COLUMBUS -- The state's health director is leaving his cabinet-level post in Gov. John Kasich's administration.
Ted Wymyslo, who has served as head of the Ohio Department of Health since 2011, will leave the office at the end of the month and return to private practice.
In a released statement, Kasich said he was "sad to see (Wymyslo) go but I respect his desire to return to his first passion, which is practicing medicine and working with patients.
His leadership at the Department of Health has been essential to helping Ohio navigate needed changes and improvements. I'll miss having him as a cabinet member but I know I can continue to seek is wisdom and counsel as Ohio continues to improve the overall performance of our health system and make sure Ohioans receive the best possible care for their health care dollar."
The governor will name a replacement in coming weeks.
Cabinet-level changes are not unusual from one gubernatorial term to the next, and Wymyslo is the latest member of Kasich's administration to announce his departure plans.
Others who have left or will leave soon include Public Utilities chairman Todd Snitchler, Ohio EPA director Scott Nally and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services director Michael Colbert.