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James A. Obney, MD

Title: Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Company: Fairfield Medical Center
Location: Canal Winchester, Ohio, United States

James A. Obney, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon at Fairfield Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care.

With 23 years of experience to his credit, Dr. Obney has excelled as a cardiothoracic surgeon in the field of health care. Currently thriving as a staff physician at Fairfield Medical Center since 2023 and as a staff cardiothoracic surgeon at Mount Carmel Medical Group since 2017, he specializes in coronary bypass, heart valve, lung cancer and robotic lung surgeries. In these roles, he performs rounds, consults post-operation patients and conducts two to three surgeries four days a week.

Dr. Obney’s academic and professional training is extensive. He completed his medical education at the Medical College of Ohio, followed by a rigorous residency in surgery from 1993 to 1998 at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. He further specialized in thoracic surgery through a fellowship at the same institution from 1998 to 2000. He is board-certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and holds active medical licenses in multiple states.

Before his current appointments, Dr. Obney developed a robust career in both military and veteran health care, integrating the latest in robotic technology into surgical programs. He began his medical career in the U.S. Army, serving with distinction for 13 years and rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His military service included critical deployments, notably to the frontlines of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Beyond his clinical roles, Dr. Obney is committed to advancing medical knowledge and practice. He has made significant contributions to medical literature, authoring and co-authoring several influential publications. His work includes articles such as “Current Therapy of Catamenial Pneumothorax,” “Empyema Complicating Muscle-Sparing Thoracotomy: The Role of Wound Management,” and “Differences in Length of Stay Between Coronary Bypass and Valve Procedures.”

Additionally, Dr. Obney has written on innovative surgical techniques in “A Method for Mediastinal Drainage After Cardiac Procedures Using Small Silastic Drains” and explored specialized topics like “Consideration of Anatomic Defects in the Etiology of Catamenial Pneumothorax.” Another significant contribution is his research on “Evaluation of Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage in Stable Patients With Gunshot Wounds to the Abdomen.” His research has contributed significantly to the fields of thoracic surgery and post-operative care, including studies on catamenial pneumothorax and innovative methods for mediastinal drainage after cardiac procedures.

Dr. Obney is also an active member of several medical and civic organizations, including the American Heart Association and the Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons. He is deeply involved in mentoring the next generation of surgeons, particularly through clinical teaching appointments with the University of South Florida.

In light of his impressive undertakings, Dr. Obney has accrued numerous accolades throughout his career, including the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 2021. He attributes his success to the strong work ethic instilled by his parents, who were dedicated educators committed to their professions for over 40 years.

Looking ahead, Dr. Obney aims to continue integrating innovative surgical techniques into his practice to improve patient outcomes, advocating for hard work and dedication as essential for professional growth. His advice to aspiring professionals in the medical field emphasizes the importance of mentorship and continuous learning.

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