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Teamwork between our general surgery residents and faculty is an essential component to the success of our program, and residents learn from our committed faculty with extensive experience in general surgery, minimally invasive surgery, surgical-oncology, bariatric surgery, colon and rectal surgery, open and endovascular surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. With neighboring institutions offering services not provided at Good Samaritan Hospital, our residents have the unique opportunity to learn from and interact with leaders in academic surgical education through participating in rotations in trauma, burn surgery, pediatric surgery, and transplant surgery.

A multitude of our faculty members participate in basic science and clinical research, presenting at national meetings and producing numerous award-winning projects and published manuscripts each year. Working as research team leaders, faculty members oversee resident research in an individual mentor or team approach, allowing residents the opportunity to produce a wide variety of presentations and publications.

Since the inception of Good Samaritan Hospital in 1852, our surgical faculty has provided a level of commitment to research, education, and patient care that can not be mirrored. Major advancements in the field of surgery have culminated from the hard work and dedication of our faculty, which continues to propel our program to new heights.

Surgery Faculties by Specialty:

General Surgery

Lawrence BartishLawrence A. Bartish, MD, FACS

Faculty, General Surgery

Medical School
Ohio State

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Contact Information
513 542 4200

Robert Bradley MDRobert Bradley, MD

Faculty, General Surgery

Medical School
University of Cincinnati

Residency
General Surgery
Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Surgical Interest
Hernia surgery
Breast Surgery
Colorectal surgery
Minimally invasive surgery (stomach, gall bladder spleen, etc.)

Robert D. CranleyRobert D. Cranley, MD, FACS

Faculty, General / Vascular Surgery

Medical School
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Fellowship
Vascular Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery
Surgical Critical Care

Contact Information
513 961 4335

Stuart L. DonovanStuart L. Donovan, MD, FACS

Faculty, General Surgery

Medical School
Wright State University School of Medicine

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Contact Information
513 232 8181

Bryan J. EllisBryan J. Ellis, DO, FACS

Faculty, General Surgery

Medical School
Ohio University of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency
General Surgery
Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Hernia Surgery
Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Robotic Surgery
Breast Surgery

Contact Information
513 232 8181

Tarun K. Goel

Tarun K. Goel, MD, FACS

Faculty, General Surgery

Medical School
JLN Medical College, Ajmer India

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Gastrointestinal surgery
Endoscopy

Research Interests
Outcomes in colorectal surgery

Contact Information
513 844 1000

Kevin J. GrannanKevin J. Grannan, MD, FACS

Faculty, General Surgery

Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Medical School
Ohio State University

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Endocrine surgery
Surgical oncology

Research Interests
NSABP - Principal Investigator
Thyroid surgery

Contact Information
(Department of Surgery) 513 862 3562
(Office) 513 246 7017
Kevin_Grannan@TriHealth.com  

george kerlakian

George M. Kerlakian, MD, FACS

Chairman - Department of Surgery

Faculty - General / Bariatric Surgery

Medical School
St. Joseph University, Lebanon

Residency
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Bariatric surgery
General surgery
Surgical education

Research Interests
Bariatric surgery
Surgical education

Contact Information
(Department of Surgery) 513 862 3220
(Office) 513 246 7017
George_Kerlakian@TriHealth.com  

David D. KirkpatrickDavid D. Kirkpatrick III, MD, FACS

Faculty - General Surgery

Medical School
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Residency
University of Cincinnati

Board Certification
General Surgery

Contact Information
513 232 8181

Joann M. Lohr

Thomas C. Maynard, MD, FACS

Faculty, General Surgery Residency

Medical School:
University of Arkansas School of Medicine

Residency
General Surgery
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Contact Information
513 232 8181

Juan L. PeschieraJuan L. Peschiera, MD, FACS

Faculty, General Surgery

Medical School
Cayetano Heredia University, Peru

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Fellowship
Trauma
New York Medical College

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Trauma
Surgical Nutrition
Endoscopy
Colorectal

Contact Information
513 872 0669

Alexander K. SabaAlexander K. Saba, MD, FACS

Faculty, General Surgery

Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Medical School
University of Cincinnati

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Minimally Invasive Surgery

Research Interest
Clinical Outcomes

Contact Information
513 862 3562

Kevin Tymitz

Kevin M. Tymitz, MD

Faculty, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Medical School
Medical College of Ohio

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH 

Fellowship
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Johns Hopkins, Baltimore MD

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Minimally invasive surgery
Robotic surgery
Bariatric surgery

Research Interests
Bariatric/Metabolic surgery
Minimally invasive surgical techniques including single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) and robotic surgery

Contact Information
(Department of Surgery) 513 862 3562
(Office) 513 246 7017
Kevin_Tymitz@trihealth.com  

 

Vascular Surgery

Robert D. CranleyRobert D. Cranley, MD, FACS

Faculty, General / Vascular Surgery

Medical School
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Fellowship
Vascular Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery
Surgical Critical Care

