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August 2009

Michelle Smelkoff

Michele Smelkoff began her career at Upstate Medical University approximately twenty-eight years ago. She spent almost ten years in the Communication Disorder Unit, a year and a half in Inpatient Admitting before transitioning to Medical Staff Services where she is now the Assistant to the Director of Medical Staff Services, as well as a credentialing coordinator responsible for physician credentialing and privileging. Michele performs a variety of functions, which include some of the following:

  • Working to meet physician needs in regard to credentialing and privileging.   
  • Ensuring physicians meet the required criteria for moderate sedation privileges and various other privileges.
  • Working with individual departments and outside agencies to place Locum Tenen physicians at University Hospital.
  • Verification of physician training and competencies.

When asked what she enjoys most about her position, Michele replied, “knowing that what I do helps improve the quality of healthcare we deliver at Upstate is important to me.” She also enjoys the people she comes in contact with, especially her Upstate colleagues.

Outside of work, Michele enjoys spending time with her husband, two teenage daughters and friends. She particularly enjoys traveling, gardening, walking and bicycle riding during the summer months. When asked what she wants people to know about her, she responded, “I’m a very caring and honest person who tries to be optimistic and have a positive attitude. I have two teenage daughters who I try to set a good example for. I often tell them that life is what you make of it and tell them to choose to be happy. I also believe you need to surround yourself with people you love.”

Michele, we thank you for all your hard work in ensuring physician credentialing and privileging. Your commitment to Medical Staff Services and Upstate Medical University helps us fulfill our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve through education, biomedical research, and health care. Keep up the great work!