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Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship aims to train national leaders in the PEM subspecialty. The program is 2-3 years with fellows having received primary training in either Emergency Medicine or Pediatrics. Based at the Pediatric Emergency Department of Golisano Children's Hospital at University Hospital, the department was founded over 20 years ago, with the program currently. We have a long history of clinical and academic leadership in pediatric care in the central New York region, acting as an essential tertiary referral center for the region and as the only Level I Trauma Center and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in a 15-county region, thus guaranteeing exposure to a variety of acuity and pathology.

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Erin Hanley, MD

Fellowship Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Medical Toxicology

The Medical Toxicology Fellowship provides physicians with training in all aspects of the clinical practice of medical toxicology, including management of the critically ill poisoned patient, occupational and environmental exposures, and poison center management. The program is 2 years in length, and fellows will participate in regularly scheduled bedside rounds on hospitalized toxicology patients at Upstate University Hospital and Golisano Children's Hospital. Fellows also participate in many activities at the Upstate New York Poison Center, which provides service and consultation to all parts of New York north of Westchester and Orange Counties.  

Ross Sullivan, MD

Fellowship Director

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship is located at the only 24/7 hyperbaric medicine facility in all of central and western New York. Upstate  University Hospital is also the only Divers Alert Network facility in the region, treating all dive injuries from the second busiest dive location in New York State on the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, and the Fingerlakes. Fellows also gain experience in the management of problem wounds at the University Hospital Wound Care Center. The 1 year program includes an extensive didactic experience with weekly patient teaching rounds, lectures, journal club, research, and attendance at national conferences.          


Fellowship Director, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine

Simulation and Teaching

The Simulation and Teaching Fellowship is a 1 year program and aims to prepare our emergency medicine-trained physicians to become leaders in emergency medicine education. The program focuses on preparing fellows to enter academic emergency medicine, learning to teach, design curriculum, and develop simulations for residents and medical students.

Matthew Sarsfield MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Fellowship Director

Emergency Ultrasound

The Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship aims to provide our fellows with skills to become excellent sonographers and the experience to incorporate ultrasound into routine Emergency Medicine practice. The program is 1 year in length and provides ultrasound experience in our Emergency Department at Community Campus and the Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments at the Downtown Campus. We use Zonare One Pro and Mindray ultrasound systems which transfer images to a web-based archival system (Q-path). Weekly QA sessions and bedside learning provide significant opportunities to hone your ultrasound skills.

EMS and Disaster Medicine

The EMS and Disaster Medicine Fellowship is a 1 year program and offers a wide range of clinical, research, and administrative opportunities and includes both ground and air medical transport training with a variety of different agencies. As a member of the Physician Response Team (run in conjunction with the New York State University Police), fellows have the opportunity to interact with multiple Fire and EMS agencies during MCIs and other challenging calls. Our tactical experience includes ongoing training with the Syracuse Police Department SWAT Team and operational missions 2-3 times per month. Fellows will also provide medical and operational support at special events and mass gatherings such as the Great New York State Fair, Ironman Syracuse, Syracuse University Carrier Dome, Empire State Marathon, and many other athletic events and concerts.  

Derek R. Cooney, MD, LEO, FACEP, FAAEM

Fellowship Director, EMS & Disaster Medicine

International Emergency Medicine 

The International Emergency Medicine Fellowship offers 1-year and 2-year tracks to prepare emergency medicine-trained physicians to serve in EMS development, humanitarian relief, disaster medicine, and travel and field medicine. The 1-year track offers a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Public Health (CASPH), while a 2-year track will offer a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Central New York Master of Public Health (CNYMPH) program, a joint venture of SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University. 

Sports Medicine

More information to come!

Paul Klawitter, MD, PhD

Fellowship Director

Chief Resident in Quality and Safety (CQRS)

The (CRQS) position at the Syracuse VAMC is a one year chief residency position that provides recent EM graduates with the opportunity to develop additional knowledge and skills around the delivery and improvement of quality and safety issues in healthcare. It is intended to help train and develop future leaders in Emergency Medicine and High Reliability Organizations. 

 The Syracuse VAMC has CRQS positions in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine (2) and Family Medicine.

The  CRQS resident is part of an innovative cadre of clinicians and through a hub and spoke model, the CQRS program provides each trainee with the opportunities to share the successes with other chief residents across the entire program.

Mary DiRubbo, MD, FACEP

VA Site Director for EM CQRS and Residency Program

Emergency Medicine Fellowships

At SUNY Upstate, we offer many of the fellowships that emergency medicine residents can pursue after their three years of training. We believe that having these fellowship programs here for the residents benefits them greatly throughout their clinical training as it provides educators and faculty dedicated to the newest research, guidelines, and practices specific to each sub-specialty in emergency medicine.

The following is a list of fellowship programs offered at our institution. Click the links below each program description to learn more about the program.

Kevin Gaskin, MD

Fellowship Director

Fellowship Director

Jay Brenner, MD

Meet the Fellows

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Phil Mackewicz, MD

Hometown: Long Valley, NJ

Medical School: St. George's University

Pediatric Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Hobbies: Skiing, baking, hiking, fitness classes, Netflix binges, going out to eat at new restaurants, boating, traveling
Interests: Risk Stratification of Head Injuries in pediatric patients, early recognition and treatment of acute asthma exacerbations in the ER, global medicine and international medical trips

Mitch McKinnon, MD

Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, St. Maarten
Pediatric Residency: University of Kansas
Hobbies: Piano, golf
Interests: Simulation, ultrasound

Timothy Bright, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Pediatric Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Kim Wells, MD

Hometown: Fife Lake, MI

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Pediatric Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Hobbies: Running, swimming, exploring beautiful Lake Ontario and the Adirondacks with family

Interests: Medical education, pediatric sedation, toxicology

Kathryn Keenan, MD

Hometown: Albany, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Pediatric Residency: University at Buffalo
Hobbies: Rock climbing, running, skiing, and board games
Interests: Medical education, Ultrasound

Adrienne Cheng, MD

Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Medical School: St. George's University
Pediatric Residency: Staten island University Hospital
Hobbies: Baking, snowboarding, trampoline, horseback riding,  video games, general tomfoolery 
Interests: Procedural pain management, global medicine 

Emergency Ultrasound
Hannah Charland, MD

Hometown: Saranac, NY
Undergraduate: SUNY Oswego
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
EM Interests: Emergency Ultrasound, Academics

Jennalee Cizenski, MD

Hometown: Penn Yan, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Emergency Medicine Residency: John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, TX
Interests: Running, Yoga, Resident and Medical Student education and career development

Medical Toxicology
Cory Howard, MD

Hometown: Reno, NV
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Interests: Hiking, longboarding, drone photography, tubing, gardening, cooking, and studying the inside of my eyelids

Michael Keenan, MD

Hometown: Cicero, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Emergency Medicine Residency: University at  Buffalo
Interests: Running, cycling, climbing, and spending time with my family.

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Khalid Hararah, MD

Hometown: Holladay, Utah

Medical School: St. George's University

Emergency Medicine Residency: NYU Langone - Family Medicine

Interests: Hyperbaric medicine, Hospital medicine, POCUS, Addiction medicine, Medical education and combating healthcare disparities

Hobbies: Tennis, Snowboarding, basically anything outdoors, finance, philosophy