Our Residents

Mark Mekhail, DO
Mark Mekhail, MD

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Bradenton, FL, 2015
Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH
Undergrad: University of Akron, 2010
Medical Interests: Pediatrics, women’s health, general medicine/family medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Drawing/sketching, reading, collecting comic books, video games, art, movies
Future Plans: I plan on staying near the Cleveland area and being a general practitioner in the community
Why I Chose Fairview: “Fairview has a fantastic educational and professional atmosphere, and I was excited about the opportunity to train in my hometown."

Brian Myers, MD
Brian Myers, MD

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2015
Undergrad: The Ohio State University
Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
Medical Interests: The patient-physician relationship, therapeutic communication, global health, obstetrics, integrative medicine, sports medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Cycling, hiking, photography, traveling, skiing, podcasts such as Freakonomitcs & TED Radio Hour, etc., boating, backpacking, NPR, playing the piano, National Geographic Magazine.
Future Plans: Start a family with my soon-to-be wife!  Practice outpatient family medicine after residency, maybe buy a sailboat, keep life interesting and filled with adventures.
Why I Chose Fairview: “ I chose Fairview Hospital for several reasons!  The Family Medicine program here at Fairview is a breath of fresh air.  I feel surrounded by residents and faculty who value a productive, enriching educational atmosphere coupled with a true appreciation for the human side of medicine and life during residency.  In addition, Cleveland offers the perfect venue for starting a new adventure in a thriving, metropolitan area.  With Lake Erie 2 miles away and a robust Metroparks system, there are plenty of outdoor activities to explore.  We absolutely love it here. “

Vanessa Stagliano, MD
Vanessa Stagliano, MD

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2015
Undergrad: John Carroll University, 2011
Hometown: Northfield, OH
Awards: Choose Ohio First Primary Care Scholarship in Medicine, Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Scholarship
Medical Interests: Medically underserved populations, women’s health, preventive medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, gardening, jogging, pet care, attending theater, reading
Future Plans: I plan to practice medicine in an underserved area.
Why I Chose Fairview:“I was very impressed with the program when I rotated at Fairview as a medical student. The faculty, staff and residents care deeply about their patients and made me feel at home.  I know that I will receive the best training possible at Fairview in order to better serve my patients in the future. “

Ting Tu, DO
Ting Tu, DO

Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly UMDNJ SOM), 2015
Graduate School New York University, 2011
Undergrad: SUNY – Stony Brook University, 2007
Hometown: New York, NY
Medical Interests: Sports medicine, urgent care
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, traveling, sports (i.e., running, basketball)
Future Plans: Sports medicine fellowship, urrgent care sports medicine
Why I Chose Fairview: “I chose Fairview for its strong institutional support in pursing career goals, which include, but not exclusive to electives/tracks in Sports Medicine.  Educational resources are available at different sites.  Overall, well balanced program in community medicine, which will be the core patient population for many practicing physicians.  Residency programs are resident driven and meeting the residents at Fairview spoke volumes of the program’s quality.  Faculty are friendly and open to discussing issues with residents.  Cleveland offers many opportunities to pursue personal interests, as well which I plan to soon explore.”

Austin Tutt, DO
Austin Tutt, DO

Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2015
Undergrad: Texas A&M University, 2011
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Medical Interests: Preventive medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, sports medicine, procedure medicine
Hobbies/Interests: I love playing sports, particularly basketball.  I enjoy running and watching movies.  I also like to play the piano and the guitar.
Future Plans: I would like to join a small outpatient private practice in the suburbs of a middle to large-sized city. 
Why I Chose Fairview: “I chose Fairview because I wanted to train at a program that was friendly, flexible, and supportive, while still offering a high-quality education.  I also wanted a program that stressed the importance of preventive care, and offered OMT training because I hope to continue utilizing these after I graduate.  In addition to all this though, the residents, faculty, and staff were what really impressed me and made me want to travel all the way from Texas!”

