About Us

About Us

The first year is devoted to the principles of patient care as they apply to general surgery. Residents rotate on the major surgical subspecialties with emphasis on preoperative and postoperative management and the development of differential diagnosis.

The second and third year include subspecialty rotations in transplantation and plastic surgery. Third year is divided among pediatric and burn surgery, surgical critical care and thoracic/vascular. Our pediatric surgery rotation is done at Akron Children's Hospital, the ninth largest children's hospital in the country.

The final two years are devoted to general surgery where the resident functions at the chief resident level.

Throughout the entire five years we offer broad exposure in trauma, emergency surgery and surgical critical care. We are one of the regions Level I Trauma Centers as verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Our conferences and teaching rounds stress the application of basic science as it applies clinically. Our curriculum integrates anatomy, physiology and clinical pathology. Morbidity and Mortality Conferences are held weekly and Surgical Grand Rounds follow this mandatory conference. Our residents receive extensive laparoscopic experience.

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Residents, medical students and Faculty have the opportunity to practice the fundamentals of minimally invasive surgery in a Surgery Skills Lab through our FLS program. Hands-on learning and instruction provide an ideal opportunity for our surgical residents.

What is the FLS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery) Program?
The FLS program is a SAGES-ACS jointly-supported educational module and assessment tool designed to teach the fundamental knowledge, judgment and technical skills required in basic laparoscopic surgery. Learning and applying these fundamentals will help ensure a minimal standard of care for patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery. FLS also offers a proctored exam that gives surgical residents and fellows the opportunity to assess and document those skills.

What is the FLS Trainer Box?
The Laparoscopic Trainer is a portable device to develop psychomotor skills and dexterity required during the performance of basic laparoscopic surgery. The unit includes a set of accessories used to simulate specific surgical techniques.

Where is the Surgery Skills Lab?
The Surgery Skills Lab is located in the Simulation Learning Center, 2nd Floor of the ACC Building of Cleveland Clinic Akron General. The lab is available to Residents, medical students and Faculty.

Welcome

Welcome

A Letter from the Chair of the Department of Surgery

Since first being accredited in 1942 as a surgical residency program, our surgical faculty at Akron General Medical Center has been training highly competent and talented surgeons for almost 75 years.

As a primary medical student surgery clerkship teaching site for both Northeastern Ohio Medical University and The University of Toledo College of Medicine, our program combines the very best of a busy community hospital with strong academic affiliations.

Our hospital is involved with ten different residency and fellowship programs and is fully committed to the ongoing support and growth of our Graduate Medical Education programs, despite the changing landscapes of health care that we continue to see nationally.

By the time our three chief residents reach graduation each year, they are knowledgeable, experienced and highly competent. Having already directed their own house surgery clinic during their chief year, the transition between residency and becoming a capable surgeon is realized. Our graduates are competitive in either pursuing fellowship programs of their choice or choosing a career as a general surgeon. They have the skill set and confidence to outperform.

We prioritize education over service, and our resident staff is integral in the care that our patients receive. In addition to general surgery, our teaching faculty includes many surgical sub-specialties including: Acute Care Surgery, Bariatrics, Breast, Cardiac, Endocrine, Endoscopic, Hepatobiliary, Laparoscopic, Pancreatic, SICU, Thoracic, Trauma and Vascular Surgery.

We are a Level 1 designated Trauma Center and are building a new Emergency Department. Our Breast Health Center provides an excellent educational experience. Adjacent to our campus is the regional burn unit and pediatric medical center. Our institution recently joined with Cleveland Clinic, and we anticipate even more teaching opportunities moving forward as Cleveland Clinic Akron General.

As a graduate of our program from over 25 years ago, I personally am proud to be associated with the team of surgeons who make up our teaching faculty, as well as the quality of the residents we have the privilege to train. Clearly you will find the in General Surgery Program at Cleveland Clinic Akron General to be one of the best opportunities available anywhere for training in surgery.

We look forward to your taking a closer look at our residency program!

