifaceted contributions to health and patient care. Currently a two-year Physician at East Texas Medical Center.
Currently a professor of medicine and the Head of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Wash., Dr. Inadomi provides educational and medical guidance for patients, students and his peers.
Medical Director and Co-founder of Dermatology Associates of New York, Debbie Palmer BBA, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, has almost two decades of experience in the healthcare industry. Dr. Palmer will be bringing her expertise in Dermatology and subspecialty Laser Procedures to American Health Council’s Board of Physicians.
Dr. Bittner performs cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. Additionally, he is also involved in a dedicated leadership role where he conducts cardiothoracic research. During his 28-year career, Dr. Bittner gained skills and knowledge in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery, minimally-invasive aortic and mitral valve repairs and replacement, advanced heart failure surgery, heart and lung transplantation and coronary revascularization and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.
Dr. Laura Rainer, Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in General Endocrinology. Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Rainer utilizes her eleven years of expertise in her role as a Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group.
Dr. Bittner performs cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. Additionally, he is also involved in a dedicated leadership role where he conducts cardiothoracic research. During his 28-year career, Dr. Bittner gained skills and knowledge in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery, minimally-invasive aortic and mitral valve repairs and replacement, advanced heart failure surgery, heart and lung transplantation and coronary revascularization and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.
Dr. Bittner performs cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. Additionally, he is also involved in a dedicated leadership role where he conducts cardiothoracic research. During his 28-year career, Dr. Bittner gained skills and knowledge in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery, minimally-invasive aortic and mitral valve repairs and replacement, advanced heart failure surgery, heart and lung transplantation and coronary revascularization and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.
Erin Engel, DPM
Erin Engel, DPM, a podiatrist at Mobile Care Group in Tipp City, Ohio. Dr. Engel provides facility-bound residents with the full scope of podiatric services, including wound care, diabetic foot care, musculoskeletal injury care, neurovascular and dermatological care, post-surgical care and preventative podiatric maintenance.
Brooke Donaldson, MD
Brooke Donaldson, MD, currently serves as the Genesis Peer Support clinical chairwoman, ED Trauma liaison and co-chairwoman for the Disaster Clinical Committee at Genesis and is vice-chairwoman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Genesis Healthcare System.
Best in Medicine
Dr. Mansour is currently the Director of Primary Care and School Health in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), where she has worked for 25 years. Her areas of expertise pertain to Primary Care Pediatrics, Asthma and School Health.
Richard Hill, MD, PhD
With over 20 years of experience in adult pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, addiction and community psychiatry, as well as significant investment of time training/mentoring medical students and residents. Dr. Hill demonstrates a strong commitment to his patients with a focus on delivering compassionate, high-quality clinical care...
Michael Tempel, MD
Dr. Tempel utilizes his expertise as a General Surgeon for the Lima Memorial Health System, located in Lima, Ohio. His specialty is focused on Colon and Rectal Cancer and Surgery and he has spent 17 years in the medical field through education and training acclimating himself in various other aspects of surgical medicine.
