About Us

About Us

We are a 7-7-7 three-year family medicine program established in 1971and fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. We offer a faculty with a diversity of interests, an innovative behavior science curriculum, and team-based care focused on population health, procedures, and chronic disease management. We also offer an innovative practice management curriculum and a dedicated pharmacotherapy specialist.

As a major affiliate of the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), our residency provides first-year experiences on inpatient rotations of medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, surgery and emergency medicine, along with first-year pediatric experience at Akron Children's Hospital. Each first year resident receives their own panel of patients at the Center for Family Medicine that grows with them over the duration of their residency.

The second year includes rotations in select subspecialties as well as chosen electives. The resident will continue to grow their outpatient continuity panel of patients. We also include a "hands-on" two-week practice management curriculum during the second year.

The third year provides more advanced experience in office and patient management and includes expanding further management of a patient panel up to 150-200 families.

Our residency program along with our fellow Cleveland Clinic residency program, Lakewood, have partnered with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM), Cleveland campus in an innovative Transformational Care Continuum (TCC) curriculum. This hands on truncated six year program focuses on the learned principles of population health management and there implementation on a panel of patients starting from 1st year of medical school through residency to the practice of medicine.

Office based procedures are taught throughout the three years both in workshops and by hands-on precepting in one of our multi-purpose procedural rooms.

Dedicated didactic conferences are scheduled half a day weekly encompassing all medical topics incorporating osteopathic principles and practice, behavioral science, pharmacology, evidence-based medicine, research, and practice management for all residents.

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A Letter from the Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program

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

Our faculty is an eclectic mix of energetic, talented, and extremely dedicated individuals that come from diverse backgrounds. Each with special talents and interests that provide our residents a collegial educational atmosphere. At the Center for Family Medicine, you will find 20 exam rooms spread across four modules, a procedural care area, Osteopathic Manipulation area and education space. You will become proficient with a variety of office procedures, including:

  • Video colposcopy and biopsies
  • Joint injections
  • Point of care ultrasound
  • Skin lesion excision and biopsies
  • Cryotherapy
  • IUD insertion and removal
  • Nexplanon® insertion and removal
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
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.

Our mission 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. Our graduates are comfortable in a range of roles from private practice to hospitalists as competent and effective family physicians.

We welcome you to look through the information provided here and to call 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 at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. 

Douglas Harley, DO
Douglas Harley, DO
Family Medicine Residency, Program Director

Tiffany Pearl | Coordinator | Cleveland Clinic | Akron General | Medical Education Staff
Tiffany Pearl
Family Medicine Residency Coordinator

Clinical Rotations

Clinical Rotations

PGY – 1

  • 2 blocks: Inpatient Family Medicine
  • 1 block: CVICU
  • 1 block: Orthopedics
  • 1 block: Surgery
  • 1 block: Newborn/Gynecology
  • 1 block: Essentials of Family Medicine I
  • 1 block: Emergency Medicine (Adult)
  • 1 block: Emergency Medicine (Pediatrics)
  • 1 block: Obstetrics
  • 2 blocks: Inpatient Pediatrics

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

PGY – 2

  • 2 blocks: Elective
  • 1 block: Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • 1 block: Pulmonology/Gastroenterology
  • 1 block: Ambulatory (CFM)/Emergency Medicine (Adult)
  • 1 block: Essentials of Family Medicine II
  • 1 block: Outpatient Pediatrics (Montrose)
  • 1 block: Pharmacotherapy
  • 1 block: Practice Management
  • 3 blocks: Inpatient Family Medicine
  • 1 block: Outpatient Pediatrics

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

PGY – 3

  • 1 block: Dermatology/Wound Care
  • 1 block: Urology (Adult/Pediatric)
  • 1 block: ENT/Ophthalmology
  • 1 block: Geriatrics
  • 1 block: Sports Medicine
  • 1 block: Practice Management/Cardiology/Radiology
  • 1 block: Newborn/Gynecology
  • 3 blocks: Inpatient Family Medicine
  • 3 blocks: Electives

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

Teaching Faculty Application


We appreciate your interest in Cleveland Clinic Akron General and hope that we've provided you with the information you need to choose the right fellowship program. Akron General is able to offer an exceptional medical education experience because of our knowledgeable and hard-working staff. Akron General is now ranked as the No. 1 hospital in the Akron Metropolitan Area, according to U.S. News & World Report. Akron General is also listed as the No. 17 hospital in Ohio for 2020-2021, according to the annual ranking of Best Hospitals by U.S. News. 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, residents and fellows.

