Dean's Leadership Team

Paula Trief, MD
Ann Botash, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development

Faculty Affairs
Oversees the promotion and tenure process and supports faculty on their path to promotion. Helps to recruit and retain excellent and diverse faculty and chairs.

Faculty Development
Implements development programs to enhance the teaching, research, and clinical skills of the faculty. Advises the Dean on all issues relevant to the faculty.

Rajesh Dave, MD, MBA
Rajesh Dave, MD, MBA
Dean, Clinical Campus

Oversees the faculty, staff and students at Upstate's Binghamton campus. Also maintains relationships with a network of volunteer faculty and the four regional affiliate hospitals. The clinical campus at Binghamton offers third- and fourth-year medical students direct interaction with community physicians.

MaryGrace VanNortwick
MaryGrace VanNortwick
Chief of Staff

Advises the Dean in a broad range of areas and works with leadership to move the Dean's agenda forward. This involves managing and monitoring information flow to the Dean and assisting the office to efficiently respond to everyday demands and to keep special projects on task. The Chief of Staff oversees finance and space, program details and communication regarding projects and requests. The role involves taking on analysis and planning for new initiatives, tracking outcomes, and implementing decisions that require an intricate understanding on the business entities involved.

Rick Gardner
Rick Gardner
Senior Associate Dean for Finance

Advises the Dean and the Chief of Staff on matters relating to the finances of the College of Medicine and space issues throughout the campus. This includes monitoring and analysis of College finances, to include State, research, practice and other revenues; recommending policies regarding finances; working directly with departmental leadership to evaluate business activity of the departments; and monitoring systems that account for use of space.

Paul Ko
Paul Ko, MD
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

Serves as the Dean's official for leadership, guidance and oversight for all matters relating to medical student educational programs. Specific areas of responsibility include: curriculum design and modification, oversight for the Clinical Skills and Standardized Patient Program for undergraduate medical education and monitoring and ensuring compliance with LCME and Middle States accreditation standards.

Danielle Katz, MD
Danielle Katz, MD
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Oversees the residency and fellowship programs for Upstate. Responsible for assuring programs are in full compliance with all accreditation requirements, responsible for overseeing international residents' visa requirements, provides training verification of all former residents and fellows, monitors graduate medical education budgets, monitors the electronic resident information system for recording resident experiences and related issues including work hour compliance, provides guidance and assistance to residency program directors in program implementation.
Graduate Medical Education

Brian Thompson, MD
Brian Thompson, MD
Assistant Dean For Diversity

Advises the Dean on matters of diversity and inclusion. This includes involvement with the Admission's Committee and the development of admission pipeline programs; working with students, faculty and staff to enhance diversity and inclusion at Upstate Medical University; and the development of community collaborative relationships to strengthen diversity within Upstate Medical University. Dr. Thompson is Native American of Oneida and Mohawk descent, a native of Syracuse and a graduate of Upstate Medical University.