TriHealth Heart Institute Adds Five More Surgeons

  • Karen Gersch MD
  • Karen Gersch MD
  • Karen Gersch MD
  • Karen Gersch MD
  • Karen Gersch MD

January 12, 2013

TriHealth announced it has added five prominent cardiac surgeons to join their Heart Institute team. Joining the Institute are Karen Gersch, MD; Loren Hiratzka, MD; Eric Okum, MD; Steven Park, MD and J. Michael Smith, MD.  With the addition of these five physicians, the TriHealth Heart Institute now has a total of 28 doctors, including cardiologists, cardiac thoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons.

“We are thrilled to be able to add these five highly respected cardiac and thoracic surgeons to our growing team of experienced professionals within the TriHealth Heart Institute,” said Jerry Oliphant, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for TriHealth. “The addition of these five surgeons creates a structure for deeper collaboration among primary care physicians, specialists and the hospital, working with a shared vision that will ultimately improve care for our patients and our community.”

This group of surgeons brings to TriHealth a great mix of world-class experience in minimally invasive and robotic cardiac and thoracic surgery, as well as surgical innovation and evidence-based practices utilizing multi-specialty guidelines, many of which these surgeons helped develop.

“This partnership allows us to collaborate more closely within an integrated health system with other physician specialists to improve cardiac care for our patients,” said Loren Hiratzka. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to work with like-minded physicians, hospitals and staff to provide seamless, patient-centered care and deliver the best cardiac care in the region.”

The surgeons who joined TriHealth now have offices at 10506 Montgomery Road, Suite G103, and at 3219 Clifton Ave., Suite 215. The locations are on the Bethesda North and Good Samaritan hospital campuses, respectively. The main office number is (513) 865.5120.

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