Contact Information
513 961 4335

Mark A. HardingMark A. Harding, MD, FACS

Faculty, Vascular Surgery

Medical School
Wright State University School of Medicine 

Residency
General Surgery
University of Utah

Fellowship
Vascular Surgery
University of Utah

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery

Sashi KilaruSashi Kilaru, MD, FACS

Faculty, Vascular Surgery

Medical School
Guntar Medical College, Guntar India 

Residency
General Surgery
Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine

Fellowship
Vascular Surgery
New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Medical College-Cornell Campus

Research Fellowship
Vascular Surgery
Yale University School of Medicine

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery

Brian A. KuhnBrian A. Kuhn, MD, RPVI

Faculty, Vascular Surgery

Medical School
Creighton University School of Medicine

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati Ohio

Fellowship
Vascular Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati Ohio

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery

Surgical Interest
Aortic aneurysms
Carotid artery disease
Chronic venous insufficiency
Deep vein thrombosis
Peripheral vascular disease
Varicose veins

Contact Information
513 865 9898
Brian_Kuhn@TriHealth.com  

Aaron Kulwicki, MD, RPVIAaron Kulwicki, MD, RPVI

Faculty, Vascular Surgery

Medical School
Medical College of Ohio

Residency
General Surgery
Mt. Carmel Hospital, Columbus Ohio

Fellowship
Vascular Fellowship
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati Ohio

Surgical Interest
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair
Aortic & lower extremity bypass
Carotid Endarterectomy
Dialysis access placement
Endovascular surgery
Vascular ultrasound
Venous disease

Patrick E. Muck

Patrick E. Muck, MD, FACS, RVT

Chair - Section of Vascular Surgery

Program Director - Vascular Surgery Residency

Faculty - Vascular Surgery

Medical School
University of Kentucky College of Medicine 

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Fellowship
Vascular Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Endovascular Aneurysm Repairs
Carotid Stenting
Endovenous Ablation

Research Interests
Embolic Protection
Thrombolysis
Endovascular surgery / Endografts
SAPPHIRE WW Carotid Stent Study - PI
EMPiRE Study - PI
BRAVO Study - PI
Zilver PTX DES Study - PI
Gore AAA-03-02 Study – PI
ATTRACT Study
INSPIRATION Study
SAPPHIRE Study
CANOPY Study

Contact Information
513 865 9898
pmuck@fuse.net  

Matthew H. RechtMatthew H. Recht, MD, RPVI

Associate Program Director - Vascular Surgery Residency

Faculty - Vascular Surgery

Medical School
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Fellowship
Vascular Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Endovascular management of
occlusive and aneurysmal disease

Research Interests
Aneurysm sac pressure monitoring
Embolic Protection
Thrombolysis
Endovascular surgery / Endografts
SAPPHIRE WW Carotid Stent Study - PI
EMPiRE Study - PI
BRAVO Study - PI
Zilver PTX DES Study - PI
Gore AAA-03-02 Study – PI
ATTRACT Study
INSPIRATION Study
SAPPHIRE Study
CANOPY Study

Contact Information
513 865 9898
mattrecht@yahoo.com  

L. Richard RoedersheimerL. Richard Roedersheimer, MD, FACS

Faculty – Vascular Surgery

Medical School
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 

Residency
General Surgery
Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Carotid artery disease
Peripheral arterial reconstruction
Venous intervention for venous insufficiency and varicose veins
Dialysis access

Research Interest
Carotid artery reconstruction techniques
Physician communication
Outcomes of open aortic repairs: AAA-Occlusive disease
Diabetic foot salvage
Long term outcome dialysis access

Contact Information
513 961 4335

Surgical Oncology

Erik M. Dunki-JacobsErik M. Dunki-Jacobs, MD

Surgical Oncology Faculty, Associate Program Director & Research Director

Medical School
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Fellowship
 
Surgical Oncology
University of Louisville, Louisville KY

Board Certification  
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Certificates
Hepatico-pancreatico-biliary surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests 
General surgical oncology
Hepatic malignancy
Biliary malignancy
Pancreatic malignancy
Esophageal and gastric malignancy
Melanoma
Sarcoma
Breast cancer
Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic and robot-assisted)

Research Interests
Clinical outcomes research in the field of surgical oncology

Contact Information
(Department of Surgery) 513 862 3562
(Office) 513 246 7017

J. Michael GuentherJ. Michael Guenther, MD, FACS

Surgical Oncology Faculty

Medical School
University of Michigan Medical School 

Residency
General Surgery
University of Cincinnati

Fellowship
Surgical Oncology
John Wayne Cancer Institute

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

David Lee MDDavid Lee, MD

Surgical Oncology Faculty

Medical School
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School 

Residency
General Surgery
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital

Fellowship
Surgical Oncology
John Wayne Cancer Institute

Special Interest
Breast Cancer, Colon and Rectal Cancers, Esophageal and Stomach Cancers, Liver Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Loren Hiratzka MD

Loren F. Hiratzka, MD, FACS

Faculty - Cardiothoracic Surgery

Medical School
University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City IA

