COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s governor says the state health director is stepping down later this month to return to private medical practice.
Director Theodore Wymyslo has led the Ohio Department of Health since 2011. He previously worked as a family physician in Montgomery County.
Gov. John Kasich said in a statement Tuesday he respected Wymyslo’s desire to return to practicing medicine and working with patients.
Wymsylo has advocated for so-called patient-centered medical homes, a model of primary care focused on keeping patients healthy. He’s also had a prominent role recently in an abortion clinic’s closure.
Wymsylo revoked the license of a suburban Cincinnati clinic and ordered it closed, questioning whether it followed rules to provide patient backup care.
A judge on Friday allowed the clinic to remain amid a court fight.