Northeast Ohio Medical University

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is a public health sciences university in Rootstown, Ohio, United States. Until 2011, the school was known as the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. The university specializes in graduate education in medicine and pharmacy, but also has a College of Graduate Studies.

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
Former name
EstablishedNovember 23, 1973 (1973-11-23)
Endowment$8.3 million[1]
PresidentJohn T. Langell, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, MBA
Academic staff
96 Rootstown-based[2]
Administrative staff
404 (2019)[2]
Students959 (Fall 2019)[3]
M.D. - 586
Pharm.D. - 340
Graduate - 33
Dual Enrollment- 19
CampusRural, 120 acres (49 ha)
ColorsBlue and Gray          
Affiliations  University of Akron
  Cleveland State University
  Hiram College
  Kent State University
  Youngstown State University
  Akron Children's Hospital
  Aultman Hospital
  St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
  Summa Health System
MascotNate the Walking Whale

Its medical school has partnerships with four public universities (Akron, Cleveland State, Kent State, and Youngstown State)[4] and one private college (Hiram). It also has 24 hospital partners, while the pharmacy school has over 100 pharmacy partners. The class size has grown to around 160 medical and 80 pharmacy students.


The medical university was begun by Leonard Caccamo, who became its first chairman of the Board of Trustees. As medical director of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, he began the planning for the university. He was assisted by Harry Meshel, then majority leader of the Ohio Senate. With the assistance of Lyle Williams, Congressman for the Ohio 17th district, a feasibility study was begun in concert with the Youngstown Hospital Association to address a regional need for primary care physicians and use existing facilities at the state universities and hospitals in the area. Based on that initial study a three-city consortium of Akron, Canton, and Youngstown was developed with the University of Akron, Kent State University, and Youngstown State University. Cleveland State University was added in 2008.[5]

The school was established by the Ohio state legislature in 1973, and the campus site in Rootstown along Ohio State Route 44 near Interstate 76 was selected in 1974 with groundbreaking in December 1975. The first class was selected in September 1977 and included 42 students from UA, KSU, and YSU in a combined B.S./M.D. program. They graduated in 1981, the same year the school became fully accredited.[6][7]

The College of Pharmacy, approved in 2005, was inaugurated with 75 students in August 2007 in the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.[8] In keeping with the school's rural setting, the Doctor of Pharmacy program has a community pharmacy emphasis. In May 2011, the university graduated its inaugural class of 61 pharmacists.

The university has collaborative arrangements with other colleges and universities to offer graduate-level education in biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering.

Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S, began his term as president of the university on January 15, 2010. In his February 2010 address, he announced a name-change for the university to Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). This was signed into law on April 29, 2011.[9][10]


The College of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.


The main campus is located in Rootstown, Ohio, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Akron, 33 miles (53 km) west of Youngstown, and 45 miles (72 km) southeast of Cleveland. General campus amenities located within the original, twentieth century buildings include a bookstore, a biomedical library, research labs, and a landscaped courtyard.

The NEOMED Education and Wellness Center (NEW Center) houses a fitness center, bistro, coffee shop, and conference space, as well as physical therapy and childcare services. There are also plans to contain a pharmacy and medical offices through partnerships. The third floor of the NEW Center is home to the Bio-Med Science Academy, a STEM charter school for grades 9–12. On the northern edge of campus, the university offers on-campus housing for professional students, faculty, and staff in The Village at NEOMED, which opened in 2014.[11]

Bio-Med Science Academy

In August 2012, Northeast Ohio Medical University opened Bio-Med Science Academy, a charter high school with a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum and an additional focus on medicine (STEM+M). The first class had 70 students with successive freshmen classes added each school year. As of August 2015, enrollment is approximately 400 students in grades 9–12.[12]

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

See also


  1. "NORTHEAST OHIO MEDICAL UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION FINANCIAL REPORT" (PDF). Northeast Ohio Medical University. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  2. 2019 Key Performance Indicators (html). Northeast Ohio Medical University. October 4, 2019. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  3. Fall 2019 NEOMED Enrollment. Northeast Ohio Medical University. September 30, 2019. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  4. Associated Press (2008-06-25). "NEOUCOM to add CSU, get new board Gov. Strickland approves changes to medical school". Record-Courier. Record Publishing. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  5. AJ Giannini. Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Ohio Psychiatric Association Newsletter. 7(3):2-3, 1981.
  6. Hildebrand, William (2009). Most Noble Enterprise: The Story of Kent State University, 1910–2010. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press. p. 226. ISBN 978-1-60635-030-0.
  7. "NEOMED: 40 years". Northeast Ohio Medical University. 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  8. O'Brien, David (30 August 2007). "NEOUCOM inaugurates new program". Record-Courier. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  9. "University Address". Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  10. Smith, Diane (17 February 2010). "New name in works for NEOUCOM: President: Med college outgrows current one". Record-Courier. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  11. "The Village at NEOMED". Signet Communities. 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  12. "Bio-Med Science Academy". Bio-Med Science Academy. 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2015.

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