NEOMED Dean Young Named Athena Recipient

BOARDMAN, Ohio — Dr. Elisabeth Young, vice president of health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University is the recipient of the 2018 Athena Award.

The award, sponsored by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and The Vindicator, was presented last night before a crowd of nearly 500 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center. The annual program recognizes business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in their career, provided leadership in the community and contributed to the growth of other professional women.

Young, a resident of Poland and professor of internal medicine at NEOMED, is the school’s first alumni to serve as dean of the College of Medicine. She graduated from the school in 1985 and has been an active faculty member since 1990.

Young is trained in internal medicine and rheumatology, as well as hospice and palliative care. She has held many positions during her time at NEOMED and served as associate medical director at Mercy Health Youngstown, Hospice of the Valley, as well as director of graduate medical education.

The mother of four sits on several NEOMED committees, including University President’s Leadership Team, Council of Academic Leadership and Council of Deans, and has been the recipient of numerous awards at the university, as well as Ohio Magazine’s excellence in teaching award.

She has volunteered her time in various capacities with Cardinal Mooney High School, the American Heart Association and Dorothy Day homeless shelter.

Dr. Marla Perez-Davis, deputy director at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, delivered the keynote address at the 26th annual Athena event.

A $1,500 scholarship created in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley was presented to Youngstown State University sophomore Emily Marsico. She is enrolled in the accelerated pre-med program, in which she will receive her B.S. degree in biology in three years, followed by four years of medical education at NEOMED.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield also presented scholarships in the amount of $1,250 each to Springfield High School senior Kate Denmeade and Howland High School senior Lindi DeFrances. Both will continue their education at YSU this fall.


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