One of the great strengths of this residency is the faculty. They bring a wide spectrum of experience and passion to their practice and teaching. Just wait until you see how many have gone on to achieve advanced degrees in education!


You can get a sense of the culture of learning at our residency program in the following video - which acknowledges program director, Chris Bernheisel, as the Ohio Family Medicine Educator of the Year for 2016.

 

Some of Our Faculty

   Chris Bernheisel, MD  ( Program Director)  I am from Ohio, and I came to Cincinnati for medical school with a strong interest in service and Global Health. It was during a Global Health lecture in my first year of medical school when I first met some of the incredible faculty in our Family Medicine department. I was immediately attracted to their amazing dedication to serving the most vulnerable population. Between my first and second year of medical school, my wife and I jumped at the opportunity to work on a project in Honduras and spent our honeymoon hiking the mountains of rural Honduras collecting data on relief efforts organized by the Family Medicine program following Hurricane Mitch. It was during this trip that I truly appreciated the importance of Family Medicine. I saw how family physicians not only had the skills and knowledge to care for a broad range of ailments and conditions, but the blessing to journey with patients throughout their life, providing care during some of the most stressful situations for a family. I also saw how family physicians could influence the health of entire communities, treating not just the disease but recognizing all of the determinants of health and how these affect the health of an individual and community. When it came time to select a residency it was an easy choice, and I matched with The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Program. My wife and I now have four young boys, and after many years of enjoying the city as a young married couple, we are having fun rediscovering Cincinnati as parents. Through residency, as a faculty member, and now as the program director, my fellow faculty and the residents inspire me daily. I love working for such an incredible group and feel honored to be able to play a role in the development of such amazing individuals as they become family physicians.

Chris Bernheisel, MD (Program Director)

I am from Ohio, and I came to Cincinnati for medical school with a strong interest in service and Global Health. It was during a Global Health lecture in my first year of medical school when I first met some of the incredible faculty in our Family Medicine department. I was immediately attracted to their amazing dedication to serving the most vulnerable population. Between my first and second year of medical school, my wife and I jumped at the opportunity to work on a project in Honduras and spent our honeymoon hiking the mountains of rural Honduras collecting data on relief efforts organized by the Family Medicine program following Hurricane Mitch. It was during this trip that I truly appreciated the importance of Family Medicine. I saw how family physicians not only had the skills and knowledge to care for a broad range of ailments and conditions, but the blessing to journey with patients throughout their life, providing care during some of the most stressful situations for a family. I also saw how family physicians could influence the health of entire communities, treating not just the disease but recognizing all of the determinants of health and how these affect the health of an individual and community. When it came time to select a residency it was an easy choice, and I matched with The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Program. My wife and I now have four young boys, and after many years of enjoying the city as a young married couple, we are having fun rediscovering Cincinnati as parents. Through residency, as a faculty member, and now as the program director, my fellow faculty and the residents inspire me daily. I love working for such an incredible group and feel honored to be able to play a role in the development of such amazing individuals as they become family physicians.

   Megan Rich, MD     (Associate Program Director)  I am from Michigan and moved to Cincinnati after attending Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Having worked in the Dominican Republic and urban Chicago, I was attracted to Cincinnati because of the mission to serve the most vulnerable. After starting residency, I was surprised to discover I had a passion for medical education. In addition to serving as the Associate Program Director of the residency, I am the Course Director for the Longitudinal Primary Care Clerkship in which all 1st and 2nd year medical students participate at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. My professional interests are wide and varied, like so many family physicians, but include curriculum design, teaching to different learning styles, and programmatic evaluation. At home, I live with my husband, 2 children (Gwen and Quin) and a spirited border collie mix (Maggie). I love to run, cook and read, especially books of the fantasy/science fiction genre.

Megan Rich, MD (Associate Program Director)

I am from Michigan and moved to Cincinnati after attending Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Having worked in the Dominican Republic and urban Chicago, I was attracted to Cincinnati because of the mission to serve the most vulnerable. After starting residency, I was surprised to discover I had a passion for medical education. In addition to serving as the Associate Program Director of the residency, I am the Course Director for the Longitudinal Primary Care Clerkship in which all 1st and 2nd year medical students participate at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. My professional interests are wide and varied, like so many family physicians, but include curriculum design, teaching to different learning styles, and programmatic evaluation. At home, I live with my husband, 2 children (Gwen and Quin) and a spirited border collie mix (Maggie). I love to run, cook and read, especially books of the fantasy/science fiction genre.

