Gary Onady, MD, PhD
GARY M ONADY MD, PhD studied classical and jazz trumpet at the University Of Cincinnati College-Conservatory Of Music. While attending Colorado State University Graduate School, Gary played lead trumpet with the CSU Statesmen, backing guest artists, which included Bill Watrous and Louis Bellson. He also played with the core group of musicians that later formed the jazz-fusion group Kinesis. Moving to New York to complete a PhD in chemistry at the City University of New York, Gary continued jazz studies with Claudio Roditi, after which he took a two decade music sabbatical to pursue a medicine career.
Dr. Onady graduated from Wright State University, School of Medicine and upon completing Medicine-Pediatrics residency training at Cleveland’s Metro-General Hospital (MetroHealth), established an academic medical career as a Medicine-Pediatrics residency program director. He served as President of the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association and during this tenure drafted the modern version of the national Med-Peds Residency Training Curriculum and secured funding for Combined Med-Peds Residency Programs by writing Section 4627 of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act that was signed into law by President Clinton. He additionally is proud to have had an active role in the formation of NMPRA, and served as their first faculty advisor, and has been honored by the organization with the creation of the Gary Onady Award.
Academic interests have transitioned in his second decade of teaching toward championing transitional care curricula abd developing undergraduate medical education curricula using Team-based Learning (TBL) to integrate a case based curriculum into the molecular biology and histology/physiology courses. The improvisational aspect of TBL was a natural transition for Dr. Onady. Improvisational technique using Minimal Structure Theory evolved from his combined experience as a musician and physician leading to the development of a curriculum that combines observation and tacit knowing skills to improve patient-physician communication.
Institution Concentration Degree/Date
Wright State University (WSU), Dayton, OH Medicine MD/1987
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH Chemistry BS/1977
Institution Concentration Degree/Date
Cleveland Metro General, Cleveland, OH Med-Peds Residency 1987-1991
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH Pharmacology Fellow 1982-1984
City University of New York, New York, NY Chemistry PhD/1982
Course Level Dates
Staying Alive Active Learning Module Year 2 2016-present
Evidence-based Clinical Decision Making Year 2 2009-present
Introduction to Clinical Medicine/Newborn Exam Year 2 2006-present
Molecular Basis of Medicine/TBL Director Year 1 2004-present
Cells Tissue Organ Systems Medicine/TBL Director Year 1 2004-present
Respiratory Pharmacology Lecture Year 2 2002-2003
Social-Ethics/Small Group Discussion Leader Year 1 2001-2012
Evidence-based Medicine (EBM)/Pediatric Clerkship Year 3 2001-present
Introduction to Clinical Medicine/Physical Diagnosis Year 1 1998-99; 2006-2008
Molecular Content/Tissue Biology Case Presentations Year 1 1998-2003
Clinical Team-Learning Course Director Year 2 1998-2003
Introduction to Clinical Medicine/EBM Case Based Year 2 1998-2002
Upper Respiratory Tract Disease/Lecture Year 2 1998-2002
Respiratory Tract Disease/Case Based Year 2 1998-2000
Congestive Heart Failure/Lecture Year 2 1996-2002
Congestive Heart Failure/EBM Case Based Year 2 1996-2002
Coronary Artery Disease/EBM Case Based Year 2 1996-2002
Introduction to Clinical Medicine Syncope Case Based Year 2 1996-2001
Pediatric Inpatient Wards-1-2 months/year Year 3,4,GME 1991-present
Internal Medicine Inpatient Wards- 1-2 months/year Year 3,4,GME 1991-present
Medicine-Pediatrics Ambulatory Clinic, 12 month/year Year 3,4,GME 1991-2006;2010-12
Optimizing the management of Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabete
Porphyrin adjuvant to inhaled tobramycin in treating CF pulmonary biofilm
Clinical trials of new pharmaceuticals in managing CF pulmonary disease and malabsorption
Utilization and quality assurance measures among primary care physicians
Personality disorders effects on parent-child health care
Methods in teaching Evidence-based Medicine in medical decision making
Methods in teaching Team-based Learning in medical education
Jazz improvisation skills training for physician to enhance physician-patient communication
§ Lavallee, D.K., Onady, G.M. (1981). Origin of the Hydrogen-Deuterium Kinetic Isotope Effect for Porphyrin Metalation, Inorganic Chemistry, 20 (3), 907-909.
§ Ferraiolo, B.L., Onady, G.M., Mieyal, J.J. (1984). Monooxygenase Activity of Human Hemoglobin: Role of Quaternary Structure in the Preponderant Activity of the Beta-Subunits within the Tetramer, Biochemistry, 23, 5528-5534.
