Deaconess Family Medicine Residency

Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Kim Volz, MD

Program Director

Dr Kim VolzDr. Volz graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1979. He completed his Family Medicine residency training at St. Mary's Medical Center. Upon residency graduation in 1982, he became certified by the ABFP and established his practice in Jasper, Indiana. He has been the Director of Medical Education, President of Medical Staff, and Chairman of Credentials Committee at Jasper Memorial Hospital.

In addition, Dr. Volz was co-founder of Jasper Family Physicians and has served as a delegate to the state convention of the Indiana State Medical Association. He has also served at president of the Dubois County Medical Association. In 1993, he moved to Evansville to establish his practice and served as an assistant director with Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Volz was also named Program Director on January 1, 1996. He continues to serve as Site Director for the Indiana University Medical School Junior Clerkship program at Deaconess Hospital and holds the title of Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Indiana University.


William Tortoriello, MD

Associate Director

Dr TortorielloDr. Tortoriello graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1978 after studying at the University of Padua in Italy. He completed a family practice residency at St. Francis Hospital in 1981. He then became board certified in Family Medicine and a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Tortoriello then practiced in Harvard, Illinois, for 21 years in a rural private practice. During that time he was actively involved in the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and served on the Board of Directors for five years. He was also involved in the Illinois State Medical Society, chairing various committees and councils as well as serving as a delegate to the state Congress of Delegates. Dr. Tortoriello held the position of Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Chicago Medical School while in private practice, serving as preceptor for 3rd and 4th year medical students at his office.

In 2002 Dr. Tortoriello moved to Peoria, Illinois, and joined the faculty of the Family Practice Residency. He also held a position of Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. While in Peoria he served on the Peoria Medical Society Board of Directors.

In July 2006 Dr. Tortoriello relocated to Evansville to become a member of the faculty at the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program. He has a special interest in teaching maternity care, office procedures, integrative medicine and the art of medicine.

Scott Cordts, MD

Associate Director

Dr CordtsA native of West Frankfort, Illinois, Dr. Cordts graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 2002 and then completed his family medicine residency training at Deaconess Hospital in 2005.  He subsequently became a board certified family physician. 

Dr. Cordts then practiced rural family medicine in Sparta and Marissa, Illinois, for 4 years as an employee of Sparta Community Hospital.  While there, he served as a preceptor for family medicine residents at the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency.   

In July 2009, Dr. Cordts relocated with his family to Evansville to become an assistant director at the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program.  His special interests include diabetes, asthma, office procedures, and colonoscopy.

Charles Strickland, MD

Assistant Director

Dr. Jared Kocher EvansvilleA native of Louisville, KY, Dr Strickland graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1992, during which time he served in the USAF Reserves.   He completed post-graduate training in 1995 at a dual Family Medicine residency via the United States Air Force at the University of Nebraska and Erhling Bergquist Hospital at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha Nebraska. 

He finished seven years of active duty military service in 1999, at which time he and his family relocated to Evansville, IN.  He began private practice in Newburgh, IN as well as precepting at the St Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program.  In 2000, he accepted the position of Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency; he retained that position until its closure in 2007.  He continued private practice at St Mary’s until 2008, at which time he accepted a position at the Veterans Administration.  From 2008 to 2015, Dr Strickland served as a primary care physician for many of this country’s local veterans.

In October 2015, he accepted a position as faculty for the Family Medicine Residency Program at Deaconess.  His special interests are adult medicine, the under-served, and the art of medicine.


Nathan Oakley, MD

Assistant Director

Dr. Nathan OakleyA native of New Harmony, IN and the greater Evansville area, Dr. Oakley graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2013.  He completed family medicine residency training at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program in 2016. 
Dr. Oakley joined the faculty for the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program in August of 2016.  This opportunity allowed him to return to southwestern Indiana and stay invested in the community in which he grew up.  He is passionate about teaching, preventative care, and evidence-based medicine.


Mack Blanton, MD, FACP, FCCP

Director of Medical Affairs 

Dr Mack BlantonDr. Blanton graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1980. He completed an Internal Medicine residency in 1983 followed by a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship in 1985, both at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Blanton is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary medicine, and Critical Care medicine. He has achieved fellowship status in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Blanton pursued an academic career in Pulmonary/Critical Care and served as the Director of Fellowship training for the Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship program at BAMC from 1988-1998. His academic appointments have included Associate Professorship at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and Assistant Professorship at Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Blanton became the VP/Chief Medical Officer for Deaconess Health System in September 2016 and assumed the DIO role for the residency at that time.


Elton Fennell, MD

Women's Health Coordinator

Dr FennellDr. Fennell graduated from the American University of the Caribbean, which was then located on the island nation of Montserrat, in 1982.

He completed a residency in Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University in 1986. After spending one year in a solo practice in Tuskegee, AL, he returned to Johnson City, TN to join the faculty at ETSU. He served as the assistant program director and clinic medical director. He also was very active in obstetrics and was the obstetrics coordinator for the residency.

He was accepted as a faculty development fellow at Michigan State University in 1990. His research for the fellowship involved the reasons why patients did not keep scheduled appointments and how life circumstances impacted patient’s continuation of care.

In 1993, Dr. Fennell entered the newly established OB/GYN residency at ETSU. He continued to be an active part of the Family Medicine staff during the next 3 years while completing the residency.  After graduation, he maintained faculty duties in both departments until he left in 2003.

In 2003, he moved to rural WI to become the first OB/GYN at a small hospital that was owned by the Mayo Clinic where he collaborated with 12 family physicians who were doing obstetrics.  Dr. Fennell provided care to his own panel of patients and provided consultation to the family physicians.

In 2008, Dr. Fennell entered a pelvic surgery fellowship at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.  After completion, he joined the Family Medicine Residency at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, MA where he provided OB/GYN consultation for family physicians who were practicing obstetrics.

In January of 2015, Dr. Fennell took the position of Women’s Health Coordinator at the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency. Dr Fennell has a deep interest in the effects of socioeconomics on health and healthcare behavior.

MaryBeth Lodato, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

MaryBeth LodatoMaryBeth Lodato, MS, CNM graduated with a BSN from the University of Evansville in 1976.  She worked 17 years in the NICU, briefly at Welborn Hospital and 15 years at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  During her time at St. Mary’s she obtained an MSN from IUPUI and certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.  She was a Clinical Specialist and managed  the Neonatal Transport Team, developed the SHARE perinatal loss and grief counseling program, and developed a Perinatal Outreach and Education program.

She then moved to Labor and Delivery at St. Mary’s Medical Center as a staff nurse to expand her maternal child health background to include Obstetrics.  From there she developed a high risk OB/Newborn line of service for a Partner’s Home Health Agency where she remained for two years.

From 1993 to 2000 she worked at the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency  managing the Prenatal Care Clinic and seeing prenatal and gyne patients.  During her time at Deaconess she took a sabbatical for 6 months to complete her Nurse-Midwifery Certification and came back to continue her work with the residency as well as develop a small private midwife practice.  From 2000-2013 Ms. Lodato moved  to ECHO Community Health Care to develop a nurse-midwife practice where she managed pregnancy and routine care of women and newborns for 13 years doing 100-125 births per year at The Woman’s Hospital.


Koren Ganas, PsyD

Behavioral Science Coordinator, Clinical Psychologist

Dr GanasDr. Ganas is a licensed Clinical Psychologist.  She completed her Doctor of Psychology degree at Argosy University in Arizona with a dissertation focus on stress, illness and healing.  A Midwest native, she obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Ganas completed her pre-doctoral internship in pediatric and rehabilitation neuropsychology through Beljan Psychological Services and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Arizona.  She completed her postdoctoral residency at Desert Heights Academy, a day school for children with severe behavioral, emotional and developmental disabilities.

Dr. Ganas has worked in health care and private practice settings focusing on evaluation and treatment of children and adults with chronic health conditions, neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury and developmental disabilities.  She utilizes behavioral and lifestyle medicine approaches to treat illness and disease and teaches a number of evidence-based programs to improve stress management and promote health.

In 2013 Dr. Ganas relocated to Evansville to become a member of the faculty at the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program.  She has a special interest in teaching primary mental health care, behavioral medicine and integrative medicine approaches to health and healing.

Family Medicine/Maternal Care

Jennifer Simoneaux, MD
Rusty Stoltz, MD
William Tortoriello, MD
MaryBeth Lodato, CNM

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Karenrose Contreras, MD

Pediatric Medicine

Karla Kitch, MD
Maria Ranola, MD
Michelle Estep, MD

Adult Medicine

Kurt Bottles, MD
Andrei Croitoru, MD
Jamie Davison, MD
Roxana Donea, MD
Clifford Dotson, MD
Amy Gessford, DO
Sayyed Jaffri, MD
Ahmad Karim, MD
Mathias Kolleck II, MD
Chad Link, MD
Michael Scheinost, DO, PhD
Derek Seib, MD
April Toelle, DO