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University Hospital Leadership

Upstate University Hospital has two locations—the Downtown Hospital, and four miles west of downtown Syracuse, its Community Hospital. Hospital leadership oversees all aspects related to patient care at Upstate's hospitals and at its more than 80 specialty clinics. Upstate University Hospital's 17-county service area covers approximately one-third of New York State.

Upstate Hospital Officer Leadership Team

Robert J. Corona DO, CPE, MBA, FCAP, FASCP
Robert J. Corona DO, CPE, MBA, FCAP, FASCP
CEO Upstate University Hospital

Dr. Corona is the chief executive officer of Upstate Medical University Hospital and Community Hospital.  He continues his academic role as John B Henry Endowed Professor of Experimental Pathology and Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs.  He is an emeritus member of the New York State Board for Medicine and past member of the NYS DOH Office of Professional Medical Conduct.   Dr. Corona is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in neuropathology, clinical informatics and anatomic pathology. He recently won CNY Business Journal 2020 Outstanding Hospital Executive and was named to Becker’s Top 100 CEO’s to Know as well as to Cornell’s Institute for Healthy Futures.


Amy Tucker, MD, MHCM
Amy Tucker, MD, MHCM
Vice President for Ambulatory Services and Population Health
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Tucker is responsible for overseeing strategy, operations, and quality in the Upstate Ambulatory clinics. Additionally, she is working collaboratively with providers and administrators across the organization to develop and operationalize Upstate’s population health program. As CMO she promotes a positive patient experience and quality of care hospital-wide.


Scott Jessie, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Scott Jessie, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Interim Chief Nursing Officer

Mr. Jessie provides executive leadership for the division of nursing which encompasses 3000 of Upstate’s employees across the health system. Upstate nursing received Magnet designation in 2021 and has increased bedside nursing staff involvement in shared governance to increase decision making directly from front line staff. The continuous focus on fostering RN engagement will lead the nursing division in improving quality of care for the patients and families Upstate serves.


Stuart M. Wright, CPA, MBA
Stuart M. Wright, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Wright is responsible for all financial functions of the hospital including accounting, financial analysis, reporting, budgeting, cash and investment management, revenue cycle and managed care contracting. Additionally, he is responsible for patient access services, health information management (HIM), utilization management (UM), clinical documentation improvement (CDI) services and Retail Pharmacy Operations.


Nancy Daoust, LNHA, FACHE
Nancy Daoust, Ed.D., FACHE, LNHA
Chief Ambulatory Officer

Nancy Daoust serves as the primary liaison and point of coordination between ambulatory operations and all other University Departments, governmental agencies and community constituencies on a wide range of clinical, programmatic and/or administrative functions.  Daoust has served in numerous roles at Upstate, including as chief administrative officer for the Community Campus, where she assisted in the transition of the campus to Upstate and oversaw the expansion and introduction of new services, like the Family Birth Center, Transitional Care Unit and outpatient clinics, such as Midwifery, Vascular, Family Medicine and ENT.


Mark Zeman
Mark Zeman
Chief Information Officer

Mr. Zeman began his role as Interim Chief Information Officer in 2018. He is responsible for the planning, implementation and management of information technology throughout the university to support of the missions of patient care, education and research. He also oversees clinical engineering at both hospitals.



Susan Furtney, MPH
Susan Furtney, MPH, FACHE
Chief Strategy Officer

Susan Furtney oversees the Upstate University Hospital strategic planning activities and corporate/business development initiatives working closely with senior leadership from the hospital, colleges and faculty practice to determine strategic objectives as well as develop an adaptive strategic action plan.

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