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Martin Durkin, Jr., named chief campus counsel for Upstate

Martin T. Durkin, Jr., has been named Chief Campus Counsel for SUNY Upstate Medical University after serving in an Interim capacity since April 2023. Durkin has over 30 years of legal experience, primarily focused on healthcare law, academic medicine, and related compliance matters. Durkin was selected after a nationwide search.

The appointment, effective immediately, was announced by Kapil Longani, senior vice chancellor for Legal Affairs and general counsel for the State University of New York.

“It is a pleasure to appoint Martin as the next Chief Campus Counsel at Upstate,” Longani said. “His exceptional legal skills, leadership, creativity, and devotion to Upstate are precisely tailored for this role.”

Upstate President Mantosh Dewan, MD, welcomed the appointment of Durkin.

“Upstate Medical University is pleased to have Martin Durkin lead our campus counsel team,” said Mantosh Dewan, MD. “He has served the campus exceptionally well in his interim role and we look forward to his continued leadership and astute legal guidance of our campus.”

The Chief Campus Counsel serves as the lead attorney in all aspects of the management and supervision of the SUNY Office of General Counsel (OGC) satellite office at SUNY Upstate Medical University and advises SUNY Upstate President Mantosh Dewan, MD, and other Upstate leaders regarding all legal matters related to the operation of SUNY Upstate, including its four Colleges and two Hospitals. In addition, the Chief Campus Counsel supervises the attorneys and legal staff assigned to Upstate's OGC office.

In 2017, Mr. Durkin joined SUNY Upstate's OGC office as Associate Counsel and was subsequently promoted to Senior Campus Counsel – Healthcare. Since joining OGC, he has advised the university on a myriad of legal matters, including, without limitation: federal and state regulatory compliance in such areas as physician compensation, the financing of the mission of the institution and hospital operations; strategic affiliations, including mergers and acquisitions; campus and hospital procurement; and, legal questions about the administration of patient care.

Before joining Upstate, Durkin was a Partner at the law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he represented corporations, academic medical centers, hospitals, and physicians in a wide variety of business, healthcare regulatory, and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions and healthcare fraud and abuse investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.  Mr. Durkin also previously served as Associate Counsel for UPMC, Physician Services Division representing the interests of UPMC’s principal faculty practice plan, University of Pittsburgh Physicians.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Caption: Kapil Longani, senior vice chancellor for Legal Affairs and general counsel for the State University of New York, congratulates Martin Durkin, Jr., on his appointment as chief campus counsel for Upstate Medical University.