Outstanding Alumni Award

Each year the WSU Alumni Association coordinates the Outstanding Alumni Awards, allowing each college or school at the University to recognize alumni that have distinguished themselves through professional accomplishments, community service, high standards of integrity, and the advancement of their alma mater.


(L) Ronald Golovan, M.D., '89, 2013 Outstanding Alumnus,
Boonshoft School of Medicine

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If you would like to nominate a medical alumnus for this award, please complete our online form or contact the Office of Advancement at (937) 245-7610.

Alan W. McGee, M.D.

Dr. McGee graduated from the School of Medicine in 1982, and is currently president of Orthopedics Northease (ONE) and an associate of SpineONE, where he is an integral part of a team dedicated to the diagnosing and treating spinal disorders. An activ community member, Dr. McGee has been president of the Ft. Wayne Black Medical and Dental Association and has served on the boards of the Wright State University Foundation, Q.C. Onics, Inc. and the Midwest Alliance for Health Education. He has also appeared in print and television advertisements for the university, and recenty established the DeWitt and Henria McGee Endowed Scholarship, a scholarship established in honor of his parents to support talented underrepresented minority students completing medical education at Wright State University.

Gary Onady, M.D.

Dr. Onady graduated from the School of Medicine in 1987, and is currently an associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics here at the SOM. In 1991, Dr. Onady assumed the role as Program Director for the Internal Medicine - Pediatrics Residency Program and became active at the local and national level toward advancing the appreciation of the Internal Medicine - Pediatrics specialist. He has published numerous articles and editorials on Internal Medicine - Pediatrics, and has served as President of the Internal Medicine. He is currently collaborating on publishing the first complete textbook of Internal Medicine - Pediatrics. He has also given workshops, presentations, and is published on integrating Evidenced - based Medicine into clinical decision making, and is working to integrate these concepts into undergraduate and graduate medical education at Wright State University.

Randy Marriott, M.D., and Tim Manuel, M.D.

On September 11th, 2001, Drs. Marriott and Manuel, graduates of the SOM Class of 1991 and members of Ohio Task Force One, were deployed to Ground Zero in Manhattan, where they spent nine days helping at the World Trade Center, site of the Sept. 11 terrorist strike in New York City. At the site, they assisted rescue efforts and worked twelve-hour shifts that were often extended over 14 hours. In recognition of their efforts, they have both received the first State Fire Marshal Award for Heroism from Ohio State Fire Marshal Robert R. Rielage. Ohio Task Force One is the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team from the Columbus/Dayton/Cincinnati area. Dr. Marriott is medical team manager for the task force.

Dr. Manuel is board certified in emergency medicine and works with New Century Physicians at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield. He has been a volunteer firefighter and medic for 20 years with the Bellbrook Fire Department, where he is now medical director. In addition, he is voluntary faculty for WSU SOM's Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Marriott is an emergency medicine physician at Miami Valley Hospital, and head of the hospital's Disaster Committee. He is also voluntary faculty for the Department of Emergency Medicine, and medical director of Dayton Fire Department. Both physicians played active roles in forming organized search and rescue operations on the local, state and national level.

Linda M. Barney, M.D.

Dr. Barney graduated from the School of Medicine in 1987, and is currently an assistant professor of surgery here at the SOM. After completing a surgical residency with Wright State in 1990 and briefly practicing in Connecticut, she joined the WSU Department of Surgery's faculty in 1995. She has been active on the national, state, and local level in various surgical activities, primarily related to surgical education. She has served on several national committees, such as the USMLE Step 1 Test Material Development Committee, the NBME Anatomy Test Committee, and the Association for Surgical Education's Curriculum Committee and Development Committee. She has also been active in the Department of Surgery, serving on its Executive Committee and Curriculum & Development Committee. In the community, she's been active the MVRBC Regional Bike Council and with the Breast Screening and Women's Health Task Force at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center. She also conducts presentations on health profession careers for high school students and undergraduate students.

David L. Roer, M.D.

