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

Welcome to Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Family Medicine Residency. I am proud to direct this program with a nearly 40-year history of producing top-notch 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. Medicine should be fulfilling and exciting, so we try to support each other as we learn together, while making time for studying, family, and fun —picnics, group dinners, parties and other outside activities are important components of our residency as well.

So, please take some time to look through the details of this program. If this looks like something that you want to be a part of, we look forward to hearing from you.

Program Director

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

Jessica Handel, DO, FAAFP

Dr. Handel received her medical degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a Family Medicine residency right here at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. She also completed Fellowship of Academic Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Handel is certified in ALSO and has interest in OB and women's health, prenatal care, pediatrics, preventive care and cardiology.

Associate Program Directors

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

Rudolph Krafft, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Krafft attended Jefferson Medical College and completed his Family Medicine residency at St. Vincent Health Center in Erie, PA. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and takes a special interest in sports medicine and dermatology. Dr. Krafft's personal interests include college football, golf and reading.

Ronald Scott, MD

Dr. Scott graduated from Loyola University Medical Center for medical school and then completed residency at the St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and has continued on since that time in his role as a faculty member.  His professional interests include geriatrics.  He enjoys discussions on theology, anthropology, and zoology.

Assistant Program Directors

Amanda Burger, PhD

Dr. Burger is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctoral degree from Wayne State University.  She completed her internship at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.  Her professional interests include chronic disease management, pain management, weight loss, and insomnia. Her personal interests include reading, decorating, family, games, and spending time with her dogs.

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

Ypapanti Meris, MD

Dr. Meris attended Northeast Ohio Medical University and then completed her Family Medicine residency at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, MD where she was the chief resident. She was born at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown so it was natural for her to return to her roots. Her professional interests include pediatrics, HIV and preventive medicine. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, and theater.

Laura L. Miller, MD, MPH

Dr. Miller received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed residency at The Washington Hospital.  She also completed a Faculty Development Fellowship through the University of Pittsburgh Department of Family Medicine. Her professional interests include maternal/child health, global health, and community medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys flower gardening, dancing, hiking, medical mission work, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Clinical Faculty

Kristen Evan-Hymes, DO
Dinah Fedyna, MD
Michelle Kapon, MD
Harriet Lemberger-Schor, MD 
Robert McClusky, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Christian Yeasted, MD
Thelma Gaetano, MD (Pediatrics)
Vasilia Vamvakis, MD

Program Coordinator

Lauren Pasquine
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