Family & Community Medicine

About NEON®

Established in 1993, Northeastern Ohio Network® (NEON®) is governed by an Executive Committee that includes a clinical director, six family medicine research site directors, a research coordinator, a community representative and a representative from a medically underserved site. NEON® is recognized as a practice-based research network by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and is a member of the Federation of Practice Based Research networks and the International Federation of Primary Care Research Networks.

NEON® conducts descriptive, interventional and translational research that reflects the values, priorities and primary healthcare needs in northeast Ohio with a focus on disease prevention, management of common health problems including chronic illnesses, and elimination of health disparities, and outcomes of educational processes and interventions.


Facilitate collaborative primary care practice-based research and scholarship to improve our communities’ health.


Conduct research leading to improve health of our communities by:

  • Promoting scholarship with primary care NEON® providers
  • Disseminating NEON® research and scholarship
  • Increasing participation of new and current NEON® members
  • Facilitating external collaboration of other networks
  • Conducting population-based primary care research: including examining assessments, processes, outcomes to improve community health
  • Providing research guidance for NEON® members

Executive Committee Members

John Boltri M.D., FAAFP

NEON®  Medical Director
Chair and Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University

Parul Chaudhri, D.O.

Assistant Program Director
Family Medicine Residency Program
Aultman Hospital

Douglas W. Harley, D.O., FACOFP, FAAFP

Vice Chief of Medical Staff
Associate Program Director
Family Medicine Residency Program
Center for Family Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Stephanie M. Henderson, M.L.S.

Reference Librarian
Aneal Mohan Kohli Academic & Information Technology Center
Northeast Ohio Medical University

Denise Kropp, B.S., C.C.R.P.

Research Associate
Family and Community Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University

Kenelm McCormick, M.D.

Research Director
Family Medicine Center
Summa – Barberton Hospital

Greta Lax, M.S.

Center Director, Akron Regional Interprofessional Area Health Education Center (ARI-AHEC)
The University of Akron

Laura L. Miller, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Residency Director and Director of Research
Mercy St. Elizabeth Youngstown Family Medicine Residency

Chanda Mullen, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator
Department of Research
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

William Smucker, M.D.

Program Director-Family Medicine Education
Family Medicine Center
Summa – Akron City Hospital


Joanne Fabick
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 330.325.6770

Department Chair

John Boltri, M.D.
Phone: 330.325.6787

Department of Family & Community Medicine

College of Medicine at NEOMED