Meet Dr. Gary D. Ott
Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Special Interests: Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Undergraduate: Houghton College, Carnegie Mellon University, magna cum laude
Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine (1996)
Residency: The Reading Hospital and Medical Center (2000)
Board Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Ott enjoys the variety of being an obstetrician and gynecologist. He’s delivered thousands of babies, and still loves to help women bring their children into the world. Over the past 20 years, he has also developed expertise in minimally invasive procedures, which can improve quality of life for women by resolving difficult medical problems like pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and heavy bleeding. The opportunity to expand the availability of these innovative and effective procedures to women inspires and motivates him.
From Dr. OTT
Why did you choose your specialty? What inspired you to pursue this career path?
At the age of 5, I committed to pursuing a career in medicine, due to the inspiration of our caring family physician. I was inspired to specialize in OB-GYN after shadowing my father-in-law, who was the best OB-GYN physician that I have had the pleasure of learning from -- he was technically gifted, kind and caring, and loved his work.
What is your care philosophy?
Quality, outcomes, and outstanding patient experience are the three most important tenants of my care philosophy.
What brought you to the Maryland / DC area?
I was looking to provide an urban experience for my two young boys, in an ethnically and educationally diverse environment. What better location than our nation's capital?
Why did you choose to join Simmonds, Martin & Helmbrecht?
I was struck by the stark similarity in practice philosophy that I found, in comparing my approach to theirs.
What improvements to women’s health care have you seen since you began working?
Since I started in our specialty in 1996, there has been such a great commitment to quality and patient safety. This is so important to me. In my private life, I serve on the Board of Directors for CPP, a risk retention group. We strive to empower physicians with the tools to provide safe care in the setting of a 5-star patient experience. I think that Simmonds, Martin & Helmbrecht strives to achieve the same.
What is the biggest misconception about your field?
One of the greatest misconceptions is that urinary incontinence is only your grandma's problem, but there are so many young women and moms whose lives are impacted each day by urinary incontinence issues. After 20 years of performing highly effective corrective procedures, I'm happy to share that urinary incontinence is not just highly treatable, it's actually curable in many people. I hope to get women talking about it and erase the stigma. The options for non-surgical and out-patient, same-day treatments have radically improved, and I am very excited to have been able to help so many women get back to exercising, chasing after their children, and living well with confidence again.
What is your best advice for staying healthy?
Stay physically active, limit carbohydrates, force hydration, eat "one of every color" every day, keep a positive attitude.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…?
If I were not a physician in my present setting, I would be serving women in developing countries, who are not fortunate enough to have access to the safe delivery of OB-GYN care.
Awards & Publications
2013-present: Underwriting Committee, Central Pennsylvania Physicians Risk Retention Group
2011-present: Board of Directors, Central Pennsylvania Physicians Risk Retention Group
2010: DuBois Regional Medical Center Physician Advisory Group, EMR Implementation
2009-2013: Nominating Committee, DuBois Regional Medical Center Board of Directors
2008-2014: Medical Director, Division of Obstetrics, Penn Highlands Healthcare
2007-2009: Member at Large, OR Governance Committee, DuBois Regional Medical Center
2005-2014: Board of Directors, Penn Highlands Healthcare
2005-2014: Member at Large, Maple Mercy Society, DuBois Regional Medical Center
2005-2010: Member at Large, Medical Executive Committee, DuBois Regional Medical Center
2003-present: Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
2002-2013: Physician Representative, Planning Committee, DuBois Regional Medical Center
1994: President, American Medical Association, Student Section, Penn State College of Medicine
1993: Treasurer, American Medical Association, Student Section, Penn State College of Medicine
1990: Science and Mathematics Division Representative, Houghton College Student Senate
Reviews, Reports & Presentations
- Torsion of the Uterine Adnexa-Pathologic Correlation and Current Management Trends. Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey, 56(2): 84-85, February 2001. Argenta, Peter A.; Yeagley, Thomas J.; Ott, Gary; Sondheimer, Steven J.
- Torsion of the Uterine Adnexa- Pathologic Correlation and Current Management Trends. Argenta, Peter A. MD; Yeagley, Thomas J. MD; Ott, Gary MD; Sondheimer, Steven J. MD. J Reproductive Medicine 2000; 45: 831-836.
- Peter A. Argenta, MD; Thomas J. Yeagley, MD; Gary D, Ott, MD; Steven J. Sondheimer, MD. Torsion of the Uterine Adnexa-Pathologic Correlations and Current Management Trends. Poster Session. 47th Annual Clinical Meeting of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, May 19, 1999.
- Gary D. Ott, MD; Norman G. Rosenblum, MD, PhD; A. George Neubert, MD. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Davis Sachs, MD. Department of Radiology, The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, PA, Embolization of the Uterine Arteries for the Treatment of Intractable Post-Partum Hemorrhage. 2nd Place Award, The Berks County Medical Society, Ninth Annual Resident's Day Symposium, April 21, 1999.
- Byers, Timothy, and Ott, Gary D. The Repair of Orbital Fractures: Immediate and Long-term Implications. Presented to The Pennsylvania Otolaryngology Association, Hershey, PA. April 14, 1995.
- Ott, Gary D. The Effects of Two Common Steroids on Cardiac Hypertrophy in Exercised Male Rats [Honors Thesis]. Houghton College, Houghton, NY. May 1992.