Mark C. Horattas, MD, FACS

Mark C. Horattas, MD, FACS
Chairman, Department of Surgery
Professor of Surgery, NEOMED

Sample Rotation

Sample Rotation

PGY – 1

  • 6 months General Surgery at Akron General
  • 2 months Vascular/Thoracic Surgery at Akron General
  • 1 month Anesthesia at Akron General
  • 3 months SICU at Akron General

PGY – 2

  • 8 months General Surgery at Akron General
  • 1 month Cardiac Surgery at Akron General
  • 1 month Plastic Surgery at Akron General
  • 1 month SICU at Akron General
  • 1 month Transplant Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation

PGY – 3

  • 6 months General Surgery at Akron General
  • 2 months Pediatric Surgery/Burn at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron
  • 2 months Vascular/Thoracic Surgery at Akron General
  • 2 months SICU at Akron General

PGY – 4

  • 8 months General Surgery at Akron General
  • 4 months Vascular/Thoracic Surgery at Akron General

PGY – 5

  • 12 months General Surgery at Akron General
Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

General Surgery/Oncology

  • Noaman Ali, MD — Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Scott Awender, MD, FACS — Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Walter J. Chlysta, MD, FACS — Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
  • Christopher Daigle, MD — Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Victor Dizon, MD
  • Andrew H. Fenton, MD, FACS — Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Scott Hockenberry, MD
  • Mark C. Horattas, MD, FACS — Chairman, Professor of Clinical Surgery
  • Robert A. Marley, MD, FACS — Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • William C. Papouras, MD, FACS — Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Charudutt Paranjape, MD — Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Jeffrey Ustin, MD

Cardiothora/Vascular

  • Joseph Lahorra, MD — (Chief-Cardiac)
  • Loren Masterson, MD
  • Robert G. Netzley, MD, FACS — Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Patrick J. Stocker, MD, FACS, FCCP — (Chief-Thoracic) Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
  • Dennis J. Wright, MD, FACS — (Chief-Vascular) Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
  • Jill Zink, MD

Trauma/Critical Care

  • Robert A. Marley, MD, FACS — Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Farid F. Muakkassa, MD, FACS — (Chief) Professor of Clinical Surgery
  • William C. Papouras, MD, FACS — Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Jeffrey Ustin, MD

Neurological Surgery

  • Ghassan F. Khayyat, MD — Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Georges Markarian, MD
  • John Butler, MD
  • Krishna Satyan, MD
  • Mark Hoeprich, MD

Plastic Surgery

  • A. Lawrence Cervino, MD — Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • Derek Cody, MD
  • James A. Lehman, Jr., MD — Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • Nicholas H. Papas, MD — Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • Michael G. Parker, MD — Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • John Pedersen, MD
  • Gary Pennington, MD — Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • Douglas Wagner, MD — (Chief) Clinical Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery
Application

Application

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.

Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY – 1

  • Abigail Christiansen, MD — Central Michigan University College of Medicine
  • Benjamin Crisp, MD — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Teodora Fatchikova, MD — Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

PGY – 2

  • Ryan Fitzgerald, MD — Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Andrew Guzowksi, MD — University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Sophia Horattas, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University

PGY – 3

  • Nathan Hieb, MD — Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Jimmy Ibrahim, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • David Yanoschik, MD — Wayne State University School of Medicine

PGY – 4

  • Lauren Cardella, DO — Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Madeline Heald, MD — University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Christopher Wolff, MD — University of Kansas School of Medicine

PGY – 5

  • James Brockett — Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Ryan Lucero, MD — The University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Abigail Tremeling, MD — Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine
Alumni

Alumni

2017 Graduates

  • Katherine Billue, MD — Plastic Fellowship, Omaha, NE
  • Stephen Brandstetter, MD — Colorectal Fellowship, Cleveland, OH
  • Terry Carman, MD — Plastic Fellowship, Omaha, NE

2016 Graduates

  • Anthony Calabretta, MD — Private Practice, Wooster, OH
  • Eveline Rusdianto Klenotic, DO — Private Practice, Concord, OH
  • Andrea Zelisko Schwoerer, MD — MIS Fellowship, NC

2015 Graduates

  • Chrissy Guidry, DO — Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship, UCLA
  • Justin Mandell, MD — Plastics Fellowship, New York
  • Anselm Tintinu, MD — Private Practice, Byron, OH

2014 Graduates

  • Amanda Mendiola, MD — Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship, University of Arkansas Private Practice, AGMC, Akron, OH
  • Tamera Robotham, MD — Private Practice, Akron, OH

2013 Graduates

  • Riley Lamb, MD — Private Practice, Pierre, SD
  • Justin Van Meeteren, DO — Cardiothoracic Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, NY
Research & Innovations

Research & Innovations

Akron General offers surgical services for a wide range of needs, both inpatient and outpatient. Through research, advances in technology and improvement in techniques allow our surgeons to offer more types of treatments with increasing precision, less blood loss, less pain and a shorter recovery time.

For more information about resident research in the Department of Surgery, please contact:

Robert Marley, MD
Program Director
330.344.7708

Noaman Ali, MD
Resident Research Director
330.344.7708