Welcome from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Mercy Health St Rita’s Medical Center. This program operates as a vital part of the region’s only Level II trauma center as well as multiple regional specialty care centers, serving a population of more than half a million individuals in the surrounding 10 counties. We provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based care across our broad range of specialties and exposure to a diverse patient population, with nearly 200,000 patients cared for last year in the hospital – 57,250 in the ED and an acuity that allows admissions of 25 percent of the patients visiting the ED.

You will be assisted by a highly proficient staff of nurses, clinical pharmacists, care managers and supportive therapies as well as our highly dedicated attending physician staff. Interaction across our multiple residencies will promote a “fellowship of learning” as well. This program is designed to allow any resident to pursue their desired career path, whether this may include community EM, academic EM or fellowship training. Opportunities to function as a medical educator and full member of hospital committees will also be afforded, providing valuable experience for your future practice. Pursuit of research interests and quality improvement projects is encouraged, with medical and statistical support available through our academic affiliations. 

As program director, your success is my goal. My door is always open, and I look forward to receiving the feedback from our resident staff to further improve our program. Although our goal is to help you become a top-notch emergency medicine physician and a leader in EM, our program appreciates the need for work-life balance and time for family as well as personal interests. For that purpose, wellness is designed into our curriculum and we encourage involvement in community activities as you may desire. It is my hope that many of our graduates may remain in or return to our facility as physician leaders to promote ongoing excellence of care in perpetuity for our community or in exchange, proudly represent our program highly in any setting of emergency medicine practice anywhere in the world. Our team looks forward to working and training with you!

David Toro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAWM | Program Director

Medical School: CES University
Residency: New York Medical College – Metropolitan Hospital Center
Fellowship: Wilderness Medical Society, ACEP

Dr. Toro has worked in medical education ever since. His prior and current appointments include associate residency director, clerkship director, program director, director of simulation, director of faculty development, director of remediation and has been a clinical educator for both graduate and undergraduate medical education. Dr. Toro has been recipient of local, regional, national and international teaching awards, including the SAEM-CDEM’s Young Educator of the Year Award and his medical school’s outstanding alumnus award on international achievement.

James Chan, MD, PhD, RDMS, FACEP | Assistant Program Director

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency: Wexner Medical Center

Dr. Chan is on the Board of Governors as well as the immediate past president of the Douglas A. Rund EM Alumni Society. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Chan obtained his PhD in electrical engineering and computer sciences. He has been involved in medical education since 2009, primarily as an ultrasound specialist. He received the Research Excellence Award from OSU Department of Emergency in 2012. Professionally, he has served as facility medical director at Wilson Health in Sidney, Ohio and Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Ohio

Core Faculty

Alexander Bobrov, DO, FACEP
Emily Barbee, MD, FACEP
Derek Davis, DO
Danielle Doyle, MD

Contact Us

Program Coordinator: Susan Dunn
Email address: sdunn@mercy.com
Phone: 419-996-5558