  Jennifer Spata, MD  ( Medical Director, Family Medicine Center )  My primary interests are caring for patients of all ages with the most up-to-date, compassionate, evidence-based medical prevention and treatment available; and teaching our residents- who will be the future doctors for Cincinnati and beyond- how to continue this tradition of excellent care into their own careers. I also have a special interest in women’s healthcare, including prenatal care, and children’s health and wellness. I grew up in Cincinnati, then moved to the Pacific Northwest for my Family Medicine residency, which helped to fuel my husband and my passions for travel, hiking and local cuisines. I also enjoy playing volleyball and reading. I especially love reading with our two daughters, even as they get older.

Jennifer Spata, MD (Medical Director, Family Medicine Center)

My primary interests are caring for patients of all ages with the most up-to-date, compassionate, evidence-based medical prevention and treatment available; and teaching our residents- who will be the future doctors for Cincinnati and beyond- how to continue this tradition of excellent care into their own careers. I also have a special interest in women’s healthcare, including prenatal care, and children’s health and wellness. I grew up in Cincinnati, then moved to the Pacific Northwest for my Family Medicine residency, which helped to fuel my husband and my passions for travel, hiking and local cuisines. I also enjoy playing volleyball and reading. I especially love reading with our two daughters, even as they get older.

  Montiel Rosenthal, MD  (Director, Maternity Care Service)  I am a Cincinnati native, having returned home after working as a missionary in Armenia for five years. I am a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati and minister as a Spiritual Director for individuals and groups. I enjoy gardening, scuba diving, birding, and playing Celtic Harp.

Montiel Rosenthal, MD (Director, Maternity Care Service)

I am a Cincinnati native, having returned home after working as a missionary in Armenia for five years. I am a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati and minister as a Spiritual Director for individuals and groups. I enjoy gardening, scuba diving, birding, and playing Celtic Harp.

  Hilary Mount, MD  (Director, Family Medicine Inpatient Service)  I am an assistant professor in the residency program involved in inpatient teaching and prenatal care. I am passionate about teaching, providing useful feedback that leads to personal and professional improvement, women's health, and transitions of care. My family is very important to me. I am married with three beautiful girls and a dog, Crosley. I love spending time with them outdoors, at the zoo or any of Cincinnati's parks. We are huge sports fans and can be found at many Cincinnati Reds games during the summer.

Hilary Mount, MD (Director, Family Medicine Inpatient Service)

I am an assistant professor in the residency program involved in inpatient teaching and prenatal care. I am passionate about teaching, providing useful feedback that leads to personal and professional improvement, women's health, and transitions of care. My family is very important to me. I am married with three beautiful girls and a dog, Crosley. I love spending time with them outdoors, at the zoo or any of Cincinnati's parks. We are huge sports fans and can be found at many Cincinnati Reds games during the summer.

  Hilja Ruegg, MD  Assistant Program Director for the Family Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Program  Dually trained in Family Medicine and Psychiatry she completed her residency here in 2016. She was born in West Virginia but spent her childhood and teenage years until college in Afghanistan and India. She attended Mount Holyoke College for undergraduate school where she studied Russian and Eurasian Studies. After undergrad she made her way slowly towards medicine, first through infectious disease research in Peru, then in Afghanistan promoting women’s health and education and through work at a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She finally left her globe- trotting to attend Marshall University School of Medicine. Her primary interests are in global health, particularly mental health in underserved settings, integration of primary care and mental health, and innovation in models of care delivery. She is currently a dually appointed faculty member in the departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry. She is married to Eric Ruegg, an artist, chef and generally nice guy who helps keep the home front intact and is critical in helping raise their daughters. Together, they enjoy living in Cincinnati’s quirky historic neighborhood of Northside where they are caring for their 120 year old row house, enjoy cooking globally inspired meals for large groups of people and planning their next transcontinental trip.

Hilja Ruegg, MD Assistant Program Director for the Family Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Program

Dually trained in Family Medicine and Psychiatry she completed her residency here in 2016. She was born in West Virginia but spent her childhood and teenage years until college in Afghanistan and India. She attended Mount Holyoke College for undergraduate school where she studied Russian and Eurasian Studies. After undergrad she made her way slowly towards medicine, first through infectious disease research in Peru, then in Afghanistan promoting women’s health and education and through work at a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She finally left her globe- trotting to attend Marshall University School of Medicine. Her primary interests are in global health, particularly mental health in underserved settings, integration of primary care and mental health, and innovation in models of care delivery. She is currently a dually appointed faculty member in the departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry. She is married to Eric Ruegg, an artist, chef and generally nice guy who helps keep the home front intact and is critical in helping raise their daughters. Together, they enjoy living in Cincinnati’s quirky historic neighborhood of Northside where they are caring for their 120 year old row house, enjoy cooking globally inspired meals for large groups of people and planning their next transcontinental trip.

