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

Heath A. Dorion, M.D., FACS, Program Director of St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital General Surgery Residency

Heath A. Dorion, M.D., FACS

Dr. Dorion began his duties in January 2019 after being selected as the fifth Program Director for the general surgery residency. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University and a 1997 graduate. He completed his general surgery residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in 2002. Upon completion of residency, he served as an active duty staff surgeon in the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Medical Center, in Dayton, Ohio. He returned to Youngstown in 2006 as a core faculty member for the residency program. Dr. Dorion completed a Multidisciplinary Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2011. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery with added qualifications in Surgical Critical Care. He has served in numerous leadership roles including M3 clerkship director, General Surgery Section Director, Mercy Health Physicians Youngstown Board member, and Chief Medical Officer at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital. Dr. Dorion is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American Hernia Society, Association of Program Directors in Surgery, and the Association for Surgical Education. He has coauthored a textbook chapter on surgical site infections in laparoscopic surgery, numerous practice management guidelines, and published research on the use of mesenchymal stem cell transplants in fascial healing. His clinical expertise is in management of complex abdominal wall hernias, septic shock, and peritonitis.

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 Associate Program Director of St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital General Surgery ResidencyTiffany 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, MD, FACS
Lillianne Stanitsas, MD
Benjamin Biteman, MD

Program Coordinator

Larissa McElrath
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