§ Onady, G.M., Ferraiolo, B.L., Mieyal, J.J. (1984). Monooxygenase Activity of Human Hemoglobin: NMR Demonstration of Different Modes of Substrate Binding Corresponding to the Different Activities of Hemoglobin Derivatives, Biochemistry, 23, 5534-5539.
§ Onady, G. (1996). Letter: In Response to Saultz JW Reflections on Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Collaboration. Annals of Internal Medicine, 125, 525.
§ Onady, G. (1996). Med/Peds - Three Decades of the Generic Primary Care Physician. Academic Medicine, 71, 16-7.
§ Onady, G.(1997). A Community Collaborative Practice Experience between Med-Peds and Family Practice. American Journal of Medicine, 102, 441-8.
§ Onady, G.M. (2000). Letter: Evidence-based Medicine, Pediatrics, 105, 5,1176.
§ Onady, G.M. (2000). ED Utilization. AAP Grand Rounds, 4(5): 40-41.
§ Rose S, Onady G.M. (2001). Dexamethasone Instead of Hydrocortisone for CAH. AAP Grand Rounds, 5(1): 5-6.
§ Homer C, Onady G.M. (2001) Barriers to Using Practice Guidelines. AAP Grand Rounds, 5(2): 18-19.
§ Winslo B, Koo H.B, Onady G.M. (2001) Needlescopic Orchiopexy for the Intra-abdominal Testis. AAP Grand Rounds, 5(2): 16.
§ Onady, G.M. (2001). Effectiveness of Palivizumab Therapy for RSV. AAP Grand Rounds, 5(4): 37-38.
§ Bagwell C, Onady G.M. (2001) Esophagogastric Dissociation versus Fundoplication in Managing Gastroesophageal Reflux in Neurologically Impaired Children, AAP Grand Rounds 6: 39.
§ Onady G.M, Raslich M.A. (2002) Evidence-based medicine – for the pediatrician. Pediatrics Review, 23:318-22.
§ Onady G.M., Raslich M.A. (2003) Evidence-based medicine – Asking the Answerable Question. Pediatrics Review, 24: 265 - 268.
§ Onady G.M., Raslich M.A. (2004) Evidence-based medicine – Searching Literature and Databases for Clinical Evidence (Search Tools). Pediatrics Review. 25:358-63.
§ Onady G.M, Stolfi A. (2005) Insulin and oral agents for managing cystic fibrosis-related diabetes. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2005, Issue 4, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (Revised: Issue 1, 2009).
§ Onady G.M., Farinet C.L. (2006) An adult cystic fibrosis patient presenting with persistent dyspnea: case report. BMC Pulm Med. 6:9.
§ Onady G.M., Langdon L.J. (2006) Insulin versus oral agents in the management of cystic fibrosis related diabetes: A case based study. BMC Endocr Disord. Jun 21;6:4.
§ Raslich M.A, Onady G.M. (2007) Evidence-based medicine – Critical Appraisal of the Literature (Appraisal Tools). Pediatrics Review. 28:132-138.
§ Onady G.M. (2007) Letter: In response to Henry SG, Zaner RM, Dittus RS. Viewpoint: Moving beyond evidence-based medicine. Acad Med. Submitted May 7, 2007. www.academicmedicine.org/pt/re/acmed/redirecthandler.htm;jsessionid=GFXNHJTCWGzwhSB28PNV9QkPl1vZqdmLN2t3J.
§ Michail S.K, Stolfi A, Johnson T, Onady G.M. (2008) Efficacy of probiotics in treatment of pediatric atopic dermatitis: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials. Ann Allergy, Asthma & Immuno. 101:508-516.
§ Onady G.M (2009) Evidence-based Medicine: Applying Valid Evidence. Pediatrics Review. 30 317-322.
§ Fernandes AK, Onady G. M., (2011) Sharing “Moral Space”: Part 1: Ethical Caveats for the PNP Hospitalist. J Pediatric Health Care 25:198-202.
§ Fernandes AK, Onady G. M., (2011) Remembering the “Seven Rs”: Part 2: More Ethical Caveats for the PNP Hospitalist. J Pediatric Health Care. 25: 338-341.
§ Onady GM, Stolfi A. (2016) Insulin and oral agents for managing cystic fibrosis-related diabetes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD004730. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004730.pub3.
§ Reynolds, P.P., Giardino, A., Onady, G.M., Siegler, E.L. (1994). Collaboration in the Preparation of the Generalist Physician, Journal of General Internal Medicine, 9, S55-S63.
