About the Board

Composition


The State Medical Board of Ohio is comprised of twelve members: nine physicians (seven MD, one DO, one DPM) and three non-physician public members. The Board members are appointed by the Governor and serve five-year terms. Appointment terms are staggered to provide continuity and Board members may be reappointed. Two members are selected by their peers on the Board to serve as the Board’s Secretary and Supervising Member who oversee the Board’s investigatory and enforcement processes. The Medical Board meets each month in the Administrative Hearing Room on the 3rd floor of the Rhodes Office Tower, 30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio. Meeting agendas and minutes are available here on the Board’s website.

 

Board Members


Michael Schottenstein, MD - President

Dr. Schottenstein is a psychiatrist who practices child, adolescent and adult psychiatry in Bexley in his private practice. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed both his residency in general psychiatry and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at The Ohio State University Hospital. He is board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as in general psychiatry.

Member Type: Physician · Appointed By: Governor Kasich · Appointed: 6/12/2015 · Term Expires: 3/19/2023

 

Richard Edgin, MD - Vice President

Dr. Edgin is a gastroenterologist in Columbus and has been practicing medicine for more than 38 years. He received his medical degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. Dr. Edgin is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Member Type: Physician · Appointed By: Governor Kasich · Appointed: 8/11/2015 · Term Expires: 3/18/2020

 

Kim G. Rothermel, MD - Secretary

Dr. Rothermel is a retired pediatrician who practiced for more than 35 years. She specialized in pediatric hematology/oncology in Columbus. She received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Muskingum University and her medical degree from Rush University College of Medicine in Chicago, IL. Dr. Rothermel is a Trustee on the Board at Muskingum University and Chair of the Credentials Committee at Children’s Hospital. She has served on the boards of the Columbus Medical Association, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians.

Member Type: Physician · Appointed By: Governor Kasich · Appointed: 5/19/2014 · Term Expires: 3/18/2022

 

Bruce R. Saferin, DPM - Supervising Member

Dr. Saferin is a Podiatry specialist in Toledo with over 35 years of experience. He attended and graduated from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland. He is the current chairman of the Licensure Committee. He is also a member of the Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association, the American Podiatric Medical Association, and the North West Ohio Academy of Podiatric Medicine.

Member Type: Podiatric · Appointed By: Governor Kasich · Appointed: 9/10/2013 · Term Expires: 12/27/2022

 

Mark A. Bechtel, MD

Dr. Bechtel is a dermatologist in Columbus. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Bechtel is an American Academy of Dermatology Fellow. He is affiliated with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Nationwide Children's Hospital, and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. He served on the Board from 2014 to late 2015 and was reappointed in 2017 for a term through 2021.

Member Type: Physician · Appointed By: Governor Kasich · Appointed: 1/3/2017 · Term Expires: 3/18/2021

 

Jonathan B. Feibel, MD

Dr. Feibel is a orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon in Columbus. He has been practicing for more than 24 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his medical degree from The Ohio State University. Following his orthopedic residency, he completed a foot and ankle fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. In addition to providing patient care, Dr. Feibel also serves as assistant program director of Mount Carmel Health System’s orthopedic surgery residency program. He is a founding partner of Orthopedic ONE, Ohio’s largest physician-owned orthopedic practice. Feibel is past President of the Ohio Orthopedic Society and serves as one of the nation’s 100 members of the Board of Councilors to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 

Member Type: Physician · Appointed By: Governor DeWine · Appointed: 5/21/2019 · Term Expires: 3/18/2024

 

Robert P. Giacalone

Mr. Giacalone is on the Federation of State Medical Board’s nominating committee. Other public service included eight years on the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy where he also completed a term as president. Mr. Giacalone has 25 years of health care supply chain experience and recently retired from a Fortune 25 company as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Regulatory Counsel. He received his Juris Doctor degree with honors from DePaul University, College of Law and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist in Ohio and is also member of the Ohio Bar.

Member Type: Consumer · Appointed By: Governor Kasich · Appointed: 10/29/2013 · Term Expires: 7/31/2023

 

Michael L. Gonidakis

Mr. Gonidakis is an attorney in Columbus. He earned his BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron, School of Law and was admitted to the practice in 1999. Mr. Gonidakis brings valuable insight and knowledge regarding regulatory affairs, public policy, federal and state politics and grassroots organization.

Member Type: Consumer · Appointed By: Governor Kasich · Appointed: 10/29/2012 · Term Expires: 7/31/2022

 

Sherry Johnson, DO

Dr. Johnson is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist in Cincinnati.  She has been practicing for 13 years. She graduated from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She is the OB/GYN medical leader at HealthSource of Ohio. Dr. Johnson also serves as a preceptor for the Family Medicine residents through the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. 

Member Type: Osteopathic · Appointed By: Governor Kasich · Appointed: 5/3/18 · Term Expires: 4/25/2023

 

Harish Kakarala, MD

Dr. Kakarala is a pulmonary intensivist in Akron. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Akron and his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Following his internal medicine residency, he completed a pulmonary/critical care/sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been in practice for nearly 20 years and is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. He is a clinical professor of internal medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Member Type: Physician · Appointed By: Governor DeWine · Appointed: 5/21/2019 · Term Expires: 3/18/2024

 

Betty Montgomery

Ms. Montgomery is president of Montgomery Consulting Group and is an Attorney of Counsel with MacMurray & Shuster LLP. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University and her Juris Doctorate from The University of Toledo College of Law. She serves on the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation, the Capitol Square Foundation and the JobsOhio Beverage System Board. She also chairs The Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute and serves on the Board of Trustees of Bowling Green State University. She was Ohio’s first woman Attorney General and first woman Auditor of State. As Attorney General, Ms. Montgomery dramatically increased state support for local law enforcement and rebuilt Ohio’s crime labs, introducing DNA testing and 21st century technology to Ohio. She drafted Ohio’s first Living Will Law, first Brownfields Legislation and Victims’ Rights Law.

Member Type: Consumer · Appointed By: Governor Kasich · Appointed: 11/15/2017 · Term Expires: 7/31/2022

 

Amol Soin, MD, MBA

Dr. Soin is a pain management specialist and spinal cord stimulator implanter in Centerville. He founded the Ohio Pain Clinic based on a philosophy to help patients manage chronic pain through a multidisciplinary non-opioid approach. He received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine and completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Rush University in Chicago, IL where he was actively engaged in research in both pain management and anesthesia. Following his residency, he completed fellowship training in pain management at the Cleveland Clinic where he mastered the most advanced techniques available for pain management. Dr. Soin is Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Interventional Pain Management. He is also a member of the American Board of Pain Management and the Pain Management Representative for the State of Ohio with the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee.

Member Type: Physician · Appointed By: Governor Kasich · Appointed: 4/17/2013 · Term Expires: 3/18/2023

 

Board Committees


The Medical Board addresses a variety of issues through its standing committees. Committees formulate recommendations that are forwarded to the full Board for action. Committee meetings are generally held the day of the monthly Board meeting and committee agendas are posted on the Medical Board’s website. Board actions on committee recommendations are included in the Board meeting minutes.