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The NEOMED Alumni Association

College of Graduate Studies Student and Alumni Lunch

Join us from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 13 to learn about exciting developments in the College of Graduate Studies while networking with current students and alumni.

Location: Robert A. Liebelt, M.D., Ph.D., Lecture Hall on the NEOMED campus.

Contact: Greg Koman,

Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, M.D., Lectureship in Medicine

For the 2023 Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, M.D., Lectureship in Medicine, Michael Tan, M.D., (’99), FACP, FIDSA will present “Evolution of Treatment of C. difficile Infection” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 in Watanakunakorn Auditorium and via Zoom.

Dr. Tan is professor of internal medicine at NEOMED, where he is co-course director of the Infection and Immunity Course and vice-chair of the Infectious Disease Section of the Principles of Medicine Course.

Dr. Tan is lead physician for Summa Health Medical Group-Infectious Disease, assistant medical director at SummaCare and chair of Summa Health’s Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Tan is board certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine. He earned a B.S. in cell and developmental biology from the University of Rochester and a medical degree from NEOMED. He completed his residency training at Summa Health System. He then completed a fellowship in infectious diseases and tropical medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

He is a practicing infectious disease specialist and a frequent lecturer on various infectious disease topics. In addition to clinical practice, he is co-director of the antimicrobial stewardship programs at Summa Health’s hospitals and is elective director for M3 and M4 students as well as preceptor for advanced practice nursing students and physician assistants. He has significant involvement in resident education and has received teaching awards from internal medicine and family medicine residents.

Dr. Tan is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is regent for the American College of Physicians and immediate past-Governor for the Ohio Chapter of the ACP. In addition, he is chair of the Mastership Committee and member of the Health and Public Policy Committee. He was a member of the IM2019 Scientific Program Committee, Credentials Committee 2019-2021, Chapters Subcommittee 2015-2019, and Chair of the Chapters Subcommittee 2017-2019, and Awards committee 2020-2021. While Governor, he was on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors 2017-2019.

Dr. Tan’s primary research interests include participation in multi-centered controlled trials of new and novel treatments for Clostridium difficile infection, skin and soft tissue infection, and pneumonia. He is principal investigator for a registry of COVID-19 patients at Summa Health. He is co-editor of Tan JS, File TM Jr., Salata RA, Tan MJ (eds.) Expert Guide to Infectious Diseases, 2nd edition (2008, ACP Press) and Rosenthal KS and Tan MJ (eds.) Rapid Review Microbiology and Immunology 3rd edition (2010, Mosby). Dr. Tan is listed in Best Doctors in America (2010 to present).

About Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, M.D.

On March 5, 2004, the family of the late Dr. Watanakunakorn, of Youngstown, Ohio, presented NEOMED with the then-largest charitable gift in the College’s 30-year history. Totaling more than $3 million, the gift is used to advance medical education in Northeast Ohio, create an endowed chair in microbiology and immunology in Dr. Watanakunakorn’s name and provide this lectureshipseries for health care professionals throughout the region. From 1979 to 2001, Watanakunakorn, served as a professor of internal medicine at the University.

At the time of his death in July 2001, Dr. Watanakunakorn was hospital epidemiologist and chief of infectious diseases at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. He received several awards from professional organizations, including the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians Master Teacher Award, The American College of International Physicians Distinguished Physician Award, and the Infectious Disease Society of America 2000 Clinician Award. He also was a master of the American College of Physicians.


For more information, please email Aeriole Conner at

The NEOMED Alumni Association

College of Pharmacy Alumni Reception

Join the College of Pharmacy for a casual evening of appetizers and drinks and reconnect with fellow COP graduates.

Thursday, March 16, 2023
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Twisted Olive
5430 Massillon Road
North Canton, OH 44720

Frank Beck, D.D.S.

‘VITALS’ with Frank Beck, D.D.S., the inaugural dean of NEOMED’s Bitonte College of Dentistry

Frank Beck, D.D.S., the inaugural dean of NEOMED’s Bitonte College of Dentistry, will be the next VITALS speaker at noon, Thursday, March 2 via Zoom.

Beck also is program director of the General Practice Dentistry – Dental Residency Program at Mercy Health – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, and an adjunct professor of internal medicine at NEOMED.

He chaired the External Advisory Council for the College of Dentistry that set principles to help develop a college to meet the needs of the Northeast Ohio communities and prepare leaders for the future of oral health.

Dr. Beck received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists.

Every month, NEOMED gives health care thought leaders 17 minutes – the average duration of a physician-patient visit – to engage medical professionals and students on any of the VITALS topics: Value-based, Innovation, Technology, Advocacy, Leadership, Service.

Register for VITALS with Frank Beck, D.D.S., FAAHD

Learn more about VITALS and view previous programs

The NEOMED Alumni Association

Alumni Association Board Meeting

The Alumni Association’s Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 via Zoom.

Join the meeting.

Password: 038800

Contact: Craig Eynon,

The NEOMED Alumni Association

San Antonio Alumni Reception

Join us for a casual reception with NEOMED alumni and friends at Boudro’s Texas Bistro from 6-8 p.m. CST on Monday, January 30, 2023.

Boudro’s Texas Bistro is located at 421 East Commerce in San Antonio.

Contact: Craig Eynon,

Students in NEOMED’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Scholars Program gather for a photo.

$2.9-million federal grant will help NEOMED attract more diverse students

The federal government has awarded a five-year, $2.9-million grant to NEOMED’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Scholars Program, strengthening an essential pipeline that encourages diverse undergraduates to continue postgraduate study […]

Seminar: ‘GRAF RhoGAPs from GWAS to Druggable Cardiovascular Disease Targets’

Joan Taylor, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine at the University of North Carolina, will present “GRAF RhoGAPs from GWAS to Druggable Cardiovascular Disease Targets” from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 10 in RGE-123.

The talk is part of the Dr. Hans G. Folkesson Memorial Seminar Series presented by the IMS Department.

Contact: Erin Polcyn at