Mercy Inducts Five Physicians Into Society of St. Luke

Mercy Inducts Five Physicians Into Society of St. Luke

Posted on: October 1, 2010

Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center recently honored five of its physicians for outstanding service to patients, the hospital and the community during the 2010 induction ceremony and dinner for the Society of St. Luke, Mercy’s physician honor society. Honorees included Victor H. Bazzoli, M.D., Willliam L. Hoppes, M.D., Steven J. Ossakow, M.D., Carlos V. Rozenbom, M.D. (posthumously), and Frederick C. Whittier, Jr., M.D.

Over 175 guests were in attendance to share the evening event honoring the inductees, which was held at Brookside Country Club.

Dr. Bazzoli, an obstetrician/gynecologist, was appointed to Mercy’s Medical Staff in 1984. Board certified, he has served terms as Chairman of the Department of OB/Gyn and is a past member of the Mercy Board of Trustees. In addition, he serves or has served as a member of numerous medical staff committees, including Cancer Committee, Surgical Case Review, Medical Quality Review Board and the Continuing Medical Education Committee.

A specialist in Infectious Disease, Dr. Hoppes held Medical Staff membership from 1978 until 2007. He served the medical staff in numerous capacities, including Chairman of the Infection Control Committee, and member of the Education and Research Committee, ICU Committee, Critical Care Committee and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees. Hoppes was recognized by the Ohio Department of Health with the Director’s AIDS Service award, which is given in recognition for outstanding efforts in the fights against AIDS. Dr. Hoppes arrived in Canton as the area’s first Board Certified, full-time Infectious Disease specialist and in 1981 diagnosed one of the first cases of hemophilia-related AIDS in the country.

Appointed to Mercy’s Medical Staff in 1987, Dr. Ossakow specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat surgery). A past president-elect and president of Mercy’s Medical Staff, he also served terms on Mercy’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, and was a member of the Board Finance Committee. He served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Co-chairman of the Medical Quality Review Board, Chairman of the Physician Effectiveness Committee and was a member of the Credentials Committee.


Dr. Carlos V. Rozenbom, M.D., was honored posthumously for his service at Mercy Medical Center from 1977 to 2007. Accepting on his behalf was his widow, Alicia Rozenbom. A Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Rozenbom held numerous Medical Staff committee appointments including Cancer Committee, Tumor and Tissue Committee, Oncology Care Committee and the Nuclear Medicine Committee. He was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at NEOUCOM until 2001.

Specializing in Nephrology, Dr. Whittier was appointed to the Medical Staff at Mercy in 1986. He is currently the Chairman of the Education and Research Committee and has served on the Institutional Review Board and Quality Assurance Committee for the Department of Medicine. He was the Program Director for the Residency Program, Affiliated Hospitals at Canton for more than 10 year. Dr. Whittier is also a member of the Canton Rotary.

Charter members of the Society of St. Luke were inducted in 1996. Candidate involvement in patient care, research, medical education and community activities must be of the highest caliber.

The society is named after St. Luke, author of the Bible’s third gospel and a physician often known as the “patron saint of physicians.” In his gospel, St. Luke emphasizes Jesus’ concern for all people, especially the poor and neglected. Mercy recognizes this compassionate spirit of medicine through the Society of St. Luke.

Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see


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