Orthopaedics

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    The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child's unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.

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    Division Director

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    James J. McCarthy, MD, MHCM
    Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    513-636-8429

    james.mccarthy@cchmc.org

    James J. McCarthy, MD, MHCM

    Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    Alvin Crawford Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics

    Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-8429

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: james.mccarthy@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Treatment of pediatric hip disorders; complex limb and spine deformities (e.g., scoliosis); gait analysis in children with neuromuscular disorders

    Biography

    Dr. McCarthy is a professor for the Department of Orthopaedics Surgery at the University of Cincinnati as well as the director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and the Alvin L. Crawford chair in pediatric orthopaedics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is the current chair and vice president of the POSNA Quality, Safety and Value Initiative. He was initially trained as an engineer at the University of Wisconsin, attended medical school at the University of North Carolina and completed his residency in at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He recently completed his master’s degree in health care management at Harvard.

    Education and Training

    MD: The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, 1991.

    Residency: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 1996.

    Fellowship: The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO, 1997.

    Certification: Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

    MHCM: Harvard School of Public Health.

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    Faculty

    Steven S. Agabegi, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: steven.agabegi@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Scoliosis; complex spinal deformity; cervical and lumbar degenerative conditions; revision surgery; spine trauma; spine tumors

    Education and Training

    MD: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Fellowhip: Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI.

    Publications

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    Donita I. Bylski-Austrow, PhD
    Director, Biomechanics Research Laboratory

    513-803-2283

    donita.bylski-austrow@cchmc.org

    Donita I. Bylski-Austrow, PhD

    Director, Biomechanics Research Laboratory

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2283

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: donita.bylski-austrow@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Donita Bylski-Austrow, PhD, joined Cincinnati Children's in 1995. She directs biomechanics research, which has focused primarily on the thoracic spine for the purpose of improving the treatment of scoliosis.

    She has published peer-reviewed scientific articles in premier journals and regularly presents research results at national and international meetings. Past research experience has encompassed biomechanical aspects of auto occupant injury; birth trauma effects on the fetal skull; ultrasound-computed tomography; and knee injury treatment, especially of the menisci and anterior cruciate ligament. She determined the effects of surgical techniques on the mechanical properties of the spine toward improving the treatment of scoliosis using endoscopy. A main focus of interest is the mechanobiology of vertebral growth. These studies combine an innovative surgical approaches with mechanics, biology, and imaging. In collaboration with a visiting surgeon from Japan, she defined the mechanical function of the nuchal ligament to help prevent post-laminectomy kyphotic deformities.

    Education and Training

    PhD: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Bioengineering, 1986.

    MSE: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Applied Mechanics, 1983

    MS: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Bioengineering, 1981

    BSE: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Mechanical Engineering, 1978.

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    Roger Cornwall, MD
    Co-Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Center

    513-636-4785

    Roger Cornwall, MD

    Co-Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Center

    Director, Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Brachial plexus birth palsy; pediatric hand and wrist trauma; congenital hand and upper extremity abnormalities; complex pediatric elbow trauma and deformities; gymnast wrist.

    Research Interests

    Brachial plexus injury and the growth and development of muscles; minimally invasive surgical treatment for shoulder contracture in brachial plexus birth palsy; nerve transfers for unreconstructable brachial plexus birth injuries; outcomes following surgical and nonsurgical treatment algorithms for pediatric hand fractures; outcomes of non-operative and operative treatment algorithms for chronic adolescent wrist pain.

    Education and Training

    MD: Columbia University, New York, NY, 1997.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 2002.

    Fellowship: Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Harvard University, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, 2003.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2004.

    Visiting Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic and Hand Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2004.

    Visiting Fellowship: Pediatric Hand and Brachial Plexus Surgery, l'Institut de la Main, Paris, France, 2004.

    Certification:    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2006;Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand,The American Board of Surgery, 2009. 

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    Viral V. Jain, MD
    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    513-636-4785

    viral.jain@cchmc.org

    Viral V. Jain, MD

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Orthopedic Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: viral.jain@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Spinal deformitie; minimally invasive spine surgeries; limb lengthening and reconstruction; pediatric hip disorders

    Research Interests

    Growth of immature spine; health of intervertebral disk

    Education and Training

    MD: B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, India.

    Residency: Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College & Sheth V.S. General Hospital, Ahmedabad, India.

    Certification: Spine Surgery.

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    Kevin J. Little, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4787

    Email: kevin.little@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Hand and upper extremity trauma; congenital hand malformations; peripheral nerve injuries; upper extremity reconstruction from cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and brachial plexus injuries

    Research Interests

    Enhancing muscle recovery following peripheral nerve injuries

    Biography

    Kevin Little, MD, completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati, and received fellowship training in Hand and Microsurgery at the Philadelphia Hand Center/Thomas Jefferson University. He completed an additional fellowship in Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Education and Training

    MD: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 2004.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH, 2004-2009.

    Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, 2009-2010; Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati OH, 2010-2011.

    Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, 2009.

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    Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH
    Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research

    513-636-4785

    charles.mehlman@cchmc.org

    Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH

    Director, Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research

    Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Center

    Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: charles.mehlman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Musculoskeletal outcomes research; orthopaedic trauma; bone tumors; arthroscopic surgery; shoulder and elbow surgery; spine surgery; foot and ankle surgery; limb deficiencies in children

    Research Interests

    Pediatric outcomes: quality of life following traumatic injury, traction and casting versus flexible intramedullary nailing of femoral fractures in children; brachial plexus injuries; effectiveness of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery in the management of pediatric spinal deformity biomechanical study of Nancy nails, outcomes following pediatric thoracolumbar spinal trauma; medical soft-tissue release and petrie casting for the treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; perioperative complications associated with operative treatment of supracondylar humeral fractures in children; undisplaced fractures of the distal radius and ulna in children -- risk factors for displacement; talus fractures in children; complications associated with the use of meniscal arrows in children; effectiveness of halo-femoral traction in the management of severe spinal deformity; orthopaedic injuries in children secondary to airbag deployment; buckle fractures of the distal radius and ulna -- risk factors for displacement; hip problems associated with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome and effectiveness of flexible intramedullary nailing of pediatric tibia fractures

    Education and Training

    DO: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Athens, Ohio; 1989.

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, 1998.

    Internship: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Grandview Hospital and Medical Center; Dayton, Ohio; 1989-1990.

    Residency: Internal Medicine; Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine; Akron General Medical Center; Akron, Ohio; 1990-1991; Orthopaedic Surgery; Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Grandview Hospital and Medical Center; Dayton, Ohio, 1991-1995.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Children's Hospital Medical Center; Cincinnati, Ohio; 1995-1996; MPH: Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research, MPH; Harvard School of Public Health; Boston, Mass., 1996-1998.

    Certification: Board-certified, American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1998-2008.

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    Shital N. Parikh, MD
    Orthopaedic Surgeon (Sports Medicine)

    513-636-4785

    shital.parikh@cchmc.org

    Shital N. Parikh, MD

    Orthopaedic Surgeon (Sports Medicine)

    Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: shital.parikh@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    ACL/PCL tears; meniscal tears; shoulder instability and labral pathology; osteochondritis dissecans; hip, ankle and elbow injuries requiring arthroscopic procedures

    Research Interests

    Tunnel placement to avoid growth plates in ACL reconstruction; development of animal model (rabbit) of Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD); Clinical Outcomes after Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction (MPFL) for patellar instability; car seats are for cars – Misuse of car seats in the US, 2003 – 2007; outcomes of treatment of tibial spine / ACL avulsion fractures; outcomes of treatment of tibial tuberosity avulsion fractures; radiographic study of femoral attachment of MCL and MPFL; operating room traffic patterns and implications; clinical and Radiographic outcomes after ACL reconstruction; growth of Calcaneus from birth to 18 years

    Biography

    Shital N. Parikh, MD is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at CCHMC, specializing in sports related injuries (Sports Medicine). 

    Dr. Parikh is fellowship trained in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and in Sports Medicine.

    Education and Training

    MD: Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India, 1996.

    Residency: Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India, 2000.

    Fellowship: New York University - Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, 2001.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, 2002.

    Fellowship: University of Toronto - Sunnybrook and Women's Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, 2003.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Cincinnati, 2004.

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    Jaime Rice Denning, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: jaime.denning@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: Case West Reserve University School Medicine 2001-2005.

    Residency: Orthopaedic, University of Chicago Medical Center 2006-2010.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital 2010-2011.

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    Chandran Sheila, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4787

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: sheila.chandran@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Dr. Chandran's interests include all aspects of non-surgical pediatric orthopaedics. She has an interest in pediatric gait and the Ponseti technique for management of clubfoot.

    Biography

    Sheila Chandran, MD, completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. She then completed a fellowship in non-operative pediatric orthopaedics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Chandran works at the Shriners Hospital in Lexington in addition to her position at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Non-Operative Pediatric Orthopaedics, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation University of Wisconsin - Madison; July 2008-June 2009.

    Residency: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Kentucky - Lexington; July 2004-June 2008.

    Board Certification: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2012.

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    Joel I. Sorger, MD
    Co-Director, Musculoskeletal Tumor Center

    513-636-4787

    joel.sorger@cchmc.org

    Joel I. Sorger, MD

    Co-Director, Musculoskeletal Tumor Center

    Director, Pediatric Joint Replacement Surgery

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4787

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: joel.sorger@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Orthopaedic oncology (sarcoma surgery) and joint replacement surgery 

    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, University of Richmond, Virginia, August 1983-May 1987.

