Published on March 28, 2019

Owensboro Health names physician to a leadership role and welcomes another new physician 

OWENSBORO, Ky. (March 28, 2019)– Owensboro Health is welcoming a former surgeon to a leadership role, as well as his successor to the surgeon position.

  • On April 1, Dr. Jim Tidwell, a former surgeon with Owensboro Health Medical Group – Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, has been named the new vice president for population health with Owensboro Health Medical Group. Dr. Tidwell returns after taking a medical leave following an injury he sustained in 2018.

    Dr. Tidwell joined the Owensboro Health Medical Group in 2015 and practiced as a surgeon until summer 2018. In his role as vice president for population health, Dr. Tidwell will oversee efforts to coordinate care for patients, reducing the need for patients to return to the hospital and improving overall community health as a result.
  • Also on April 1, Dr. Zach Barnes will begin practicing at Owensboro Health Medical Group – Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Barnes joins the health system from California, where he has practiced for the past six years. Dr. Barnes has formerly practiced with Dr. Tidwell and also with the practice’s current surgeons, Drs. Ben and Janae Kittinger.

    Dr. Barnes is a native of Tacoma, Washington and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Portland State University in Oregon and a medical degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He completed general and plastic surgery residencies at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, Texas, alongside Dr. Tidwell and Drs. Ben and Janae Kittinger. He also completed aesthetic plastic surgery fellowship at Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus.

Greg Strahan, president and CEO of Owensboro Health, said he is thrilled that Dr. Tidwell will be spearheading Owensboro Health’s population health efforts. 

“I am grateful that Dr. Tidwell is taking on a leadership role at Owensboro Health. His experience as a practicing surgeon with our system is invaluable, making him a wonderful addition to the medical group’s leadership team,” Strahan said. “Last year after his injury, I told Jim that Owensboro Health would always have a place for him. We’re blessed to have him on our team.” 

Dr. Tidwell said he has been filled with gratitude to everyone who has expressed support for him throughout his ongoing recovery. 

“Knowing that there would be a way for me to contribute to the organization again and to have a means to provide for my family, that took such a heavy burden off my shoulders as I was trying to recover,” Tidwell said. “They’ve been so generous to me.”

Tidwell also had high praise for Dr. Barnes. At Baylor Scott & White, Dr. Tidwell was a year ahead of and was chief resident for Dr. Barnes.

“Zach and I were just a year apart in our training,” Dr. Tidwell said. “When I look back at those years, the people you were closest to – and certainly spent more time with than anybody else – were your fellow residents. Zach and I went through that together.” 

Strahan added that he’s also glad to welcome Dr. Barnes, who was recruited with the help of Dr. Tidwell and Drs. Ben and Janae Kittinger. 

“I am also pleased that Dr. Barnes will be joining our system. Owensboro Health is always striving to improve access to care by recruiting outstanding and talented physicians to a number of specialties, and Dr. Barnes brings a wealth of experience and talent,” Strahan said.  

Contact: Somer Wilhite, Manager of Marketing Communications, Owensboro Health Marketing & Public Relations, (O)270-685-7103,  (C) 270-779-6970,

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.