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St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency

Faculty Members

Rudolph Krafft, MD
Dr. Krafft assumed the position of Director in March 1999, after serving two years as Associate Director. Dr. Krafft was born nearby Sharon, PA and graduated from the Penn State University's accelerated premedical program. He received his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his Family Practice Residency at St. Vincent Health Center in Erie, PA. Dr. Krafft then practiced medicine in the US Navy, also serving on the residency faculty there. After leaving the Navy, he returned to Northeast Ohio, practicing in a staff model HMO and finally in private practice. He has served in many leadership positions including Chief of Family Medicine in a large community hospital and as a Medical Director of a hospital-owned primary care group. Since returning to academic medicine, Dr. Krafft has served as our Undergraduate Director for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course, didactics program coordinator, and is active in precepting medical students and residents. He has an appointment at NEOUCOM as Associate Professor of Family Medicine. Dr. Krafft is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dinah Fedyna, MD
Dr. Fedyna joined St. Elizabeth Family Practice Residency in October 2001 after practicing in Akron since doing her residency at Akron General Medicine Center. A Youngstown native, she was born at St. Elizabeth, graduated from Chaney High School and completed the combined BS/MD program from Youngstown State and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Since 1991 she has served as Director of Predoctoral Education for the Department of Family Medicine. In that role she directs a number of required courses including the Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Family Medicine Clerkship on all NEOUCOM clinical campuses as a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine. She teaches students at all levels and has written grants for innovative education projects. She enjoys taking care of families of all ages particularly children and seniors. She is certified by the American Board of Family Practice.


Roy Morcos, MD
Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Morcos graduated from medical school at the American University of Beirut. There he completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and headed for Houston, Texas where he graduated from a fellowship program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Baylor University College of Medicine. Dr. Morcos joined the Department of OB/GYN at St. Elizabeth Health Center in 1985 as an Associate Director of the OB/GYN residency program and Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN and Family Medicine at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine where he served as Clerkship Director from 1986-1996, and is the author of several publications. Dr. Morcos completed a residency in Family Medicine at St. Elizabeth Health Center and is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Morcos also maintains a private practice in Canfield, Ohio.

Ronald Scott, MD
Dr. Scott (or "Scotty" as he is known by all) is from the Youngstown area. He is a graduate of St. Mary's University, Baltimore; Louvain University, Belgium; and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Illinois. After receiving his MD degree, he performed his Family Practice Residency here at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center (now St. Elizabeth Health Center). Dr. Scott remained on the faculty at St.Elizabeth's and has an active patient practice at our Family Health Center. He serves as Medical Director of both the Villa Maria Community Center and the Neil Kennedy Recovery Center in Youngstown. Dr. Scott has interests in obstetrics and geriatrics and directs the nursing home and home visit programs of our residency. He is actively involved in teaching medical students and has an appointment as Associate Professor of Family Medicine at NEOUCOM. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He participates on several committees in the hospital.

Charles Thorne, PhD
Dr. Thorne is a licensed psychologist, working with our residency since 1986. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Mississippi State University in 1975. Previous work experiences have included teaching at the university level, public and private psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, nursing homes, and private practice. He has extensively published and has given many presentations on the local, state, and national levels. Research interests include patient/physician relationships, common sexual dysfunction, the relationship between spiritual and physical health, and behavioral medicine. Dr. Thorne is married to Louise and has two adult sons. Interests include playing the trombone for a community concert band, art, and travel. He is certified as a Behavioral Therapist by the American Association of Behavioral Therapists. Dr. Thorne has dual appointments at NEOUCOM as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Family Medicine.

Thomas Macabobby, MD
Dr. Macabobby joined the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency in July 2010. He is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. He obtained a B.S. in Combined Sciences from Youngstown State University in 1998. He then graduated from the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) in 2002. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Aultman Hospital, serving as Chief Resident. He is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Physicians. He brings over five years of clinical experience, having been in private practice in Salem, Ohio. His teaching experience is notable for being on the teaching faculty at Aultman Hospital in Canton for over four years. He also holds the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at NEUOCOM, serving as a clinical site preceptor for ambulatory care longitudinal experiences for medical students. His areas of interest in medicine include pediatrics, procedures, electronic medical records, and practice management.

  Denise Bobovnyik, MD

  Jessica Handel, DO
Dr. Handel joined the Family Medicine Residency faculty in July of 2010. She was born and raised in nearby Columbiana, Ohio. A graduate of Crestview Local High School in 1999, Dr. Handel received a B.S. degree in Psychology at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, in 2003. She then attended the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio, earning her D.O. degree in 2007. She completed her residency in Family Medicine right here at St. Elizabeth Health Center, graduating in June of 2010. She is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. Her clinical interests within Family Medicine include obstetrics, women’s health, procedures, and preventive care. Dr. Handel serves as the coordinator for didactics and recruitment within the Family Medicine Residency. She enjoys precepting and teaching residents and medical students at all levels of training. 

  Robert McCluskey, MD

Angelina Rodriguez, MD
Dr. Rodriguez attended the University of Akron, earning her B.S. in Biology with a specialization in Microbiology. She then went on to the University of Saint Eustatius School of Medicine in the Netherland-Antilles earning a B.S./M.D. as well as her Hyperbaric Medicine certification. She completed a Family Medicine Residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center, serving as Chief Resident her third year.  Dr. Rodriguez joined Austintown Family Health Care, the first Patient Centered Medical Home pilot for the large Catholic Health Partners network. Her special interests include community outreach, adolescent medicine, out-patient procedures, pediatrics, and geriatric patient-centered care. She serves as a Physician to the Catholic Sisters residing at the Villa Maria. She is a member of the Clinical Faculty at Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine and Pharmacy, a member of St. Elizabeth's Diversity and Ethics Committees. As part of the Community Outreach Program, Dr. Rodriguez  provides free medical consultation to the underserved at local homeless shelters and participates in a  program that provides on-sight sports physicals to local teens at area high schools. Her particular interest in Health Literacy awarded her second place at the St. Elizabeth Health Center Resident Research Day June 2011 with her research in Health Literacy and Mammography Screening. 

  Frances Pavlov, Program Coordinator