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York Physician Assistant Grads Serve on the Frontlines of the Pandemic

More than a dozen York College Physician Assistant (PA) graduates have reported that they are involved in frontline care during the current coronavirus pandemic. The graduates are employed throughout New York City, Long Island and beyond.

Asked how York prepared him for his career and this health crisis, John Ambroso, PA-C, of the Class of 2014, now employed at Weil Cornell, was definitive in his response.


“The York College PA program helped me to fortify the clinical knowledge and the compassion necessary to be effective in my career,” said Ambroso. “That has been evident now, more than ever, during this COVID-19 pandemic. I am exceedingly grateful for the exemplary education I received while there and look back on it quite fondly.”

According to Dr. Robert Brugna, director of the PA program, which is part of the School of Health Sciences and professional Programs, the program started accepting students in 2004 and the first baccalaureate class graduated in 2006.

“We converted to a graduate program in the fall semester of 2016,” said Brugna. “A significant component of our mission is to educate healthcare providers to meet the needs of the communities surrounding the college. Those images (photos received from the group) are certainly evidence that we have accomplished that to some degree.”

In addition to Mr. Ambroso, some of the other members who sent in photos of themselves on the job at disparate hospitals in include:

Laura Holmes ‘19 New York Presbyterian Queens, Surgery, Mariya Dineva, ’19, Queens Hospital ED, Lincoln Hospital IM and ED.; Michael V. Black ‘19 Hospital for Surgery, Sports Operative; Lena Najjarian ’16, Cambridge MA, Urgent Care affiliated with Cambridge Health Alliance, Beth Israel Lahey Health, and Mt. Auburn Hospital; Michael Geller ’14, Pain Medicine Santa Clara Valley Medical Center San Jose, CA; and Ryan Young, Emergency Medicine Mt, . Sinai Queens Hospital.

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