Dr. Watkins Named Medical Director of Anesthesia at OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital

Friday, April 4, 2014

WHEELING, W.Va. – Ohio Valley Health Services & Education is pleased to introduce Dr. Matthew J. Watkins as the medical director for anesthesia services.


A graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Watkins most recently served as medical director of clinical anesthesia for the department of anesthesiology at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center in Morgantown. He retired in 2001 as a Major of the U.S. Army Medical Corp. after 21 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserves.


“I am thrilled to be serving the Ohio Valley community,” said New Martinsville native Watkins. “It is a privilege to work for a reputable health-care organization like Ohio Valley Health Services & Education.”


Under Watkins’ leadership through AmSol, LLC, an anesthesia management and consulting company partnered with OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital, patients receive a tailored, personalized approached to their anesthesia experience. The hospital’s team of physicians review patient outcomes that lend itself to a high level of patient safety and satisfaction.


“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Watkins as our chief of anesthesia, and patients will continue to receive the highest standard of anesthesia care under his leadership,” said Michael Caruso, president and CEO for OVHS&E. “We are fortunate to have him on our team, and we look forward to the great care he will bring to our patients.”


Watkins is board certified by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and is a member of the International Trauma Anesthesia and Critical Care Society, the American Association of Physician Specialists, the American College of Physician Executives, and the American Association of Clinical Directors. He is also a member of the West Virginia State Society of Anesthesiologists and the West Virginia Medical Society and has held political appointments with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services.


“Dr. Watkins is an incredibly skilled physician and a proven leader,” said James W. Cottrell, chairman and CEO of AmSol, LLC. “He has invaluable experience in a wide variety of clinical settings that will be highly beneficial for the department of anesthesia.”


Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling West Virginia, and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry Ohio, are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees on both sides of the Ohio River.