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Local doctor honored for his achievement

CANFIELD — Dr. James Essad is being honored with the Alumni Achievement Award from Kansas City University, where he earned his medical degree 50 years ago.

Essad, 78, graduated in 1971 from the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo., the largest medical school in Missouri and one of the five original schools of osteopathic medicine.

Essad, of Canfield, practiced medicine and later served as the chief of radiology and taught radiology courses at Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital for many years before retiring in 2019.

“He was very well thought of for his practice of radiology. He was such a remarkable teacher,” said Essad’s wife, Paula.

A university spokeswoman said the Alumni Achievement Award honors a Kansas City University graduate who has made an outstanding contribution or demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in health sciences.

Presentation of the award, typically held during the university’s homecoming, was delayed this year due to COVID-19. The university is presenting the awards individually in person, and a video presentation of all alumni awards will be released at a later date.

Dr. Essad, who grew up on Youngstown’s north side, earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and pre-medical sciences from Youngstown University in 1966. He is a 1960 graduate of Ursuline High School in Youngstown.

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