Julio C. Soto, MD
Julio C. Soto, MD, has years of medical expertise and commitment to increased patient autonomy over their medical decisions. Over eleven years in the healthcare industry, Dr. Soto developed his specific expertise in Mental Health, Men’s Health, and Primary Care Medicine, often performing in-office Medical Procedures.
Kevin Killough, MD
St. Lima, Ohio is home to Lima Radiological Associates, Inc., where Dr. Kevin Killough serves as a decade-long Physician since 2005. Dr. Killough’s 22-year expertise in Medicine, Neuroscience, Neuroradiology, and Diagnostic Radiology.
Gary Huber, DO
Gary Huber, DO, President of Huber Personalized Medicine, with 30 years in the healthcare industry, including 3.5 years in his present role. Dr. Huber’s self-practice specializing in numerous products and services, including Integrative Medicine, Hormone Balancing, Biotoxin.
A multifaceted force in Nutrition and Integrative Medicine, Dr. Christine Fall, author of "Nutritional Harmony", owner of L&D Integrative Medicine Consulting, LLC., Associate Professor of Primary Care for OU- HCOM, and Medical Provider at Premise Health.
Mayur Sharma, MD
Dr. Mayur Sharma, specializes in Neurological Surgery and Oncology, including Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. Dr. Sharma offers 7 years of experience and additional services to the community in Healthcare, Medicine, and Patient Care.
The current Vice President of Medical Affairs at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, Dr. Joseph Geskey, has 18 years within the healthcare industry, with contributions and expertise in Chronic Disease Management, treating patients who possess limited health literacy.
Dr. Kathleen Franco, the current standing Associate Dean of The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. She has worked at The Cleveland Clinic for 25 years and has been Associate Dean of The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine for 12 years.
Dr. Angela P. Matthews, Urgent Care Physician at Trumbull Mahoning Medical Group shares her knowledge and expertise in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine. With over eight years of experience in the field of Family Medicine.
Anila S. Jajodia, MD
Dr. Anila S. Jajodia, Hospitalist at Ohio Health and MedOne Hospital Physicians and Associate Hospice Corporate Medical Director with Grace Hospice shares her knowledge and expertise in Hospice Care. Dr. Jajodia utilizes her fifteen years of expertise in the field of Medicine as a Hospitalist at Ohio Health and MedOne Hospital Physicians and Grace Hospice Corporate Office.
Amanda D. Maynard, DO Internist at Ohio Health shares her knowledge and expertise on Internal Medicine, Adult Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation. With experience in the field of Internal Medicine, Dr. Maynard offers valuable insight in her role as Internist at Ohio Health.
Dr. DonnaMaria E. Cortezzo, Attending Neonatologist and Pediatric Palliative Care Provider at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati - Department of Pediatrics and Anesthesia. She shares her knowledge and expertise on Neonatology, Neonatal - Perinatal Palliative Care, and Neonatal Pain/ Sedation Management.
Best in Medicine
Dr. Roth offers valuable insight in her role as the Primary Care Physician at Roth Family Medicine Ltd. Located in Fairlawn, Ohio, Roth Family Medicine Ltd serves as a solo primary care practice. With over two decades of experience in the field of Family Medicine.
With a decade of experience in the field of Pediatrics, Dr. Elsheikh offers valuable insight in his role as Physician and President at Ibrahim S. Elsheikh, MD, Inc. Located in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Ibrahim S. Elsheikh, MD, Inc. offers exceptional pediatric care in a state-of-the-art facility.
Dr. Luay Susan, Staff Urologist at the Cleveland Clinic shares his knowledge and expertise on benign prostate hyperplasia, prostate cancer, and bladder cancer. With over two decades of experience in the field of Urology, Dr. Susan offers valuable insight in his role as a Staff Urologist at the Cleveland Clinic.

