Faculty & Staff

Interim Department Chair:  Clyde Satterly, MD

James L Greenwald, MD

James L Greenwald, MD
Appointed 06/30/81
STE 200 Madison-Irving Medical Center
475 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
315 464-7010

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown


Education & Fellowships

  • Residency: Fairview University Medical Center, 1981
  • MD: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 1978
  • BS: Cornell University, 1974, Neurobiology and Behavior

Clinical Interests

  • full scope of ambulatory family practice including prenatal care, care of infants, children and adults, vasectomy, sports medicine, office surgery, well care for men and women, and hypnosis.  Hospital care limited to newborns and low risk vaginal deliveries.

Education Interests

  • Rural training of medical students.

Research Interests

  • Rural training and workforce issues.  He has written a number of review articles and book chapters, performed research on family systems, and is a contributing writer for the New York Physician.

Specialties & Certification

  • Family Medicine

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients
  • Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients
  • Pregnancy


  • Adults and Children


  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Family-centered Care
  • Geriatrics
  • Health & Wellness
  • Health Maintenance & Clinical Prevention
  • Immunization
  • Medical Care for Adolescents
  • Mental Health Screening
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Primary Care
  • Screening
  • Well Child Care
  • Wellness and Fitness Programs


  • Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)
  • Onondaga County Medical Society
  • American Academy of Family Physicians

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Crouse Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center


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Title:  Teaching Medical Students Surgery During an Extended Rural Preceptorship  Poster session presented at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine 34th Annual Predoctoral Conference

Authors:  James L. Greenwald MD, Gwen W. Halaas MD, William Marx DO, Peter Beatty PhD

Abstract:  Two medical schools with extended rural preceptorship experiences for clinical medical students have nearly half a century of combined experience and over one hundred graduates in rural medical or surgical practice.  While the anchor of the preceptorship is the rural family physician, allowing students to complete their Surgery and Surgical Subspecialty Clerkships in the rural hospital has several advantages.  Students experience more first hand experience with surgical procedures.  Surgical clerks in this one-on-one longitudinal setting have more opportunities to address their individual learning needs and to receive mentoring from surgeons. Data from each of the programs will programs demostrate comparable or superior scores on standardized tests among students in the rural and university-based programs including scores.  The programs both demonstrate that graduates are somewhat more likely to enter a career in primary care.  Rural program graduates in both priamary care and surgical specialties are 4-8 times more likley to locate their practice in a rural setting than their peers. 

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