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Memorial Tripling Number of General Surgeons

Memorial Hospital has long been home to highly skilled general surgeons, and starting this September the local health system will offer three working in concert to provide surgical care to the region. Jeffrey Hazey, MD and Katherine Renner Kelly, MD have both recently signed on with Memorial and will join the practice of Memorial General & Colorectal Surgery. They join Adam Barker, MD in the practice where all three will see patients in their new office at Memorial Gateway Medical Center in Marysville.

Dr. Hazey represents a significant addition for the mid-sized health system. A well-respected and renowned surgeon with 25 years of experience, he currently serves as the Chief of the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery within the Department of Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. There he also trains future surgeons as an associate professor. Before coming to OSU in 2003, Dr. Hazey practiced in Greenville, NC, also serving as an associate professor at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

“Dr. Hazey is at the forefront of surgical technique and is a highly sought after expert for training, research and presenting at conferences,” remarks Chip Hubbs, Memorial Health CEO and President. “We think Memorial is a great place to practice high quality medicine and we are so glad Dr. Hazey thought so, too.”

Dr. Hazey’s education includes an undergraduate degree from Miami University, Medical School at Case Western Reserve, residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and fellowships at Mount Sinai Medical Center as well as the Cleveland Clinic. In addition, he has received administration and leadership training at The Ohio State University and at Harvard. The sharing of his expertise has not been limited to the USA. Dr. Hazey has traveled around the world to train hundreds of surgeons in their own facilities on a mission to bring the techniques that result in the best outcomes to those who otherwise would not have the ability to access training. As a general surgeon, Dr. Hazey will provide comprehensive surgical care to patients of the region with specialized skill in minimally invasive techniques and endoscopy. As Memorial seeks to initiate a heartburn clinic, Dr. Hazey will be a cornerstone of that specialty, too.

“Part of my role as a primary care provider is to refer my patients to specialists who will treat them with great skill and compassion,” shares Justin Krueger, MD of Marysville Primary Care. “Dr. Hazey will do exactly that. Beyond his impressive credentials as a surgeon, he has a passion to provide excellent care for his patients, which is very comforting to me. I think Dr. Hazey will be a fantastic addition to the already outstanding Memorial Health team and to our great community.”

Dr. Kelly comes to Memorial following her General Surgical Residency at Inova Fairfax Health System in Falls Church, VA. There she was the recipient of many awards for surgical teaching and outstanding achievement, serving as Chief Resident in her final year of training. No stranger to Central Ohio, her family has a long history with Memorial, as her grandfather, Norm Renner, was a long time board member of the hospital. Her undergraduate degree is from The Ohio State University and she attended Medical School at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Beyond the scope of general surgical care, Dr. Kelly has an interest in breast surgeries and will bring with her specific training in that area. “Memorial has been working to coordinate the services they provide in the area of breast health and Dr. Kelly’s expertise will be an important part of building our program,” says Hubbs.

In addition to seeing patients in Marysville, Dr. Kelly will also have an office in Urbana, eventually in the new Memorial Urbana Medical Center being constructed on the east side of town. In returning “home” to establish her practice, Dr. Kelly comments, “I am proud and excited to start work in the region that holds so many of my family and friends. I look forward to joining the Memorial family and serving my community.”

The two join Dr. Barker Adam Barker, MD who is fellowship trained in Colorectal Surgery, in addition to his general surgical expertise. He has been caring for patients and for many months handling the multitude of cases on his own.

“The surgical expertise we will have at Memorial is phenomenal,” shares Hubbs. “Each of these three physicians is at the top of their game and together the collaboration and quality of care will be second to none.”