  Lisbeth Lazaron, MD   She specializes in family medicine primary care, with a special interest in Family Centered Maternity care, as well as the care of patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She received her medical degree from the Rush Medical College of Rush University, and completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. She is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and holds the degree of Fellow of the AAFP. She is employed by the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, and both teaches and provides patient care within the TCH/UC Family Medicine Residency program, in both TCH office and hospital setting. She is also involved in the Centering Pregnancy obstetrical care program at TCH, as well as providing inpatient care to the pediatric patients at CCHMC. She has practiced in Cincinnati for 27 years.

Lisbeth Lazaron, MD

She specializes in family medicine primary care, with a special interest in Family Centered Maternity care, as well as the care of patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She received her medical degree from the Rush Medical College of Rush University, and completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. She is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and holds the degree of Fellow of the AAFP. She is employed by the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, and both teaches and provides patient care within the TCH/UC Family Medicine Residency program, in both TCH office and hospital setting. She is also involved in the Centering Pregnancy obstetrical care program at TCH, as well as providing inpatient care to the pediatric patients at CCHMC. She has practiced in Cincinnati for 27 years.

  Douglas Collins, MD  (Co-Director, Global and Underserved Health, Assistant Medical Director of the Family Medicine Center))  I am a home-grown Reds and Bengals (Bungles) fan, and have returned to Cincinnati after serving for a decade (2002-2011) in medical mission work through a faith-based organization in Cambodia. I work with Drs. O’Dea and Kiesler to direct our Global Health endeavors. I enjoy caring for the poor through medicine, whether urban homeless here or rural overseas. My main academic interests are in tropical medicine and ortho/sports medicine, and I am currently developing the Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum to given providers more skills, especially when in underserved areas. Additional interests include playing with my wife and kids, playing soccer, strumming guitar, and participating in our church.

Douglas Collins, MD (Co-Director, Global and Underserved Health, Assistant Medical Director of the Family Medicine Center))

I am a home-grown Reds and Bengals (Bungles) fan, and have returned to Cincinnati after serving for a decade (2002-2011) in medical mission work through a faith-based organization in Cambodia. I work with Drs. O’Dea and Kiesler to direct our Global Health endeavors. I enjoy caring for the poor through medicine, whether urban homeless here or rural overseas. My main academic interests are in tropical medicine and ortho/sports medicine, and I am currently developing the Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum to given providers more skills, especially when in underserved areas. Additional interests include playing with my wife and kids, playing soccer, strumming guitar, and participating in our church.

  Anisa Shomo, MD   Anisa is a board certified Geriatrician in addition to Family Medicine. She splits her time between working at the University of Cincinnati and in Haiti. She staffs 2 clinics for the Cincinnati Health Department. One is located inside of Riverview East Academy. It is part of the School Based Health Division and it is a longitudinal clinic site for the residency. The other is a traditional FQHC model. She practice Family Medicine and Geriatrics at both locations. In Haiti, she helps to manage the pediatric, adult medicine, and Gyn outpatient clinics in addition to the inpatient service. She is also an avid runner and past ambassador of Black Girls Run! Cincinnati Chapter.

Anisa Shomo, MD

Anisa is a board certified Geriatrician in addition to Family Medicine. She splits her time between working at the University of Cincinnati and in Haiti. She staffs 2 clinics for the Cincinnati Health Department. One is located inside of Riverview East Academy. It is part of the School Based Health Division and it is a longitudinal clinic site for the residency. The other is a traditional FQHC model. She practice Family Medicine and Geriatrics at both locations. In Haiti, she helps to manage the pediatric, adult medicine, and Gyn outpatient clinics in addition to the inpatient service. She is also an avid runner and past ambassador of Black Girls Run! Cincinnati Chapter.

  Chris White, MD, JD, MHA, FAPA, FCLM  (Director, Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Division)  Currently serving as an associate professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Cincinnati. His current clinical practice is primarily in integrated psychiatry and his research primarily lies in the area of psychosomatic medicine. He is a graduate of the combined residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati and demonstrated his predilection for combined training (and vocational indecisiveness) by earning his MD/JD degree from Southern Illinois University’s dual Law and Medicine program. Prior to seeing snow for the first time, his undergraduate training was in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Despite being a busy clinician, he still finds time to root for the Trojans and whoever is playing Notre Dame and UCLA. (FIGHT ON!)

