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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 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. He has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Admissions Committee at NEOMED and a member of Youngstown State University Admissions Committee for the BS/MD program with NEOMED. Dr. Rhodes ahe been active in training surgical residents for the past 18 years. 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.
His professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons, Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Association of Program Directors in Surgery, Association of Surgical Education and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery. 

 
Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS
Associate Director of Education
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, Dr. Gantt is Associate Professor of Surgery and Master Teacher and Surgical Curriculum Director at NEOMED.  Her research has included total abdominal visceral transplantation and sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer. She serves as HMHP ACS Cancer Liaison Physician and is Co-Medical Director of the NAPBC - accredited Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.She has made many presentations on breast cancer screening and current surgical therapy of breast cancer.
Dr. Gantt is active in the American College of Surgeons  and is currently President Elect of the Association of Women in Surgeons. Most recently, she was named 2014 Distinguished Physician by the Mahoning County Medical Society. 

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.
 
 

Mounir Awad, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Surgery

Dr. Awad received his medical degree from St. Joseph University French Faculty of Medicine, Lebanon in 1975.  He completed his General Surgery residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, OH in 1982. Dr. Awad has served in various capacities throughout the years at St. Elizabeth, including President of Medical Staff, Director of Surgical Clinics, Director of Trauma Services and most recently Chairman of the Department of Surgery. He is also Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at NEOMED.

Dr. Awad is in private practice with his daughter, Marie Awad-Alexander, M.D.

 
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 2004 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 and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at NEOMED.
 
Heath A. Dorion, MD, FACS
Assistant Program Director, Clerkship Director in Surgery, NEOMED

Dr. Dorion is a graduate of Youngstown State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University. He completed his general surgical residency here at St. Elizabeth Health Center and surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. he served on active duty with the United States Air Force as Chief, General Surgery, at Wright -Patterson Air Force Medical Center. Upon completion of military service, Dr. Dorion joined the residency faculty at St. Elizabeth in 2006. He is currently the General Surgery Section Director at St. Elizabeth Health Center and Surgery Clerkship Director for the third and fourth year medical students. He holds faculity appointments at both Norteast Ohio Medical University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. His interests include acute care surgery, surgical critical care and complex hernia repair. 
  
 
 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.  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  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,  Society of Critical Care Medicine and East He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at NEOMED and LECOM. His research interests include traumatic brain injury and outcomes based.
  
  
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