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Amy L. Tucker, MD, named medical director of Adult Ambulatory Services

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Amy L. Tucker, MD, has been named medical director for Adult Ambulatory Services at Upstate Medical University.

“We are thrilled to have a physician of Dr. Tucker’s caliber join our organization, to help lead our efforts within the ambulatory care space,” said Anthony Weiss, MD, MBA, chief medical officer for Upstate University Hospital. “We see continued shifts in care to the outpatient side, particularly as part of our work within Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (known as DSRIP). Dr. Tucker’s expertise will be critical in our organization’s evolution in that direction.”

As medical director of Adult Ambulatory Services, Tucker is responsible for the overall management of the adult ambulatory operations at Upstate, excluding the Upstate Cancer Center, including clinical practice operations, medical affairs and quality. Upstate offers a large network of outpatient clinical sites to serve patients from both hospital campuses and in the community. Ambulatory services include primary and specialty care, encompassing nearly 80 specialty clinics.

A practicing cardiologist, Tucker has served on the faculty at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 1994, most recently as an associate professor of medicine. While at Virginia, Tucker held various administrative roles including founder and director of the Club Red Women’s Cardiovascular Prevention Clinic, associate chair of Medicine for Undergraduate Medical Education, and director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program. Tucker also served as the director of Ambulatory and Consultative Cardiology Services.

In 2014, Tucker was appointed chief medical officer for Locus Health, LLC  (previously Broad Axe Care Coordination), a company providing comprehensive care coordination, remote patient monitoring, and performance optimization using advanced data analytics. Through its partnership with Locus Health, UVA significantly reduced hospital readmission rates.

Tucker’s work in the area of community health and wellness and disease prevention is highlighted in her founding of the Club Red Women’s Cardiovascular Prevention Clinic at UVA. The Club Red Clinic worked closely with the Club Red website, an initiative of the University’s Heart and Vascular Center, aimed at encouraging women to adopt heart-healthy lifestyles by providing information on risk factors, fitness programs, workshops and special events.

Her research interests focus broadly on women’s cardiovascular health, cardiovascular prevention and health care innovation and operations.

Tucker is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians.

Tucker earned a master’s degree in health care management from the Harvard School of Public Health (2012) and earned her MD (1986) and undergraduate degrees at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.