About Us

About Us

CCAG Surgery Group
General Surgery Residency Program Teaching Faculty

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.

Welcome

Welcome

A Letter from the Chair of the Department of Surgery

We have been accredited since 1942 as a surgical residency program. Our surgical faculty at Akron General Medical Center, now known as Cleveland Clinic Akron General, has been training highly competent, compassionate and talented surgeons for more than 75 years.

We serve as primary medical student teaching sites for Northeastern Ohio Medical University, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and our program combines the very best of a busy community hospital with strong academic affiliations. In addition to General Surgery, our hospital supports 10 other Graduate Medical Education residency and fellowship programs and we are fully committed to their ongoing support and growth.

Our five-year training program involves a busy and diverse operative experience. By the time that our chief residents graduate, they have become skillful surgeons who are knowledgeable, experienced and confident in the operating room. Our graduates find that they are competitive in either pursuing fellowship programs of their choosing or fulfilling careers as well-trained general surgeons. Throughout residency training, they develop the skill sets and confidence levels needed to outperform.

We prioritize education over service, and our resident staff is integral in the quality of the care that our patients receive. In addition to general surgery, our teaching faculty includes many surgical sub-specialties: Acute Care, Bariatrics, Breast, Cardiac, Endocrine, Endoscopic, Hepatobiliary, Laparoscopic, Pancreatic, SICU, Thoracic, Trauma and Vascular Surgery. We are a Level 1 designated Trauma Center and have a new Emergency Department. Our institution recently joined with Cleveland Clinic, and we anticipate new teaching opportunities moving forward as Cleveland Clinic Akron General.

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

We look forward to you 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

Noaman Ali, MD
Surgery Clerkship Director, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, OUHCOM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo

  • Medical School: NEOMED
  • Residency: William Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak
  • Fellowship: Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Interests: General Surgery, HPB

Sofya Asfaw, MD

  • Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Residency: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care & Trauma, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Interests: Surgical Critical Care & Trauma, General Surgery

Scott Awender, MD, FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo

Faculty Ranks:

  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati School of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Rochester
  • Interests: General Surgery, Endoscopy, ERCP

Marita Bauman, MD

  • Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Indiana University
  • Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Bariatric & Metabolic Institute
  • Interests: Bariatrics, General Surgery

Stephen Brandstetter, MD

  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Louisville SOM; Akron General Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Colorectal Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Interests: Colorectal, General Surgery

Tony Capizzani, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, OUHCOM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo

  • Medical School: University of Tennessee
  • Residency: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care, University of Michigan
  • Interests: General Surgery

Walter J. Chlysta, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, OUHCOM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo

  • Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center
  • Interests: Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

Kristen Conrad-Schnetz, MD

  • Medical School: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Residency: Cleveland Clinic Health Systems, South Pointe Hospital
  • Fellowship: Trauma & Critical Care, Metro Health System
  • Interests: General Surgery

Christopher Daigle, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, OUHCOM

  • Medical School: Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Residency: University of Toronto
  • Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Advanced MIS/Bariatric Surgery
  • Interests: Bariatrics, General Surgery

Andrew Fenton, MD, FACS
Executive Medical Director, McDowell Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Associate Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo

  • Medical School: NEOMED
  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center
  • Interests: General Surgery, Oncologic Surgery, Breast Surgery

Molly Flannagan, MD

  • Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
  • Interests: General Surgery

Mark C. Horattas, MD, FACS
Chairman, Department of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo

  • Medical School: NEOMED
  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center
  • Interests: Endocrine Surgery, General Surgery

William Leukhardt, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo

  • Medical School: Medical College of Ohio
  • Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care, MetroHealth Medical Center
  • Interests: Surgical Critical Care, General Surgery

Ali F. Mallat, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, OUHCOM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo

  • Medical School: Lebanese University College of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Tennessee
  • Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care, University of Michigan
  • Interests: Surgical Critical Care, General Surgery

Robert A. Marley, MD, FACS
Program Director, General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, OUHCOM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo

  • Medical School: Bowman Gray School of Medicine
  • Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Interests: General Surgery, Breast Surgery

Amanda Mendiola, MD, FACS
Fellowship Director, Breast Surgery Oncology, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, OUHCOM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo

  • Medical School: NEOMED
  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Breast Surgery Oncology, University of Arkansas for Medical Science
  • Interests: Breast Surgery

Farid Muakkassa, MD
Director, Trauma, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Professor of Clinical Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, OUHCOM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo
Trauma Director

  • Medical School: American University of Beirut
  • Residency: St. Francis Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Critical Care/Trauma, University of North Carolina
  • Interests: Critical Care & Trauma

Mary K. Murray, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, OUHCOM

  • Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship, Akron General
  • Interests: Breast Surgery

William C. Papouras, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, OUHCOM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo

  • Medical School: Medical College of Ohio
  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center
  • Interests: General Surgery, Heartburn, Endoscopy, Endocrine Surgery

Rachel Sullivan, MD

  • Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Residency: Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University
  • Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care, Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University
  • Interests: General Surgery

Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery

Joseph Lahorra, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, NEOMED

  • Medical School: John Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Case Western Reserve University
  • Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Interests: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Loren Masterson, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, OUHCOM

  • Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Residency: William Beaumont Hospital
  • Fellowship: Vascular Surgery, The Ohio State University
  • Interests: Vascular Surgery

Robert G. Netzley, MD, FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, NEOMED

  • Medical School: NEOMED
  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Peripheral Vascular, St. Anthony’s Hospital; Cardiothoracic, University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
  • Interests: Vascular Surgery

Patrick Stocker, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, NEOMED

  • Medical School: NEOMED
  • Residency: Akron City Hospital
  • Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Surgery, West Virginia University Medical Center
  • Interests: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dennis J. Wright, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, NEOMED

  • Medical School: NEOMED
  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Surgical Intensive Care, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital; Vascular Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital
  • Interests: Vascular Surgery

Jill Zink, MD, FACS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, NEOMED
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, OUHCOM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toledo

  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Residency: Akron General Medical Center
  • Fellowship: East Carolina University, Vidant Medical Center
  • Interests: Vascular 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

  • Nicholas Gastaldo, DO — Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Heather Jagoda, MD — Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Sean Rogers, MD — University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine

PGY – 2

  • 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 – 3

  • 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 – 4

  • 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 – 5

  • 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
Alumni

Alumni

2018 Graduates

James Brockett, MD  
  • 2018-20 Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, Weill Cornell Medicine/NY Presbyterian, New York, NY
Ryan Lucero, MD
  • 2018-19 Surgical Critical Care & Trauma Fellowship, Temple University Lewis Katz SOM, Pittsburg, PA
Abigail Mowry-Tremelling, MD
  • 2018-19 Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship, Washington State University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

2017 Graduates

Katherine Billue, MD  
  • 2017-20 Plastics & Reconstruction Fellowship at The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Stephen Brandstetter, MD
  • 2017-18 Colorectal Fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2018-present: Private Practice, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, Ohio
Terry Carman, MD 
  • 2017-18 Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, Wayne State/Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI
  • 2018-present: Private Practice, Mercy Health, Springfield, Ohio 

2016 Graduates

Anthony Calabretta, MD 
  • Private Practice, Wooster General Surgery, Wooster, OH 
Eveline Rusdianto Klenotic, DO  
  • Private Practice, Concord, OH
Andrea Zelisko Schwoerer, MD
  • 2016-17:  Minimally Invasive Surgery/Bariatric Fellowship, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
  • 2017-present: Private Practice, Blossom Medical Group, Las Vega, NV

2015 Graduates

Chrissy Guidry, DO 
  • 2015-17:  Surgical Critical Care & Trauma Fellowship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2017-present: Tulane University, Director, Emergency General Surgery Service
Justin Mandell, MD
  • Plastic Surgery Fellowship, New York 
Anselm Tintinu, MD  
  • Parkview Health, Private Practice, Bryan, Ohio

2014 Graduates

Amanda Mendiola, MD
  • 2014-15: Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship at University of Arkansas for Medical Science, Little Rock, AK
  • 2015-present, Breast Oncology Surgeon, Cleveland Clinic Akron General 
Tamera Robotham, MD
  • Private Practice, Wooster General Surgery, Wooster, OH 
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