Surgery Faculty

  Ronald A. Rhodes, MD, FACS
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Chief Academic Officer/DIO 

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. 

Dr. Rhodes was Director of the General Surgery Section from 1995 to 1999 and was recently elected again as Director of the Section and Director of Surgical Endoscopy. He has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Admissions Committee at NEOMED and a member of Youngstown State University Admissions Committee for the BS/MD program with NEOMED. Dr. Rhodes ahe been active in training surgical residents for the past 18 years. As a part of his duties as Program Director, Dr. Rhodes has implemented a software program, New Innovations, that is a complete "residency management suite" for generating curriculum, monitoring attendance, and importing ERAS demographics, as well as tracking residents' hours, procedures, examinations, evaluations, and schedules.

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.             

  Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director

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.  She is an Ohio At-Large Governor of the ACS and Associate Examiner for the American Board of Surgery.

One of Dr. Gantt’s primary roles, and passions, is to mentor and empower medical students and residents to find their perfect career. At NEOMED she is the Surgery Interest Group Advisor, AWS Medical Student Chapter Advisor and M4 Surgical Specialty Advisor. She has participated in formal mentoring of surgeons at all stages of their careers through the AWS and ACS. In addition, she is one of the founding surgeons of the Northeast Ohio Women in Surgery Initiative, which provides opportunities for education and networking for surgeons-in-training.

Dr. Gantt is a Chicago native and earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed an internship, research and general surgery residency at University of Pittsburgh Hospitals and Clinics.

  Vincent W. Vanek, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director

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. As Director of Research in the Department of Surgery, he is counselor to the surgical residents in their research projects and assists them in design, statistical analysis, data processing, and preparation of manuscripts.


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. 


Dr. Vanek played a key role in the implementation of the Electronic Health Record system across Mercy Health, which started back in 2010, and he is the Youngstown Regional Medical Informatics Officer.  He has written numerous journal articles and conducted many national and regional presentations on nutrition, bariatric surgery, and various general surgery topics.

  Tiffany Marchand, MD, FACS
NEOMED/LECOM Clerkship Director

Dr. Marchand completed her undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and is a proud Buckeye.  She has a passion for missions and therefore wanted to pursue overseas studies and completed her medical degree at St. Christropher Iba Mar Diop College of Medicine in Senegal, Africa in 2006.  Dr. Marchand trained here at St. Elizabeth Health Center from 2007-2012 and then went on to complete a trauma/surgical critical care fellowship at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV.  After completing her training, she came back to Ohio and practiced for three years at a Level I trauma center in Akron, OH as the assistant trauma director.  The opportunity then arose to come back to Mercy Health and she joined the group in February 2017.

Dr. Marchand is actively involved with teaching of students and residents and is an Assistant Professor at NEOMED.  Her research interests include rib fixation, geriatric trauma, and surgical education.  She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Association of Women Surgeons, and Society of Critical Care Medicine. 

  JasonDelatore, MD, FACS
Chairman, Department of Surgery

Dr. Delatore received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine.  He completed his surgery residency at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, PA and his vascular surgery fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. He started practice in 2003 and is a member of the teaching staff of the surgery residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and a clinical associate professor of surgery for the Northeast Ohio Medical University. 


He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery.  He practices vascular surgery with a special interest in endovascular procedures.  He is currently the chairman of the department of surgery at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

  Brian S. Gruber, MD, FACS
Director, Trauma/Critical Care/General Surgery Teaching Faculty

A graduate of NEOMED, Dr. Gruber completed his general surgical residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in 2003 and a Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in June 2004.

Dr. Gruber joined our staff in July 2004 as a member of the general surgery teaching faculty and the trauma/critical service. He was appointed the Director of Trauma/Critical Care services in 2007 and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at NEOMED.

  Heath A. Dorion, MD, FACS
Core Faculty

 Dr. Dorion is a graduate of Youngstown State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University. He completed his general surgical residency here at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. he served on active duty with the United States Air Force as Chief, General Surgery, at Wright -Patterson Air Force Medical Center.

