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Department of


Section of General Surgery

The Section of General Surgery includes the divisions of West Chester Hospital (WCH) general and bariatric surgery, UC Medical Center (UCMC) general surgery, WCH trauma and acute care surgery, UCMC trauma surgery, UCMC acute care surgery, UCMC surgical critical care, and general surgery research. The members of the section are dedicated to saving lives through compassionate care, quality education, and leading innovation.

University of Cincinnati Medical Center General Surgery

Timothy A. Pritts, MD, PhD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Section of General Surgery
Interim Director, UCMC General Surgery

West Chester Hospital General and Bariatric Surgery

Brad Watkins, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, WCH General Surgery
Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery


UC Health surgeons are at the forefront of advancing state-of the-art care for general surgery conditions. The team offers care of routine and complex general surgery and bariatric conditions as well as minimally invasive surgical approaches for gastrointestinal surgical disorders. Surgeons from the divisions of WCH and UCMC general surgery performed more than 2,200 major elective and urgent operations during the past year.

The team specializes in the surgical management of a wide variety of disorders including the broad discipline of general surgery; swallowing disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), achalasia, and paraesophageal hernias; gallstones and gallbladder disease, abdominal wall hernias; diseases of the spleen; diverticulitis and other colon conditions; and diseases of the adrenal gland.

The faculty offers expertise in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery as well as the full range of procedures for treatment of morbid obesity. In addition, the faculty perform robotic-assisted operations for several gastrointestinal disorders.

In partnership with the UC Health Weight Loss Center, the Bariatric Surgery Program continues to grow. The enhanced UC Health Weight Loss Center on the West Chester campus is recognized for excellence by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The bariatric team consists of surgeons, physician assistants, nurses, dietitians, fitness professionals, administrative assistants, and precertification/insurance specialists. This team works in close collaboration with internists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, orthopedic surgeons, gynecologists, neurosurgeons, gastroenterologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, physical therapists, pharmacologists and psychiatrists to provide a multidisciplinary medical support system for individuals to maximize success. Our surgeons have performed thousands of successful laparoscopic weight loss operations since its inception. Further information on our surgical weight loss program can be found by visiting General surgery patients are seen at the UC Health Physicians Office Clifton and UC Health Physicians Office North in West Chester.

West Chester Hospital Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

D Anderson Millar, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, WCH Trauma and Acute Care Surgery


UC Health Surgeons offer emergency care for trauma and general surgery patients at West Chester Hospital. Our goal is to bring the highest level of surgical care to the Northern Cincinnati region. The West Chester trauma center opened in 2014 and earned formal verification as a Level III trauma center from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in 2015. In conjunction with our partners in Emergency Medicine, more than 900 trauma patients were cared for over the past year. The acute care surgery program at WCH continues to grow and provided care for more than 1,400 emergency surgery patients last year. Expert general and trauma surgeons are available for immediate consultation in the WCH emergency department, ICU, and inpatient floors at all times.

University of Cincinnati Medical Center Acute Care Surgery

Jason J. Schrager, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, UCMC Acute Care Surgery


The UCMC Acute Care Surgery service is focused on providing outstanding care to patients with general surgery emergencies including diverticulitis, intestinal obstruction or perforation, appendicitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, intestinal bleeding, incarcerated hernias, and necrotizing soft tissue infections. Our surgical team is immediately available for consultation and surgical care around the clock. We also provide tertiary and quaternary general surgery emergency care in consultation with referring surgeons from throughout the Tri-State region through our transfer referral center (513-584-BEDS).

University of Cincinnati Medical Center Trauma Surgery

Amy T. Makley, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, UCMC Trauma Surgery


UC Medical Center (UCMC) serves as the Tri-State region’s only ACS verified adult Level I Trauma Center. Our trauma center has been in continuous operation for over 25 years and provides the highest level of care for injured patients for the region and beyond. During the past year, more than 4,000 trauma patients were evaluated at UCMC.

The highest level of trauma activation is a Trauma STAT. Upon arrival, critically injured Trauma STAT patients are met by the fully assembled trauma team, including physicians from emergency medicine and trauma surgery, specially trained shock resuscitation nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians and nurses from the operating room and surgical intensive care unit. Immediate consultation is available from a full spectrum of experts including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neuro-intensivists, spine surgeons, facial trauma specialists, and anesthesiologists. The resuscitation and care of the trauma patient is led by one of our trauma surgeons. We are also available at all times for trauma care consultation with referring providers from throughout the Tri-State region through our transfer referral center (513-584-BEDS).

