University Hospital Leadership
Upstate University Hospital has two locations—the Downtown Hospital, and four miles west of downtown Syracuse, is Upstate 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.
The Upstate Health System Leadership Committee
CEO Upstate University Hospital
Serving as CEO, Dr. Corona also is the Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Dean for Industry and Academic Relations. As an endowed chair for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, his role includes leadership of the CNY Biotechnology Accelerator and the Upstate Cord Blood Bank. Dr. Corona is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in neuropathology, clinical informatics and anatomic pathology.
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.
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.
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), and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) services.
Chief Ambulatory Officer
Nancy Daoust oversees the hospital's ambulatory operations. 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.
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.
Dean, College of Medicine
Dr. Lawrence Chin has served the Upstate community in a variety of roles, most recently as the Robert B. and Molly G. King Endowed Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery. Dr. Chin has brought outstanding leadership to his role as Chair of Neurosurgery and Chair of the UUMAS Governing Board. In his career at Boston University School of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine and at Upstate, he has been involved in many aspects of academic medicine, from clinical care and teaching to research. Dr. Chin is the recipient of numerous honors, awards and visiting professorships and has held a range of leadership positions in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, theCongress of Neurological Surgeons, and other organizations.
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.