Upon completion of military service, Dr. Dorion joined the residency faculty at St. Elizabeth in 2006. He is currently the General Surgery Section Director at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and Surgery Clerkship Director for the third and fourth year medical students. He holds faculity appointments at both Norteast Ohio Medical University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. His interests include acute care surgery, surgical critical care and complex hernia repair. 


Thomas J. Chirichella, MD

Core Faculty

Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Oncologic and General Surgery

Dr. Chirichella completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY Albany where he played football then later coached at the collegiate level winning two championships.  Upon graduating, he enrolled at Ross University where he graduated with High Honors.  He then went on to complete his General Surgery Residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown OH where in his last year he served as Chief Resident.  While in residency he published five peer-reviewed manuscripts, presented at national conferences, was the pediatric surgery and trauma/critical care resident of year, and earned numerous teaching and research awards.  He completed his abdominal transplant fellowship at the University of Colorado, the birth place of liver transplantation, and where the first right lobe living donor liver transplant was performed in the United States.  He was mentored by Igal Kam and Michael Wachs where he performed adult and pediatric liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation, along with live donor liver and kidney transplantation.  Training in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery along with minimally invasive hepatobiliary surgery rounded out his experience.  While in Colorado he was assistant surgeon for the first Double Lung/Liver Transplant.  He continued his commitment to research where he published and presented at national conferences.  During his time at Allegheny General Hospital he ran the live donor kidney transplantation program performing laparoscopic donor nephrectomies.  He was also an integral part of their liver/ kidney transplant and hepatobiliary programs.  He is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) where he serves on the Communications Committee and is a peer-reviewer for journals.

He has since returned home to the Mercy – Youngstown system where he specializes in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Oncologic and General Surgery.  He believes that patients should not have to travel to Pittsburgh or Cleveland to receive complex surgical care.  Since coming back to Youngstown he has started the first Multidisciplinary Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Committee where each patient is reviewed with a team of specialists (Medical Oncology, Pathology, Gastroenterology, Interventional Radiology, and Radiation Oncology) weekly to provide expert opinion and develop patient specific treatment plans.  


David J. Thomas, DO, FACS

Core Faculty

Dr. Thomas received his medical degree from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000.  He completed residency in General Surgery at Forum Health/Western Reserve Care System in 2005.  He has been in clinical practice since 2005.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at NEOMED.  He has also served in prior positions as Vice Chair of Surgery and Assistant Program Director of Surgery Residency at Northside Hospital. 


His clinical interests include:  Minimally invasive surgery, repair of paraesophageal hernias and anti reflux procedures, surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands, hernia repair, endoscopy, and intestinal surgery.


Kenneth R. Ransom, MD, FACS

Core Faculty

Dr. Ransom received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1974 where he also completed his general surgery residency in 1979 and also completed a trauma/critical care fellowship at the University of Maryland Trauma Institute in Baltimore in 1980.

Dr. Ransom has been Director of Trauma/Critical Care Services at many different hospitals including here at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital from 2002-2007. He then went to Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn in Arizona as Director of Trauma where he was also Site Director for the Maricopa medical Center Integrated Surgical Residency Program. He returned to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital as a trauma surgeon and member of the teaching faculty in 2010. Research interests include laparoscopy in traumatic splenic rupture and trauma in senior patients.  

Dr. Ransom is presently involved with teaching, counseling, and supervising students and residents.


Gregory Huang, MD

Core Faculty

Dr. Huang received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2005 and completed his general surgery residency at Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System. He  finished a fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care at University of Louisville, KY and joined our staff in August 2011 as a member of the general surgery teaching staff and Trauma/Critical Care surgeon.

Dr. Huang is a member of American College of Surgeons,  Society of Critical Care Medicine and East He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at NEOMED and LECOM. His research interests include traumatic brain injury and outcomes based.