Department of Medicine Faculty

Active Staff, Department of Medicine; Associate Clerkship Director, Internal Medicine, Summa Health System/Northeast Ohio Medical University
Donald Albainy MD

"Learning medicine is a tremendous challenge, but also one of the most fun things in life."

Dr. Albainy is a graduate of the Wright State University College of Medicine. He served as chief resident for Medicine at Akron General Medical Center and has received teaching awards at both AGMC and Summa Health. He was awarded the Barbara Donoho Distinguished leadership in Teaching Award by the Kent State School of Nursing. Dr. Albainy is an Associate Professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University and adjunct clinical faculty member at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and at Kent State University School of Nursing. He currently serves as a faculty facilitator for the Reflective Medicine Course at NEOMED. He is a member of the Clinical Competency Committee and Program Evaluation Committee for the Summa Transitional Year Medicine residency.

Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Center
Joel Rayl MD

Dr. Rayl graduated from The Northeast Ohio Medical University and completed his Medicine residency at Summa Health System. He served as Chief Resident for the Medicine Residency at Summa Health System and currently serves as Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Center.

Associate Program Director Internal Medicine Residency; Faculty, Transitional Year Residency
Joseph P. Myers MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA

Dr. Myers is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, after which he completed his medicine residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus Ohio and his fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of Cincinnati. He has served multiple health systems as a clinical, educational and administrative leader, including the Youngstown Hospital Association (Director, Division of Infectious Disease), St. Thomas Hospital (Chair, Division of Infectious Disease) and Akron General Medical Center (Chair, Division of Infectious Disease) in Akron, Ohio. From 1996 to the present, Dr. Myers has served the Summa Health System in a broad spectrum of leadership roles, including Program Director of Medicine-Pediatrics, Program Director of Transitional Year Medicine, and as Chair, Department of Medicine. He has won numerous teaching awards from each of these institutions, as well as being named Family Medicine Champion in 2017 at Summa Health System. He is a recipient of the Master Teacher Award from the American College of Physicians and serves as a member of the ACP Ohio Governor's Advisory Council. He is a Professor of Internal Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University, where he holds the office of Master Teacher since 1999 and has made many academic contributions to the infectious disease curriculum.

His advice and clear thinking benefit faculty and learners of all levels in the Department of Medicine

He enjoys reading, swimming and all things grandchildren.

Associate Director Internal Medicine Center
Kamal Dayal MD

"I love working in a team; we learn from each other and give quality care to our patients."

Dr. Dayal is a graduate of the Northeast Ohio Medical University. He completed residency at Summa Health System and joined the care faculty group of the Summa Internal Medicine residency. He currently serves as the Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Center. Dr. Dayal has a passion for teaching and has published clinical cases with educational import in peer reviewed journals.

Associate Director, Internal Medicine Center
Katherine Tatar MD

“When life gets busy and chaotic, remember to slow down and remind yourself that the patient is why we are here.”

Dr. Tatar is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine where she was awarded the George D. Ludwig Prize in Medicine for her "outstanding ability in clinical medicine, compassion for her patients, the zeal for understanding and a commitment to excellence." She served as chief resident for the Summa Health Internal Medicine residency before joining the faculty in the Summa Department of Medicine, where she currently serves as Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Center. Dr. Tatar is an Assistant Professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University and a member of the American College of Physicians. She serves in multiple young physician leadership roles for the Department of Medicine.

Interim Chair, Department of Medicine; Director, Internal Medicine Center; Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine Residency
Michael Rich MD, FACP

A graduate of The University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Rich completed his medical residency at Akron City Hospital, now part of Summa Health System. He has served as a full time faculty member in the Department of Medicine since 1994 and currently is an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine residency, and the Director of the Internal Medicine Center. Dr. Rich serves as Interim Chair for the Department of Medicine. He is a member and fellow of the American College of Physicians, who honored him with the Master Teacher's Award in 2007. Dr. Rich has received numerous teaching awards from resident learners and has been a major proponent of resident leadership for ambulatory projects focused on quality improvement. He is a published author in peer-reviewed journals on a wide variety of topics. He provides a leadership role for multiple hospital committees.

Program Director, Transitional Medicine, Summa Health System. Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Ron Jones MD, FACP

"Our core skill is learning to actively listen to our patients. The other clinical skills gain or lose their value in relation to how well we accomplish that skill."

Dr. Jones is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. His primary pursuit was private practice until 2004, when he transitioned his practice to join Summa IM residency as a full-time faculty member. Since that time his interests have included the Patient Centered Home, QI, and training physicians to work in clinical teams. He serves currently as the Program Director for Transitional Year Medicine  and chairs the GMEC committee on Wellness. Dr. Jones has published several papers related to his work with members of the ACGME's Educational Innovation Project. He continues to lead HVM sessions at NEOMED where he is a clinical professor of Internal Medicine. Dr. Jones was awarded the inaugural Ohio Chapter ACP Internist of the Year award in 2014.

Dr. Jones is an active cyclist and kayaker and enjoys outdoor sporting and camping in wild places.

Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Center; Core Faculty Member, Categorical, Preliminary and Transitional Year Residencies
Stephanie Zaugg DO

Dr. Zaugg received her degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine. During her medical school career she received multiple teaching awards, as well as the Global Health Award.

She completed her residency in Categorical Medicine at Summa Health System and went on to serve as chief resident at the Summa Health System Department of Medicine from 2016-2017.

Dr. Zaugg holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University, where was a member of the Rho Chi and Phi Kappa Phi, National Pharmacy Honoraries. She graduated with honors of high distinction.

Dr. Zaugg joined the faculty at Summa Health System Department of Medicine where she is the Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Center and a member of the core teaching faculty for the Categorical, Preliminary and Transitional Medicine residencies.

Dr. Zaugg was honored with the Internist of the Year award in 2019 from the Department of Medicine, Summa Health System.

Along with volunteer experience and leadership roles, Dr. Zaugg finds life work balance through gardening, cooking and traveling when she is away from the hospital and office.

Clerkship Director, Internal Medicine, Summa Health System; Associate Program Director Internal Medicine Residency; Associate Program Director, Transitional Year Medicine
Brad Moore MD

"Every student or resident can develop their skills in the right learning culture."

Brad Moore MD is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed his medicine residency at Summa Health System after which he served as Chief Resident for the program. He now serves as the Clerkship Director for internal medicine, member of the Clinical Competency Committee and Program Evaluation Committee for Transitional Year Medicine, and as core faculty for the Internal Medicine residency.

Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency; Clinical Professor of Medicine, Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine
David Sweet MD, FACP

"We are preparing competent doctors who will thrive in  21st century settings."

David B. Sweet MD, FACP is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio and has served in a variety of leadership roles. He was a founding partner of Summit County Internists and Associates, a multi specialty physician group that was formed to bring skilled educators and clinicians to the Northeast Ohio area. Dr. Sweet is a professor of medicine at NEOMED and currently serves as a member of the national Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine. Dr. Sweet received ACGME's Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach award which recognizes outstanding leadership to the field of medical education. He is a recipient of the Ohio ACP Chapter Laureate Award given for outstanding leadership.