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October 26, 2015

Volume 2, Number 4 

Alan MarcoFrom the CEO’s desk

As we enter the flu season, Wright State Physicians recommends that all employees get vaccinated against influenza. As you know, the flu can be a serious disease. Patients and coworkers who are ill with the flu can spread it to you. So, please protect yourself, your coworkers and our patients by getting vaccinated.

Wright State Physicians Family Medicine is offering free flu shots to any Wright State Physicians employee. Flu shots will be given on the second floor at the Wright State Physicians Health Center. No appointment is necessary. 

November also is the time to review your benefits. Human Resources will hold open enrollment meetings Nov. 3-6. Open enrollment will run Nov. 1–Nov. 30.

On behalf of the leadership team at Wright State Physicians, we appreciate all that you do to provide expert care to our patients.

Alan Marco, M.D., M.M.M.
President and CEO, Wright State Physicians


Flu shots are available for Wright State Physicians employees

bandage on armWright State Physicians Family Medicine is offering free flu shots to Wright State Physicians employees at the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the campus of Wright State University (725 University Blvd.).

To get a flu shot at the Wright State Physicians Health Center, go to the second floor of the building. No appointment is necessary.

Any other patients must present a valid photo ID and insurance card at the time of check-in. Most insurance companies cover the influenza vaccine, but a copay may be required. Payment is due at the time of check-in for self-pay patients.

For more information, contact Carolyn McDermott at (937) 245-7153 or carolyn.mcdermott@wrightstatephysicians.org.


2016 open enrollment meetings scheduled Nov. 3-6

open enrollment signThe 2016 open enrollment meetings will be held Nov. 3-6. Each full-time employee should have received an email from Janelle Dodge with dates and times for these meetings. All full-time staff employees interested in benefits should attend.

Wright State Physicians will send emails with 2016 benefit information in the next couple of weeks, which will include instructions on updating your benefits in Paycor.

Open enrollment will run Nov. 1-30.

Attendance at the open enrollment meetings will count as meeting the first quarter 2016 wellness objective for HSA employer contributions.

If you cannot attend the meetings but would still like to schedule a time to review benefits and meet your first quarter wellness objective, contact Janelle Dodge at (937) 245-7144 or janelle.dodge@wspi.org.


Plastic surgeon Sunishka M. Wimalawansa, M.D., M.B.A., joins Wright State Physicians

Dr. WimalawansaPlastic surgeon Sunishka M. Wimalawansa, M.D., M.B.A., has joined Wright State Physicians Plastic Surgery and is seeing patients at Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dayton VA Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital.

Wimalawansa also teaches as an assistant professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Boonshoft School of Medicine.

He is a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, cosmetic surgery, microsurgery and skin cancer/lesions. He completed a hand surgery fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Ky. He completed his residency at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, where he was chief resident in plastic surgery. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

He is accepting new and referral patients for both plastic surgery and hand surgery. He treats the entire spectrum of hand problems from trauma to arthritis to nerve and tendon problems. To make an appointment, call (937) 208-3999.


Surgery department receives grant to study impact of inter-facility transfers between hospitals

Priti Parikh, Ph.D.Research by a multidisciplinary team of researchers and surgeons from the Department of Surgery at Boonshoft School of Medicine has found that trauma victims are sometimes transferred unnecessarily from one hospital to another. Their research has led to another grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS).

The team’s initial findings were part of study funded through a $56,126 grant from the ODPS, which awarded the grant in July 2014.

Led by Priti Parikh, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of research in the Department of Surgery, the multidisciplinary team focused on improving patient triage by emergency medical services at roadside accidents. The team studied how errors affect the efficiency of the trauma system.

A trauma system is an organized, coordinated effort in a specific region that is designed to provide immediate care for severely injured patients. Usually located in a hospital, a trauma center has specialized surgeons, specialists, anesthesiologists, nurses, resuscitation and life support equipment and operating rooms available at all times. There are five levels of trauma centers, with Level I being the highest, providing total care for trauma injuries.

While efficiently matching patients’ needs to hospitals’ resources and capabilities is vital to improving the trauma system, the research team found that a lot of people are transferred unnecessarily from one hospital to another.

“The data was very intriguing,” Parikh said. “So we decided to dig deeper to identify reasons for inter-facility transfers.”

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Alyssa J. Gans, M.D. Alyssa J. Gans, M.D. Gregory R. Semon, D.O. Gregory R. Semon, D.O.

Wright State Physicians Surgery welcomes new doctors in surgical trauma, acute care surgery

Wright State Physicians Surgery welcomes two trauma and acute care surgeons, Alyssa J. Gans, M.D., and Gregory R. Semon, D.O.

Gans is accepting new patients and is seeing patients at Miami Valley Hospital. She is a fellowship-trained trauma and acute care surgeon specializing in surgical critical care and trauma. She earned her medical degree from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, where she also completed a general surgery residency. She completed a surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.

Semon is accepting new patients and is seeing patients at Miami Valley Hospital. He is a fellowship-trained trauma and acute care surgeon specializing in trauma, critical care, laparoscopic surgery and surgical management of rib fractures.

He earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine/Grandview Hospital. He also completed fellowships in surgical critical care and acute care surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

To schedule an appointment with either surgeon, call (937) 208-2552.


Wright State Physicians Surgery welcomes new doctors in surgical oncology, vascular surgery

Kamran Jafree, MBBS
Kamran A. Jafree, M.B.B.S.
Rebecca Tuttle, M.D.
Rebecca Tuttle, M.D.

Wright State Physicians Surgery welcomes vascular surgeon Kamran A. Jafree, M.B.B.S., RPVI, and surgical oncologist Rebecca Tuttle, M.D.

Jafree is accepting new patients and seeing patients at Miami Valley Hospital South and Upper Valley Medical Center. He is a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon specializing in minimally invasive endovascular and open surgical repair of vascular disease, including arterial insufficiency, thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms and dissections, peripheral arterial disease, carotid artery disease and stroke prevention, hemodialysis access, deep vein thrombosis and venous insufficiency.

He earned his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan and interned at the University of Connecticut, Farmington. He completed a general surgery residency at State University of New York at Buffalo and a vascular surgical fellowship at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Tuttle is accepting new patients and is seeing patients at Kettering Medical Center and Miami Valley Hospital South. She is a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer, melanoma, sarcoma, advanced gastrointestinal cancer and peritoneal malignancies.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed a general surgery residency at Boonshoft School of Medicine and a research fellowship in the Wright State University Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She also completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. Tuttle is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

To schedule an appointment with Jafree, call (937) 208-2552. To schedule an appointment with Tuttle, call (937) 424-2469.

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