About Us

About Us

We offer five PGY-1 positions for this three-year program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We offer a faculty with diverse areas of interest, an innovative behavior science curriculum and opportunities to sharpen teaching skills with instruction from our patient education specialist. We also offer an innovative practice management curriculum and a dedicated pharmacotherapy specialist for rational drug therapy.

As a major affiliate of the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), our Family Medicine residency provides first-year experience on inpatient rotations of medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, surgery and emergency medicine, along with first-year pediatric experience at Akron Children's Hospital. The first year includes providing primary care to a panel of patients at Akron General's Center for Family Medicine.

The second year includes required rotations with the remaining times in subspecialties and electives. We also include a "hands-on" two-week Practice Management curriculum in the second year.

The third year provides experience in office and patient management at Akron General and Akron Children's Hospital. Third-year office practice includes management of 150-200 families.

Scheduled weekly are 1/2 day didactic conferences encompassing all medical topics, behavioral science, pharmacology, evidence-based medicine, research and practice management for all residents.



A Letter from the Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in our Family Medicine Residency Program at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. We are committed to providing the highest quality of health care to our patients and to providing the finest education to our residents.

Akron General is one of the area's largest integrated healthcare networks. Our residents are educated in very modern recently completely remodeled, state-of-the-art facilities with vast resources due to being part of such a system. We are fortunate to be in a system with a diverse and knowledgeable medical staff that has been enthusiastic in the training of medical students and residents. Our institution has been repeatedly named as one of "America's 50 Best Hospitals" in U.S. News and World Report, a tribute to the high-quality care and education we provide.

Our faculty is an eclectic mix of energetic, talented and, extremely dedicated individuals that come from diverse backgrounds. Each has special talents and interests and provides our residents with education in a very collegial atmosphere. At the Akron General Center for Family Medicine, you will find a large state-of-the-art facility located on the hospital campus, equipped with physician office laboratories in each module. You will be able to learn and perform several office procedures, among them:

  • video colposcopy
  • casting and splinting
  • laceration repair
  • skin lesion excision
  • cryotherapy and electrocautery
  • IUD insertion
  • Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP)

We have a large, remodeled library and spacious offices for residents. We take pride in providing a modern, fully integrated computer network, linking directly with the hospital and Internet from each terminal. We have implemented a complete tablet PC-based electronic medical record system for our office and are utilizing Web visits as well with our patients.

During your residency, you will work side by side with some of the finest nursing and office staff. Our practice management, pharmacology and behavioral science curricula are taught by experts in their fields who work closely with our residents, assisting them with the tools necessary to practice in the ever-changing realm of medical practice.

One of our missions is to provide our graduates with the necessary training to allow them to provide excellent, compassionate and comprehensive care to their patients when they enter practice. They are taught how to be their patient's advocate and how to coordinate their total health care. Our graduates are comfortable in their roles as competent and effective family physicians and are ready to assume their practices.

For osteopathic medicine candidates, we currently have three DO's in our faculty. DO residents are encouraged to maintain their OMM skills. Precepting for OMM is available in our center. Our curriculum meets licensing requirements for DO's as well as for allopathic residents.

We welcome you to look through the information provided here and to call us for further information. The faculty, staff and residents invite you to train at one of the best residency programs available: the Akron General Medical Center Family Medicine Residency.

Elliot B. Davidson, MD
Family Medicine Residency Program, Director
Associate Professor of Family Medicine, NEOMED

Sample Rotation

Sample Rotation

PGY – 1

  • 1 month: Internal Medicine
  • 1 month: Inpatient Family Medicine
  • 1 month: CVICU
  • 1 month: Orthopedics/Surgery
  • 1 month: Newborn/Gynecology
  • 1 month: Essentials of Family Medicine I
  • 1 month: Emergency Medicine (Adult)
  • 1 month: Emergency Medicine (Pediatrics)
  • 2 months: Obstetrics 1 month: Inpatient Pediatrics
  • 1 month: Outpatient Pediatrics

1-3 half day(s) patient care per week; half day didactics per week

PGY – 2

  • 1 month: Elective
  • 1 month: Inpatient Pediatrics
  • 1 month: Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • 1 month: Pulm/GI
  • 1 month: Ambulatory (CFM)/Emergency Medicine (Adult)
  • 1 month: Essentials of Family Medicine II
  • 1 month: Orthopedics/Surgery
  • 1 month: Outpatient Pediatrics (Montrose)
  • 1 month: Pharmacotherapy
  • 1 month: Practice Management/PCMH
  • 2 months: Inpatient Family Medicine

1-4 half day(s) patient care per week; half day didactics per week

PGY – 3

  • 1 month: Dermatology/Wound Care
  • 1 month: Urology (Adult/Peds)
  • 1 month: Ent/Ophth
  • 1 month: Geriatrics
  • 1 month: Sports Medicine
  • 1 months: PCMH/Card/Rad
  • 1 month: Newborn/Gynecology
  • 2 month: Inpatient Family Medicine 3 months: Electives

1-5 half day(s) patient care per week; half day didactics per week

Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Elliot B. Davidson, MD, FAAFP
Program Director, Center for Family Medicine

  • Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center
  • Board Certified: American Board of Family Medicine
  • Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians

Douglas W. Harley, DO
Associate Program Director

  • Medical School: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Residency: St. Joseph Health Center
  • Board Certified: American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice

