Finding a doctor or a specialist can be a pain. We wanted to help you sift through the deluge of doctors in Dayton to help make your search as painless as possible. Our list includes 1,525 physicians and specialists with 98 specialties in Montgomery County. The doctors interviewed in our profiles were selected from the total list.

Our directory is based off of the State Medical Board of Ohio’s August 2013 list for Montgomery County. We’ve checked the list for the most current office phone numbers and addresses, eliminating those still licensed but reported as retired or if they relocated to another state or city. Some doctors and/or their addresses were also omitted because we could not find or verify accurate information.

Since this is our first stab at such a comprehensive list, please let us know if you or your preferred physician were omitted. We seek to update this list and make any corrections needed for next year.

Our list was retrieved from med.ohio.gov/consumer-roster.htm and the full list of Dayton doctors is available at thedaytonmagazine.com. You may also contact the State Medical Board of Ohio for more information.




 

Dr. Stacy Meyer
Pediatrician at Dayton Children’s Hospital

Dr. Stacy Meyer is part of the “Dr. Mom Squad” at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

She is one of four pediatrician/moms on the hospital staff who regularly contribute to a hospital blog about medical issues facing their children.

“It’s a great way to relay information in a more conversational way,” says Dr. Meyer, a pediatric endocrinologist and mother of two boys: 4-year-old known as “Sprout” on the blog and an 18-month-old known as “Busy Bee.”

“I learn a lot myself from researching the articles and from the feedback we get,” says Dr. Meyer. “At the end of the day, even though we’re physicians, we’re still moms.”

For example, one recent blog described how she and her husband dealt with Sprout’s recurring night terrors, a relatively common condition in children.

She wrote: “I knew that this was a night terror after a few seconds of observing [Sprout] but had a hard time following my own typical advice of not interfering and allowing the terror to run its course.”

A Troy native, who earned her medical degree from Wright State University and did a fellowship in endocrinology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Dr. Meyer says she enjoys the personal touch of practicing medicine.

“My parents always joke that I told them I would be a doctor since I was four years old. They kept waiting for me to change my mind, but I never did,” she says.

“I enjoy the science and working with people every day.


Dr. Amol Soin
Anesthesiologist at the Ohio Pain Clinic and Kettering Medical Center

For many of his patients, Dr. Amol Soin is a last resort.

“We’re often the last stop. They’ve been to their family doctor, their surgeon and maybe a chiropractor to deal with their pain,” says Dr. Soin, who opened his first Ohio Pain Clinic in Beavercreek six years ago. “We try to see if we can help them, and when we’re successful it’s very rewarding.”

Soin added four more offices since 2008, and the most recent was in Hamilton last year. The practice’s patient roster has grown to over 10,000. Studies indicate one in five Americans will deal with some type of chronic pain in their lifetime. The Ohio Pain Clinic’s approach is an antidote to the growing problem of prescription drug abuse that has reached epidemic proportions.

“Our philosophy is: ‘We’re going to try and manage your pain without relying on addicting pain killers,’ ” says Dr. Soin. “The definition of pain management is to try and identify and treat the root cause of pain and not just mask it with pharmaceuticals.”

It involves a variety of techniques: physical therapy using X-Ray guided injections to block pain from specific nerves and procedures such as nerve oblations and stimulations to block pain signals from nerve clusters. Dr. Soin says his patients face back, neck and joint pain, which are the three most common issues.

The son of Dayton entrepreneur Raj Soin, Dr. Soin earned his bachelor’s and medical degree through the University of Akron and did his residency in anesthesiology at Rush University in Chicago where he was actively involved in research in both pain management and anesthesia. He subsequently received a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, which has one of the oldest and largest pain management departments.

“I’m really a scientist at heart as well as a clinician,” he says. That gives him access to the latest in pain management research and technology for his patients.


Dr. John J. Haluschak
Hematology and Medical Oncology at Dayton Physicians Network

Cancer research and medicine has taken long strides in the past 20 years, and Dr. John Haluschak has seen the progression first hand.

“The field of oncology really didn’t exist 40 or 50 years ago,” says Haluschak, who has specialized in hematology and medical oncology at the Dayton Physicians Network for the past 21 years. “Every decade for the past 50 years has seen more and more advances.”

Haluschak says understanding cancer treatment and medicine has rapidly advanced in the past 10 years, along with research that has revealed the immune system’s importance in the fight against cancer.

“It’s probably going to be the biggest new frontier in cancer research,” he says.

As doctors and researchers shed more light on the elusive disease, physicians have to create a treatment plan that best suits each patient. It’s a difficult task when a patient is taking advice from multiple doctors. The Dayton Physicians Network uses a comprehensive treatment plan so patients can avoid hearing three different opinions.

