Heritage College doctor named Community Pediatrician of Year

May 9, 2017

Karen Montgomery-Reagan, D.O.

Karen Montgomery-Reagan, D.O., F.A.C.O.P., associate professor and chair of pediatrics at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been honored by the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians with the 2017 Harold H. Finkel, D.O., and Arnold Melnick, D.O., Community Pediatrician of the Year award.

According to a release from ACOP, Dr. Montgomery-Reagan was chosen for her unstinting loyalty to pediatrics and to ACOP, and for her exceptional care of children and commitment to teaching. Carl Backes, D.O., ACOP immediate past president, said in the organization’s release that he knows “of no other D.O. pediatrician more loyal to our profession, our residents and our students.”

Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., agreed. “To anyone who knows Karen as a teacher or physician, it’s not surprising that she would win this award,” he said. “She is outstanding and very, very deserving of this honor. Karen’s example resonates with her peers and with our students, some of whom have remarked on how cool it is that we have the top pediatrician. And I couldn’t agree more!”

Dr. Montgomery-Reagan earned her D.O. degree in 1985 from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to her Heritage College faculty position, which she has held since 1995, in 2004 she became director of the pediatrics clinical practice at University Medical Associates in Athens - which this month combined with OhioHealth Athens Medical Associates to become OhioHealth Physician Group Heritage College. 

Dr. Montgomery-Reagan is a fellow of ACOP and a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the Ohio Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. She is also a fellow member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to her professional memberships, she has served on multiple committees at the Heritage College, O‘Bleness Health System and the Ohio AAP Chapter. She has been honored by the Heritage College three times as an outstanding primary care physician and once as outstanding clinical faculty. She was lead researcher on a study published in 2009, which found that obesity rates for children were higher in Athens County than they were nationwide.

The award she wins this year was established in memory of Dr. Harold H. Finkel, whose career spanned over 50 years of community pediatric practice. In 2013, the ACOP, with the approval of Dr. Finkel's family, added Arnold Melnick, D.O., to the name of the award. Dr. Melnick, who is emeritus editor of ACOP’s quarterly newsletter PULSE, has served the ACOP in many capacities since 1946. Both Finkel and Melnick are past presidents of ACOP.

ACOP is the official osteopathic pediatric specialty college of the American Osteopathic Association. It serves 650 osteopathic pediatricians and 1,800 osteopathic medical school students with continuing medical education opportunities, government relations work and mentoring. ACOP's advocacy efforts represent the interests of osteopathic pediatricians, and it works with other organizations that focus on children's welfare.