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October 31, 2011


Heart Specialists of Ohio signs agreement with ohio state Medical Center


            COLUMBUS, Ohio – Heart Specialists of Ohio, one of the largest independent cardiology practices in central Ohio, has signed an agreement to work with the Ohio State University Medical Center to accommodate an expanding clinical practice and have direct access to research and education activities.

            Heart Specialists of Ohio physicians will continue to provide outpatient services at its current office locations in Columbus, Mount Gilead and a future location convenient to Springfield and Clark County. The group will also continue providing services for Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. Inpatient care will be provided at Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. The inpatient care provided at local hospitals in Mount Vernon and Mount Gilead will not be impacted.

             “Our desire to collaborate closely with researchers and educators, while providing our patients with access to advanced cardiac care including mechanical heart support and transplant, led us to approach Ohio State,” said Dr. Barry George, Heart Specialists of Ohio board member and vice president of research and development. “Being an independent practice has its challenges. To accommodate our growth and the needs of patients, we believe it is beneficial to align with one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. In addition, we’ve been very pleased to see how the Ross Heart Hospital will accommodate our patients in their wonderful facility.”

            George emphasized the importance of making the transition as smooth as possible for patients. “Our major focus in this transition is effectively communicating with our patients and, as part of the outreach, they will personally receive written information in the coming weeks about our new affiliation,” he added.

            According to George, Heart Specialists of Ohio has strong historic ties with the university, with several physicians attending medical school or training at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

            Since its inception in 1996, Heart Specialists of Ohio has been committed to delivering the highest quality heart and vascular care. The practice offers comprehensive cardiovascular services including the latest catheter based therapies for complex coronary, carotid and peripheral vascular disease.  In addition, Heart Specialists of Ohio’s three female cardiologists provide customized heart care that meets the unique needs of women.

            “Heart Specialists of Ohio has an excellent reputation for patient care and clinical practice,” says Dr. Thomas Ryan, director of the Ohio State University Heart and Vascular Center. “This is an opportunity for Ohio State to partner with an organization that shares the same culture of excellence while growing our community-based cardiology and peripheral vascular services.”

Heart Specialist of Ohio physicians include:

Clinical Cardiologists—

Debbra L. Debaets, MD

Timothy P. Obarski, DO

Lawrence G. Murcko, MD

Mary Beth Breckenridge, MD

Arsad “Andy” Karcic, MD


Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular Interventionists—

Barry George, MD

Cindy M. Baker, MD

Talal T. Attar, MD