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For Release: October 5, 2012

Jim Gosky 330.344.6083,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.848.6206,

Akron General Honors its Distinguished Physicians

On September 28, Akron General Medical Center’s Society of Distinguished Physicians honored two exemplary physicians when it named Paula S. Bauer, MD, and Mark C. Horattas, MD, as the Society’s 56th and 57th members.

The Society was established in 1979 to recognize members of Akron General’s Medical Staff for outstanding service to Akron General Medical Center and the community. Inductees are selected by their peers for excellent patient care, research, medical education and community involvement.

As Chairman of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Departments and Chief of Clinical Pathology, Dr. Bauer is both well respected and well recognized by her colleagues throughout Akron General. She serves in leadership roles on many key committees throughout Akron General Medical Center, including the Board Strategic Implementation Committee; Institutional Research Review Board; Medical Council; Physician Leadership Committee; and the Neuroscience, Oncology and O.R. Governance Committees. She is Chair of the Cancer Committee and is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Bauer joined Akron General in 1990.

Born in Detroit, Dr. Bauer received her medical degree from the University of Michigan. She completed her residency program in Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Bauer lives in Moreland Hills with her husband, Dr. Thomas W. Bauer, a pathologist at the Cleveland Clinic. They have three married children and three grandchildren.

As Associate Chairman of Undergraduate Medical Education and Chief of the Surgical Endocrinology Service, Dr. Horattas is an esteemed, often-honored surgeon and teacher. He has taken on many leadership roles at Akron General and throughout the community, including serving on the Akron General Health System and Akron General Foundation Boards of Directors.

Dr. Horattas is a Professor of Surgery at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. He is a three-time recipient of the General Surgery Residency Teacher of the Year Award at Akron General and has been listed in the Consumer Research Council of America’s “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons” from 2002-2011. Dr. Horattas joined Akron General in 1990.

Dr. Horattas was born in Milwaukee, but has lived in Ohio most of his life. He received his medical degree from the Northeast Ohio Medical University and completed his residency program in General Surgery at Akron General Medical Center. Dr. Horattas and his wife, Karen, live in Bath. They have six children. 

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities we serve. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area's largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Development Foundation. Akron General has earned the prestigious National Research Corporation (NRC) Consumer Choice Award for 14 out of 16 years. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio and Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit About Us.

Date Updated: 05-OCT-2012

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