Emergency Medicine Faculty

William Paolo, MD

Program Director, Interim Department Chair, Associate Professor

Hometown: New York, NY

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: NYU/Bellevue

Interests: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, wine, film, cooking/baking, hiking, camping, novels, my dogs and family

David O Andonian, MD, MPH

Associate Program Director

Hometown: Queens, NY

Medical School: St. George's  University

Emergency Medicine Residency: Lincoln Hospital, Bronx NY

Interests: Family time, boating/lake life, snowboarding, hiking, bicycling

Thomas Lavoie, MD

Associate Program Director

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Elliot Rodriguez, MD

Assistant Program Director, Vice Chair, EMSTAT Simulation Center Medical Director

Hometown: Cazenovia, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests: Clinical operations, simulation education, biking, birding

Matthew Sarsfield, MD

Assistant Program Director, Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship Director

Hometown: Ogdensburg, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests: My interests at work include in medical education and simulation. When I'm not a work I enjoy hanging with the family, listening to music, playing the guitar, thinking about fixing old houses, reading about fixing old houses, and sometimes ... actually fixing old houses!

Patrick Adcock, MD

Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Leah Bennett, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine

Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine Residency: University of Arizona

Jay M Brenner, MD, FACEP

Medical Director of Community Emergency Department, Associate Professor

Hometown: Woonsocket, RI

Medical School: George Washington University

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests: Research: Ethics, Global Health, Substance Use Disorders;  Organizations: American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Ethics Committee, New York ACEP Government Affairs Committee, American Medical Association, Medical Society of the State of New York, Onondaga County Medical Society, Upstate Faculty Council;  Non-Academic Hobbies: Ultimate Frisbee, Triathlons, Tennis, Skiing, Golf, Trombone, Guitar

Matthew Camara, MD

Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Ultrasound Fellowship: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Jennifer Campoli, DO

Associate Professor

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

Medical School: NYCOM

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY  Upstate Medical University

Interests: Resident Education, medical student education, ACLS, kids, family, reading, road trips & travel

Joseph Capogreco, MD

Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

A James Ciaccio, MD, FACEP

Director of GEMCare (Geriatric ED), Assistant Professor

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Family Medicine Residency: Buffalo General Hospital

Jennalee Cizenski, MD

Assistant Professor

Hometown: Penn Yan, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Emergency Medicine Residency: John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth TX

Interests: Yoga, lacrosse, coaching, traveling, playing with my kids!

Rishana Cohen, MD

Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Gregory P Conners, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAP, FACEP

Chairman and Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric EM Attending

Hometown: Pittsford, NY

Pediatric Residency: Children's National Medical Center

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship: Children's National Medical Center

Interests: Pediatric coin/foreign body ingestion

Derek R Cooney, MD, cLEO, FACEP, FAAEM

EMS Medicine Fellowship Program Director, Medical Director Tele-Emergency Medicine, Medical Director Physician Response Team, Director of Faculty Development, Associate Professor

Hometown: Orchard Park, NY

Medical School: Texas A&M University College of Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: Texas A&M University HSC/Scott & White Memorial Hospital

EMS Fellowship: Texas A&M University HSC/Scott & White Memorial Hospital

Interests: Telemedicine, medical and tactical support for firefighters/law enforcement, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, part-time police officer, radiological emergency response physician for Nine-Mile Nuclear facility, snowboarding, hiking, camping, boating, home-brewing, and coaching basketball

Norma Cooney, MD, FACEP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Medical School: Texas A&M University College of Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: Texas A&M University HSC/Scott & White Memorial Hospital

Christine Courtney, MD

Assistant Professor

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Emergency Medicine Residency: East Carolina University

Risa Farber-Heath, DO

Assistant Professor, Adult AI Assistant Director

Hometown: Homer, NY

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests: Turning medical students into residents, playing with my 3 children, hiking, baking, travel, running and living in the country!

Dana Finch, DO, MPH

Assistant Professor

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests: Endurance sports, CrossFit, triathlons, baking cupcakes, great danes

Chris Fullagar, MD, FACEP

Assistant Professor

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

EMS Fellowship: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Kevin Gaskin, MD

Assistant Professor, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Co-Director

Medical School: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Family Medicine Residency: University of Arizona

Emergency Medicine Residency: Kino Community Hospital

Tyler Greenfield, DO

Medical Director of Pediatric Emergency Department, Assistant Professor

Hometown: Homer, NY

Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Pediatric Residency: Maimonides Infants and Childrens Hospital, Brooklyn NY

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelpha PA

Interests: Family, food and fitness

Erin Hanley, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director

Hometown: Oneida, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Pediatric Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests: Child abuse, pediatric trauma. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, SU sports, NYG football and lake life at our camp.