Housam Abdelhamid, BPharm, MCPharm

Pharmacy Manager/Owner

Francoise Adan, MD

MD
University Hospitals of Cleveland

David Agbunag, MSEd, MS, PA-C

Midwest Regional Director of APPs/Physician Assisstant
US Acute Care Solutions

Recai Aktay, MD, MPH

Radiologist
Virtual Radiologic

Imran Andrabi, MD/FAAFP/ABFM/CMCM

President & CEO
Mercy Health

Michael Anikeev, M.D.

Psychiatrist
Staff Care

Mohammad Ansari, MD

Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Michael Badik, DO

Physician
PPG

Craig Baughman, RPh, JD

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AccuScripts Pharmacy

Ted Beitelschees, DDS

Dentist
Westgate Family Dental

Sadia Benzaquen, MD

Director of Interventional Pulmonology
University of Cincinnati

Alf Bergman, M.D.

Medical Director
Ohio Psychiatry Specialists

Alice Bonnell, MD

Director of Pediatric Urology
Mercy Children’s Hospital

Kevin Bowers, PharmD

Pharmacy Team Lead
Meijer Pharmacy

Anantha Brahmamdam, MD

Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati

Tiffany Brown, DO

Physician
Good Samaritan Hospital

Nancy Carroll, MD

Psychiatrist
Zepf Center

Aya Chaaban, BPharm

Part-Time Pharmacist
CVS Pharmacy

David Cheng, MD

Associate Professor
Neomed Akron Hospitals

Stacy Chidester, DC

Clinical Director
Oxford Health & Wellness Center

Neal Collins, PA-C, MPAS

Physician Assistant
Holzer Health Systems

Richard P. Cooper, MD

Diagnostic Radiologist
Self

Fred Courtney DO, ACOOG, NRP, ACLS, BLS

Employed physician
SOMC

Deana Couture, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Jewish Family Service Association

Brad Crombie, MD

Physician
Pioneer Physicians Network

Marianne Curry, BS, BS, MS

Physician Assistant
Parminder Singh, MD

Daniel DaJusta, MD

Ped. Urologist & Dir.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Brooke Donaldson, MD

Attending
Genesis Healthcare

Roman Dale MA, MD, FRCP(C)

Chairman
Cleveland Clinic

Erin Engel, DPM

Independent Contractor/Solo Practitioner Podiatrist
Self/Contracted with Mobile Care Group

Frederick Eruo, MD, MPH, FACOG

MD
EURO OBGYN, INC

Tatiana Falcone, MD, FAAP

Director of Project IMPACTT
Cleveland Clinic

Christine Fall, MD, ABIHM

Assoc. Prof.
Ohio Univ. Heritage Coll. of Med., Premise Health, L&D Integrative Medicine Consulting, LLC

Laura Fiorenza, DO

Optometrist
Self

Kathleen Franco, MS, MD

Associate Dean
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Barbara Galantowicz, MD

Medical Director
Flying Horse Farms

Joseph Geskey, DO, MBA, FAAP, FSHM, CPE

Vice President Medical Affairs
OhioHealth Doctors Hospital

Andrew C. Gombash, DO

Physician
Quad Medical

Amy Gordon, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist
Adena Medical Center

Duncan Grant, DPM

Critical Limb Care Center/Grant Wound Care
Self

Debra Grayson, DO

Physician
Debra A. Grayson, DO, Inc

Samuel Greenstein, MD

Assist. Prof.
Univ. of Cincinnati College of Med.

William Hablitzel, MD

Adams County Health Commissioner
Adams County Board of Health

Richard Hill, MD, PhD

Staff Psychiatrist
Neighborhood Family Practice

Christina Hirsch, MD/PhD

Assoc. Prof.
Univ. Hosp. Cleveland Medical Center

David Hornick, MD

MD
Cleveland Clinic Children’s

Gary Huber, D.O., AOBEM

President
Huber Personalized Medicine

Homer Huntley, MD

Attending Anesthesiologist
Cleveland Anesthesia Group

Arshad Husain, MD

MD
N.W. Ohio Urgent Care LLC

Abdehakim Hussein, MD

Consultant/Associate Professor OSU
Ohio Neurology & Headache Center

Georges Jabaly, MD, MSBS

Physician
GJ Intern. Consultants MNAngels

Leland Johansen, MD

Psychiatrist
Careclix

Gabriela Kaplan, MD

Radiology/Imager
Self

Adil Katabay, MD

Physician
BKC Pain Specialists

Kari Keneaster, DO

Physician
Miami Valley Emergency Specialists

Kevin Killough, MD

Partner
Lima Radiology Associates, Inc.

David Kimberly, DDS, MD

Surgeon
Akron Oral Surgery Group

Gregory King, BPharm, BS

Site Manager
Genoa Healthcare

Jillian Klein, MD

Staff Physician III
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Elena (You Jung) Ko, PharmD

PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Nathan Kraynack, MD

Director
Cleveland Clinic

Sarah Krebs, PharmD, RPh

Ambulatory Outpatient Pharmacist
Cleveland Clinic

Seth Levine, D.O.

Physician
University Hospitals

Joe Leanza, MD

Pediatrician
Springdale-Mason Pediatrics

Sheng Liu, MD

MD
MetroHealth Medical Center

Richard Mahon, DO

Staff Anesthesiologist
ZZZ Anesthesia Inc.

