The Medical Board is comprised of twelve members: nine physicians and three non-physician public members
The Medical Board has 12 members: nine physicians and three non-physician public members. All of the Board members are appointed by the Governor and serve five-year terms. Currently one seat on the board has been vacant since March 2013.
Established by the state legislature in 1896, the Medical Board strives to protect and enhance the health and welfare of Ohio's citizens through effective regulation of more than 55,000 licensees, including: medical doctors (MDs), doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs), doctors of podiatric medicine and surgery (DPMs), physician assistants (PAs), massage therapists (MTs), cosmetic therapists (CTs), anesthesiology assistants (AAs) and acupuncturists.
Board members may be reappointed. Appointees' terms are staggered to provide continuity.
Two members serve as the Board's Secretary and Supervising Member who are responsible for overseeing the Board's investigatory and enforcement processes.
The Secretary is a physician member and a consumer member has served as Supervising Member since July 1993.
The agency supports between 77 and 81 full-time positions. The Executive Director, who is an attorney, oversees day-to-day operations. The Medical Board receives no monies from the state's general revenue fund.
Attorney Aaron E. Haslam took over as executive director of the state medical board effective July 1, 2013. Haslam has worked with Attorney General Mike DeWine as a Senior Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Attorney General's Prescription Drug Abuse Initiative since February 2011.
He also served as Coordinator for Special Prosecutions/ Prescription Drug Unit. Haslam is formerly the Adams County Prosecuting Attorney. He obtained his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and is admitted to practice law in Ohio and the United States District Courts of Ohio.
Licensure application and renewal fees are the primary source of funding for Board operations.
The current board members are:
- Anita M. Steinbergh, D.O., President, Family Practice, of Columbus
- Kris Ramprasad, M.D., Vice President, Gastroenterology/Internal medicine, of Cincinnati
- J. Craig Strafford, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.G., Secretary, Obstetrics/Gynecology, of Gallipolis
- Mark A. Bechtel, M.D., Supervising member, Dermatology, of Westerville
- Robert P. Giacalone, Consumer member, of Dublin
- Michael L. Gonidakis, Consumer member, of Dublin
- Donald R. Kenney, Sr, Consumer member, of Westerville
- Bruce R. Saferin, D.P.M., Podiatry, of Toledo
- Sushil M. Sethi, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S, Cardiovascular surgery and occupational medicine, of Mansfield
- Amol Soin, M.D., M.B.A., Pain Management, of Centerville
- Lance A. Talmage, M.D., Obstetric/Gynecology, of Toledo
The Board has jurisdiction over allopathic physicians (MD), osteopathic physicians (DO), podiatric physicians (DPM), physician assistants (PA), anesthesiologist assistants (AA), radiologist assistants (RA), acupuncturists (RAC), and oriental medicine practitioners, as well as the practitioners of the limited branches of medicine including massage therapists (LMT) and cosmetic therapists (CT).
The Medical Board's regulatory responsibilities include investigating complaints against applicants and licensees, and taking disciplinary action against those who violate the public health and safety standards set by the General Assembly and the Medical Board.
- To ensure that persons practicing medicine meet sufficient standards of education, training, competence and ethics
- Define and advocate for standards of safe medical practice
- Rehabilitate, when possible, persons who are impaired or who practice medicine unethically or below minimal standards of care, and prohibit persons who have not been rehabilitated from practicing medicine
- Prohibit persons from practicing medicine whose violations are so egregious as to forfeit the privilege or who otherwise lack the legal authority
- Provide information about the licensees of the Medical Board, the Board's functions and operations, and the laws governing the practice of medicine
- Achieve and maintain the highest possible levels of organizational efficacy