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Northeast Ohio Medical University Honors Albani, National 2013 Family Physician of the Year

February 1, 2013 12:00 AM — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROOTSTOWN, OHIO

Contact: Heather Bing, hbing@neomed.edu, 330.325.6675

A reception was recently held in Youngstown, Ohio, honoring Thomas Albani Jr., M.D., FAAFP, assistant professor of family and community medicine in the College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), who was awarded the national 2013 Family Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Hosted by the NEOMED College of Medicine and Department of Family and Community Medicine, Dr. Albani, along with family, friends and colleagues, was feted for his many accomplishments and contributions to the community of Northeast Ohio. Theodore “Ted” E. Wymyslo, M.D., director, Ohio Department of Health, presented Dr. Albani with a proclamation recognizing the AAFP award signed by Gov. John Kasich.

“It is an honor to have Dr. Albani as part of the College of Medicine, as he clearly demonstrates an exemplary dedication to the practice of family medicine and his patients,” said Jeffrey L. Susman, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine. “Dr. Albani, like all members of our faculty, is an integral component to the success of our University.”

Dr. Albani received his prestigious national award at the AAFP annual Scientific Assembly in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 17, 2012. The award honors one outstanding American family physician who provides patients with compassionate and comprehensive care, and serves as a role model professionally and personally in his or her community, to other health professionals and to residents and medicine students. He was also recognized as the 2012 Distinguished Physician by the Mahoning County Medical Society at the organization’s annual meeting in Youngstown in June 2012.

In addition to nearly 30 years of private practice in Canfield, Ohio, Dr. Albani helped start the Midlothian Free Health Clinic and serves as its medical director. He is also a volunteer faculty member for the family medicine residency program at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

“To be named one out of 50 very talented physicians is a phenomenal achievement,” said Anthony Costa, M.D., chair of the Department of Family and Community Health at NEOMED. “I am pleased to have Dr. Albani as part of our Department and to share in the celebration of his award, which reflects his commitment to the future family physicians we are educating and the community that we serve.”

Dr. Albani graduated with his Doctor of Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, in Columbus, Ohio, and completed his family medicine residency program at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus. He is a Fellow of the AAFP.

Dr. Albani and his wife, Karen, reside in Boardman, Ohio, and have five children.

Northeast Ohio Medical University is a community-based, public medical university with a mission to improve the quality of health care in Northeast Ohio working in collaboration with its educational and clinical partners. With a focus on scientific and medical research, and the interprofessional training of health professionals that is unique to the state of Ohio, the University offers a doctor of medicine (M.D.) and a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, in addition to graduate-level coursework and research opportunities leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in other medical areas. Northeast Ohio Medical University is a founding member of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. Visit www.neomed.edu.

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