Six members of the Robinson Memorial Hospital Medical Staff were recognized at the Medical Staff Distinguished Members Photo Gallery on May 2 at the Robinson Memorial Hospital Ravenna campus.
John E. Alexander, Ph.D.; Stephen M. Battles, D.O.; James Benedict, D.P.M.; Jose C. Rafecas, M.D; Scott Smith, M.D.; and S. Sami Solu, M.D., were inducted into the Medical Staff Distinguished Member Photo Gallery. Their photos will be added to the Photo Gallery that is located in the administrative hallway of Robinson Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Alexander, of Kent, is a psychologist with professional training and extensive experience in both child and adult clinical psychology. He received his Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1980. He completed post-graduate certification studies in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He has been a member of the medical staff at Robinson Memorial since 1984 and formerly served as the chairman of the psychology section. He has been a consultant to many school systems and social service agencies including the Portage County Department of Human Services, Child Health Services of Portage County, and the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He also served extensively as a consultant to the Domestic and Probate Courts in Portage County. Most recently he served on military installations both at home and abroad, as a Department of Defense consultant to active duty military members and their families in matters related to combat stress and the stress of deployment and reintegration.
Dr. Stephen Battles, of Kent, graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1981. He completed a residency in family practice at Brentwood Hospital in 1983. Dr. Battles is the Medical Director of the Robinson Urgent Care Center in Streetsboro, Working Partners at Robinson Memorial Hospital and the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center. He is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice and the American Osteopathic Association.
Dr. James Benedict, of Kent, attended Kent State University and graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1983. He completed a residency in podiatric surgery at the Foot Clinic in Youngstown in 1984, where he later served as a clinician for 15 years. He served in the United State Air Force active duty, 1972 through 1974; and reserve, 1974 through 1978. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He joined his father’s podiatric practice (Dr. Edward Benedict) in 1984 and continues to practice there. He is a member of many professional associations and currently serves as treasurer of the Mideastern Academy of the Ohio Podiatric Medical Association. He is a member of the Kent Lions Club, where he also has served as treasurer.
Dr. Jose Rafecas, of Bath, received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Polytechnic Institute of New York and graduated from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, in 1981. He completed a residency in neurology at Mayo Clinic in 1985 and a fellowship in electroencephalography and electromyography at Mayo Clinic. He is a general neurologist with Neurosurgery and Neurology Associates, Inc., Akron; and is medical director for the following sleep disorders laboratories: Barberton Citizens Hospital, Wooster Community Hospital, Robinson Memorial Hospital, and the Ohio Sleep Disorders Center.
Dr. Scott Smith, of Kent, graduated from Ohio Northern University with a bachelor of arts in chemistry and with a doctor of medicine from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1984. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Akron City Hospital in 1987. He has been on the medical staff at Robinson Memorial Hospital since 1987 and was a in practice with Internal Medicine Practice from 1987 through 2008. He has been in practice in internal medicine with Total Lifetime Care Health Association since 2008. He was the president and medical director of the former Physician Hospital Organization.
Dr. S. Sami Solu graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Medicine in Turkey in 1948 and completed residencies in chest diseases from National Jewish Hospital, Denver, CO., and New York State Tuberculosis Hospital. He completed a fellowship in chest diseases at the Eastern North Carolina Sanatorium. He came to Northeast Ohio in 1969 when he was affiliated with the Cuyahoga County Tuberculosis Clinic and Sunny Acres Hospital in Cleveland. He was a clinical assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University and the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine. In 1972, Dr. Solu became the first director of Robinson Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department. Dr. Solu was a member of the medical staff at Robinson Memorial Hospital until 1988. He passed away in 2011.
The Robinson Memorial Hospital Medical Staff Distinguished Members Photo Gallery was established to honor those on the medical staff who have served at Robinson Memorial Hospital for 25 years or who have distinguished themselves in service to the hospital, medical staff, and Portage County.
The gallery was originally initiated and organized, in 2000, by a group of retired physicians known as the B.O.A.R.D. (Band of Ancient Retired Doctors).