An important component of our Level I trauma center is community education and outreach. We provide ongoing trauma prevention programs in the areas of motor vehicle crashes, older adult falls, and gun violence prevention, as well as an active EMS education program including lectures and rounding. More information is available at

In conjunction with the American College of Surgeons, the White House, DOD, the FBI, and FEMA, we are proud to offer Stop the Bleed courses for medical and non-medical personnel in the Tri-State region. This is a national initiative to teach the public life-saving bleeding control techniques to aid individuals in a variety of situations. More information is available at and

University of Cincinnati Medical Center Surgical Critical Care

Betty J. Tsuei, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director, UCMC Surgical Critical Care

Krishna P. Athota, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Associate Director, UCMC Surgical Critical Care


The UCMC SICU consists of 34 adult beds with more than 2,000 monthly admissions from all surgical specialties including trauma, general surgery, transplantation, surgical oncology, vascular surgery, urology, thoracic surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, and ENT. Daily multidisciplinary rounds are collaborative in nature, with input and discussion from all team members including critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, critical care pharmacists, and resident physicians. Subspecialty services such as nephrology, infectious disease, rehabilitation medicine, cardiology, and hematology are available for consultative assistance. Additional clinical support services in the SICU include nutrition services, nurse educator, and dedicated SICU social worker.

We offer a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship that accepts two candidates for the completion of a one or two year ACGME accredited program encompassing all aspects of care of the critically ill surgical patient. The fellowship emphasizes cardiopulmonary mechanics, principles of resuscitation, and mechanical ventilation. Our graduates have gone on to leadership positions in the areas of trauma and critical care throughout the country.

General Surgery Research

Michael D. Goodman, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, General Surgery Research


Our research programs focus on the concept that key intervention early in the course of critical illness leads to improved patient outcomes. Our extensive research portfolio includes projects in basic science, translational science, outcomes research, education and simulation, device design and implementation, and clinical trials. The division currently oversees more than 35 research grants, with funding from the NIH, DOD, and industry. We have strong collaborative ties with several key partners including emergency medicine, neurosurgery, the UC College of Pharmacy, Hoxworth Blood Center, the UC College of Engineering, Northwestern University, and the University of North Carolina.

C-STARS Cincinnati

The section serves as host to one of five national military medical trauma training centers. The UC Medical Center serves as the site of the United States Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS). Cincinnati CSTARS is home to the Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) advanced validation center. The Cincinnati CSTARS CCATT course is attended by members of the USAF Air Force’s elite CCATT team members. These military medics are responsible for the medical evacuation of the sickest casualties from far-flung locations throughout the globe. The USAF CSTARS center serves as home base for over 20 active duty Air Force military personnel who serve as instructors and support personnel for the CCATT validation process. Seven active duty Air Force trauma surgeons participate as fully integrated members of the section of general surgery as a part of their assigned duties at Cincinnati CSTARS.




Timothy A. Pritts, MD, PhD, FACS (Chief)
Krishna P. Athota, MD, FACS
Richard D. Branson, RRT, MS, MBA
Kenneth Davis Jr., MD, FACS
Ryan E. Earnest, MD, FACS
Brian J. Gavitt, MD, MPH, FACS
Michael D. Goodman, MD, FACS
Dallas G. Hansen, MD, FACS
Christopher F. Janowak, MD
Amy T. Makley, MD, FACS
D Anderson Millar, MD, FACS
Vanessa Nomellini, MD, PhD
Michael C. Petro, MD, FACS
Jason J. Schrager, MD, FACS
Kevin V. Schrand, MD
Richard J. Strilka, MD, FACS
Jonathan R. Thompson, MD, FACS
Betty J. Tsuei, MD, FACS, FCCM
Brad Watkins, MD, FACS
Christina P. Williams, MD


Nurse Practitioners

Ashley Agnew, CNP
Amber Lanich, CNP
Elizabeth Linz, CNP
Chandra Rhodes, CNP
Jessica Straus, CNP
Sara Tompkins, CNP
Holly Vandergriff, CNP
Shaleen Williams, CNP

Dr. Pritts performing a thoracotomy
Section Chief
Timothy A. Pritts, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Section of General Surgery