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Public Relations

The public relations and communications office is responsible for keeping the public informed about scientific and medical progress at the UC Academic Health Center. In doing so, our team serves as a link between UC faculty and staff and local and national news media.


We strive to be an accurate, comprehensive and authoritative source of health information for print, broadcast and electronic media nationwide. As part of this mission, we respond to requests for experts, background information, educated opinions or a local angle to national news.

All communication with members of the media is coordinated through our office to ensure a prompt, positive response. To reach a member of our team, please call 513-558-4553, email, or contact the appropriate team member listed below.

Looking for Patient Care Information (medical records, billing, appointments, etc.)?
Please contact:

University of Cincinnati Physicians: 513-475-8000
University of Cincinnati Medical Center: 513-584-1000

Academic Health Center Public Relations:

Academic Health Center Public Relations and Communications

260 Stetson Street

Suite D

PO Box 670550

Cincinnati, OH 45267-0550

513-558-2910, Fax                    

Richard Puff, Assistant Vice President
Phone: 513-558-0448
Cell Phone: 513-237-0005
Beat/Focus: Academic Health Center, Academic Health Center history, College of Medicine Office of Research, University Health Services, Biomedical Informatics.

Katie Pence, Assistant Director
Phone: 513-558-4561
Beat/Focus: Cincinnati Cancer Consortium, UC Cancer Institute, Cancer and Cell Biology, Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology Division (Environmental Health), Gynecologic Oncology, Hematology Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery, Plastic Surgery. **Cancer-focused faculty within other colleges/departments.

John Wessling, Director of Communications Services
Phone: 513-558-5682
Beat/Focus: The Communications Services staff of 21 professionals provides art and design, duplicating, photography, video and offset printing services to the University of Cincinnati and the community.

Suki Jeffrey, Art Director
Phone: 513-558-3622
Beat/Focus: Art direction, graphic design and branding.

Angela Koenig, Public Information Officer
Phone: 513-558-4625
Cell Phone: 513-368-5801
Beat/Focus: James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Division (including diabetes/bone centers and obesity research), Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine and Health. Publications: Dean's List, College of Pharmacy Alumni Newsletter.

Cedric Ricks, Public Information Officer
Phone: 513-558-4657
Cell Phone: 260-415-8554
Beat/Focus: UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute, College of Medicine Education and Student Affairs/Admissions, Diversity, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Digestive Diseases, General Internal Medicine, Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics. Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology. Publications: Internal View Editor.

Bill Bangert, Public Information Officer
Phone: 513-558-4519
Cell Phone: 513-917-5610
Beat/Focus: College of Nursing, College of Allied Health Sciences, Emergency Medicine, Institute for Military Medicine, Nephrology, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Hoxworth (Research). Publications: E-Health News Daily, Building and Construction Updates.

Alison Sampson, Public Information Officer
Phone: 513-558-4559
Cell Phone: 513-240-7011
Beat/Focus: UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Environmental Health, Masters of Public Health, Office Editor. Publications: Cincinnati Medicine

Kelly Martin, Senior Director, Internal & External Relations, UC Health
Phone: 513-585-5411
Beat/Focus: UC Health Leadership and Organizational Updates, UC Health Patient Condition Requests.

Amanda Nageleisen, Director of Media Relations, UC Health
Phone: 513-585-8885
Beat/Focus: Obstetrics/Gynecology (excluding gynecologic oncology), Surgery (excluding oncology), Transplant Surgery, General Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Burn Surgery), Urology, Vascular Surgery, Trauma and Critical Care, Otolaryngology (ENT), UC Health Patient Condition Requests.

Kristy Davis, Media Relations Manager, UC Health
Phone: 513-585-5348
Cell Phone: 214-498-0334
Beat/Focus: West Chester Hospital, Weight Loss Center, Oncofertility.