§ Schuster B, Clasen M, Onady G.(1998) Caring for Adults: A Comparison of Three Residency Options. American Journal of Medicine, 104, 109-113.
§ Onady, G.M.(1999). The Medicine-Pediatrics Physician: Past, Present and Future. Contemporary Pediatrics, 16, 1-8.
§ Onady, G.M. (1999). Letter: In Reply. Are med-peds a threat to pediatricians? Contemporary Pediatrics, 16, 22,151-2.
§ Anderson M.S, Blum R.W, Britto M, Brunstrom J, Buchanan G.A, Burke R, Chamberlain J.K, Cooper B, Davidow D, Evans T, Gloss T, Hackett P, Harr P, Hirsh D, Kastner T.A, Kiernan W, Levey E, McPherson M, Murphy K, Nelson M.R, Olson D.G, Onady G, Presler B, Quint R.D, Reiss J, Rich M, Rinehart P.M, Rosen D, Sandler A.D, Scal P, Siegel D, Slap G.B, Sorum P.C, Svetaz MV, Thomas P, Turk M, White P, Ziring P. (2002) A Consensus Statement on Health Care Transitions for Young Adults with Special Health Care Needs. Pediatrics, 110:1304-6.
§ Onady G.M. (2007) Letter: Developing improvisational proficiency. http://www.annfammed.org/cgi/eletters/5/2/164 Reflections to Haidet P. Jazz and the ‘Art’ of Medicine: Improvisation in the medical encounter. Ann Fam Med, 5: 164-169.
§ Moran A, Brunzell C, Cohen RC, Katz M, Marshall BC, Onady G, Robinson KA, Sabadosa KA, Stecenko A, Slovis B. (2010) Clinical Care Guidelines for Cystic Fibrosis–Related Diabetes. Diabetes Care, 33: 2697-2708.
§ Onady, G. (1995) The Med/Peds Physician, American Medical Student Association Primary Care Quarterly, 2, 1 and 4.
§ Onady, G.(1996). Med/Peds Residency Training Programs, American Medical Student Association Primary Care Quarterly, 4, 3.
§ Onady, G.M. (1999). What’s this evidence-based medicine all about? Pediatric Forum, 10, 15-18.
§ Boyd, K, Borden, S. and Onady, G (2002). “Students’ Guide to Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Training,” First presented to the Med-Peds Program Director’s Annual Meeting, 1996. Now a part of the web site of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (http://www.im.org/MPPDA/Resources/student_guide03.pdf).
§ Onady G.M., Donnelly J.F., Prochaska, L.J., Paietta J.V, Parmelee D.X., Schuster B. (2006) Mechanisms of Sickle Cell Anemia. MedEdPORTAL; Available from http://www.aamc.org/mededportal, ID = MEP 265.
§ Onady G.M., Paietta J.V, Rio N. (2011) pH and Acid-Base. MedEdPORTAL; 2011. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/8466.
§ Onady G.M. (2003) Evidence-based Medicine for the Pediatrician. Eds. Perkin RM, Swift JD, Newton DA. Pediatric Hospital Medicine: Textbook of Inpatient Management. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. PA.
§ Talente G., Onady G.M. (2007) Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Decision Making in the Practice of Pediatrics. Eds. Perkin RM, Swift JD, Newton DA. Pediatric Hospital Medicine: Textbook of Inpatient Management. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. PA., 2nd Ed. p.24-29.
§ Haidet P, Schneider V, Onady G.M. (2007) Team-based Learning Research in Health Professions Education. Team-Based Learning in Health Professions Education. Ed. Michaelsen LK, Parmelee DX, McMahon KK, Levine RE. Stylus Publishing, LLC.
Organization Status Dates
American College of Physicians Member 1992-present
Med-Peds Program Directors Association Member 1991-present
Executive Committee 1994-1997
Association Pediatric Program Directors Member 1991-present
Association Program Directors Internal Medicine Member 1991-present
Education Committee 1997- 2001
American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow 1991-present
Med-Peds Section Member 1997-present
American Medical Association Member 1987-present
Section on Medical Schools Representative 1996-present
American Chemical Society Member 1973-present
Title of Award Granting Association Date
Outstanding Reviewer Award American Association of Medical Colleges 2011
Outstanding Reviewer Award American Association of Medical Colleges 2010
Outstanding Alumni Wright State University 2001
Gary Onady Award National Med-Peds Residency Association 1999
Leadership Award Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Assn. 1998
Roentgen Award Wright State University School of Medicine 1987
Outstanding Senior Student Dayton Academy of Medicine 1987
Alpha Omega Alpha Wright State University 1987
Sigma Xi City University New York 1981