From the Dean: Summer 2018
Dean Margaret Dunn

I am awed by the goodwill of our students, alumni, and faculty. No matter where they are from or where they end up, it seems we always find them in the most extraordinary places. Perhaps it’s the nature of our school, or maybe it’s instilled in the hearts of all those who walk our halls. But one thing is clear: we serve.

We help others, and we give back. We help hold up our communities. We care deeply for each other and those around us. Most importantly, we show up when others don’t dare to take a first step.

We help our neighborhood schools and sports teams, and share our time in volunteer efforts. We share our knowledge and experience in community talks. We’re driven by a deep sense of duty to push forward and provide care.

In this edition of Vital Signs, we acknowledge members of our family who continually take the fight to the problem, whatever it may be. Our medical school has long been a pioneer in global health. Members of our family travel to remote villages each year to help alleviate suffering. I hope you feel the same inspiration I do as you read about them.

We are also making strides in improving health care access in rural northwest Ohio and beyond. You’ll learn about the beginnings of the Wright Rural Health Initiative, which has grown to unforeseen heights since our students began rotating in Celina, Ohio, home to the Wright State University Lake Campus, in 2012.

One of our alumni is committed to preventing skin cancer, and has provided free screenings to residents of the Miami Valley for more than 20 years. Another is taking the fight to opioid use disorder while also reducing the stigma associated with treating those afflicted by the disease.

We’re continuing to lead the way to curing both common and rare diseases. Our bright students and distinguished faculty are making strides in research advancing the understanding of deadly pediatric brain tumors and Type 2 diabetes, among other projects. The foundation of these achievements is our commitment to an exceptional medical education, on which we have doubled down, through the launch of the new WrightCurriculum.

I’m grateful for the opportunities we have to impact the lives of our students, their future patients, and the communities we serve. The Boonshoft School of Medicine wouldn’t be where it is today without the continued support of the Wright State family, our alumni, and friends. Thank you all for your encouragement and steadfast commitment as we work together to shape the future of medicine, no matter where the journey takes us.

Margaret Dunn, M.D., M.B.A., FACS



Vital Signs » Summer 2018

Whether delivering medicine to remote corners of Africa via helicopter or treating the sick children of Jamaica in makeshift tents, medical students at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine are making a difference. Their efforts in global health, going back decades, have impacted thousands and helped to improve their skills as future doctors.

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Julian Trevino, M.D., ’87, has received a lot from the Dayton, Ohio, community. He believes it is part of his duty as a physician to give back.

Vital Signs » Summer 2018

In July 2017, first-year medical students began learning under the WrightCurriculum, the new curriculum of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Now, a year later, medical school administrators and members of the class of 2021 consider the first year a success.

Debbie McNeely
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Over her 30-year career at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, retired admissions officer Debbie McNeely became impressed with the support provided to medical students. 

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The Wright Rural Health Initiative has grown to unexpected heights since beginning in 2012 under the leadership of Robert Gill, M.D.

All around the United States, rural areas struggle to attract physicians. There are simply not enough doctors to provide the care needed. It’s an issue in desperate need of a solution. But so far, only a handful of medical schools in the country have made a commitment to underserved rural areas.

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Robert Lober, M.D., Ph.D., leads research to find the cure for a deadly childhood brain tumor

There are many battles that Robert Lober, M.D., Ph.D., has faced as a physician. But perhaps none have been so trying as his fight against a deadly type of childhood brain tumor. 

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Leonid Yermakov, M.D./Ph.D. student, studies the impacts of an increasingly common disease

Leonid Yermakov is fascinated by the human brain, so much so that he is almost committed to working in neurology or psychiatry after medical school. The M.D./Ph.D. student at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is keeping an open mind, however, and assisting with some valuable research before he graduates.

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Ryan Babienco, M.D., an emergency medicine resident, delivers daughter in surprise childbirth

As a third-year emergency medicine resident at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Ryan Babienco, M.D., has handled his fair share of childbirth deliveries. But none compare to the night he delivered his daughter, Adelyn Janae, in the bathroom of his suburban home. 

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Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine names Brenda Roman associate dean for medical education

The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has named Brenda Roman, M.D., associate dean for medical education, effective Feb. 1, 2018. In addition, Dean Parmelee, M.D., will assume the new role of director of educational scholarship and program development in the Office of Medical Education.
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A pair of students from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine completed a study into the sleep patterns of children and the associated mental health of their parents. The results of the first-of-its-kind effort may have beneficial effects on pediatric care in Southwest Ohio and beyond.

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When medical students Jennifer Gibson, Chloe Meyer, and Steven Platko went to Jamaica as part of the Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Global Health Initiative, they had two goals – help treat as many patients as possible in local clinics in an impoverished area and set up and implement an electronic medical record (EMR) system. 

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Medical school mourns passing of Harvey Dusty Rhodes, D.O.

Harvey Dusty Rhodes, D.O., 66, died on Jan. 1, 2018. Rhodes was a sports medicine family physician for more than 25 years. He also served as a clinical assistant professor at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and was a faculty member at the Berry Family Health Center at Miami Valley Hospital.

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Martin Menosky, M.D., ’95, is passionate about helping those with opiate use disorder. His journey began all the way back in the days of his family medicine residency training, when doctors still called it “chemical dependency.”

He was a new doctor at the time, and remembers the work of a few of his preceptors. They treated patients struggling with addiction with dignity and respect. They saw their issues as a medical problem, not a moral failing. There was no use of language like “junkies” or “drunks.”

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Vital Signs » Summer 2018

Ninety-six medical students of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine learned on March 16, 2018, where they will spend the next three to five years of their lives completing residency training after receiving their medical degrees in May.