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Meet Our Residency Faculty

Department Chair

Mary Jo Welker, MD
Dr. Mary Jo Welker graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed her residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. She has been with the department since 1995, serving as department chair since 1999. She is past President of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians and presently serves as President of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

Program Director

W. Fred Miser, MD 
Dr. Fred Miser graduated from Wheaton College (Illinois) in 1979 and from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1982.  Having received military scholarships to attend both college and medical school, he entered the Army and completed his family medicine residency at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center (Augusta Georgia) in 1985.  Fred then spent a career in the military with tours at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma, Washington (where he completed a two-year Faculty Development Fellowship and obtained a Masters of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University), Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii (where he was residency director), and then back to Madigan Army Medical Center (where he was the director of the faculty development fellowship, and completed a one-year Teaching Scholars Program at the University of Washington).  He retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1997.

Dr. Miser joined The Ohio State University Department of Family Medicine in May 1999, first as the residency director, and then as a clinical researcher.  Due to his love for teaching and working with residents, he resumed the position of residency director in 2009.  Dr. Miser has received numerous awards for teaching and research, including the 2012 Ohio Academy of Family Physician’s Educator of the Year, the 2013 American Academy of Family Physician’s Exemplary Teaching Award, Full-Time Faculty, the 2014 Association of Family Medicine Residency Director’s Gold Program Director Recognition Award, the 2014 OSU College of Medicine “Courage to Teach” award and Distinguished Educator Award.  He has annually been named one of America’s Best Doctors since 2007.  He is a tenured Professor of Family Medicine, and is on the Board of Directors for both the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians.

He and his wife of 36 years, Debi, have five children and five grandchildren, whom they visit as frequently as possible.  Fred’s hobbies include rooting for the Buckeyes, traveling, photography, and playing with his grandchildren.  He and Debi attend Delaware Bible Church.

Associate Program Director for the Urban Track


Associate Program Director

John R. McConaghy, MD
Dr. John McConaghy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh College of Medicine and completed his residency at David Grant USAF Medical Center in California and served seven years in the US Air Force. He joined The Ohio State University in 2002, coming from Toledo where he was Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Associate Director of the Family Practice Residency. He also serves as Chair of the Quality Committee and Physician Executive Committee for University Hospitals East.

Family Physician Faculty (click on each name to view the faculty member's personal profile)

Veronique Bartman, MD
William Buoni, MD
Rob Crane, MD
Melissa Davis,MD
Patrick J. Fahey, MD
Rebecca Grant, MD
Laurie Greco, PhD
Clinton Hartz, MD
Allison Macerollo, MD
Don Mack, MD
John McConaghy, MD
Fred Miser, MD
Elisabeth Nogan, MD
Ernesto Ortiz Cruzado, MD
Rupal Oza, MD, MPH
Bethany Panchal, MD
Milisa Rizer, MD, MPH
Kristen Rundell, MD
Janice Westphal, MD

Residency Staff

Whitney Brumley, MS
Whitney graduated with a Masters in Consumer Science specializing in Hospitality and Sports Industry in 2015 and a Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality Management in 2014, both from The Ohio State University. I grew up with a passion for event planning and hospitality and have worked with hotels, conventions and non-profits, planning and coordinating all aspects of events and travel.
Contact Information: Whitney.Brumley@osumc.edu

Laura Thompson, MA
Laura graduated with a Master of Arts in Higher Education & Student Affairs from The Ohio State University in 2012, and has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Houghton College. She has spent a decade working in universities and gained experience in career development, recruiting, academic advising, residence life, and event planning. Laura’s focus is on creating a welcoming and collaborative educational environment for residents, faculty, and staff.
Contact Information: Laura.Thompson3@osumc.edu