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Research Team

 

James Rosneck, BSN, MS
Director
Center for Cardiopulmary Research
Phone: 330-375-4473,
Email: RosneckJ@Summa-health.org
  • Director, Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Department
  • Director, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department
  • Clinical Specialist, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department, Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio
  • Associate Professor, Department of Sports Science & Wellness Education, The University of Akron
Mr. Rosneck’s role as director includes overall supervision of the center and direct participation in those research projects that involve his expertise. Mr. Rosneck supports and serves as consultant to research projects that involve related disciplines (e.g. psychology, counseling). He encourages and mentors medical students and house staff during their participation at the Center and helps to prepare grants for external funding. He prepares results of research for presentation in appropriate venues, including national meetings and publication. As Program Director of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation at Summa, Mr. Rosneck is responsible for the direct supervision of the clinical & research database, clinical services, and associate supervision of research projects in involving these resources.

 

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Joe Redle, MD
Medical Director
Center for Cardiopulmonary Research
Summa Health Sytem
Email: redlej@summa-health.org

 

  • Cardiologist, North East Ohio Cardiology Specialists (NEOCS)

Dr. Redle has been a cardiologist with the North East Ohio Cardiology Specialists (NEOCS) in Akron since 1997. He is Board Certified in Cardiology, Internal Medicine, and Nuclear Cardiology. As Medical Director, Dr. Redle’s role includes direct participation in those research projects that involve his particular expertise in cardiology and internal medicine. Dr. Redle also supports and serves as consultant to research projects that involve related disciplines (e.g. psychology, counseling). He encourages and mentors medical students and house staff during their participation in the CCR and helps to prepare grants for external funding. He assists in the preparation of research results for presentation in appropriate venues, including national meetings and publication.

 

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Donna Waechter, PhD
Research Coordinator
Adjunct Professor
Department of Psychology,
Kent State University
Phone:(330) 375-7732
Email: waechteD@summahealth.org

 


Dr. Waechter’s background in data management, research methodology, evaluation, tests and measurement and psychology enable her to bring unique skills to the cardiovascular core lab and to provide specialized assistance to its researchers. She organizes and delegates work in an effective manner, establishing appropriate time frames for completion of work, and for providing the necessary leadership to ensure effective work results. She facilitates research by providing on-going consultation to CCPR researchers, setting up project data files, analyzing data, and ensuring security of research documentation and test materials. Dr. Waechter monitors and supervises all aspects of the planning and conduct of all research projects done in the CRC. She has presented results of research projects at national and international conferences, co-authored publications, assisted in grant preparation, and oriented and coordinated published works done by house staff and students.

 

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Joel Hughes, PhD
Assistant Professor
Psychology Department
Kent State University
Website: http://aresko.com/hugheslab

 

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor: Department of Medicine
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor: Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing Case Western Reserve University
  • Scientific Director: Center for Cardiopulmonary Research, Summa Health System
Dr. Hughes’ role as Scientific Director includes assisting the program director regarding overall, long-range research strategy as well as the implementation of strategy and goals. As an academic researcher with expertise in Behavioral Medicine, Joel has placed particular emphasis to obtaining outside funding. In addition to initiating his own projects, Joel will also serve as a liaison between Summa and affiliated institutions (e.g., Kent State University), including faculty and students. Joel serves as the CCPR’s quality assurance expert by monitoring scientific overlap of research projects by students and faculty from affiliated institutions by maintaining an awareness of the overall research portfolio of the CCPR and advising collaborating researchers regarding the feasibility and potential overlap of proposed projects. In his role as Scientific Director Dr. Hughes also supervises students working on studies, and assists in mentoring their research projects as necessary. Dr. Hughes’ depth and breadth of research and mentoring experiences have been directly responsible for the successes of CCPR researchers over the years. Dr. Hughes research focuses on the role of psychosocial factors such as depression and social support in patient treatment and disease outcomes in cardiovascular disease. He also studies hemodynamic regulation of blood pressure in laboratory based studies and during ambulatory monitoring.

 

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Mary Dolansky, RN, PhD
Research Associate
Center for Cardiopulmonary Research
Summa Health System
Assistant Professor
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University

 

 

Mary Dolansky, RN, PhD is an assistant professor at the Bolton School of Nursing Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). She received a BSN and MSN from Kent State University and a PhD from CWRU. Dr. Dolansky completed a two year post-doctoral Fellowship from the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity John A. Hartford Foundation in 2003 and recently completed a NIH Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Fellowship. Dr. Dolansky’s research focuses on the recovery of older adults after hospitalization for a cardiac event and use of post-acute care services. Currently, she is conducting an intervention trial titled “A Skilled Nursing Facility Self-management Cardiac Rehabilitation Intervention.”

 

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John Gunstad, PhD
Research Associate
Center for Cardiopulmonary Research
Summa Health System Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Kent State University

 

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor: Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
  • Scientific Director: Center for Neuropsychological Studies
Dr. Gunstad is a clinical neuro-psychologist who obtained his Ph.D. from Ohio University in 2002. His research focuses on the effects of aging and disease on neuro-cognitive function, including changes in the brain and on tests of memory and other thinking. Dr. Gunstad has a particular interest in the effects of cardiovascular disease and obesity on the brain.