Daniel Urcuyo, MD
Daniel Urcuyo, MD

Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, 2015
Undergrad: The University of Michigan, 2010
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Medical Interests: Disease prevention through exercise and nutrition, sports medicine, functional medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, CrossFit, entrepreneurship
Future Plans: I would like to develop a practice focused on preventing disease through exercise and nutrition, where community is an integral part of what keeps people out of the hospital and helps reinforce healthy habits.
Why I Chose Fairview: “While initially rotating at Fairview Hospital as a medical student, I immediately felt at home.  The residents and staff were extremely welcoming and there was a strong sense of camaraderie at all the levels.  Furthermore, curriculum was top notch and focused towards my career interests.”

Nicole Ascanio, MD

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Undergrad: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Medical Interests: Procedures, preventive health, nutrition, kids
Hobbies/Interests: Running, spending time with family, eating (not cooking) and spending time with my fiance
Future Plans: Starting a family and practicing outpatient family medicine
Why I Chose Fairview: "It felt like a perfect mix of great experiences with great people!"

Elizabeth Belson, MD

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Undergrad: Drake University
Hometown: Lincoln, NE
Medical Interests: Global health, sports medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Running, tennis, traveling, staying up on current events
Future Plans: I'm considering doing a sports medicine fellowship. I want to work on global health issues, and am currently looking for my niche in that field.
Why I Chose Fairview: "I was so impressed by the people I met on interview. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. Most importantly, they seemed genuinely happy to be at Fairview."

Biagio Boytim, DO

Medical School: LECOM
Undergrad: Heidelberg University
Hometown: Brunswick, OH
Medical Interests: Sports Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Baseball, golf, spending time with family and friends, riding motorcycles and playing cards
Future Plans: I plan to stay in the greater Cleveland area and practice a mix of outpatient and inpatient medicine.
Why I Chose Fairview: "I chose Fairview because of the people. It is really a family environment of educated people. I knew I would get the best education/training possible and still be around great people."

Jamie DelVecchio, DO

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: Mercyhurst College
Hometown: Mentor, OH
Awards: Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Primary Care Incentive Scholarship, MEDTAPP Scholarship
Medical Interests: Sports Medicine, Preventive Medicine, International Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Running, soccer, traveling, spending time with family and friends
Future Plans: I would like to pursue a sports medicine fellowship.
Why I Chose Fairview: "I chose Fairview because I felt it would provide me with a well-rounded education and prepare me well for my future as a physician. In addition, the faculty, staff and residents are so friendly and really make you feel at home."

Rachael McGuirk, MD

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Undergrad: Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Hometown: Akron, OH
Awards: Graduated cum laude from OSUCOM
Medical Interests: General Medicine, Addiction Medicine, International Health
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, reading, learning languages, science, hiking
Why I Chose Fairview: "Because of the great balance between academic rigor and lifestyle. I also like how Fairview has a community feel with the resources of a big academic center."

Regina Pestak, DO

Medical School: Ohio University
Undergrad: John Carroll University
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Awards: Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Primary Care Scholarship; MEDTAPP Healthcare Initiative Scholarship; Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine: Distinguished Osteopathic Commitment - Outstanding Student Leadership; John Carroll University: Campion Award for Service Excellence; John Carroll University Scholarship: Presidents Honor Award; John Carroll University Scholarship: Leadership Scholars Award
Medical Interests: Women's Health, Pediatric Wellness
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, baking, hiking, music
Future Plans: As a Cleveland native my intentions are to remain in Northeast Ohio for the duration of my primary care career. We are committed to our neighbors and I hope to have a positive impact on the wellness of our community!
Why I Chose Fairview: "Fairview puts major emphasis on interdisciplinary team work and holistic medicine. The program's strong commitment to comprehensive care was a major influence on my desire to work there. Additionally, the Fairview family medicine team is moving toward a patient-centered medeical home model and placing major emphasis on healthcare quality and access. Additionally, the program offers a strong OMT curriculum and opportunities for research. I know Fairview will help me grow into a capable, well-rounded primary care physician."

