- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s governor says the state health director is stepping down later this month to return to private medical practice.

Director Theodore Wymyslo (WIMZ’-loh) has led the Ohio Department of Health since 2011. He previously worked as a family physician in Montgomery County.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) said in a statement Tuesday he respected Wymyslo’s desire to return to practicing medicine and working with patients.

Wymsylo has advocated for so-called patient-centered medical homes, a model of primary care focused on keeping patients healthy. He’s also had a prominent role recently in an abortion clinic’s closure.

Wymsylo revoked the license of a suburban Cincinnati clinic and ordered it closed, questioning whether it followed rules to provide patient backup care.

A judge on Friday allowed the clinic to remain amid a court fight.

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