Dr. Roer is an outstanding example of community service and dedication to his alma mater. He has served on the Centerville City School Board from 1994 to the present, serving as President in 1997 and 2001. As a member of board, he spearheaded the effort to remove soda from Centerville schools, out of concern for high rates of child obesity. He has also served on the Daybreak Board of Directors, the Special Wish Foundation Board (Emeritus now), and the Dayton Art Institute Assoc. Bd. Dr. Roer has also been Co-Chair of the Dayton Holiday Festival and has served on multiple committees at Children's Medical Center. He is also voluntary faculty, a Clinical Assistant Professor, with WSU's Department of Pediatrics and has participated in multiple alumni events held by the Medical Alumni Association.

Terrence Schneiderman, M.D.

Dr. Schneiderman was well known in the Miami Valley medical community as both a skilled surgeon and a gifted caregiver. He was the primary cochlear implant surgeon at Miami Valley Hospital and Children's Medical Center, where he expanded the pediatric program founded by Dr. Robert Goldenberg. Besides his technical excellence, Schneiderman was known for being very sensitive to his patients' needs. After doing cochlear implants since 1987, Schneiderman opened a solo practice. He encouraged one of his former patients to found Cochlear Implants of the Miami Valley, a support and information group for anyone with interest in cochlear implants. In addition, he was an annual supporter of the SOM annual fund and voluntary faculty at the School of Medicine. Dr. Schneiderman died June 9, 2003 at age 47 of a brain tumor, leaving behind a wife and three children.

John S. Czachor, M.D.

Dr. Czachor received his B.S. in biolgy from Wright State in 1979, followed by his M.D. in 1983. He also completed his residency training with WSU's Department of Internal Medicine, where he now holds the rank of Professor and Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases. He also serves as Co-Medical Director of the Montgomery County Combined Health District's Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, and Director of WSU's Travel Medicine Center. He has published 54 papers, 9 book chapters, and 14 presented abstracts. He has received numerous awards: WSU Service Medicine Award -1992, A. Robert Davies Award for Teaching Excellence - 1992 and 1993, Miami Valley Hospital Housestaff Teaching Award 2001, and the Master Teacher Award - Ohio Chapter ACP - 2003, to name a few. He is also a volunteer teacher with the Global Health Initiative.

Thomas F. Gavagan, M.D., MPH

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, over 27,000 refugees were housed in the Houston Astrodome. The complicated task of establishing emergency medical services there fell to Dr. Gavagan, who spearheaded the creation of a medical facility-the Katrina Clinic-at the Astrodome/Reliant Center Complex in Houston with only 12 hours' notice. By the time the facility closed roughly two weeks later, the Katrina Clinic medical staff had seen more than 40 percent of the evacuees who sought shelter in the complex. Dr. Gavagan completed his internship at the University of California at Davis and a family practice residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He also worked with the National Health Service Corps to develop a community health center in an underserved community in Chicago and spent a year consulting with the Ministry of Health in Nicaragua. Currently, Dr. Gavagan is vice-chair of the Division of Community Health in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and assistant chief of staff for the Community Health Program (CHP), the safety net system of public clinics for the Houston area.

Debra L. Sudan, M.D.

Professor of surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Sudan is one of four surgeons in the world-renowned Liver and Small Bowel Transplant Program. In addition to her professorial duties at University of Nebraska Medical Center, she also serves as director of both the Living Liver Donation Program and the Intestinal Rehabilitation Program at UNMC. The latter is a novel multidisciplinary program that treats both children and adults with short bowel syndrome/intestinal failure, using a combination of diet, medications, and at times novel surgical bowel lengthening procedures. She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 11 book chapters, and been the principal investigator or co-investigator on 18 grants. She has also served in numerous administrative roles in national and international organizations, including president of the Nebraska Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, chair of the Liver/Intestine Committee for the American Society of Transplantation; councilor-at-large for the International Intestinal Transplantation Society, and a member of the Membership and Professional Standards Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).