Residency
General Surgery
Los Angeles County Harbor General Hospital, Los Angeles CA


Fellowship
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City IA

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Contact Information
Laruen_Hiratzka@TriHealth.com
513 865 5120

Eric J. Okum

Eric J. Okum, MD, FACS

Faculty - Cardiothoracic Surgery

Medical School
Ohio State University, Columbus OH

Residency
General Surgery
University of Vermont, Burlington VT

Fellowship
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
University of Vermont, Burlington VT

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Contact Information
Eric_Okum@TriHealth.com
513 865 5120

Steven E. Park

Steven E. Park, MD, FACS

Faculty - Cardiothoracic Surgery

Medical School
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago IL

Residency
General Surgery
University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City IA


Fellowship
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh PA

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Contact Information
Steven_Park@TriHealth.com
513 865 5120
 

Ranjit K. Rath

Ranjit K. Rath, MD, FACS

Faculty Emeritus, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Medical School
S.C.B. Medical College, Orissa India

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Fellowship
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Yale University Medical Center, New Haven CT

Board Certification
General Surgery
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

J. Michael Smith

J. Michael Smith, MD, FACS

Faculty, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Director of Robotic Surgery, TriHealth

Medical School
University of Louisville

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Fellowship
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Yale University Medical Center, New Haven CT

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Minimally invasive cardiac & thoracic surgery
VATS lobectomy
Esophageal surger
Thoracic endografts
Surgical robotics
Surgical education
How surgeons make decisions
Family / Faith / Triathlons

Research Interests
Outcomes data
Clinical trials
Gender differences in lung cancer
Gender differences in cardiac surgery
Techniques and outcomes in robotic
and minimally invasive surgery
Basic lab research in atrial fibrillation

Contact Information
513 865 5120 

 

Bariatric Surgery Faculty

George M. Kerlakian MD, FACS

George M. Kerlakian, MD, FACS

Chairman - Department of Surgery

Faculty - General / Bariatric Surgery

Medical School
St. Joseph University, Lebanon

Residency
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Bariatric surgery
General surgery
Surgical education

Research Interests
Bariatric surgery
Surgical education

Contact Information
(Department of Surgery) 513 862 3220
(Office) 513 246 7017
George_Kerlakian@TriHealth.com  

Kevin M. Tymitz MDKevin M. Tymitz, MD

Faculty, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Medical School
Medical College of Ohio

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Fellowship
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Johns Hopkins, Baltimore MD

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Minimally invasive surgery
Robotic surgery
Bariatric surgery

Research Interests
Bariatric/Metabolic surgery
Minimally invasive surgical techniques including single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) and robotic surgery

Contact Information
(Department of Surgery) 513 862 3562
(Office) 513 246 7017
Kevin_Tymitz@trihealth.com  

 

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Gennaro D. LaBella

Gennaro D. LaBella, MD

Faculty Colon and Rectal Surgery

Medical School
Saba University School of Medicine 

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH 

Fellowship
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Carle Foundation Hospital / University of Illinois 

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery
American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Colorectal cancer
Gastric cancer
Pelvic organ surgery / prolapse and testing
Minimally invasive laparoscopic colorectal resection
da Vinci intestinal surgery

Research Interests
Colorectal cancer
Hereditary cancer syndromes

Contact Information
513 246 7017
Gennaro_Labella@TriHealth.com  

 
Hamza Guend, MD

Hamza Guend, MD

Faculty, Colon and Rectal Surgery

Medical School
University of Wisconsin Hospital

Residency
General Surgery
St Lukes Roosevelt Hospital

Fellowship
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Memorial Slone-Kettering Cancer Center

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Surgical management of colon and rectal benign and malignant disease
Colon cancer
Rectal cancer
Anorectal benign disease
Robotic surgery
Complex laparoscopic surgery
Sphincter-preserving surgery
Rectal prolapse

 

 

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Kevin Tymitz

Kevin M. Tymitz MD

Faculty, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Medical School
Medical College of Ohio

Residency
General Surgery
Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Fellowship
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Johns Hopkins, Baltimore MD

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Minimally invasive surgery
Robotic surgery
Bariatric surgery

Research Interests
Bariatric/Metabolic surgery
Minimally invasive surgical techniques including single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) and robotic surgery

Contact Information
(Department of Surgery) 513 862 3562
(Office) 513 246 7017
Kevin_Tymitz@trihealth.com   

Breast Surgery

Barbara Wexelman MD

Barbara Wexelman MD

Faculty, Breast Surgical Oncologist

Medical School
Yale University School of Medicine

Residency
General Surgery
St Lukes Roosevelt Hospital

Fellowship
Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Harvard Medical School with the Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Surgical / Clinical Interests
Breast surgery for benign and malignant breast disease
High-risk and hereditary breast cancer management and screening, including BRCA
Nipple sparing mastectomy
Lumpectomy/Breast conserving therapy
Breast biopsy
Prophylactic mastectomy
Sentinel lymph node biopsy

 

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