Founding Director, Trauma Services,Professor, UC Department of Surgery Victor Garcia, MD, graduated from West Point, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, studied pediatric surgery under C. Everett Koop, and was Walter Reed’s chief of General/Pediatric Surgery. Vic founded Children’s Trauma Center and led the effort to establish the country’s first Pediatric Weight Loss Surgery Center. For his ongoing work to eliminate childhood health and social disparities, he has received numerous awards and commendations to include the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and the National Jefferson Award. Vic has an uncompromising belief in the power of systems thinking and stakeholder engagement to solve society’s most intractable problems.
Dr. Brown is the Associate Director of Trauma Services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and is Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is Director and Co-Founder of the Buckle Up for Life program, a community-based motor vehicle injury prevention program addressing disparities in the Hispanic and African-American communities which is funded through a grant from Toyota. Her research interests lie in trauma and injury prevention.
Nurse Practitioner, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery
Eric J. Crotty, PhD, was raised in Cork, Ireland and received his MB, BCh, BAO degree from the University of College Cork, graduating in 1990. Having worked for three years in pediatrics, he undertook a radiology residency program from 1995 to 1999. Subsequently he did a fellowship year in thoracic imaging at Duke University Medical Center, from July 1999 to June 2000, followed by a pediatric radiology fellowship year at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center from July 2000 to June 2001. He later joined the staff at Cincinnati Children's. He currently is the program director of the Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program. His interests include education, and cardio thoracic imaging.
Currently a senior nursing student at Northern Kentucky University and works as a patient care assistant for Cincinnati Children's Vascular Access Team. Cole had a reconstructive Nuss Procedure performed at the age of 21 years old to correct an earlier surgery when he was a toddler. Due to this procedure, he feels he has never been better, both physically or mentally.
Dr. Jaroszewski is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery and investigator for National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute and manuscript reviewer for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Innovations: Technology & Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock.
Physical Therapist I, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Staci Loer-Fisher, BSN, RN, LMT, has practiced Integrative Care modalities for over 10 years in private practice and in the hospital setting. She is now the primary care provider of alternative modalities with post-operative Pectus Excavatum, Transplant, GI, and Colorectal patients. Staci brings her knowledge of nursing care theories, evidence based practice and expertise of alternative/complementary modalities as an adjunct to the excellent care she provides to patients at CCHMC.
Nurse Practitioner, Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery
Dr. Neilson studies genetic contributions to the disorder acute necrotizing encephalopathy (ANE), in which children are predisposed to devastating neurologic injury following common infections. Research involving families with recurrent ANE has revealed a candidate gene which is now being studied in mouse and cellular models.
Todd Ponsky is currently Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and a pediatric surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Akron Children’s Hospital. He is the Director of Clinical Growth and Transformation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio from 1995-1999,Residency in General Surgery at The George Washington University in Washington, DC from 1999-2005, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC from 2005-2007,and an Advanced Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, CO from 2007-2008. Dr. Ponsky was the first to perform and report single port surgery in children and modernized the methods of the laparoscopic pediatric hernia repair. He has published over 125 manuscripts, edited 3 textbooks, and authored over 30 book chapters. He has directed over 50 national/international courses and has given over 200 visiting lectureships. He is the Associate Editor for The Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and serves on three editorial boards. He is the immediate past president of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) and holds, or has held, leadership positions in the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the International Society for Pediatric Innovation (iSPI). He has won numerous faculty teaching awards. He is involved in both outcomes and animal research with a focus on inguinal hernia physiology, surgical telementoring, endoscopic repair techniques for pure esophageal atresia, and innovations in education. He founded GlobalcastMD and Stay Current in Surgery, both of which serve to democratize and internationalize medical knowledge and modernize the way we teach and learn surgery.
Dr. Sadhasivam is a Professor at The UC Department of Anesthesia with interests in Pediatric pain management; regional anesthesia; clinical research on improving perioperative outcomes.
Michael Taylor, MD, joined the Heart Institute in July, 2010 as the director of Advanced Imaging Innovation. He was previously the director of cardiac magnetic resonance at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Dr. Taylor has expertise in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and computed tomography. He has a dual appointment in the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Imaging Research Center, an interdisciplinary facility of advanced imaging faculty with dedicated clinical and pre-clinical imaging equipment.