 

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Richard Josephson, MS, MD
Research Associate
Center for Cardiopulmonary Research
Summa Health System Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Kent State University
  • Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Cleveland, OH
  • Director of Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Division of Cardiovascular Medicine: University Hospitals Health System
Dr. Josephson’s role as research associate includes overall participation in those research projects that involve his particular expertise in cardiology and related areas. Dr. Josephson also supports and serves as consultant to research projects that involve related disciplines (e.g. psychology, counseling). He prepares results of research for presentation in appropriate venues, including national meetings and publication.

 

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Matthew L. Krauza, MD, FCCP
Research Associate
Center for Cardiopulmonary Research
Summa Health System Associate Physician
Northeast Ohio Pulmonary Critical and Sleep Associates Akron, OH

 

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Dr. Krauza obtained a BS in Cell Biology at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) and attended medical school at the University at Buffalo, graduating with research honors. He completed an internal medicine residency and fellowships in Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine at University at Buffalo’s Graduate Medical Dental Consortium. He is American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at NEOUCOM, and Associate Physician with Northeast Ohio Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates in Akron Ohio. Dr. Krauza practices in a number of facilities throughout Summa Health System. His research interests include interventions for chronic lung diseases, Pulmonary rehabilitation and sleep disorders, and he has contributed a number of peer-reviewed publications and presentations related to these topics.

 

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Rachael J. Pohle-Krauza, PhD, RD, LD
Research Associate
Center for Cardiopulmonary Research
Summa Health System Research Associate:
Summa Bariatric Care Center
Summa Health System

 

  • Assistant Professor of Nutrition, Youngstown State University
  • Faculty, Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Programs
Dr. Pohle-Krauza obtained a BS/MS degree in Dietetics at D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY, and a Ph.D. in Exercise Science, with a Nutrition emphasis from the University at Buffalo. She is a registered, licensed dietitian, and holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Youngstown State University, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health in Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPH) program and Nutrition & Biochemistry Teaching Faculty at the Huntington College of Health Sciences. She is also a Research Associate at the Summa Center for Cardiopulmonary Research and the Summa Bariatric Care Center and Co-Director of the Nutrition Exercise and Respiratory Science Research Work Group at Youngstown State University. Her research interests include eating behavior, body weight regulation, nutrition and pulmonary disease, and dietetics practice, and she has contributed to a number of peer-reviewed publications related to these topics.

 

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Michele L. McCarroll, Ph.D
Research Associate
Center for Cardiopulmonary Research
Summa Health System

 

  • Assistant Professor: Human Performance and Exercise Science, Bitonte College of Health and Human Services: Youngstown State University
Michele L. McCarroll, Ph.D., serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and the Nutrition, Exercise, and Respiratory Science Research Group at Youngstown State University. Prior to YSU, Dr. McCarroll worked for The State University of New York, University at Buffalo in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Science. Previous to UB, she worked for The Cleveland Clinic Health System Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department as an exercise physiologist. Dr. McCarroll’s research focuses on physiological and psychological changes in chronic pulmonary disease patients undergoing pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary secretion clearing devices with variable exercise protocols, and biomechanical loads encumbered by pulmonary patients. Currently at Summa, she is conducting the study, “Portable Oxygen Delivery System Study (PODSS) and a pilot study, “Cognition, Heath and Inflammation in Pulmonary Rehabilitation (CHIPR)”.

 

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Ronald Otterstetter, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Center for Cardiopulmonary Research
Summa Health System
  • Assistant Professor: Department of Sport Science and Wellness Education
    The University of Akron
  • School of Exercise, Leisure, and Sport: Adjunct Graduate Faculty, Kent State University

Dr. Otterstetter received his doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sport Science and Wellness Education. His main teaching assignments include undergraduate and graduate exercise physiology, Cardiorespiratory function, and nutrition with a sport and exercise focus. Research interests include effects of environment (cold exposure, heat exposure, etc) during acute exposure. Previous research includes protocols investigating effects of aspirin on coagulation and fibrinolysis during cold exposure. Future research will incorporate body composition utilizing recently acquired state-of–the–art equipment.

 

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Carrie Scotto, RN, PhD
Research Associate
Center for Cardiopulmonary Research
Summa Health System
  • Assistant Professor: College of Nursing, The University of Akron
  • Research Associate: Center for Cardiopulmonary Research, Summa Health System
Carrie Scotto, PhD, RN, CCRN is an assistant professor at The University of Akron College of Nursing. She earned a BSN and MSN from the University of Akron and a PhD from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Scotto’s research focuses on the promotion of adherence to prescribed treatments for patients with heart failure and for those who have had a major cardiac event. She is currently conducting a study to determine the effects of an intervention based on action control theory on patients’ adherence to diet and exercise prescribed after completing of cardiac rehabilitation program.

 

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Mary Beth Spitznagel, PhD
Research Associate
Center for Cardiopulmonary Research
Summa Health System

 

  • Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, Kent State University
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Kent State University
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist, Department of Psychiatry, Summa Health System
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities
  • Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
Dr. Spitznagel is a clinical neuropsychologist who obtained a Ph.D. from Ohio University in 2003. Her internship and post-doctoral training were completed at Brown Medical School (2005). As a clinical neuropsychologist, she studies cognitive performance, including cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, and problem-solving. Her research is focused on the impact of health factors on cognition, particularly metabolic contributors to cognition in obesity and cardiovascular disease and mediation of these factors.

 

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