Published on December 09, 2020

Dr. Jay Woodring named Director of Ozarks Healthcare Anesthesia

Jay Woodring, MD, Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, recently joined the multi-disciplinary Ozarks Healthcare Medical Group as Director of Anesthesia. Dr. Woodring brings over 17 years of clinical experience to Ozarks Healthcare Anesthesia.

Anesthesiologists are physicians responsible for administering general or regional anesthesia, allowing surgeons and other physicians to complete invasive procedures with little to no discomfort to the patient. Anesthesiologists also closely monitor a patient's vital signs and critical life functions before, during, and after surgery.

Dr. Woodring has said that he enjoys the opportunity that his specialty affords him to meet so many different patients. He finds it gratifying to help make his patients' experience as comfortable as possible and tailor their anesthesia plans to their unique needs.

Before Ozarks Healthcare, Dr. Woodring served as an anesthesiologist at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. He also worked on a locum basis at Ozarks Healthcare, where he experienced the team atmosphere and got to know his coworkers, which drew him to a permanent position at Ozarks Healthcare.

Dr. Woodring completed a residency in anesthesia and served as Chief Resident at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and completed an internship in internal medicine at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham. He earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia SOM.

Married to his high school sweetheart, Dr. Woodring and his wife have two college-age sons, both currently attending the Air Force Academy. In his spare time, he enjoys landscaping and gardening.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Woodring as the newest member of the Ozarks Healthcare Medical Group and as a member of Ozarks Healthcare Leadership," says Antony Joseph, M.D. and President of Ozarks Healthcare Medical Group. "His dedication to his patients and support of his team is a welcome addition to Ozarks Healthcare."

Ozarks Healthcare Anesthesia is located at 111 Kentucky Ave., West Plains, in Ozarks Healthcare General Surgery.

Ozarks Healthcare is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 17 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home health services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire health system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about Ozarks Healthcare, visit

Dr. Jay Woodring

Jay Woodring, MD, Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, Director of Ozarks Healthcare Anesthesia

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