    MD: Medical College of Virginia: Richmond, Virginia, August 1987-May 1991.

    Intern: General Surgery Intern, University of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, Ohio,
    July 1991-June 1992.

    Residency: General surgery resident, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 1992-1993; Orthopaedic surgery resident, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 1994-1998.

    Fellowship: Orthopaedic research fellow, Noyes-Giannestras Biomechanics Lab, University of Cincinnati Department of Aerospace Engineering 1993-1994. Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Management Fellowship (Orthopaedic Oncology) , Harvard University: Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston, Children’s Hospital, August 1998-July 1999

    Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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    Peter F. Sturm, MD
    Director, Crawford Spine Center

    513-636-4785

    peter.sturm@cchmc.org

    Peter F. Sturm, MD

    Director, Crawford Spine Center

    Alvin H. Crawford Chair of Spine Surgery

    Professor

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: peter.sturm@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Spine deformity, scoliosis, early onset scoliosis, Mehta casting and pediatric orthopaedics

    Education and Training

    MD: New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1981.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 1986.

    Fellowship: Russ Spinal Surgery, Ottawa Civic Hospital Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1987; Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, The Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, 1988.

    Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, 1990, 1999, 2010.

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    Junichi Tamai, MD
    Director, Physician Assistant Program, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    513-636-4785

    junichi.tamai@cchmc.org

    Junichi Tamai, MD

    Director, Physician Assistant Program, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: junichi.tamai@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Dr. Tamai completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at The George Washington University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. and was fellowship trained in Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In September of 2002, Dr. Tamai joined the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics.   

    Dr. Tamai’s clinical interests include Legg-Calve-Perthes, hip dysplasia and other pediatric and adolescent hip disorders, clubfeet and other pediatric foot disorders and pediatric fractures.

    Education and Training

    MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1996.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, The George Washington University Medical Center, 2001.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2002.

    Certification: Board Certified - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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    Eric J. Wall, MD
    Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

    513-636-4785

    eric.wall@cchmc.org

    Eric J. Wall, MD

    Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

    Director, Orthopaedic Fellowship

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4785

    Fax: 513-636-3928

    Email: eric.wall@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Endoscopic non-fusion scoliosis correction with guided growth; sports growth plate arrest overuse syndromes; patella dislocations; anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in patients with open growth plates; osteochondritis dissecans treatment

    Research Interests

    Hip disorders; open pelvic osteotomy and endoscopic pelvic osteotomy

    Biography

    A professor of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Eric J. Wall, MD, specializes in sports medicine and scoliosis treatment.

    Dr. Wall completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of California, San Diego. He is fellowship trained in biomechanics and spine research at the University of California, San Diego, and pediatric orthopaedics at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.  In addition, Dr. Wall holds a certificate in Sports Medicine and is recognized as a national leader in pediatric sports medicine.  Dr. Wall’s clinical interests include endoscopic pelvic surgery, osteochondritis dissecans, scoliosis, sports-related injuries, orthopaedic basic science research and orthopaedic management of myelomeningocele.

    Eric Wall, M.D. has rapidly established himself in pediatric sports medicine, as well as endoscopic surgery. He has made important contributions to endoscopic surgery through his basic science research efforts in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and his innovative creation of an endoscopic pelvic osteotomy technique.  Dr. Wall has developed new techniques for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, the treatment of patella dislocations and osteochondritis dissecans in young patients. He also co-founded Research in OsteoChondritis of the Knee (ROCK), the multidisciplinary OCD (osteochondritis dissecans) Study Group of North America.

    Dr. Wall stepped down as the division director in August 2010. His focus will now be to concentrate on his revolutionary treatment of early onset scoliosis using spine staples, which were recently FDA approved and is the first and only approved by the FDA.  The technique can eliminate extensive spinal fusion to correct an abnormal curvature by stapling together the growth plates on the actively growing side of the deformity to allow the other side of the spine to catch up.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of California, San Diego, Calif.,1986.

    Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Diego, Calif., 1986-1992.

    Fellowship: Biomechanics/Spine Research, University of California, San Diego, Calif., 1988-89; Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship, Los Angeles Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, Calif., 1992-1993.

    Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, July 1995.

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    Staff

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    Angela Hildebrandt, PA-C
    Physician Assistant, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

    513-803-2024

    angela.hildebrandt@cchmc.org

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    Angela Hildebrandt, PA-C

    Physician Assistant, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Phone: 513-803-2024

    Email: angela.hildebrandt@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.

    PA-C: Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN.

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    Angela M. Wamsley, MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

    513-205-3961

    angela.wamsley@cchmc.org

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    Angela M. Wamsley, MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Phone: 513-205-3961

    Email: angela.wamsley@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BSN: Kent State University, Kent, OH.

    MSN: The University of Akron, Akron, OH.