• Committee Information

    Learn more about the various committees associated with Medical Staff Services, including bylaws and other details specific to the Physician Hospital Organization Credentialing Committee, Credentialing Committee, and the Medical Executive Committee.
  • The committee shall meet at least quarterly or more frequently at the discretion of the Committee Chairperson. Read more details concerning the committee (PDF).


    Rhonda Russell
    Phone: 513-636-8735
    Email: Rhonda.Russell@cchmc.org

    Kelly Guthrie
    Phone: 513-636-9691
    Email: Kelly.Guthrie@cchmc.org

    Credentials Committee 2014 Members

    • Paul Willging, M.D. Chairperson - Otolaryngology
    • Chris Cunha, M.D. Vice Chairperson - Community Pediatrics
    • Cynthia Acree, CNP - Advanced Practice Nurse
    • Henry Akinbi, M.D. - Neonatology
    • Robert Ammerman, Ph.D. - Psychology
    • Melodie Blacklidge, M.D. - General Pediatrics
    • Cheryl Brumbaugh, CNP - Advanced Practice Nurse
    • Karen Burns, M.D. - Oncology
    • Darla Cahill, M.D. - Community Pediatrics
    • Heather Ciesielski, Ph.D. - Psychology
    • David Klein, M.D. - Endocrinology
    • Theodore Miller, M.D. - Otolaryngology
    • Grant Mussman, M.D. - Hospitalist
    • Bob Carpenter, Esq. (ex officio) - Senior Counsel & SRO
    • Michelle Stultz, RN, CPMSM, CPS (ex officio) - Sr. Director, Medical Staff Services
    The duties of the Medical Executive Committee include:

    Making recommendations to the Board regarding the MEC's review of and actions on reports and recommendations from Medical Staff Departments, standing and special committees, officers, and other assigned activity groups relative to the discharge of their delegated administrative responsibilities and upon the findings from the review and evaluation of patient care.

    Read more information, including more duties and composition of the committee, as well as qualifications for seats on the committees and election process.

    The Physician Hospital Organization Credentialing Committee is a subcommittee of the Credentials Committee. Credentialing procedures include:

    • Review process for advance practice nurses
    • Permission to practice and renewal of permission to practice
    • Review process for all other AHPs
    • Permission to practice and renewal of permission to practice for all other AHPs

    Read the entire Credentialing Procedure document (PDF).

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  • Scope of Providers

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    All medical staff appointees and Advanced Practice Providers practicing within Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are credentialed through the Department of Medical Staff Services. Any published external directories of contracted and/or employed physicians on the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital provider panel must be credentialed. Physician members of Tri-State Child Health Services Inc. are also credentialed through the Department of Medical Staff Services.