Department of Family Medicine

a family visit to the doctor


Dayton has been a stronghold for family medicine for many years. The department has a track record of attracting medical students to family medicine and delivering on the mission to serve the community. These efforts have been recognized nationally.

Therese M. Zink, M.D., M.P.H., ChairThese are exciting times for family medicine and primary care. The Affordable Care Act underlines the need for more family medicine physicians, especially in underserved areas.

The Wright State University Family Medicine Residency Program attracts top notch students from Wright State and the wider United States. Many graduating residents practice locally. Faculty and residents lead at the local, state and national level. Melanie Raffoul, M.D., chief resident, was awarded the prestigious Robert L. Phillips Jr. Health Policy Fellowship for 2014-15, a joint research and clinical fellowship program between the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care and Georgetown University. Lara Ilyas, M.D., received an STFM/NIDA Training Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction for 2014-15. The award is funded by a partnership between the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) that supports the development of expertise in substance abuse and addiction within academic family medicine.

Faculty and residents care for patients in two sites: the Wright State Physicians Health Center, located on the WSU campus, and the Five Rivers Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center near Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. Medical students spend clerkship time and electives at both. In 2012, the Ohio Department of Health TransforMED partnership selected both clinical sites to reconfigure as patient-centered medical homes and model team-based care. In 2014, Lisa Kellar, M.D., associate professor of family medicine, received national funding to improve influenza and pneumococcal vaccine rates in patients who are 65 and older at Five Rivers Family Health Center and in the surrounding community.

Under new leadership, the department has expanded its commitment to a mission of excellent patient care, teaching, research and service to the community. We value our relationships with our patients, students and colleagues in these efforts. We hold the stories of the patients we care for and the students we teach walking alongside them through the inevitable ups and downs of the journey. We are excited to welcome more family physicians who will be leaders in caring for our communities in the 21st century.

Department Vision

Preparing tomorrow's family physicians to enhance the health and well-being of the communities they serve by defining and providing state-of-the art healthcare.

Department Mission

To lead the way in educating the next generation of physicians, by

  • Modeling the patient-centered principles of family medicine,
  • Serving our community’s health needs, and
  • Contributing to the scholarly advancement of medicine


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Last edited on 03/06/2015.