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Six members of the Robinson Memorial Hospital medical staff recently were recognized in the Medical Staff Distinguished Members Photo Gallery at the hospital's Ravenna campus.
Doctors John Alexander, Stephen Battles, James Benedict, Jose Rafecas, Scott Smith and S. Sami Solu were inducted into the gallery, located in the administrative hallway of Robinson Memorial. The gallery was established to honor those on the medical staff who have served at the hospital for 25 years or who have distinguished themselves in service to the hospital, medical staff, and Portage County. It was organized in 2000, by a group of retired physicians known as the "Band Of Ancient Retired Doctors."
Alexander, of Kent, is a psychologist with professional training and extensive experience in both child and adult clinical psychology. He received his doctorate from Kent State University in 1980. He has been a member of the medical staff at Robinson Memorial since 1984 and formerly served as the chairman of the psychology section.
Battles, of Kent, graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1981. He is the medical director of the Robinson Urgent Care Center in Streetsboro, Working Partners at Robinson Memorial Hospital and the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center.
Benedict, of Kent, attended KSU and graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1983. He joined his father, Dr. Edward Benedict's podiatric practice, in 1984 and continues to practice there.
Rafecas, of Bath, is a general neurologist with Neurosurgery and Neurology Associates, Inc., Akron; and is medical director at four sleep disor-
Smith, of Kent, has been on the medical staff at Robinson Memorial since 1987 and was a in practice with Internal Medicine Practice from 1987 through 2008. He has been in practice in internal medicine with Total Lifetime Care Health Association since 2008.
Solu graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Medicine in Turkey in 1948 and completed residencies in chest diseases from National Jewish Hospital, Denver, CO., and New York State Tuberculosis Hospital. He came to Northeast Ohio in 1969 when he was affiliated with the Cuyahoga County Tuberculosis Clinic and Sunny Acres Hospital in Cleveland. He was a clinical assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University and the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine and in 1972, became the first director of Robinson Memorial's Emergency Department.
Solu was a member of the medical staff at Robinson Memorial until 1988. He died in 2011.