Kathleen A. Alter, MD

My Philosophy and Approach to Wellness...

My philosophy of medicine is to treat patients in the same way I would want any member of my family to be treated. I pride myself on having the ability to listen, get to know my patients as people and involve them in medical decision making. When needed, I send my patients to specialists who I would choose for my own care. I provide primary care, internal medicine and have special interests in cardiovascular health, preventive medicine, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), cholesterol disorders and women’s health.

I am one of the few female internal medicine physicians in the Greater Cincinnati area of Ohio offering this concierge-like, personalized healthcare approach. My patients come from all over Cincinnati, including Fairfield, Forest Park and Hamilton, as well as Indian Hill, Blue Ash, Montgomery and Loveland. I even have patients as far south as northern Kentucky. I am a staff physician with Mercy Health Fairfield and pride myself on seeing my own patients if they are hospitalized.

Physician Profile


University of Dayton
Dayton, OH
Bachelor of Science, Biology 1975
Magna Cum Laude
Medical School
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Columbus, OH
Doctorate of Medicine 1981
The Christ Hospital
Cincinnati, OH
Internal Medicine 1983-1984
The Christ Hospital
Cincinnati, OH
Internal Medicine 1984-1986



Professional Society Memberships

American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine
Ohio State Medical Association

Professional Affiliations and Appointments

Volunteer Faculty, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Internal Medicine Ambulatory Clerkship 1995-present
Volunteer Faculty, Physician Assistant Program, Kettering College of Medical Arts, Kettering, OH 2000-present
Volunteer Faculty, Nurse Practitioner Program, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 2005-present
Board of Directors, Butler County Imaging Center and Ancillary Services 2008-2010
Mercy Health Partners
- Vice-Chair, Regional Physician Council 2005-2007
- Board of Trustees 2003-2005
President, Medical Staff, Mercy Fairfield Hospital 2003-2005

Hospital Affiliations

Mercy Fairfield Hospital
Bethesda North Hospital

Honors and Awards

Blankenhorn Society Teaching Award, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine 1995
Women of Excellence Award, West Chester Chamber of Commerce 2001


American Board of Internal Medicine

Patient Testimonials

  • Member: Gloria

    Dr Alter is fantastic. I have the utmost confidence in her as my physician. I appreciate that she doesn't load me up with a lot of...

  • Member: Carrie

    I really count on being able to contact Dr. Alter when I need. She has eased so many of my concerns over the years. She is persona...

  • Member: Ramona

    Dr. Alter is the best! I came down with acute bronchial asthma and in less than a heart beat Dr. Alter made arrangements for a roo...

  • Member: Patricia

    I had emergency surgery and Dr. Alter was there every step of the way. She visited me daily in the hospital, saw that I needed a p...