“It gets challenging when a patient with prostate cancer is hearing from a urologist, oncologist and radiologist, and the doctors aren’t on the same page,” says Haluschak.

At the Dayton Physicians Network, Haluschak and other physicians take a true comprehensive approach to treating patients. It’s that type of close-knit treatment that makes the Dayton health-care market patient friendly.

“I think a lot of people feel like there is more expertise at larger institutions,” says Haluschak. “Dayton has some cancer centers that rival others in the state. There is a lot of great expertise here locally.”  

Dr. Katherine A. Lambes
Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton

The Affordable Care Act will help physicians like Dr. Katherine A. Lambes, a double-board certified specialist at Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton, increase patient care while ensuring current patients still have the best quality treatment.

“It’s really going to help us and the individuals we serve,” says Lambes. “With the state’s expansion of Medicaid, we’re going to be able to help a lot more people.”

Before starting at the federally-qualified CHCGD, the native Daytonian attended Wright State University for her undergraduate degree, her medical degree and her residency. In 2008, Lambes received her certification in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. She then became an assistant professor at her alma mater before moving to Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton in 2010.

Lambes’ dual certification in internal medicine and pediatrics allows her to treat a diverse set of issues in children and adults, while developing a special bond. “There is no shipping them off to another doctor,” says Lambes. “I can still take care of them as they get into their 20s and 30s.”

Since the ACA’s introduction, Lambes says the CHCGD has had a steady increase in patients and she hopes more eligible people will continue to sign up.

“We don’t have a limit on the number of patients we see,” says Lambes, who believes places like the CHCGD will only benefit from the new law. Watching patients—who would otherwise go untreated—receive quality care gives Lambes satisfaction in her profession and hope for the area’s overall health.

“It’s a good thing for the community and a worthwhile thing to be doing,” says Lambes.

 

Dr. Sunishka Wimalawansa
Plastic Surgery at Wright State University

As the son of a renowned endocrinologist growing up in England, Sunishka Wimalawansa knew a medical career was in his future.

“My father was an early role model. Medicine was what we talked about around the dinner table,” says Sunishka, a sixth-year resident in plastic surgery at the Boonschoft School of Medicine at Wright State University.

His father, Dr. Sunil Wimalawansa, a native of Sri Lanka, is an author, educator and innovator in endocrinology, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.

After his family immigrated to Texas, Suniskha graduated from Rice University and enrolled at the Baylor College of Medicine. He still found time to take a year and half out of his medical studies to work as a software engineer in Houston. “I thought for a time I might become an astronaut,” he says.

The flexibility at Baylor also allowed him to earn an MBA to have a better grounding on the practical side of medicine.

Sunishka, however, found his calling during a surgical rotation at Baylor when he helped rebuild the nose of a cancer patient and replaced skin on the hand of a worker injured in a machine accident.

Wright State is affiliated with seven major teaching hospitals in the Dayton area including Miami Valley Hospital and Dayton Children’s Medical Center to give its residents a wide variety of practical experience.

That opportunity for a variety of hands-on experiences and to work with Dr. Michael Johnson, chief of plastic surgery, at Wright State is what drew Sunishka to Dayton. “I really can’t think of a better place to train,” he says.


Dr. Robert Margolis
Ohio Sleep and Pulmonary Center

Dr. Robert Margolis’ nickname should be “Dr. Sandman.”

His Ohio Sleep and Pulmonary Center in Englewood has helped thousands of patients over the last seven years get a good night’s sleep, but it’s not as simple as night and day.

“Sleep disorders can affect a person’s health in many different ways,” he says. “Sleep apnea can increase the likelihood of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and depression.” There are also indications, he says, that the risk of death from cancer increase with sleep apnea, a condition that interrupts a person’s breathing during sleep.

Treatments vary from sophisticated sleep masks that keep a patient’s airways open during sleep to lifestyle changes, for example weight loss if a patient is obese.

Sleep apnea is a growing medical issue. About four percent of women and eight percent of men will suffer from the condition, says Dr. Margolis.

Often patients aren’t aware they have the problem until a spouse or friend calls it to their attention.

A native of Cleveland, Dr. Margolis has been practicing medicine in Dayton since 1987. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree, where he first decided to purse medicine as a career. He obtained his medical degree from St. Louis University and did his residency at Wright State University. He also completed his fellowship at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital.

He spent the first 20 years of his career as a pulmonary care physician, and gravitated to the treatment of sleep disorders about seven years ago.

“I’ve always been interested in sleep medicine,” he says. “I found it intrinsically appealing and rewarding that patients sleep better because of what I do.”