Alumni Awards Dinner

2024 awards dinner on April 6

Join us as we recognize this year’s Alumni Association Award recipients for their demonstrated commitment to the University, health professions and local community.

We are excited to celebrate and host this event in the NEW Center on Friday, April 6, 2024. The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to begin by 6:45.

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2023 honorees

Distinguished Alumni Award – Frank Papay, M.D. (’84)

JFrank Papay, M.D. Dr. Frank Papay graduated from NEOMED in 1984 and currently works as Chairman of the Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, serves as the Section Head of Craniofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is a Professor of Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He has been a pioneer in the area of plastic surgery and made national headlines as part of the surgical team that performed the first total face transplant in the United States. He is known around the world as an incredibly innovative and scientifically active inventor, clinician/surgeon and leader. He has published over 100 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters and holds 27 patents and 54 provisional patents. 

“Dr. Papay’s contributions to medicine not only resonate as an alumnus, but also continue to impact his field on a worldwide scale.  From his leadership in performing the first face transplant in the US to his myriad of publications and innovations in biomedical engineering, he has truly left his mark on the medical field. For these reasons and more, the committee is proud to award Dr. Papay the distinguished alumni award.”

— Jeffery Monteith, M.D. (’06) & Kim Monteith, M.D. (’07), Alumni Association Awards Committee Members

Distinguished Service Award – James Kravec, M.D. (’02)

James Kravec, M.D.Dr. Kravec serves as the Youngstown market chief clinical officer for the Mercy Health system. He also serves as the system medial director for Graduate Medical Education for Bon Secours Mercy Health where he leads operations, strategy and growth for the physician residency programs.  Dr. Kravec is a past president of the NEOMED Alumni Association Board of Directors and was the NEOMED IM clerkship director from 2010 – 2013.  He continues to precept medical students and residents and remains involved in medical education. He has been a CSA rater and judge at the annual NEOMED IM research day and was recognized by the NEOMED class of 2010 and 2013 as an outstanding faculty member and served as the Grand Marshal at commencement for the class of 2012.  He chaired the general medicine section at NEOMED and has been a member of several NEOMED committees. He was instrumental in developing a partnership between Mercy and NEOMED which assists students in loan forgiveness in exchange for service on the medical staff at Mercy facilities. 

“James F. Kravec, M.D., is more than deserving of the Distinguished Service Award for his many contributions to NEOMED during his career. He continues service to NEOMED through his regional leadership and educational role for the Bon Secours Mercy Health System.”

— Doug Moses, M.D. (’95), Chair of the Alumni Association Awards Committee

Lifetime Achievement Award – Zouhair Yassine, M.D.

Dr. Zouhair YassineDr. Zouhair Yassine was a founding faculty member of the Department of Anatomy for Northeast Ohio Medical University and remained a current member of the department of until his passing at the age of 91. As an orthopedic surgeon, he was an innovator who introduced the advanced treatment of fractures and total joint replacement. He was one of the founders of the Crystal Clinic, where he served as president of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Yassine taught at NEOMED for more than 20 years and was well known for his pioneering spirit. He received numerous honors at NEOMED including an Honorary Doctor of Science degree, Honorary Professor of Anatomy and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, the Dean's Award for excellence in teaching, and Clinical Teacher of the Year. He established the Dr. Zouhair Yassine Medical Scholarship, and the Gross Anatomy Laboratory was named in his honor. 

“Dr. Yassine spent endless hours, working with first year medical students and conveying his love of orthopedics and human anatomy. He and his wife also generously shared his love for entertaining and ballroom dancing with the students, inviting the entire freshman class into his home each year for a party. He was literally the most hands on and enthusiastic educator we were exposed to over the 4 years of medical school.”

— Susan Ray, MD (’84), Alumni Association Awards Committee Members

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Contact Us

David Vitatoe
Senior Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: 330.325.6664