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Public Relations

The public relations and communications office is responsible for keeping the public informed about scientific and medical progress at the UC Academic Health Center. In doing so, our team serves as a link between UC faculty and staff and local and national news media.


We strive to be an accurate, comprehensive and authoritative source of health information for print, broadcast and electronic media nationwide. As part of this mission, we respond to requests for experts, background information, educated opinions or a local angle to national news.

All communication with members of the media is coordinated through our office to ensure a prompt, positive response. To reach a member of our team, please call 513-558-4553, email, or contact the appropriate team member listed below.

Looking for Patient Care Information (medical records, billing, appointments, etc.)?
Please contact:

University of Cincinnati Physicians: 513-475-8000
University of Cincinnati Medical Center: 513-584-1000

Academic Health Center Public Relations:

Academic Health Center Public Relations and Communications

University Hall, Suite 620
51 Goodman Drive

PO Box 670550

Cincinnati, OH 45267-0550

513-558-2910, Fax                    

Richard Puff, Assistant Vice President
Phone: 513-558-0448
Cell Phone: 513-237-0005
Beat/Focus: Academic Health Center, Academic Health Center history, Family and Community Medicine, Biomedical Informatics

Dama Ewbank, Assistant Director
Phone: 513-558-4519
Cell Phone: 513-348-8085
Beat/Focus: UC College of Nursing, Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Critical Care, Transplant Surgery, Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST). Publications: Dean's List Editor, UC Research Editor and UC Health Connected Editor.

John Wessling, Director of Communications Services
Phone: 513-558-5682
Beat/Focus: The Communications Services staff of 21 professionals provides art and design, duplicating, photography, video and offset printing services to the University of Cincinnati and the community.

Suki Jeffrey, Art Director
Phone: 513-558-3622
Beat/Focus: Art direction, graphic design and branding.

Katie Pence, Senior Public Information Officer
Phone: 513-558-4561
Beat/Focus: Cincinnati Cancer Center, UC Cancer Institute, Cancer and Cell Biology, Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology Division (Environmental Health), Gynecologic Oncology, Hematology Oncology, Plastic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery. **Cancer-focused faculty within other colleges/departments. Publications: Featured editor

Keith Herrell, Public Information Officer
Phone: 513-558-4559
Cell Phone: 513-375-4679
Beat/Focus: UC Neuroscience Institute, Environmental Health (excluding env. genetics/molecular toxicology and public health sciences), Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Hoxworth (Research), Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Nicotine and Alcohol Rehabilitation Medicine, Burn Surgery, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology. Publications: MSB/CARE/Crawley Building Update Editor, UC E-Health News Daily Editor.

Angela Koenig, Public Information Officer
Phone: 513-558-4625
Cell Phone: 513-368-5801
Beat/Focus: James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, College of Allied Health Sciences, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Obstetrics/Gynecology (excluding gyn/onc), Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Urology, Women’s Health Research Program, Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Division (including diabetes/bone centers and obesity research), Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Cedric Ricks, Public Information Officer
Phone: 513-558-4657
Cell Phone: 260-415-8554
Beat/Focus: UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute, College of Medicine Education and Student Affairs/Admissions, Cardiac Surgery, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Digestive Diseases, General Internal Medicine, Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics, Vascular Surgery. Publications: Internal View Editor.