Chair Transforms, Expands Women's Health Program
Published May 2009
If seeing something come to fruition is in the believing, then it appears that UC’s department of obstetrics and gynecology and its clinical practice, UC Physicians, are destined to become known as the premier provider for women’s health care in Cincinnati and the region.
“All the pieces are starting to come together. It’s going to happen,” says Arthur Evans, MD, who was recruited from Texas Tech University in 2007 to chair UC’s OB-GYN department and expand the clinical practice.
And there’s already visible change.
Since arriving, Evans has recruited 10 additional faculty members from all over the country, added three subspecialties to the department (maternal-fetal medicine, gynecology-oncology and urogynecology) and a division of certified nurse midwifes.
He also recently moved the clinical practice into 6,000 square feet of gleaming new space on the eighth floor of the Medical Arts Building (MAB). The practice was formerly located on the fifth floor.
“The environment is spa-like now, which is the expectation when women choose their OB-GYN,” says division director Kellie Flood-Shaffer, MD, who followed Evans from Texas to teach and practice at UC.
“We have an opportunity to give the women in the UC community and the women of Greater Cincinnati something that they do not have now: a single site where the very best physicians can attend to all of their OB-GYN needs throughout their adult lives, whether they need a routine annual exam, diagnostic testing, a surgical procedure or subspecialty referral and care,” says Flood-Shaffer.
Ironically, Evans finds himself in a goal-oriented position similar to one he was in 35 years ago. After graduating from Harvard Univer-sity in 1970, Evans was a UC College of Medicine student (Class of 1974) walking the very same Academic Health Center halls he does now with visions of a bright and shining future ahead.
A career in academic medicine led him to Texas Tech in 2003, where he became chair of the OB-GYN department.
It’s a devotion to academic excellence at UC that began with his father, Arthur Evans II, MD.
“My father did his surgery and urology training here after World War II and was the director of UC’s urology department from 1960 to 1984.
“It was a time when urology was a burgeoning field, and my father trained many of the urologists in the city. My family has a strong tradition with the College of Medicine. Both of my brothers, Bill (Class of 1976), a urologist, and Charles (Class of 1979), a pathologist, attended medical school here, as did my cousin, John Porter (Class of 1977), and my nephew, Blake Evans (Class of 2008).”
The position at UC was an inviting challenge because, Evans says, “the department already had a strong tradition of excellence in research and education, but to be successful in academics today you need research, education and excellence in patient care with a large, active practice.”
To that end, University Hospital (UH) is also a key component of the total care approach.
“UH has just completed construction of beautiful new OB-GYN facilities on the first floor of the Hoxworth Building for the OB-GYN resident practice, and the Center for Perinatal Medicine and the Labor and Delivery/Postpar-tum facilities are undergoing a complete renovation,” says Evans.
The UC general OB-GYN faculty performs all of their deliveries, surgeries and hospital care at UH. They also have offices at the MAB and University Pointe. The department’s subspecialists work at UH and other hospital locations throughout the region.
“The model of care we are trying to make available to women is one of a variety of options designed to meet the needs of the community we serve,” says Donna Belcher, an adjunct professor and midwifery section director.
“There was a time when women would only think about coming to UC Physicians and our department if they had a special or unique problem, but now we have the region’s only women’s health care system that seamlessly integrates all OB-GYN services and subspecialties together. We don’t have to send patients off site or outside UC Physicians,” says Evans.
To make an appointment with UC Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology, call (513) 475-8588 or visit ucphysicians.com.
OB-GYN Adds 10 New Physicians
Ten new physicians have joined UC’s obstetrics and gynecology department since Arthur Evans, MD, became chair in 2007.
The physicians and their areas of specialty are:
• Kellie Flood-Shaffer, MD, General OB/GYN
• Amy Thompson, MD, General OB/GYN
• Cathy Van Hook, MD, General OB/GYN
• Mary South, MD, Urogynecology
• Edward Richards, MD, Gynecologic Oncology
• Carri Warshak, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
• David Lewis, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
• Emily DeFranco, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
• Ronald Jaekle, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
• James Van Hook, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine