December 2020
Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni,
As 2020 comes to a close, I look back with amazement on the many accomplishments you have achieved under difficult circumstances. Your collective efforts would have been commendable under normal circumstances, but this has certainly not been a typical year. I have always believed that NEOMED’s College of Medicine is a special place, home to special people who are altruistically committed to others and support a set of values by which they live. 

My belief has been reaffirmed over and over. We are living in a pandemic world of health care and social justice crises. As we collectively commit to grow and learn through this time of uncertainty, we choose to be resilient and find opportunities to be better. We must not be complacent, we must not let down, we must support each other with compassion and kindness.
Please take a few moments to read about the fantastic work of our students. We welcome new additions to the College, who you can read more about in this edition. We also say goodbye to some treasured friends and colleagues who will not soon be forgotten.
On behalf of the College of Medicine, I wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season of joy, love, and peace. I look forward to a new year filled with hope and new beginnings!

Elisabeth Young
Elisabeth H. Young, M.D., FACP
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine
Professor of Internal Medicine
SOAR Student-Run Free Clinic named Free Clinic of the Year for Second Year in a Row
M3 student Whitney Stolnicki receives prestigious 2021 Society of Teachers of
Family Medicine Foundation scholarship
COM Students make donation to Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank
M2 student Giovanna Leone named to the NEOMED Foundation Board
New Faces, New Roles
Cynthia Ledford, M.D., joins the College of Medicine as senior associate dean for medical education. Dr. Ledford will oversee all aspects of the COM's curriculum with the responsibility for ensuring that the content, delivery, evaluation and quality improvement activities related to the curriculum are in compliance with accreditation standards. She will assume the chair of the NEOMED COM curriculum committee.

Dr. Ledford joins NEOMED from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, MI. She has most recently served as associate dean for Undergraduate Clinical Education and is a professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies. Prior to her role at Oakland, Dr. Ledford served at the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine in numerous positions from 1992-2018, including assistant dean for curriculum design and innovation and assistant dean of evaluation and assessment.

Dr. Ledford has been a clinician-educator for more than 20 years. Using outcomes and competency-based design, she has developed assessments and program evaluations to help accelerate and guide learning in the M.D. curriculum. Throughout her career as a physician educator, she has developed innovative methods and outcome measures related to teaching clinical reasoning and lifelong learning, as well as professionalism and professional identity formation and reflective practice.

Dr. Ledford received her medical degree from OSU and trained in internal medicine and pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospitals and the University of Cincinnati. She completed a fellowship in medical education at OSU and Stanford University's faculty development program in clinical teaching.
Yoleetah Ilodi, M.D., joins the College of Medicine as interim assistant dean of diversity. Dr. Ilodi will provide leadership, oversight and strategic vision for policies and initiatives to promote inclusive and equitable learning and working environment for students, faculty and staff in the College. She will lead efforts to ensure that the College achieves its expectations for diversity and maintains an environment that welcomes and fosters inclusivity.
Dr. Ilodi is an associate professor of internal medicine, a graduate of the Fellowship in Academic Medicine and has been an invaluable member of the COM admissions committee. She currently practices internal medicine and geriatrics for Summa Health. She also serves as the lead physician for diversity inclusion and recruitment for medical education.
Dr. Ilodi earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine training at Summa Health, where she also completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine.
Mary Massie-Story, M.D., has joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine as associate director of the integrated pathway program.

Dr. Massie-Story will oversee programming and student experience within the College of Medicine pathways, including the Rural Medical Education, Social Justice, Urban Primary Care pathways and the Accelerated Family Medicine Track. She will also provide medical services to the NEOMED community, including medicine and pharmacy students.

Dr. Massie-Story is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and an Academic Medicine Fellow of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She provides patient care as a family medicine physician at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Massie-Story earned her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University, and she completed her family medicine residency at MetroHealth.
Laura Barr, M.D., joins the Department of Family and Community Medicine as clinical content expert for the M1 Gastroenterology, Reproduction and Endocrinology course. She will also be providing patient care to students as part of Student Health Services.

Dr. Barr currently works at Spring Haven Counseling center in rural Wayne County where she integrated a medical practice into a mental health facility that serves the Amish. She is a clinical assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine and completed the Primary Care Transformation and Enhancement faculty development fellowship in 2019. She currently co-leads two Reflective Practice groups.

Dr. Barr received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed her family medicine training at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in Boise, Idaho.
Alicia Bond, M.D., expands her role in the Department of Family and Community Medicine by joining the Student Health Services team as a physician patient care provider.

Since January 2020, Dr. Bond has served as health director for the SOAR student run free clinic. As health director, she has the responsibility for overseeing all aspects of care provided to patients who visit the clinic. She also guides and directs the activities of students in the clinic and represents SOAR in community initiatives and programming.

Dr. Bond is a 2016 graduate of NEOMED. She completed her family medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic Akron General.
Lesley Tabler, M.P.A., has joined Medical Education as interim director of curriculum operations.

In this role Ms. Tabler oversees curricular logistics and manages the curriculum operations team. She served as project manager for the implementation of the new curriculum and peer instruction and continues to work collaboratively with module dyad leaders move the new curriculum forward as it expands to include both the M1 and M2 year in July 2021.

Ms. Tabler started at NEOMED in February of this year as a process engineer in the Office of the President. Prior to coming to NEOMED she was employed by TSG Resources, Inc. as a project leader in human resources, accounts payable and finance.

Ms. Tabler has a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Akron.
Jay Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D.
NEOMED's 6th President

Martha Magoon, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics

William Sharp, M.D.
Professor Emeritus of Surgery

Please send any COM faculty and staff tributes to Jennifer Lint,