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March 2010

Maria Lumbrazo

Maria Lumbrazo, MS, RN, FNP has been a member of Upstate for over 27 years. She spent a large portion of her career working as a registered nurse in the Neurosciences before transitioning to the Department of Risk Management. Most recently, Maria attained her Master of Science, with a minor in Education, and a Clinical Specialty of Family Nurse Practitioner from Upstate’s College of Nursing where she currently holds a Voluntary Clinical Faculty Appointment.

In her role as a Clinical Quality Investigator for Risk Management, Maria is responsible for investigating the care and treatment rendered to patients at University Hospital to ensure quality care is provided. She works closely with UH legal counsel on notice of intentions and claims, as well as with the Department of Health and the Office of Mental Health on regulatory reporting. When asked what she enjoys most about her position Maria responded, “I enjoy conducting Root Cause Analysis, and the interactions I have with the teams I facilitate and the positive impact they have on the quality care we provide at Upstate University Hospital. In addition, Upstate offers many career and educational advancement opportunities, which I have been able to take advantage of over the years which has been very important to me. The support system created by Dean Szigeti and President Smith is fantastic and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for this support.”

Outside of work Maria enjoys keeping up with the latest technology, reading medical journals, gardening, fishing and spending time with her family and her 9 year old yellow Labrador named Lance. She is an active member in our community and utilizes her nursing knowledge to serve those in need. When asked what she would like people to know about her, Maria replied,”I am very family oriented and a compassionate person. I’m passionate about nursing as a whole and I’m very committed to quality patient care. I’m also actively involved in conducting research related to end of life pain management in the hospitalized terminally ill patient. In addition, I was inducted into the International Honor Society for Nursing Sigma Theta Tau in 2004 and most recently was appointed Vice President of Omicron Alpha Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing: Region 11, Chapter #359 and will hold this position through 2011. I’m also a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners Association and a member of the National Scholars Honor Society. I was a President Smith Student Ambassador from 2007-2009 and continue as an Ambassador as needed to support Upstate Medical University as a whole. My future aspirations are to attain my Doctorate in Nursing Practice here at Upstate’s College of Nursing.”

Maria, we want to thank you for your commitment to patient care and dedication to Upstate Medical University.