Oswego Heath recognized four Oswego County champions of healthcare at a recent reception.
Honored were three retiring physicians, Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Joseph Mather, Radiologist Dr. Sudhir Guthikonda, Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Ronald Uva and a long-time board member, the Rev. James Tschudy.
Collectively, these four individuals have supported the Oswego Health system for more than 140 years.
They offered their assistance and expertise to the organization as it transformed into a health system that included both Springside and The Manor at Seneca Hill, the Central Square and Fulton Medical Centers, as well as the renovation of key hospital departments, including the maternity center, intensive care unit, emergency department and lab.
The three physicians during their careers have seen many cutting edge improvements to healthcare in their respective fields, allowing them to always provide the best of care to their patients.
Just as these physicians have provided high-quality care to area residents, the Rev. Tschudy has shared his many talents and attributes, serving as one of our longest serving board members.
At the reception, the four were also acknowledged for their individual accomplishments during their careers.
Joseph Mather, MD
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Joseph Mather, MD, has provided care to area women for an unprecedented 52 years.
During his years at Oswego Hospital, he delivered thousands of babies and provided care to countless women.
He served as the obstetrics and gynecology department chief at Oswego Hospital for 22 years.
Dr. Mather also took an active role outside the hospital’s walls. He is a past president of Oswego County Medical Society, past president of CNY Association of OB-GYNs and past chairman of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District II Section 5. He continues to serve as a member of the Oswego County Board of Public Health.
Ronald Uva, MD
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Ronald Uva, MD, joined Dr. Mather in 1980, as the practice evolved into Oswego County OB-GYN and where he provided care to area women for more than 30 years.
During his years at the hospital, he too, has taken an active role in his profession and has served on several state medical boards.
Dr. Uva is believed to be the first physician from Oswego Health to be named to the prestigious NYS Board for Medicine.
He was appointed to the professional liability committee and as part of his role on this committee traveled to Manila, Philippines to evaluate the island nation’s medical schools.
He is a former section chair of the American College of OB-GYN, where he advocated for reforms to malpractice insurance.
In 2011, Dr. Uva was elected as vice chair of the New York District of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
In this position, Dr. Uva advocates at both the state and federal levels for universal maternity coverage and for other health issues related to women.
The Oswego physician was named an ACOG 2012 John McCain Fellow and as part of his Fellowship spent two weeks in the nation’s capital advocating for women’s healthcare.
While in Washington, D.C., he took part in daily Congressional briefings and hearings giving him the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the country’s most influential leaders, including a luncheon with Congressman Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah.
In addition, Dr. Uva served on ACOG’s national committee for professional liability and was also a past legislative chair, a position he held for five years.
For his efforts to improve healthcare for women, ACOG presented Dr. Uva with a Distinguished Service Award.
He received his award during the organization’s national convention.
Dr. Uva has also been active with the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and among his responsibilities has been writing semiannual book reviews for the organization.
Dr. Uva has been the longtime president of Oswego County OB GYN, P.C., which has been providing quality obstetrical and gynecological care to the residents of Oswego County for forty-five years.
Sudhir Guthikonda, MD
Radiologist Sudhir Guthikonda also arrived at Oswego Hospital in 1980 and has been an active medical staff member for more than 30 years.
During that time he has served as Chief of Oswego Hospital’s Radiology Department.
Through his years at Oswego Health, he has seen many changes in the technology, calling the progression of technology in his department “mind boggling.”
In the early 1980s, he was the first Oswego Health radiologist to use ultrasound and computed tomography technology.
While known as an exceptional radiologist, Dr. Guthikonda also excels on the golf course. He is always among the top finishers of Oswego Health’s annual golf tournament and this year his team won the tournament.
Rev. James Tschudy
The Rev. James Tschudy has served on various Oswego Health boards for the past 34 years volunteering thousands of hours giving the health system direction, guidance and comfort when needed.
Rev. Tschudy has always been community minded, finding time to serve on Oswego Health boards.
He first joined Oswego Health’s governance team in 1979 as a member of the Oswego Hospital Board of Directors.
While serving on the hospital board, he also volunteered to serve on The Manor’s board.
He has also served another role at The Manor, leading the annual November memorial service, consoling families as they grieve the loss of a loved one.
In 2011, when Oswego Health combined its affiliate six boards into one, mirrored board, he was tapped to serve on the new Oswego Health Board.
Additionally, he has provided leadership for one of the health system’s newest affiliates, Oswego Health Home Care.
During his years of governance, Rev. Tschudy has helped guide our organization to become Oswego County’s healthcare leader.
He has provided direction during many construction projects and as Oswego Health added programs and services that were needed in the community.