Kristine Slam, MD, F.A.C.S., has been a Board Certified Surgeon with the Metropolitan Surgery division of Central Ohio Surgical Associates (COSA) since 2008. She received her Medical Degree from the Medical College of Ohio, and completed her surgical training at the University of Toledo. She is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Dr. Slam recognizes that surgical expertise and dedication to the care of the cancer patient optimizes patient outcomes. Because her training focused heavily in surgical oncology, she established the Comprehensive Breast Center at Central Ohio Surgical Associates in late 2011. As part of an independent surgical group, she is not subject to many of the pressures which lead to hospital-employed physician turnover. Unfortunately for the patient, physician turnover leaves them struggling to reestablish surgical care for their on-going health needs. COSA’s Metropolitan Division has an established track record of high-quality surgical care in the Columbus area since 1974. Her group’s dedicated history to central Ohio has allowed Dr. Slam to tailor her surgical practice into one dedicated to primarily female-focused surgical needs. Dr. Slam has the ability to care for her patients in a variety of hospital and outpatient settings across the greater Columbus area, enhancing the surgical experience for her patients. Dr. Slam has current operative privileges at Mount Carmel East, Mount Carmel West, and Taylor Station Surgical Center.
Dr. Slam has served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Mount Carmel East Hospital since 2013. She is the Cancer Liaison Physician for Mount Carmel Health System and the Medical Director of Cancer Services at Mount Carmel East Hospital. She also oversees the Certified Genetic Counselor for the Mount Carmel Hospital System Cancer Risk Program. As the Quality Director of the Mount Carmel Breast Program, she plays an integral role in ongoing American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Center (NAPBC) certification. She gives several invited lectures annually on breast cancer and has over ten peer-reviewed publications on General Surgery and Surgical Oncology topics. She is an active participant in weekly Multidisciplinary Breast Conference, and is the faculty moderator at a weekly General Tumor Board.
Dr. Slam is a dedicated patient advocate and maintains OUR BREAST INTENTIONS, a grant subsidizing uninsured breast cancer patients at Mount Carmel Surgery Clinic for genetic testing and breast cancer reconstruction. In 2015, with the assistance of her alma mater, Kent State University, she established another grant, COSACARES (Cancer Assistance, Resources, and Education), with is earmarked to help women in financial need with costs that are related to breast cancer treatment. Dr. Slam is a core faculty member for the Mount Carmel General Surgery Residency Program, focusing on resident education of breast disease and surgical oncology. She serves on the Executive Council of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons as Chair of the Communications Committee and is a District Councilor of the Southeast Division of Ohio. Dr. Slam has been an active surgical advocate, visiting both Capital Hill and the Ohio Statehouse, petitioning our elected officials for improvement of both patient-related and physician-related health care issues.
Dr. Slam lives in Blacklick with her husband, also a surgeon, her infant daughter, and three dogs. She is a former Division 1 gymnast at Kent State University, and attributes her dedicated work ethic to her nearly twenty years as a competitive athlete. When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her daughter, nieces and nephews, shoe shopping, and traveling.