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William Paolo, MD, named chair of Emergency Medicine

William F. Paolo Jr., MD, has been named chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, effective Nov. 11. Paolo served as interim chair of Emergency Medicine since March 2021. At Upstate, he also serves as associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and associate professor of Public Health and Preventative Medicine. 

The appointment was announced by Lawrence S. Chin, MD, dean of the College of Medicine. 

“Dr. Paolo is the right leader for this unprecedented time in medicine,” Chin said. “He has led this busy department with great aplomb through the challenges of the pandemic. Upstate is fortunate to have his continued leadership at this time.”

Paolo joined Upstate as assistant professor in 2009 and became associate professor (with tenure) in 2015. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications and received the President’s Teaching Award and Alpha Omega Alpha teacher of the year honor. He has served as residency program director for Emergency Medicine since 2012.  

Paolo has played an integral role in developing the medical school curriculum at Upstate. He was the designer and director for the Foundations in Clinical Reasoning course for first- and second-year medical students as well as the March into Residency course for fourth-year students. His university service includes membership on the Upstate Graduate Medical Education committee, Residency Administration Committee, and Upstate Trauma Committee, among others. 

Paolo earned his medical degree with distinction in infectious disease research from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he was awarded Alpha Omega Alpha membership for graduating in the top ten percent of his class. He did his residency in Emergency Medicine at NYU/Bellevue from 2005 to 2008 and served as chief resident in 2009.