Life in Akron has so much to offer! Learn more about Greater Akron.

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?

Akron General Medical Center uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service to process visiting student applications.

To apply for an family medicine rotation, please complete and send a VSAS application with your preferred dates.

Department of Medical Education
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
1 Akron General Ave.
Akron, OH 44307

Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY – 1

Olufunke M. Adebayo, MD
  • Hometown: Hartford, Connecticut
  • Undergraduate: Central Connecticut State University
  • Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine
  • Medical Interest: Women’s health, medical missions
  • Interests/Hobbies: Travel, music, fashion, cooking, movies, medical missions, spending time with family, women's health
Philip Cacchione, DO
  • Hometown: Erie Pennsylvania
  • Undergraduate: Gannon University
  • Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical Interest: Preventative medicine, OMM, sports medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Golf, fishing, cooking, cooking
Yvonne Chueh, DO
  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
  • Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine, Cleveland
  • Medical Interests: Procedures
  • Interests/Hobbies: Music, hiking, cooking
Jamesha Ford, DO
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
  • Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine
  • Medical Interest: Women’s health, integrative medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, spending time with family, managing small business project
Sarah Rose Keating, MD
  • Hometown: Elyria, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Lorain County Community College, Cleveland State University
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Medical Interests: Pediatrics, adolescent medicine, psychosocial medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Nature (hiking, animals, gardening), reading, and baking.
Laura Lininger, MD
  • Hometown: Garrettsville, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Youngstown State University
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Medical Interests: Rural medicine practicing full spectrum primary care including, but not limited to: outpatient, inpatient, pediatrics, procedures, and education.
  • Interests/Hobbies: Horseback riding, hiking, biking, and spending time with my family and friends
Naseeb G. Shaheen, MD
  • Hometown: Canton, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Ohio State University
  • Medical School: Marshall University
  • Medical Interests: Sports medicine, global health
  • Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, working on cars, traveling, lifting

PGY – 2

Alenadreale Banton, MD
  • Hometown: Bronx, New York
  • Undergraduate: City College of New York
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Medical Interests: Health equity, procedures, urban primary care
  • Interests/Hobbies: Fitness, music, food
Katie Clark, DO
  • Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: University of Kentucky
  • Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine, Cleveland
  • Medical Interests: Women’s health, pediatrics
  • Interests/Hobbies: Running, yoga, reading, traveling
Guryadav Dhillon, MD
  • Hometown: Amritsar, India
  • Undergraduate: Khalsa College, Amritsar
  • Medical school: Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar
  • Medical Interests: Primary care outpatient medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, spending time with friends and family.
Kristin Forkapa, DO
  • Hometown: Brunswick, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: University of Akron
  • Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Sports medicine, OMT, pediatrics, women’s health
  • Interests/Hobbies: Kayaking, camping/hiking, exercising, yoga, reading, baking
Afshin Humayun, MD
  • Hometown: Flint, Michigan
  • Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Racial disparities in healthcare, women’s health, wound care, hospital medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Ultimate Frisbee, table tennis, board games, basketball
Brian Krusemark, MD
  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Undergraduate:  Miami University
  • Medical School:  Wright State University
  • Medical Interests: Primary prevention of preventable diseases, particularly rural and underserved communities
  • Interests/Hobbies: Camping, hiking, doing pretty much anything while hanging out with my kids
Allen Liew, MD
  • Hometown: Wooster, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Youngstown State University
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Medical Interests: Outpatient/inpatient medicine, mental health, teaching
  • Interests/Hobbies: Music, cooking, computers

PGY – 3

Ranjeet Arora, MD
  • Hometown: Faridkot, Punjab
  • Undergraduate: Gian Jyoti Public School, Mohali
  • Medical School: Government Medical College, Amritsar
  • Medical Interests: Hospital medicine, evidence based medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, cooking

Magalie Bernardo, MD

  • Hometown: Lyon, France
  • Undergraduate: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Obstetrics, women’s health, pediatrics, preventive medicine.
  • Interests/Hobbies: Women’s health, running, hiking, traveling, trying different ethnic food, spending with my children and dogs.

