“Education must not simply teach work - it must teach Life.”
-W. E. B. Du Bois

Welcome to the Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Family Medicine Residency. I am proud to direct this program with a more than 40-year history of training excellent Family Physicians. We continue to add to that legacy every year, thanks to a dedicated faculty, a large and varied patient base, and a commitment to providing our residents with everything that they need to succeed in any area of Family Medicine. We pride ourselves on developing well-rounded graduates, who will be comfortable caring for patients of all ages, no matter their medical needs, in all settings. I am especially proud that our residents successfully graduate and begin practice in many different areas of focus within Family Medicine: inpatient, outpatient, traditional, urgent care, academics, fellowship, rural, international, and more – and all have been successful in pursuing their professional goals.    

Medicine should be fulfilling and exciting, and we support each other as we learn together. In this program you will find ample opportunities for learning and studying as well as plenty of time for family and fun —picnics, group dinners, parties, and other outside activities are integral to our strong sense of camaraderie and commitment to our team.  
Please take some time to look through the details of our program. If our program sounds like it could be a good fit for you, we look forward to hearing from you!

Jessica L. Handel, DO, FAAFP
Program Director



Program Director

Dr. Jessica Handel, Assistant Program Director of Family Medicine Residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

Jessica Handel, DO, FAAFP, Program Director
 
Medical School:  Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, Youngstown, OH
Fellowship: Northeast Ohio Medical University, Academic Medicine

Dr. Handel is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She holds faculty appointments at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She has been a clerkship site director, an ALSO certified instructor, Medical Director of the Youngstown State University Student Health Center, and the Associate Program Director.  Her clinical interests include women's health, prenatal care, pediatrics, preventive care, and EKG interpretation. She is passionate about providing care to underserved patients in the Mahoning Valley and teaching Family Medicine to the next generation of physicians.  

Associate Program Directors

Dr. Rudolph Krafft, Program Director of Family Medicine Residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital


Rudolph Krafft, MD, FAAP, Associate Program Director
 
Medical School:  Jefferson Medical College
Residency: St. Vincent Health Center, Eris, PA

Dr. Krafft is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and takes a special interest in sports medicine and dermatology.
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Ronald Scott, MD, Associate Program Director
 
Medical School:  Loyola University Medical School
Residency: St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, Youngstown, OH

Dr. Scott joined the residency program after graduation as a faculty member and continues his dedication to graduate medical education as an Associate Program Director. His professional interests include geriatrics. 

Assistant Program Directors

Ypapanti Meris, MD, Assistant Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown.

Ypapanti Meris, MD, Assistant Program Director

Medical School:  Northeast Ohio Medical School
Residency: Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Meris attended was the chief resident in her residency program. Her professional interests include pediatrics, HIV and preventive medicine. 

 

Laura L. Miller, MD, MHP, FAAFP, Assistant Program Director

Medical School:  Jefferson Medical College
Residency: The Washington Hospital
Fellowship: Faculty Development, Univ Pittsburgh Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Miller’s professional interests include maternal/child health, global health, and community medicine. 

 

Clinical Faculty

Kristen Evan-Hymes, DO
Michelle Kapon, MD
Harriet Lemberger-Schor, MD 
Robert McClusky, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Christian Yeasted, MD
Vasiliki Vamvakis, MD


Program Coordinator

Lauren Pasquine
Email Lauren
330-480-3631