Message from the Chair
Gary Johnson, MD

Gary A. Johnson, MD FACEP
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine at Upstate is about meeting the needs of people in our region at the time when they need it. Read more...

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Contact the department any time at 315 464-4363

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/EMT-P, FACEP

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/EMT-P, FACEP
Appointed 07/02/07
Women's Health Network
STE103 550 East Genesee Street
550 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

315 464-8668

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Emergency Medicine: Hyperbaric Medicine, Wound Care


Education & Fellowships

  • Certificate of Advanced Study: New York State Fire Academy, 2009, Firefighter 1
  • Certificate of Advanced Study: Temple College, 2007, EMT-Paramedic
  • Fellowship: Texas A&M University Health Science Center / Scott & White Memorial Hospital, 2007, Prehospital (EMS) Medicine
  • Residency: Texas A&M University Health Science Center / Scott & White Memorial Hospital, 2006, Emergency Medicine
  • MD: Texas A&M University College of Medicine, 2003
  • BA: Kenyon College, 1998, Molecular Biology

Previous Appointments

  • Texas A&M University College of Medicine, 2006–2007

Clinical Interests

  • Medical Direction of Emergency Services (EMS, Fire, Emergency Managament, Police, Communication Centers).  EMS and Disaster Medical Response.  Management of Orthopedic Emergencies.  Management of Airway Emergencies. 

    Industrial health and fitness for duty screening.  Certified Medical Review Officer (AAMRO).

    Emergency Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for: Crush Injury, Decompression Sickness, Arterial Gas Embolism, Venous Gas Embolism, Cerebral Air Embolism, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Cyanide Poisoning, Compromised Flaps, Compromised Grafts, Necrotising Fasciitis, Acute Thermal Burns, Intracranial Abscess, Severe Anemia, Central Retinal Arterial Occlusion, Artial Insufficiency Wounds,  Acute Sensorineural Hearing Loss.

Education Interests

  • EMS Medicine, Prehospital Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Undersea Medicine, Hyperbaric Medicine, Difficult Airway Management.

Research Interests

  • EMS Medicine. Disaster Medicine. Difficult Airway Management.  Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Specialties & Certification

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
  • EMS & Disaster Medicine

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Critical Illnesses and Injuries
  • Diabetic Foot Complications
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Trauma
  • Wound Infections


  • Adults and Children


  • Debridement
  • Emergency Services
  • Hyperbaric Wound Care
  • Wound Care


  • American College of Emergency Physicians, Chair-Elect And Alternate Councillor , Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Section
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Air Medical Physicians Association
  • American Medical Association
  • National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), Chair, Standards And Clinical Practices
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital


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