Marvin Heyboer III, MD, FACEP, FUHM, FACCWS

Hyperbaric Fellowship Director, Hyperbaric Services Director, Wound Care Center Director, Associate Professor

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: GRMERC - Michigan State University

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania Health System

Eric Hojnowski, MD

Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Jordan Holliday, MD

Assistant Professor

Hometown: Oswego, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

EMS and Disaster Medicine Fellowship: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests: NAEMSP, teaching/supervising procedures, LEGO, craft beer, dogs, grilling, traveling

Gary Johnson, MD

Associate Professor

Hometown: LaGrange, IL

Medical School: University of Virginia

Emergency Medicine Residency:  Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Interests: Graduate medical education, regional health care systems

Samantha Jones, MD

Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Jeremy Joslin, MD

Upstate University Hospital Clinical Operations Officer, Associate Professor

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

EMS and Disaster Medicine Fellowship: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Paul Klawitter, MD

Assistant Professor

Hometown: Hamburg, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate  Medical University

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Research Fellowship: Ohio State

Sports Medicine Fellowship: University of Buffalo

Interests: Research in  medical education and cerebrovascular autoregulation, Head Team Physician at Colgate University, skiing, backpacking and canoeing, guitar

Anthony Klimek, MD

Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Brian Kloss, DO, JD

PA Fellowship Director, Associate Professor

Medical School: UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Christian Knutsen, MD

Assistant Professor

Medical School: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

James Mangano, DO

Assistant Professor

Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Deborah Mann, MD

Assistant Professor

Medical School: SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Buffalo Affiliated Hospital

Elizabeth E Nicholas, MD

Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Co-Director

Hometown: Hyde park, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Emergency Medicine Residency: Temple University Hospital

Ultrasound Fellowship: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests: Ultrasound, medical school education, resident and medical student wellness, AIUM, running, triathlon, hiking

Rhonda Philopena, MD

Assistant Professor

Hometown: Cortland, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Emergency Medicine Residency: University of Connecticut

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests: Teaching, music, theatre, animals

Louise Prince, MD, FACEP

Associate Professor

Hometown: Carlisle, PA

Medical School: Pennsylvania State University-Hershey

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests: ACEP, NYACEP, music/trumpet, participation in faith based volunteer organizations

P David Sadowitz, MD

Associate Professor

Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse

Residency: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse

Sachin Santhakumar, MD

Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

William Santiago, MD

Assistant Professor

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Deepali Sharma, MD

Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Eric Shaw, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAWM

Assistant Professor

Medical School: SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: University of Maryland Medical Systems

Kelsey Stack, DO

Medical Director Adult Emergency Department, Assistant Professor

Hometown: Tully, NY

Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests: Reading, Hiking the ADK, gardening and of course basketball!

Ross Sullivan, MD

Medical Toxicology Fellowship Director, Clinical Director Emergency Opioid Bridge Clinic, Assistant Professor

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Christopher Tanski, MD, MSEd

Assistant Professor

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Emergency Medicine Residency: Albany medical Center

Emergency Medical Services Fellowship: SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Asalim Thabet, MD

Assistant Professor

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Pediatrics Fellowship: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests: I love spending time with my amazing three sons and family. I enjoy sports, nature, and baking.

Matthew Thornton, MD

Assistant Professor

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Pediatrics Fellowship: Brown University/Hasbro Children's Hospital

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship: Yale New Haven Children's Hospital

Interests: Medical student, resident, and fellow education, Medical Simulation, Quality Improvement, Pediatric Trauma Soccer, Outdoor Activities, Sports, Music, Spending time with my wife and 3 crazy kids!

Thomas Weidman, MD

Assistant Professor

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

David Wirtz, MD

Assistant Professor

Hometown: Ithaca, NY

Medical School: New York Medical College

Emergency Medicine Residency: St. Luke's Roosevelt

Interests: ED efficiency and management, cooking, hanging out with my family and dogs

Disclaimer: The information and content on this website is the opinion of the authors and does not represent the opinion of Upstate Medical University or the Department of Emergency Medicine at Upstate Medical University.