Staff Bulletin.Paul Bunch, MD, a pediatrician with Springdale-Mason Pediatric Associates, began his term as president of the Cincinnati Pediatric Society (CPS) on January 1. He succeeds Kate McGovern, MD, in the role.

Bunch was born and raised in Cincinnati, earning his undergrad degree from the University of Dayton and his MD from the UC College of Medicine in 2008. He completed his residency at Cincinnati Children’s in 2011 and was chief resident in 2012.

“I was always interested in science, biology and helping people,” he says. “I figured out in high school that I wanted to be a doctor, but I didn’t decide on pediatrics until my third-year rotation. I fell in love with caring for kids in my continuity clinic with Joe Leanza. It greatly influenced what I wanted to do and where.”

For any physician looking to connect with peers, both locally and regionally, CPS offers multiple opportunities.

“We have four areas of focus – education, advocacy, networking/socializing and recognition,” says Bunch. “You can choose to participate in as many activities as you want. There’s no pressure.”

Membership is $100/year for physicians and fellows; $50 for nurse practitioners, physician assistants and emeritus staff, and $25 for residents.

“Joining the CPS is the best opportunity to connect with and work with others who care for kids,” says Bunch. “You find common causes and get to learn from your peers and work alongside them. Plus, CPS is the Cincinnati chapter of the Ohio AAP.”

Bunch and his wife, Nikki, have five children, ages 2 to 11. He understands that it can be hard to find time for activities outside of work and family. But he believes CPS is a worthy investment of time.

“We have our annual Spring Intensive scheduled for April 20. It will feature topics on adverse childhood experiences and childhood toxic stress,” he says. “We also host awards dinners in the spring and fall to recognize both hospital-based and community-based physicians. Everyone is welcome to attend any and all events, whether you’re a member or not. Come, see what we’re all about.”

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