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A graduation ceremony was recently held for 15 physicians in the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency Program at HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Graduates were noted and thanked for their dedication and commitment to providing high-quality care to patients at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital during the three-year training program.

“St. Elizabeth's is privileged to serve as a teaching hospital for the SLU program that partners with Scott Air Force Base and SIHF Healthcare to train new graduate physicians to become independent, experienced physicians,” noted Patti Fischer, president and CEO at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “As a teaching hospital, St. Elizabeth’s is able to bring some of the best and brightest young medical professionals into our facility, and the graduating class of 2018 is no exception. This group of fine physicians was with us through the hospital transition planning and the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital move, and we can’t thank them enough for their dedication and commitment to our patients.”

Capt. Dylan Tracy, DO, received St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s 2018 Franciscan Spirit Award. The award annually recognizes one resident who truly lives the Mission of St. Francis and the Hospital Sisters, and best exemplifies the Core Values of St. Elizabeth's Hospital: Respect, Care, Competence and Joy. Nominations are collected from clinical staff and other colleagues who have worked with the residents during their residency to determine the recipient.
Dr. Tracy, originally from Boise, Idaho, came to the SLU Family Medicine Residency Program and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital through the Air Force. “Dr. Tracy was noted through numerous nominations as ‘humble, kind, generous and compassionate,’ as well as ‘an inspiring practitioner, whose example has the ability to shape and lead a new generation of residents’,” shared Fischer.

“Receiving the Franciscan Spirit Award is humbling,” shared Dr. Tracy. “I’m flattered to have been selected for this award and I am truly grateful for all of the support that I received throughout the Residency program. I have enjoyed working alongside everyone at St. Elizabeth’s, SLU and Scott Air Force Base, including the nurses, staff and program faculty, who have taught me so much.”

The 2018 graduates include:

• Leo E. Bay, DO, is a graduate of A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona in Mesa, Arizona. Following completion of an Obstetrics fellowship in Duluth, Minnesota, Dr. Bay will practice with Essentia Health in Ashland, Wis.
• Capt. Brett R. Boyce, MD, is a graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Capt. Boyce has been assigned to the National Capital Consortium’s Military Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship at Fort Belvoir, Va.
• Capt. Gretta A. Carroll, MD, is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. Capt. Carroll has been assigned to Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
• Aarti Chopra, MD, is a graduate of Windsor University School of Medicine in Cayon, Saint Kitts. Dr. Chopra will practice at an urgent care center in Queens, New York City, N.Y.
• Capt. Dillon M. Cleary, MD, is a graduate of Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, Florida. Capt. Cleary has been assigned to the Maternal-Child Health Fellowship at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Ill.
• Graham T. Foster, MD, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee. After completing residency requirements, Dr. Foster will practice at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Olivette in St. Louis.
• Imran I. Khan, MD, is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill.. Dr. Khan will be practicing in the emergency department of Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin, Ill.
• Capt. Justin (Hank) Noble, DO, is a graduate of A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. Capt. Noble has been assigned to Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
• Jeffrey R. O’Banner, MD, is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. O’Banner will be practicing in the emergency department at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Covington, Tenn.
• Capt. Jordan J. Ryan, MD, is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Capt. Ryan has been assigned to Osan Air Base, South Korea.
• Steven W. Song, MD, is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Basseterre, Saint Kitts. Dr. Song will be joining a private Family Medicine practice in Chicago.
• Capt. Alexander Sparkman-Royo, MD, is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in Houston, Texas. Capt. Sparkman-Royo has been assigned to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.
• Capt. Dylan A. Tracy, DO, is a graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. Capt. Tracy has been assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida as a Family Medicine Residency adjunct faculty member.
• Sanam Vakassi, DO, is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Vakassi will be practicing as a nocturnist at Christian Hospital in St. Louis.
• Capt. Jennifer M. Woosley, DO, is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. Capt. Woosley has been assigned to RAF Croughton Air Force Base, United Kingdom.

To learn more about the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency program and other St. Elizabeth’s teaching hospital programs, visit http://www.steliz.org/teachinghospital.

stlouisuniversityresidency2018 Class Photo: HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital honors the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency Program Class of 2018. They include front row, (left to right): Capt. Alexander Sparkman-Royo, MD; Capt. Gretta A. Carroll, MD; Aarti Chopra, MD; Jeffrey R. O’Banner, MD; Sanam Vakassi, DO; Capt. Jennifer M. Woosley, DO, and Capt. Dylan A. Tracy, DO. Back row (left to right): Capt. Dillon M. Cleary, MD; Capt. Jordan J. Ryan, MD; Capt. Justin (Hank) Noble, DO; Graham T. Foster, MD; Capt. Brett R. Boyce, MD, and Leo E. Bay, DO. Not pictured: Imran I. Khan, MD and Steven W. Song, MD.

francisanawardFranciscan Spirit Award Photo: Patti Fischer, president and CEO of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, presents Capt. Dylan Tracy, DO, with the 2018 Franciscan Spirit Award.