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Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine

Jonathan M. Fanaroff, MD, JD
Faculty Councilor, CWRU Alpha of Ohio Chapter

Professor and Program Director
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Co-Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital

The Alpha of Ohio Chapter is managed by the SOM Office of Student Affairs.

All questions should be directed to the Chapter email:

Chapter elections of new AOA members:

Case students are elected into AOA by a committee of CWRU faculty who are themselves members of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Selection Committee members are given de-identified packets of information on the top honors students in the graduating class. Consideration is given to academic excellence, leadership, service to the community and to the school, faculty nominations, research publications and presentations, and other awards and accomplishments.

Once inducted, the new AOA students elect several faculty and residents into AOA. The students conduct the entire nomination/election process independently among themselves, giving consideration to qualities such as leadership, professionalism and service and, particularly, to commitment and excellence in medical student teaching and mentorship.


CWRU Class of 2017 AOA Student Inductees:

2017 AOA Inductees

Class of 2017 Alpha of Ohio Student Officers:

Andrew Vekstein, President
Jordan Singer, Vice President
Michael Shriver, Secretary

2017 AOA Faculty Inductees:

Amitabh Goel, MD
Clinical Professor of Surgery, CWRU SOM
Chief Medical Officer, Chairperson of Surgery & Director of Critical Care
University Hospitals - Geneva Med. Ctr.
MD: Queen’s University, Belfast, UK

Michael J. Katz, MD, PhD
Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Anatomy, CWRU SOM
University Hospitals CMC
MD: Case Western Reserve University
PhD: Case Western Reserve University

Heather A. Vallier, MD
Professor of Orthopaedics, CWRU SOM
MetroHealth Medical Center
MD: Stanford University

Carolyn W. VanDyke, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology, CWRU SOM
Emergency Radiology, Cleveland Clinic
MD: Robert Wood Johnson

2017 AOA Resident Inductees:

Trisha Dickey, DO
PGY-3, Neurology
University Hospitals CMC
DO: University of Toledo

Vahid Entezari, MD
PGY-5, Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland Clinic
MD: Iran University of Medical Sciences

Lisa Hickman, MD
PGY-4, Obstetrics/Gynecology
Cleveland Clinic
MD: Ohio State University College of Medicine

Bryan Graham, DO
Chief Resident
MetroHealth Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Emergency Medicine
DO: Lake Erie College

Keith Torrey, MD
PGY-2, Pediatric Medicine
University Hospitals CMC
MD: Drexel University College of Med.

AOA Spring Lecture

Sponsored by the AOA Visiting Professorship

Gurpreet Dhaliwal, M.D.

Gurpreet Dhaliwal, M.D.
Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco

Wednesday, April 26, 2017  SAVE THE DATE!
Location: School of Medicine, East Wing (Robbins Bldg.), Room E401
Time: 4:00 - 5:00pm
Title: "Nobody Cares How Much You Know…"

Dr. Dhaliwal is a Clinician-Educator and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He studies, writes and speaks about how doctors think – how they make diagnoses and what motivates them to improve their practice and systems in which they work. He sees patients and teaches medical students and residents in the emergency department, inpatient wards, and outpatient clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Dr. Dhaliwal writes in the Wall Street Journal’s The Experts: Health Care blog, and has published over 90 articles in leading medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Moreover, he has won numerous teaching awards. He writes and speaks on physician leadership, physician engagement, and the need for physicians to engage in high- value care.


AOA Spring Banquet

Wednesday, April 26, 2017   SAVE THE DATE!

The AOA Banquet is held to honor our new student, resident, and faculty AOA inductees. CWRU Academic Leadership, AOA faculty, and other local AOA members are invited. Invitations will be sent closer to the date.



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