Medical Education

I cannot tell you how lucky I feel to have completed my residency at St. John Medical Center, Westlake. All the physicians, nurses, and paramedics prepared me to be the doctor I am today! I feel confident in my knowledge base and my skills because of your program. This is an amazing residency program." - Dr. Melanie Aaberg - 2012 Graduate "I just wanted to let you know that the NEOCOM EM Consortium is top notch! The training we get, the skills labs and actually working at St. John’s is invaluable. I think the attendings at St. John’s are top notch as well. If I could do it over again, I would definitely do it at St. John’s. So thanks for everything and keep doing what you do!" - Dr. Paul “Joe” Porres - 2012 Graduate

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Filiatraut

Gregory Bloxdorf, D.O., FACOEP/FACEP

Program Director:
Gregory Bloxdorf, D.O., FACOEP/FACEP

Assistant Program Director
Gennaro Romanello, D.O.

Emergency Medicine Co-Chiefs 2016/17:
Dr. Robert Tanzer

Dr. Derek Moore

AOA 4-year accredited program
100% AOBEM Part 1 board pass rate
ACOEP 16 approved positions - 100% filled
Four (4) OGME-1 positions open starting July 1, 2017.

Im July 2014 Incoming EM & EM/IM Residents: Mary Postel, D.O. - LECOM Bao Pham, D.O. - KCUMB Autumn Schwed, D.O. - RVU-COM Matthew Stevens, D.O. - LECOM  July 2013 Incoming EM Residents: Christopher Bishop, DO -VCOM
Co-Chief Resident 2016-17 

Patrick Spirnak, DO – LECOM
George Asaad, DO - OUHCOM
Co-Chief Resident 2016-17

Program features:

  • Level III Trauma Status
  • Trauma & Life Flight rotations at MetroHealth
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Part of the Northeast Emergency Medicine Consortium sharing weekly didactics
  • Animal lab to practice ATLS procedures
  • ED Ultrasound training
  • Oral Board Review, Journal Club, Skills Lab
  • ACLS & PALS annually
  • Educational Stipend
  • Community EMS experience
  • Resident Research Project
  • Monthly lectures with EM residents throughout Ohio
  • Attend Ohio ACEP & Chicago ACOEP Review Course

Emergency Medicine Clinical Curriculum

New Building

Current Emergency Medicine Research Topics:

  • CPAP use in ARF in the outpatient setting
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and airway procedures
  • Pharmacotherapy to reduce arterial pressure in hypertensive emergency
  • Patient presenting in the ED with abdominal pain
  • Segregating left bundle branch block into those with chest pain and those without
  • Has ultrasound guided peripheral IV placement lowered the number of central lines in a community hospital?
  • Arterial v/s arm BP cuff differential
  • In patients having undergone a cardiac catherization, does the presence of a new LBBB increase the likelihood of significant coronary disease as seen on cardiac catherization?
  • Is resident-performed compression ultrasound reliable in the detection of lower extremity deep venous thrombosis?
  • Intubation: Does the stylet really matter?
  • Post cardiac arrest success with LUCAS at a community hospital

Dr. Romanello

Gennaro Romanello, D.O. Assistant Program Director

Dr. Robert Tanzer

Dr. Robert Tanzer Co-Chief 2014-15

Dr. Derek Moore

Dr. Derek Moore Co-Chief 2014-15

Dr. Jonathan Umbel

Dr. Robert McMorrow Co-Chief 2013-14

Dr. Jonathan Umbel

Dr. Edward Richter Co-Chief 2013-14

Dr. Jonathan Umbel

Dr. Jenny Arman Co-Chief 2012-13

Dr. Jonathan Umbel

Dr. Todd O’Neil Co-Chief 2012-13.

Case Mix/Patient Population (only patients evaluated and treated in the ED):

  • 20% of ED Pediatric Patients
  • 79% of ED Adult Patients
  • Percent of ED Adult Patients — 30,402 (79.3%)
  • ~450 Trauma Patients
  • ~350 Surgical (non-trauma)
  • ~33,000 Medical Patients
  • ~1,400 OBG Patients
  • ~600 Psychiatric Patients
  • % Patients hospitalized following treatment (excluding ED) — 8,914 (23.3%)
  • % Patients admitted to Critical Care Units following treatment (excluding observation & number & % of deaths in ED) — 2174 (5.67%)

Program Recognitions: 

  • FOEM Research Flame Award 2015 – Presented to the ACOEP Residency Program that has achieved the highest average score for Senior Research Papers
  • 2015 Winning Program of the EMRA (Ohio) Quiz Bowl
  • Consortium Applebaum Award for Highest In-Service Scores - 13 out of 19 years
Anthony Hillier, D.O. (EM4) ranked #2 (99 percentile) in the nation on the ACOEP In-service exam!
"You will get the right blend of autonomy and responsibility.” - Dr.

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