Brian L. Bachelder, MD

  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati
  • Residency: Fairview-University Medical Center
  • Board Certified: American Board of Family Medicine

Timothy R. Brown, PharmD, RPh
Pharmacotherapy Faculty

  • Graduate School: Campbell University School of Pharmacy
  • Residency: Medical College of Virginia Hospitals

Jane R. Freeman, LISW
Behavioral Scientist

  • Graduate School: Case Western Reserve University School of Applied Social Sciences
  • Board Certified: Clinical Social Work, National Association of Social Workers

Kathie T. Greene, MD

  • Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center
  • Board Certified: American Board of Family Medicine

Theresa A Lash-Ritter, MD

  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Residency: Aultman Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Board Certified: American Board of Family Medicine

Aaron M. Lear, MD, CAQ
Primary Care Sports Medicine

  • Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
  • Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve Family Medicine Residency
  • Board Certified: American Board of Family Medicine

Paul J. Lecat, MD, FACP, FAAP
Clinical Associate Director

  • Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center; Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Board Certified: American Board of Internal Medicine; American Board of Pediatrics
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians; American Board of Pediatrics

Renee L. Markovich, MD, FAAFP

  • Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Residency: Southwest Georgia Family Practice Residency
  • Board Certified: American Board of Family Medicine
  • Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians


We appreciate your interest in Akron General and hope that we've provided you with the information you need to choose the right residency program. Akron General is able to offer an exceptional medical education experience because of our knowledgeable and hard-working staff. Ranked "One of America's Best Hospitals," by U.S. News & World Report, we maintain a standard of excellence that promises nothing but the best care for our patients and therefore, nothing but the best education for our medical students and residents.

  • Residency applications and the additional items below must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
  • Application Deadline: 12/31/17
  • Interview Dates: 10/2/17 through 1/31/18
  • Expected Program Length: Three years

Application consists of:

  • Medical School Academic Transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean's Letter)
  • Passing USMLE Step I & Step 2 (First Attempt)
  • Valid ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

All information must be submitted before an application can be reviewed.

Interviews are by invitation. If you have been selected, we will contact you using the information you have provided.

Selection date is set by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Important Information for International Medical Graduates Applicants:

  • Applicant must be ECFMG certified before NRMP Rank Order List deadline.
  • H1-B and J-1 visa's are offered.
  • We prefer applicants who have graduated within the last 2 years.

Interested in rotating?

Please complete this form and mail it to:
Department of Medical Education
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
1 Akron General Ave.
Akron, OH 44307

Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY – 1

  • Sisay Michael Abraham, MD — Meharry Medicine College
  • Heli Naik, DO — Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Midwestern University
  • Kishan Patel, DO — Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Hyo Young Seo, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Shuchi Talwar, DO — Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

PGY – 2

  • Kristen Beesley, MD — Universidad Autanoma de Guadalajara Facultad de Medicina
  • Alicia Bond, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Lesley Booher, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Vincent Leone, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • John Prokop, DO — Ohio University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

PGY – 3

  • Aditya Bhatia, MD — Ross University
  • Laura Cottingham, MD — The University of Toledo
  • Sivakaran Nagaratnam, MD — Medical University of the Americas
  • Tricia Olaes, MD — Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Niraj Patel, DO — Philadephia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Morgan Savel, MD — The Ohio State University College of Medicine


2016 Graduates

  • Kevin Baldie, MD — Suburban South Family Physicians, Akron, OH
  • Asim Bhatti, MD — Urgent Care, Seattle, WA
  • James Franz, DO — V101 Management Service, North Canton, OH
  • Merritt Huber, MD — MUSC Primary Care, Summerville, SC
  • Ghada Ibrahim, MD — Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA
  • Tania Ziegler, MD — Health First Medical Group, Port St. John/Titusville, FL

2015 Graduates

  • Amy Canada, MD — Family Care Network, Bellingham, WA
  • Thomas Giguiere, MD — Sentara Family Physicians, Elizabeth City, NC
  • Katharina Schmalstieg, MD — Georg-August University, Dept of Family Medicine, Goettingen, Germany
  • Chanchal Suthar, MD — Akron General Center For Family Medicine, Akron, OH

2014 Graduates

  • Marcel Bahr, MD — Sports Medicine Fellowship, Akron, OH
  • Ekaete Jackson, MD — Akron General PPG, Portage Hills Family Medicine, Mogadore, OH
  • Monica Michel, MD — Canada
  • Eric Panzner, DO — Copley Medical Group, Copley, OH
  • Raul Raudales, MD — Sports Medicine Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic

2013 Graduates

  • James Dombroski, MD — Ob Fellowship, AL
  • Debra Gargiulo, MD — Akron General PPG, Green Family Practice, Uniontown, OH
  • Rubbiya Bhatti, MD — Akron General PPG, Center For Family Medicine, Akron, OH
  • Cecile Jentner, MD — Fairlawn Family Practice, Akron, OH
  • Leon Gedeon, MD — Group Practice, FL
Research & Innovations

Research & Innovations

The Cleveland Clinic Akron General Center for Family Medicine is committed to helping patients of all ages and their families achieve good health and improve the quality their lives. Through research and education, we remain on the cutting edge of family medicine. That means we are always exploring new and better ways to improve lifestyles and better manage chronic illnesses through medical treatments and patient education.

For more information about resident research in Family Medicine, please contact:

Elliot Davidson, MD
Program Director

Doug Harley, DO
Resident Research Director