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Ronald A. Rhodes, MD, FACS
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery

Dr. Rhodes received his medical degree from NEOMED and completed his surgical residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center in 1993. He was in private practice in Youngstown, Ohio, until 2004; he then became the Associate Program Director. Dr. Rhodes remained in that role until he was appointed the Interim Program Director in September 2010. He was named Program Director in January 2011.

Dr. Rhodes has been active in training surgical residents for the past 18 years. He was Director of the General Surgery Section from 1995 to 1999 and was recently elected again as Director of the Section and Director of Surgical Endoscopy. As Vice Chair, Dr. Rhodes attends meetings and performs Chair duties in the absence of, and in collaboration with, the Surgery Chair. Dr. Rhodes is also a member of the Admissions Committee at NEOMED, and a member of Youngstown State University Admissions Committee for the BS/MD program with NEOMED.

As a part of his duties as Program Director, Dr. Rhodes has implemented a software program, New Innovations, that is a complete "residency management suite" for generating curriculum, monitoring attendance, and importing ERAS demographics, as well as tracking residents' hours, procedures, examinations, evaluations, and schedules.

 
Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS
Associate Director of Education; Clerkship Director
(NEOMED Medical Students)


Dr. Gantt received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Hospitals of the University Health Center of Pittsburgh; she also had one year of research in pediatric surgery at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Along with her duties as Associate Director of the education program, she is a counselor for the surgical residents. Dr. Gantt is Associate Professor of Surgery at NEOMED and Clerkship Director for NEOMED's surgery program. Her research has included total abdominal visceral transplantation and sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer. She has made many presentations on breast cancer screening and current surgical therapy of breast cancer. Dr. Gantt is also a member of the Executive Committee for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Surgical Education in Medical Schools.

Vincent W. Vanek, MD, FACS
Associate Director of Education
Director of Research; Director of Surgical Clinics

Dr. Vanek received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1982 and completed his 5-year General Surgery residency program at St. Elizabeth Health Center in 1987. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Certified Nutrition Support Physician, and Professor of Surgery at NEOMED. As Director of Research in the Department of Surgery, he is counselor to the surgical residents in their research projects and assists them in design, statistical analysis, data processing, and preparation of manuscripts. Dr. Vanek is also the Director of Surgical Clinics and is administratively responsible for ensuring that the Surgical Clinic operates effectively and efficiently to provide patient care and education for the surgical and other residents and medical students that rotate in the Surgical Clinic. Dr. Vanek also cares for patients in the Surgical Clinic and the hospital, participates in the clinical teaching of residents and medical students, and is counselor for the general surgical residents. Along with his many duties in the program, Dr. Vanek is also Director of the Nutrition Support Team, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Chapter of this Society (Ohio Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition), past president of ASPEN, and newly appointed HMHP Chief Medical Information Officer for electronic medical records implementation and training. . Dr. Vanek has written numerous journal articles and conducted many national and regional presentations on nutrition, bariatric surgery, and various general surgery topics.
 
 
Richard A. Memo, MD, FACS
Chairman, Department of Surgery

Dr. Memo received his medical degree from the St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed a surgical and urologic residency at Ohio State University School of Medicine. Dr. Memo is a past president of the Mahoning County Medical Society and was member-at-large and Secretary/Treasurer for the St. Elizabeth Health Center Medical Staff. He is a past secretary, treasurer, and president of the Ohio Urological Society, and a past treasurer and president of the North Central Section of the American Urological Association (AUA). Currently, Dr. Memo is secretary/treasurer of the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) and board member of the AUA. Dr. Memo was recently elected Chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Dr. Memo is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also Associate Professor of Clinical Urology at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.
 
C. Michael Dunham, MD, FACS
Assistant Director of Trauma/Critical Care Services

Dr. Dunham received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his internship and residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and a fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems and Baltimore Shock Trauma Center. Along with his duties as Assistant Director of Trauma, he is Professor of Surgery at NEOMED and a leader in research in the Department of Surgery. His research activities include clinical shock, experimental hypovolemic shock, liver injuries, tracheal intubation, injury severity methodologies, pulmonary embolus in trauma patients, nutritional support in the critically ill trauma patient, and inflammatory response in the early period following injury. His scholarly activities include memberships in: the Subcommittee and Clinical Pathway Committee for the Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma, the Northeastern Ohio Emergency Medical System Council, and the Regional Physician's Advisory Council. He also has made many presentations, internationally, nationally, and regionally, and has had numerous articles published. 
 
 
 
Brian S. Gruber, MD, FACS
Director, Trauma/Critical Care/General Surgery Teaching Faculty

A graduate of NEOMED, Dr. Gruber completed his general surgical residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center in 2003 and a Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in June 2004. Dr. Gruber joined our staff in July 2005 as a member of the general surgery teaching faculty and the trauma/critical service. He was appointed the Director of Trauma/Critical Care services in 2007.He is a staff member of the General Surgery Clinic and the Wound Care Center, and a Clinical Instructor of Surgery at NEOMED.
 
 
Heath A. Dorion, MD, FACS
Assistant Program Director

Dr. Dorion graduated from NEOMED in 1997 and completed his general surgical residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center in 2002. His military training courses included the Health Professions Officers' Indoctrination Course and the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. He completed his tour of duty with Wright-Patterson Air Force and was a staff surgeon and Chief, General Surgery, at Wright-Patterson Medical Center. He was also attending trauma surgeon at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Dorion began his duties at St. Elizabeth Health Center in July 2006 and recently completed a one-year Trauma/Critical Care fellowship at UPMC.
 
 Kenneth R. Ransom, MD, FACS

Dr. Ransom received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1974 where he also completed his general surgery residency in 1979 and also completed a trauma/critical care fellowship at the University of Maryland Trauma Institute in Baltimore in 1980. Dr. Ransom has been Director of Trauma/Critical Care Services at many different hospitals including here at St. Elizabeth Health Center from 2002-2007. He then went to Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn in Arizona as Director of Trauma where he was also Site Director for the Maricopa medical Center Integrated Surgical Residency Program. He returned to St. Elizabeth Health Center as a trauma surgeon and member of the teaching faculty in 2010. Research interests include laparoscopy in traumatic splenic rupture and trauma in senior patients. He is a member of the Peer Review Board of the Journal of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons and member of the Arizona ACS Committee on Trauma. Dr. Ransom is presently involved with teaching, counseling, and supervising students and residents.
  
 
Gregory Huang, MD

Dr. Huang received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2005 and completed his general surgery residency at Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System. He recently finished a fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care at University of Louisville, KY and joined our staff in August 2011 as a member of the general surgery teaching staff and Trauma/Critical Care surgeon. Dr. Huang is a member of American College of Surgeons and Society of Critical Care Medicine.
  
 
Hiba Abdel Aziz, MD

Dr. Abdel-Aziz completed her medical school training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. She then did her general surgery residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland. In addition, she has completed her Trauma and Critical Care Fellowship at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She joined our staff in August 2011 as a member of the general surgery teaching staff and Trauma/Critical Care surgeon. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons as well as the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
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