Chris White, MD, JD, MHA, FAPA, FCLM (Director, Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Division)

Currently serving as an associate professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Cincinnati. His current clinical practice is primarily in integrated psychiatry and his research primarily lies in the area of psychosomatic medicine. He is a graduate of the combined residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati and demonstrated his predilection for combined training (and vocational indecisiveness) by earning his MD/JD degree from Southern Illinois University’s dual Law and Medicine program. Prior to seeing snow for the first time, his undergraduate training was in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Despite being a busy clinician, he still finds time to root for the Trojans and whoever is playing Notre Dame and UCLA. (FIGHT ON!)

  Reid Hartmann, MD  (Program Director of Palliative Care Fellowship at The Christ Hospital) I am a Cincinnati native, who graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2004, and finished my residency training in this very program in 2007. I have two young daughters, and my wife and I enjoy the art museum (where she is a docent), as well as the vibrant arts and entertainment in Cincinnati. Medical education for both residents and students is a strong interest, as well as expanding access and quality of care in hospice and palliative medicine.

Reid Hartmann, MD (Program Director of Palliative Care Fellowship at The Christ Hospital)
I am a Cincinnati native, who graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2004, and finished my residency training in this very program in 2007. I have two young daughters, and my wife and I enjoy the art museum (where she is a docent), as well as the vibrant arts and entertainment in Cincinnati. Medical education for both residents and students is a strong interest, as well as expanding access and quality of care in hospice and palliative medicine.

  Orson Austin, MD  (Associate Professor)  Dr. Austin attended medical school at Meharry Medical College before coming to Cincinnati for his family medicine training. He then went on the pursue a fellowship in geriatrics from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. He helped to design our geriatric curriculum as well as focus on home visits all while maintaining a busy family medicine practice of his own. He enjoys teaching on both the resident and medical student level and can often be found listening to music in his spare time.

Orson Austin, MD (Associate Professor)

Dr. Austin attended medical school at Meharry Medical College before coming to Cincinnati for his family medicine training. He then went on the pursue a fellowship in geriatrics from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. He helped to design our geriatric curriculum as well as focus on home visits all while maintaining a busy family medicine practice of his own. He enjoys teaching on both the resident and medical student level and can often be found listening to music in his spare time.

   Joe Kiesler, MD     (Associate Director of Global Health) I am originally from Louisville, Ky, but moved to Cincinnati for medical school and residency after graduating from the University of Dayton. I am a physician with the Healthcare for Homeless program and also work with faculty members Drs. Christy O'Dea and Doug Collins to coordinate the Global Health curriculum within the residency program. I direct our Community Responsive Physician curriculum and oversee our longitudinal continuity clinical experiences with underserved populations. Most of my career has been focused on merging three passions related to underserved populations - being a good family doctor, mentoring and teaching medical students and residents, and creating partnerships with the community to improve the health of vulnerable populations. Establishing our free clinic for racetrack workers is one example of bringing these interests together. Outside of work, my partner, Bruce, and I enjoy travel, cooking and combining the two when possible.

Joe Kiesler, MD (Associate Director of Global Health)
I am originally from Louisville, Ky, but moved to Cincinnati for medical school and residency after graduating from the University of Dayton. I am a physician with the Healthcare for Homeless program and also work with faculty members Drs. Christy O'Dea and Doug Collins to coordinate the Global Health curriculum within the residency program. I direct our Community Responsive Physician curriculum and oversee our longitudinal continuity clinical experiences with underserved populations. Most of my career has been focused on merging three passions related to underserved populations - being a good family doctor, mentoring and teaching medical students and residents, and creating partnerships with the community to improve the health of vulnerable populations. Establishing our free clinic for racetrack workers is one example of bringing these interests together. Outside of work, my partner, Bruce, and I enjoy travel, cooking and combining the two when possible.

  Leila Saxena, MD  (Adjunct Assistant Professor)  Dr. Saxena received her Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology at Smith College before heading to Chicago and Rush Medical College. She completed residency at Providence Medical Center .  She has been active with the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Family and Community Medicine teaching residents as well as medical students at her office in Wyoming and in the classroom. When not caring for patients or teaching student’s, Dr. Saxena enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She can also be found running 5 and 10 K’s with her family, reading, traveling and cooking healthy meals.

Leila Saxena, MD (Adjunct Assistant Professor)

Dr. Saxena received her Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology at Smith College before heading to Chicago and Rush Medical College. She completed residency at Providence Medical Center .

