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Selected Collaborators

The Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology is fortunate to have developed research collaborations with faculties of the NASA, Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Kent State University, University of Akron, Yale UniversityMD Anderson Cancer Center as well as consortium hospitals around the country. In addition strong partnerships exist with Summa Center for Clinical Trials and Summa Oncology Research which provide novel drugs and medical devices for evaluation in clinical research protocols.



Angela Harrivel, Ph.D. Candidate
Biomedical Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center

Angela is a civil servant working at NASA GRC in Cleveland, Ohio since 1999.  She has been a biomedical engineer for the Bioscience and Technology Branch since the Summer of 2007, and manage their Bio Optical Sensors Lab. I have established a Cognitive State Monitoring Lab with both fNIRS and EEG capability. Previously, she worked as an optical engineer in the Diagnostic and Data Systems Branch where she worked on a wide variety of microgravity space flight experiment projects and multiple successful simulated microgravity flight experiments as either the team lead or the optical discipline lead. Currently, her dissertation work is in the area of functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), to improve instrumentation for obtaining fNIRS data during attentional performance monitoring for Aviation Safety. Her adviser is Prof. Douglas C. Noll, Professor of Radiology, Co-Director of the fMRI Laboratory, and Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the U of MI. Her co-adviser is Dr. Scott Peltier, fMRI Laboratory Manager.

Beth Lewandowski, Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center

Dr. Lewandowski is a biomedical engineer working in the Aviation Safety program of NASA.  Her role is to address critical issues, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Human Research Program (HRP) has identified for long-term space flight missions as well as the aviation safety program.  .In recognition of her contributions to the Human Research Program for her work on extending the Bone Fracture Risk Module (BFxRM) of the Integrated Medical Model (IMM) to predict astronaut fracture risk of the hip and spine for off-nominal landing, Beth Lewandowski was awarded a Space Flight Awareness Award.

Daniel L. Dietrich, Ph.D.
Aerospace Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center

Dr. Dietrich is working with Summa investigators on the device he created entitled the Portable Unit for Metabolic Analysis (PUMA). It is critical to keep astronauts safe, healthy, and physically fit during long-duration missions. Metabolic monitoring of astronauts can provide essential data during activities including exercise and extravehicular activity (EVA). PUMA measures the six key quantities (oxygen, carbon dioxide, flow, temperature, pressure, and heart rate) needed to evaluate human metabolic function. PUMA is a battery-powered, self-contained device capable of measuring metabolic function at rest, during exercise, in clinical settings. NASA applications may include the use of PUMA’s sensor technology in EVA suit design for lunar missions. Numerous opportunities exist for application to improve health care on Earth where basic physiological measurements are required including occupational fitness evaluations and training as well as dietary, nutrition, weight loss, and exercise studies. He recently won the Crane’s business award for “Advances in Health Care”.


Melissa Zullo, M.S., M.P.H, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Epidemiology

Dr. Zullo joined the faculty of Kent State University as part of the new College of Public Health in August 2009. Since joining the faculty, Dr. Zullo has been awarded RO3 funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, was a co-investigator on a successful grant with SUMMA Health Systems, and has received grant funding from the Initiative for Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Zullo has multiple peer-reviewed articles, and has presented at numerous conferences at both the national and regional level. Her research on metabolic syndrome management was presented the Beginning Investigator Award from the Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Dr. Zullo's research is related to cardiovascular disease, obesity, disability and illness burden, and quality improvement.


Rachael J. Pohle-Krauza, PhD, RD, LD 

Summa Health System Research Associate
Summa Bariatric Care Center - Summa Health System 
Associate 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.


Dave Gothard, M.S.
Biostats Inc. 

M. David Gothard, President of Biostats Inc, is a collaborative partner of SCWHR providing biostatsistical support for SCWHR's research initiatives. David's undergraduate degree is in mathematics from Vanderbilt University and his graduate degree in statistics is from the University of Kentucky. He has worked as a senior biostatistician at Research Triangle Park, NC and has over a decade of experience instructing statistics at the undergraduate and graduate level. Biostats Inc was started to satisfy a growing niche in the field of clinical research. Clinical investigators with the expertise to formulate study hypotheses need the assistance of biostatistical support to conduct their research studies. This expertise is often unavailable in a timely manner and/or lack of communication skills makes collaborations difficult.


 Madhav Bhatta, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor - Epidemiology

Dr. Bhatta has almost 15 years of administrative, teaching, training, and research experience in the field of public health, especially in infectious disease epidemiology and global health. He has taught for the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (health without boarders; infectious disease surveillance and control; global perspectives in disease control and prevention) and served as the program director of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health. Dr. Bhatta currently also serves as a consultant epidemiologist for the Carroll County and Tuscarawas County General Health Districts in Northeast Ohio as part of their Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program. As such he an integral part of the emergency preparedness response for these two counties and advises the health departments on all the epidemiologic aspects of emergency response and action.  Dr. Bhatta currently teaches courses in global health at the undergraduate and epidemiologic methods at the graduate level in the college. Dr. Bhatta has published about a dozen  articles, book chapters, and abstracts on topics in public health.