Kenneth Mankowski, DO

President & Founder
CNS & MS Institute

Mona Mansour, MD, MS

Director
CCHMC

John Marino, MD

Chief of Infectious Diseases & Hospital Epidemiologist
ID Consultants

Naghmana Masood, MD

Family Medicine
Tiffin Comm. Health Center

Ryan Mast, DO, MBA

Training Director of CAP Fellowship
Wright State University

Lyndin Merrick, DC

Owner
Straight-Up Chiropractic, LLC

Patrick McConnell, MD

Surgeon
Nationwide Children’s

David McConoughey, EM,CCM, DO

Physician
UH St John Medical Center

J. Kevin McGraw, MD

Section Head of Interventional Radiology
Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates

Ryan McKinnis, BS, DO

Director of Contact Lens Service
Cleveland Eye Clinic

Girma Meshesha, MD

Hospitalist
Sound Physicians

Darshan Mistry, MD

Practitioner
University Hospitals, Cleveland

Kimberly Monteith, MD

Diagnostic Radiologist
Cleveland Clinic

Ghulam Mujtaba, MD

Gastroenterologist
Licking Memorial Hospital

Leif Nelin, MD, FAAP

Chief
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Leeanne Newman D’Amico, PharmD, RPh

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None

Sigmund Norr, FAAP/PhD, MD

Physician & Section Head
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Jeffrey Northup DO, FACOOG, CPE, FAAPL

Chief Medical Officer
Knox Community Hospital

Claire Osborn-White, DO

Clinic Physician
Activate HealthCare

Nicole Payne, ATLS/MD

Physician Owner
Nicole Ylonne Payne, MD

Betsy Peerless, MD

Physician
TriHealth

Kelli Peiffer, D.O.

Physician
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Mahboob Quader, MD

MD
Univ. Hospitals of Cleveland

John Queen, MD, ABEM, FACEP, FAAEM

Physician
Cleveland Clinic

Shelli Ridge, D.O.

Physician
Providence Med. Group

Angelina Rodriguez, MD

Director
Mercy Health

David Romano, MD, FACEP

Emergency Physician
TeamHealth

Robert Sabota, MD

Physician
Self

Bihu Sandhir, MD

Physician/Medical Director
Kettering Physician Network

Philip Schauer, MD

Professor of Surgery
Cleveland Clinic

Piam Shanehsaz, MD

Hospitalist
St. Elizabeth Physicians

Mayur Sharma MD, MCh

Clinical Fellow
Cleveland Clinic

Eleonora Sikic-Klisovic, MD, MSc

Assist. Prof.
The Ohio State Univ.

Thomas Skeels, DO

Physician
OrthoNeuro

Todd Slater, MD

Ob/Gyn
Physicians for Women

Darrin Smith, PA-C, MPAS

Physician Assistant
TeamHealth

Julio Soto, M.D.

Partner, Physician
Primed Physicians

Shannon Standridge, DO, MPH

Associate Prof. of Pediatrics & Neurology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Sara Stein, MD

Physician
Univ. Hosp. of Cleveland

Michael Stoner, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Michael Tempel, MD

Surgeon
Lima Memorial

Karl Theil, MD

Pathologist, Director
Cleveland Clinic

Kevin Tymitz, MD

Assoc Program Director
TriHealth

Glenda Updyke, PA-C, MS

Physician Assistant
Kettering Physician Network

Kene Ugokwe, MD

Chief of Neurosurgery
Mercy Health Youngstown

Simona Velicu, MD, HC, MBA

Neurologist, Assistant Professor Case Western
Metrohealth System

Peng Wang, DO

Internist
Licking Memorial Health Professionals

Jerry Washington, PA-C, MPAS

Physican Assistant
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA

Richard C. K. Wong

Staff Gastroenterologist, Prof. of Medicine
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Mary Beth Wroblewski, MD

Pediatric Residency Program Director
The University of Toledo

Ellen Wurm, MD

Physician
The Cleveland Clinic

Julia Zhu, MD

Staff Physician
Cleveland Clinic