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A student dons her white coat for the first time.

White Coat Ceremony for the College of Medicine

NEOMED will formally welcome first-year medicine students at 11 a.m., Friday, July 21, by providing each with a white coat. The ceremony, to be held in the NEW Center Ballroom on the NEOMED campus, is a major milestone for students as they transition into their new journey of lifelong learning and community service.


Bethany and Karen Yeiser in front of a wooden fence.

Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture: Bethany and Karen Yeiser

2023 Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture

Join us for the 2023 Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture featuring Bethany and Karen Yeiser, who will present “Recovering Family and Hope: A Daughter’s Journey and a Mother’s Devotion.” The Yeisers are the authors of parallel books that provide an intimate view of Bethany’s recovery from schizophrenia and the family’s persistent pursuit of hope.

This free public event will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25 in Watanakunakorn Auditorium on the NEOMED campus. For those unable to attend in person, the talk will be live-streamed. To secure your spot, please register in advance.

Learn more about the Yeisers.

Princess Ogbogu, M.D.

VITALS with Princess Ogbogu, M.D., chief of the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Princess Ogbogu, M.D. (’00), director of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s, joins VITALS at noon May 4, in Watanakunakorn Audioritum and via Zoom.

After graduating from NEOMED’s College of Medicine in 2000, Dr. Ogbogu completed her residency in internal medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and her fellowship training in allergy and immunology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to joining UH, Dr. Ogbogu served as division chief of allergy and immunology and co-training program director of the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program at The Ohio State University.

She serves as chair of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI); is a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committee for Allergy and Immunology; and holds leadership positions in several national committees with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI). Her clinical and research interests include eosinophilic disorders, immune therapeutics, COVID-19 and health disparities.

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 Princess Ogbogu, M.D.

Learn more about VITALS and view previous programs

Read more about Dr. Ogbogu in the Spring 2022 issue of Ignite

Seminar: “Injury-Responsive Endothelial Enhancers Promote Heart Regeneration”

“Injury-Responsive Endothelial Enhancers Promote Heart Regeneration”Seminar presented by:Brian Black, Ph.D.Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Biology and MedicineDirector, Cardiovascular Research InstituteUniversity of California, San Francisco

11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 25, Room RGE-123

Host: Integrative Medical Services

Part of the Dr. Hans G. Folkesson Memorial Seminar Series.

Contact: Erin Polcyn,

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.


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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

Seminar: Inflammation and Cell Death in Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease (ALD): Can a Carbohydrate be an Effective Therapeutic?

Laura Nagy, Ph.D. — professor of molecular medicine, director of the Liver Disease Research Center, and Director of the Northern Ohio Alcohol Center at the Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic – will present “Inflammation and Cell Death in Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease (ALD): Can a Carbohydrate be an Effective Therapeutic?” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in RGE-123.

The talk is free and open to the public. It is part of the Dr. Hans G. Folkesson Memorial Seminar Series presented by Integrative Medical Sciences.

Contact: Erin Polcyn,