Our General Surgery residency program is a community based, independent academic medical center program. Our residents are involved in all aspects of surgical care including operative experience from day one. The hospital is a regional tertiary care center as well as an ACS verified Level One Trauma Center. The majority of our core faculty members are fellowship trained or dual boarded.

Our graduates are prepared to care for critically ill or injured patients in all settings. While the national trend has been for nearly 80 percent of graduates to pursue fellowship training, half of our residents go directly into surgical practice.

In addition to trauma and critical care exposure, our program provides significant endoscopy, robotic surgery, and minimally invasive surgery training. There are no fellowships in our system and thus our residents do not compete with more senior trainees for surgical cases. Our Pediatric Surgery rotation is outstanding, with experience at the ABA Regional Burn Center at Akron Children’s Hospital integrated in that rotation.

Our program provides a well-rounded training environment that prepares our graduates to pursue whatever career path they choose.

Program Director

Ronald Rhodes

Ronald A. Rhodes, MD, FACS

Dr. Rhodes received his medical degree from NEOMED and completed his surgical residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital 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. 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.       

Associate Program Directors

Dr. Nancy Gantt

Nancy Gantt, MD, FACS

Dr. Gantt is Professor of Surgery, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and the Co-Medical Director of the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center. Professionally she focuses on the interdisciplinary care of breast disease and surgical education. At Mercy St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital she serves as Associate Director of Resident Education and as the ACS COC Cancer Liaison Physician. Dr. Gantt served as M3 surgical Clerkship Director at St. Elizabeth Health Center for 20 years and as NEOMED M3 Curriculum Director for 12 years. As Chair of the Association for Surgical Education’s Clerkship Directors’ committee she developed the ASE Academy of Clerkship Directors to recognize the significant contributions of Clerkship Directors to medical student education. She is Past-President of the Association of Women Surgeons and the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. 

Dr. Vincent Vanek

Vincent W. Vanek, MD, FACS

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 Youngstown Hospital in 1987. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), and Professor of Surgery at NEOMED. Dr. Vanek  participates in the clinical teaching of residents and medical students and he is counselor for the assigned general surgical residents. Along with his many duties in the program, Dr. Vanek is also Chair of the Mercy Health CarePATH Clinical Nutrition Committee (CNC) and the Mercy Health Youngstown regional CNC.  He is member and Past President of the ASPEN as well as for the Ohio state chapter of ASPEN. 


Tiffany Marchand, MD, FACS
Jason Delatore, MD, FACS
Brian S. Gruber, MD, FACS
Heath A. Dorion, MD, FACS
Thomas J. Chirichella, MD
David J. Thomas, DO, FACS
Kenneth R. Ransom, MD, FACS
Gregory Huang, MS

Program Coordinator

Larissa McElrath
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