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. 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. 

Assistant Program Directors

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.

Core Faculty

Amanda Burger, PhD
Kristen Evan-Hymes, DO
Dinah Fedyna, MD
Robert McClusky, MD
Laura L. Miller, MD, MPH
Ronald Scott, MD
Christian Yeasted, MD

Program Coordinator

Samantha Rivalsky
Email Samantha