Cincinnati Reds Honor UC Health Trauma Surgeon and U.S. Army Reserve Colonel as Hometown Hero During Opening Day

Jay Johannigman

The Cincinnati Reds honored UC Health trauma surgeon and U.S. Army Reserve Colonel, Jay Johannigman, MD, as the Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero during 2018’s Opening Day on Friday, March 30.

Johannigman was recognized for his military service just before the second inning of the game; he stood atop the Reds’ dugout at Great American Ball Park. He and his son Evan, a student at the University of Cincinnati, were also invited to watch the game from the Owners’ Suite.

“Dr. Johannigman’s devotion to his country, fellow soldiers, patients and the City of Cincinnati is extremely impressive,” Phil Castellini, chief operating officer of the Cincinnati Reds, said.

A past or current member of the U.S. Armed Forces is honored as a Hometown Hero at every Reds home game.

Johannigman is a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and director of the UC Institute for Military Medicine. Johannigman has been a member of the Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care service since 1995. He is a member of the City of Cincinnati Fire Foundation and medical director for Sycamore Township Fire Department. In addition to his work as a UC Health trauma surgeon, Johannigman is also professor of surgery at UC College of Medicine.

“It is a true honor and a privilege to be recognized by my hometown city. I grew up watching the Reds at Crosley Field, Riverfront Stadium and now the Great American Ball Park. Being a member of the Reds and UC Health are the two best teams in the city,” he said.

Johannigman remains an active member of both the Cincinnati healthcare community and the Military Health Service. He has an active practice at UC Health at both the Clifton and West Chester campuses while maintaining an active presence in the military medical corps as a Reserve surgeon.

As director of the UC Institute for Military Medicine, Johannigman brings military trauma experience and innovations back home to Cincinnati and applies them to saving lives at home.

He helped found Cincinnati C-STARS, Cincinnati’s Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills, which trains the United States Air Force’s Critical Care Air Transport Teams responsible for caring for wounded soldiers during transport from the combat theater.

Before becoming a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, Johannigman served in the U.S. Air Force for 37 years.


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