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Geriatricians

Sharon Bragman, MD Sharon A. Brangman, MD, FACP, AGSF

Sharon A. Brangman, MD has been on the faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York since October 1989. She is currently a Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatrics. She is the director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program and is director of the Upstate Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Brangman is also the Director of the Nappi Longevity Institute.

Dr. Brangman received her undergraduate degree in biology from Syracuse University and her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse in 1981. She completed residency training in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, New York, where she also completed fellowship training in geriatric medicine. Dr. Brangman is board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine as well as hospice and palliative care. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society. Dr Brangman is a past president of the American Geriatrics Society and also served as chair of the board. In addition, she is a past president and chair of the board of the Association of Directors of Geriatrics Academic Programs.

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Jeanne Bishop, MD Jeanne Bishop, MD

Jeanne E. Bishop, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has received her undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University in Chemistry, her graduate degree from Stanford University in Physical Therapy and her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Bishop completed her residency training in internal medicine at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, New York and her Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at UCLA Multicampus Division of Geriatrics, Los Angeles, CA. She is certified in internal medicine and has her Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine. She is also a Certified Medical Director through the American Medical Directors Association. In addition, she is the Medical Director of James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Syracuse, New York.

Dr Bishop received the Hospice Anita Award: "For Active Listening, Presence at the Bedside, and Highest Standards of Practice in End-of-Life Care" 2003.

Andrea I. Berg, MD Andrea I. Berg, MD

Andrea Berg is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Dr. Berg completed her residency training in internal medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT and her Geriatrics Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Dr. Berg is certified in both internal medicine and geriatric medicine.

Dona Varghese Dona Varghese, MD, FACP

Dona Varghese is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She received her medical degree from Trivandrum Medical College, University of Kerala, India. Dr Varghese completed internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She then worked as a hospitalist for 5 years at Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro, NH. Dr Varghese is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Nurse Practitioners

Alyssa Grzeskowiak, NP Alyssa Grzeskowiak, AGNP-C.

Alyssa is certified as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner who graduated from Niagara University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a dual major in Gerontology. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Keuka College. Alyssa developed a passion for providing geriatric care early in her career and it has continued to be her area of interest. She has provided care for geriatric patients in the hospital, sub-acute and long term care settings. She joined University Geriatricians in 2018.

Stephanie McGrath, FNP Stephanie McGrath, FNP

Stephanie is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner who graduated from Upstate Medical University with her Master of Science in Nursing. She previously obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Utica College as well as a Master of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture. She has always loved working with the geriatric population and has had many valuable experiences working with them in various settings ranging from acute to long-term care. She appreciates being able to take the time to address their needs with a holistic approach and is so happy to be a part of the team at University Geriatricians.

Nurses

Betsy Holden, LPN Susan Battan, RN

Susan is an RN, graduate of St. Joseph's College of Nursing with over 20 years nursing experience in Hemodialysis, Family Practice and Home Care services. Susan Joined University Geriatricians in 2017.

Betsy Holden, LPN Betsy Holden, RN

Betsy has been working as a nurse specializing in senior care at nursing homes, home visits and outpatient services since 1980. She joined our team at University Geriatricians in 1998.

Mary Lou TeboMary Lou Tebo, RN

Mary Lou is an RN with 37 years of Nursing experience. The majority of these years have been with the geriatric population. A graduate of Crouse Irving School of Nursing, Mary Lou has had the opportunity to care for patients in the hospital setting, Long Term Care, Home Care as well as the office setting.

Missing PhotoEmily Allport, RN

Emily is a registered nurse with a degree from Monroe Community College in Rochester. Emily started her career at Upstate working on an inpatient unit. She is currently in school working towards obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Additionally, she has a background in finance with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Social Work

Karen Clark Karen Clark, LMSW

Karen earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College and has worked with seniors in hospital, long term, and in-home care settings. She joined the team at University Geriatricians in February 2016.

Rachel WebbRachel Webb, LMSW

Rachel received her graduate social work degree from Syracuse University. She has vast experience with the elderly population including home care, discharge planning, and skilled nursing facilities. She joined the Geriatric team in June 2017.

Allie JardinAllie Jardin, LMSW

Allie received her Masters degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. She has extensive experience working with dementia and senior care in both long-term and community-based settings. She joined the Geriatric team in May 2021.

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