Upstate Cleft and Craniofacial Center: Our team


Satish Krishnamurthy, MD
Satish Krishnamurthy, MD
315 464-5490
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Neurological Surgery; Brachial Plexus Injury; Brachial plexopathy; Brain Abscess; Brain Aneurysm; Brain Injury; more
Education: Mysore Medical College, Mysore, India
Research Interests: Pediatric Neurosurgery; Vascular Neurosurgery
Clinical Interests: Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Vascular Neurosurgery
Associations/Memberships: Congress of Neurological Surgeons; American Association of Neurological Surgeons; American Medical Association, Fellow

Eileen M Marrinan
Eileen M Marrinan
315 464-8668

Stephen W Merriam, MD
Stephen W Merriam, MD
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Pediatric Ophthalmology; Ophthalmology
Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Walter W Merriam, MD
Walter W Merriam, MD
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Ophthalmology; Pediatric Ophthalmology
Education: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Anthony J Mortelliti, MD
Anthony J Mortelliti, MD
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Otolaryngology; Middle Ear Infection
Education: Georgetown University
Research Interests: Management of the pediatric airway. Current research: Pharangeal tears in children due to child abuse, cricoid injury and reconstruction.

Leon-Paul Noel, MD
Leon-Paul Noel, MD
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Pediatric Ophthalmology
Education: University of Ottawa, Canada
Research Interests: Pediatric ophthalmology genetics adult strabismus; pediatric glaucoma
Clinical Interests: Hyphema; retinopathy of prematurity esotropia pediatric introcular lenses

Joan E Pellegrino, MD
Joan E Pellegrino, MD
315 464-6395
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Pediatrics; Medical Genetics; Genetic Conditions; Metabolic Conditions
Education: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine
Research Interests: I am interested in Metabolic diseases and Lysosomal storage disorders including Gaucher, Pompe, and Hunter syndrome.
Clinical Interests: I am the director of the Inherited Metabolic Diseases Specialty Center.  I evaluate and treat children and adults with inborn errors of metabolism including PKU, Galactosemia, Fatty Acid disorders, urea cycle disorders, and storage disorders.
Associations/Memberships: American Medical Association; American Academy of Pediatrics; American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG)

Patrick B Smith, DDS
Patrick B Smith, DDS
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Dental Surgery; Dental Caries; Oral Cancer; Toothache; Dental Crowns; Dental Fillings; more
Education: SUNY Buffalo
Associations/Memberships: American Dental Association (ADA)

Sherard A Tatum III, MD
Sherard A Tatum III, MD
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Otolaryngology; Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Birth Defects; Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate; Congenital Ocular-Facial Anomalies; Eyelid Abnormalities; more
Education: University of South Florida
Research Interests:

Characterization and Enhancement of Bone/Cartilage Transplantation Systems, Outcomes in Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery

Education Interests:

Training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Clinical Interests:

Reconstructive Surgery, Cleft Lip and Palate, Craniofacial Diorders, Speech Surgery, Hemangiomas, Orthognathic Surgery, Microsurgery and Free Tissue Transfer, Trauma Repair

Associations/Memberships: American Medical Association; American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), Fellow; American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow; American College of Surgeons (ACS), Fellow; American Cleft Palate- Craniofacial Association

Zulma S Tovar Spinoza, MD
Zulma S Tovar Spinoza, MD
315 464-4418
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Neurological Surgery; Pediatric Neurosurgery; Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Brachial Plexus Injury; Brachial plexopathy; more
Education: Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela
Research Interests:

Epilepsy, tethered cord, pediatric brain tumors,hydrocephalus.

Clinical Interests:

Hydrocephalus, endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus and brain tumors, minimally invasive surgery, spina bifida, surgical treatment of epilepsy, brain tumors, congenital and developmental malformations of the nervous system, Chiari malformation, pediatric brain trauma, laser ablation surgery.

Associations/Memberships: Congress of Neurological Surgeons; American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Women in Neurosurgery; International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN); Women in Medicine; American Epilepsy Society (AES); Pediatric Craniocervical Society (PCS); American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons; AANS/Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care