Residency Program

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Contact: Diane Hartzog, Residency Coordinator
Phone: 315 464-6204

The Upstate Medical University Emergency Medicine program in Syracuse, NY provides its residents with one of the highest quality learning environments in both academic and community settings. The Department of Emergency Medicine exists to promote the specialty of Emergency Medicine and related specialties through excellence in scholarly patient care, education, and research.

Upstate Emergency Department
(2012)
Total Visits: 64,885
Pediatric: 25,047 (39%)
Adult: 39,838 (61%)

Just as the field of Emergency Medicine is always changing, the EM program at Upstate is equally dynamic:


  • In July of 2008, Upstate Emergency Medicine and physicians at Community General Hospital in Syracuse joined together to become one practice group, thus expanding our clinical sites to include Community‚Äôs Emergency Department.
  • In November 2005 the EM-STAT (Emergency Medicine: Simulation Technology and Training) Center was created.
  • In August 2005 the Alternate site Emergency Department at the New York State Fairgrounds, sponsored in part by SUNY Upstate and the university's Center for Emergency Preparedness, was opened.
  • In 1995, Upstate Emergency Medicine began providing medical coverage for all major events at the Carrier Dome, including Syracuse University athletic events. This provides residents with opportunities to train providing emergency care at mass gathering events.
  • In 1993 the Emergency Medicine Training Center was established.
  • Annual curriculum enhancements including community medicine, bi-annual retreats and expansion of evidence-based medicine, among others.

Existing as part of the SUNY Upstate Medical University, the Upstate Emergency Medicine Residency Program was established in 1991 as a three year training program. The first graduating class of six residents completed their training in 1995. Alumni have spread throughout the United States and have found jobs in a variety of clinical settings including fellowship positions.

Now graduating eleven residents per year, the Upstate EM program has enjoyed the honor of maintaining accreditation by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) since its inception.

William Paolo, MD

William Paolo, MD
Assistant Professor &
Residency Director

Residency Leadership

Thomas R. Lavoie, MD
Thomas Lavoie, MD
Assistant Professor &
Associate Program Director

Elliot Rodriguez, MD, FACEP
Assistant Professor &
Assistant Program Director

Thomas K. Weidman, MD
Assistant Professor &
Assistant Program Director

Matthew J Sarsfield, MD
Assistant Professor &
Assistant Program Director