Krunal Jethwa, MD

Medical School: Saba University
Undergrad: University of Western Ontario
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Awards: Wanzah Society of Canada Scholarship
Medical Interests: Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Sports (basketball), traveling, eating
Future Plans: Professional sports team physician
Why I Chose Fairview: "I chose Fairview for its family atmosphere, small class size and the reputation of the Cleveland Clinic."

Richard LeBano, MD

Medical School: University of Medicine & Dentistry (UMDNJ) - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Undergrad: Princeton University
Hometown: Mount Ephraim, NJ
Awards: Student Leadership Award, Gold Humanism Honor Society
Medical Interests: Sports Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Nutrition, Adolescent Medicine, International Health
Hobbies/Interests: Skiing, tennis, running, yoga, singing, Spanish, music, theater, writing
Future Plans: A Sports Medicine Fellowship.  Then, ideally, an academic position in which I could care for college student athletes
Why I Chose Fairview: "In addition to great sports training and an affiliated fellowship, I wanted to train in a supportive, friendly environment, where both the attendings and residents were invested in teaching.  Having spent 27 years living in New Jersey, I wanted to move to a different part of the country for residency."

Scott Owen, DO

Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: John Carroll University
Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH
Medical Interests: Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Geriatrics
Hobbies/Interests: Playing piano and guitar, cooking, spending time with my family
Future Plans: I would like to practice in the Cleveland area with a focus on nursing homes and the geriatric population
Why I Chose Fairview: "I chose Fairview because of its well-balanced curriculum, outstanding faculty and residents, patient advocation, and community hospital setting.  It was very important for me to be in a program that feels like a family and encourages osteopathic philosophies, while instilling traditional academics and training.  I feel that Fairview encompasses all of these values and many more."

Courtney Pearson, MD

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Deleware
Hometown: Bowie, MD
Medical Interests: A little of everything, and it changes all the time!
Hobbies/Interests: Long distance running, photography, spending time with my family and friends
Why I Chose Fairview: "I chose Fairview because I really felt at home with the residents and faculty.  I also couples matched - my husband is a Dermatology resident at the main campus. We were both born and raised on the East Coast, and even though we will miss Maryland blue crabs, we are excited to explore somewhere new!"

Ashley Phipps, DO

Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: UC Davis, 2006; UNLV, 2009
Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Medical Interests: Geriatrics, Community Health, Preventive Medicine, Research
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, travel, running, soccer, rugby, spending time with family and friends
Why I Chose Fairview: "I chose Fairview because the attendings and residents have such a wonderful focus on providing quality care for their patients. I also enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere and dedication to learning and growing as primary care providers."

Natalie Thomas, DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Undergrad: The Ohio State University
Hometown: Rocky River, OH
Medical Interests: Procedural Medicine
Future Plans: I am planning on staying in the Cleveland area to practice general family medicine
Why I Chose Fairview: "I chose Fairview because I felt right at home working with the residents, faculty and staff. It is a friendly atmosphere and a wonderful place to learn."

Ryan Walker, MD

Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Undergrad: West Virginia University
Hometown: Bridgeport, WV
Awards: Dr. Robert Marks Memorial Medical Scholarship
Medical Interests: I have a wide range of interest, which is why I love Family Medicine. It gives me the opportunity to treat many patients from child to adult.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy spending time with my wife. We play tennis, go on walks and love movie night. I also try to stay active by running and swimming
Future Plans: I would like to start a family with my wife in a nice community. I am interested in a mixture of inpatient and outpatient work in a community setting.
Why I Chose Fairview: "I fell in love with Fairview because of the community hospital feel with the presence of a major academic center like the Cleveland Clinic. The faculty are great teachers, and they have a great relationship with each other and the residents."