She has been active with the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Family and Community Medicine teaching residents as well as medical students at her office in Wyoming and in the classroom. When not caring for patients or teaching student’s, Dr. Saxena enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She can also be found running 5 and 10 K’s with her family, reading, traveling and cooking healthy meals.

  Anna Goroncy, MD  (Associate Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship)  I moved to Cincinnati for residency from Richmond VA, where I attended Virginia Commonwealth University for undergrad and med school (Go Rams!). After residency, I stayed for our geriatric fellowship and haven’t been able to pull myself away from our great faculty, residents and program. In addition to Geriatrics and hospital medicine, I’m passionate about teaching, underserved care, working directly with communities to build on strengths together, and the role of race and implicit bias in medicine. I also run our Home-Based Primary Care program, which really pulls together all of my passions. I’m also working toward my Master’s in Medical Education. Outside of work, I stay involved at my church through our Justice Team and our racial reconciliation program and I spend most Sunday mornings hanging with some of the coolest 3- and 4-year olds as a Sunday school teacher. The rest of my free time is spent with my neighborhood community and exploring the many parks in Cincinnati with my dog Buckley. I also love all of the cultural events our city offers, such as museums, music festivals and the Broadway series.

Anna Goroncy, MD (Associate Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship)

I moved to Cincinnati for residency from Richmond VA, where I attended Virginia Commonwealth University for undergrad and med school (Go Rams!). After residency, I stayed for our geriatric fellowship and haven’t been able to pull myself away from our great faculty, residents and program. In addition to Geriatrics and hospital medicine, I’m passionate about teaching, underserved care, working directly with communities to build on strengths together, and the role of race and implicit bias in medicine. I also run our Home-Based Primary Care program, which really pulls together all of my passions. I’m also working toward my Master’s in Medical Education. Outside of work, I stay involved at my church through our Justice Team and our racial reconciliation program and I spend most Sunday mornings hanging with some of the coolest 3- and 4-year olds as a Sunday school teacher. The rest of my free time is spent with my neighborhood community and exploring the many parks in Cincinnati with my dog Buckley. I also love all of the cultural events our city offers, such as museums, music festivals and the Broadway series.

   Christy O'Dea, MD     (Co-director, Global and Underserved Health)  I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. After spending five years in rural Family Medicine practice in Northern Wisconsin, I moved with my family and small children to rural Honduras, where I spent two years as a volunteer family physician with the non-governmental organization, Shoulder to Shoulder. I returned from Honduras to join the faculty at the University of Cincinnati, where I am the Director of Global Health Education in The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency Program. I have a clinical practice at a Christian Community Health Center, Crossroad Health Center. My areas of interests include Global and Underserved Health and Latino Health.

Christy O'Dea, MD (Co-director, Global and Underserved Health)

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. After spending five years in rural Family Medicine practice in Northern Wisconsin, I moved with my family and small children to rural Honduras, where I spent two years as a volunteer family physician with the non-governmental organization, Shoulder to Shoulder. I returned from Honduras to join the faculty at the University of Cincinnati, where I am the Director of Global Health Education in The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency Program. I have a clinical practice at a Christian Community Health Center, Crossroad Health Center. My areas of interests include Global and Underserved Health and Latino Health.

  Chris Lewis, MD  (Assistant Dean, Office of Diversity and Inclusion)  Dr. Lewis is a Cincinnati native whose work includes healing, teaching and leading. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology at Harvard University and then returned to Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he graduated in 2000 and completed his family medicine training in 2003.  Lewis is a family physician for UC Health, where he serves a diverse population of patients from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds representing over 20 countries. He is an associate professor of family medicine and enjoys teaching medical students in their family medicine clerkship.  He founded  Village Life Outreach Project, Inc , a nonprofit organization that partners with impoverished villages in Tanzania, East Africa, to improve conditions of life, health and education. Hundreds of residents and students have worked with Lewis in Tanzania, and hundreds more have been involved in Village Life’s stateside work.

Chris Lewis, MD (Assistant Dean, Office of Diversity and Inclusion)

Dr. Lewis is a Cincinnati native whose work includes healing, teaching and leading. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology at Harvard University and then returned to Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he graduated in 2000 and completed his family medicine training in 2003.

Lewis is a family physician for UC Health, where he serves a diverse population of patients from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds representing over 20 countries. He is an associate professor of family medicine and enjoys teaching medical students in their family medicine clerkship.

He founded Village Life Outreach Project, Inc, a nonprofit organization that partners with impoverished villages in Tanzania, East Africa, to improve conditions of life, health and education. Hundreds of residents and students have worked with Lewis in Tanzania, and hundreds more have been involved in Village Life’s stateside work.