Swaisha D. Fields, daughter of Dorothy Fields and Phillip Burney of Youngstown, has received her doctor of medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Fields is a 1998 graduate of East High School in Youngstown, where she was her class valedictorian. She graduated cum laude in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Georgia State University.

She will complete her residency in family medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.

Nicole M. Rullie-Roth, daughter of Richard and Penny Rullie of Austintown, has completed her surgical residency training in podiatric medicine and lower-extremity surgery at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla.

Rullie-Roth is a 1999 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. She attended Youngstown State University from 2004 to 2007, majoring in biology and chemistry, and completed her medical education training at Kent State University of Podiatric Medicine (formerly known as the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine) in 2011.

She recently joined the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County, where she will practice routine podiatric care as well as foot and ankle surgery.


Dr. Howard Mell, an emergency medicine physician at ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital, is the recipient of the 2014 Spokesperson of the Year Award by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The award honors an emergency physician for outstanding efforts in communicating emergency medicine issues and is presented at the annual ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

Last year an Associated Press reporter interviewed Dr. Mell about emergency visits related to energy drinks, and the story ran nationwide in more than 400 news organizations.

Dr. Mell is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine and has been an ACEP member since 2005.

Dr. Mell is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in both emergency medicine and emergency medical services. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., in 2007.

Dr. Nancy L. Gantt was named 2014 Distinguished Physician by the Mahoning County Medical Society and was presented with a plaque commemorating the honor at the annual meeting of the society at The Lake Club in Poland.

Dr. Gantt is the first woman to receive society’s Distinguished Physician Award since its inception in 1977. Dr. Gantt is professor of surgery, master teacher and surgical curriculum director at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown. Her general and breast surgery practice is based at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

At St. Elizabeth, she is active in medical student education and serves as associate director of resident education. She serves as HMHP ACS cancer liaison physician and is co-medical director of the NAPBC-accredited Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.

Nationally, she is active in the American College of Surgeons and serves as president-elect of the Association of Women Surgeons.

Dr. Emily Pennington has been selected for a three-year fellowship program in pulmonary/critical care at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. after completing a residency in internal medicine at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Dr. Pennington is a 2002 graduate of Boardman High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a doctorate of medicine from OSU’s College of Medicine.

Dr. Pennington is the daughter of Eleanor and Carl Pennington, granddaughter of Mary Pennington and the late Gerald Pennington and the late Evelyn and Lewis Volpe.

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