Eleni Dimitriadis, MD

  • Hometown: Albany, New York
  • Undergraduate: Syracuse University
  • Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts
  • Medical Interests: Urgent care, medical aesthetics
  • Interests/Hobbies: Reading, music, cosmetics, movies, swimming, Syracuse sports, traveling, visiting the Adirondacks, baking, spending time with my husband and two kids.

Scott Gestrich, MD

  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Undergraduate: Liberty University
  • Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Addiction medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Hanging out with my wife Catherine and daughter Madelyn, taking walks with my Boston terrier, Pittsburgh Steelers

Suvetha Senthivasan, DO

  • Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
  • Undergraduate: McMaster University
  • Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Nutrition, preventive and lifestyle medicine, motivational interviewing
  • Interests/Hobbies: Painting, baking, yoga, drinking espresso and spending time with family

Fangfei Xiao, DO

  • Hometown: Beijing, China
  • Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Medical Interests: Geriatrics
  • Interests/Hobbies: Crafts

Andrew Zheng, MD

  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Kent State University
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Medical Interests:Behavioral health, medical education, chronic conditions
  • Interests/Hobbies: Running, virtual reality, piano, photography


2020 Graduates

  • Heli Naik, DO — Sports Medicine Fellowship, Pennsylvania
  • Sisay Abraham, MD — Outpatient, Barnes Jewish Hospital Alton, Illinois
  • Kishan Patel, DO — Faculty, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, Ohio
  • Hyo Young Smith, MD — Outpatient, Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital, Union, Ohio
  • Shuchi Talwar, DO — Outpatient, Indiana University Health, Indiana 

2019 Graduates

  • Lesley Booher, MD — Outpatient, Fairlawn Family Practice, Fairlawn, Ohio
  • Alicia Bond, MD — Outpatient, NEOMED student clinic, Rootstown, Ohio
  • Kristen (Beesley) Frimpong-Boateng, MD — Outpatient, Kaiser Permanente, Antioch, California
  • Vincent Leone, MD — Outpatient, Fairlawn Family Practice, Fairlawn, Ohio
  • John Prokop, DO — Outpatient, Wooster Community Hospital, Wooster, Ohio

2018 Graduates

  • Aditya Bhatia, MD — Hospitalist, Mount Carmel, Columbus, Ohio
  • Laura Cottingham, MD
  • Niraj Patel, DO — Staff Physician, GoodRx, San Francisco, California
  • Tricia Olaes, MD — Outpatient, OhioHealth, Gahanna, Ohio
  • Morgan Savel, MD — Outpatient, Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

2017 Graduates

  • Shahzad Aslam, MD — Outpatient, Mount Carmel St Anns, Westerville, Ohio
  • Nkosi Mason, MD — Faculty, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, Ohio
  • Sivakaran Nagaratnam, MD — Outpatient, North Oakville Medical Centre, Oakville, Ontario
  • Doria Narively, MD — Outpatient, Kaiser Permanente, Everett, Washington
  • Puja Natesan, MD — Outpatient, CareNow, Rockwall, Texas

2016 Graduates

  • Kevin Baldie, MD — Faculty, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, Ohio
  • Asim Bhatti, MD — Outpatient, Virginia Mason, Kirkland, Washington
  • James Franz, DO — Outpatient, Pinnacle Care Providers, Canton, Ohio
  • Merritt Huber, MD — Outpatient, MUSC Primary Care, Summerville, South Carolina
  • Ghada Ibrahim, MD — Outpatient, Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA
  • Tania Ziegler, MD — Outpatient, Health First Medical Group, Port St. John/Titusville, Florida
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:

Doug Harley, DO
Program Director

Aaron Lear, MD
Resident Research Director

Chanda Mullen, PhD
Research Coordinator