Upstate Leadership

Executive Team

The Upstate Medical University Executive Team serves as the cabinet to the President and provides a high-level cross-functional view of every aspect of the institution. The Executive Team meets weekly and provides direction related to Upstate's mission, vision, strategic plan and presidential initiatives. The Executive Team also makes operational decisions, sets policy and guides capital allocations for the University.

Executive Team Membership

Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD
Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP
President

Danielle Laraque-Arena began as the seventh president of Upstate Medical University Jan. 14, 2016. She is the former Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Vice-President of the Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn and Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine (Investigator Track) and Yeshiva University.

At Maimonidies, Laraque-Arena leads a team of nearly 100 faculty members with either primary care or secondary appointments in her department and another 230 faculty that serve in voluntary positions. Her accomplishments in the past five years include strengthening the teaching and research profile through the recruitment of new faculty, transforming the residency program and significantly increasing first attempt board pass rates and developing new ACGME fellowship programs


John McCabe, MD
John McCabe, MD
Senior Vice President for Hospital Affairs
Chief Executive Officer of Upstate University Hospital

Dr McCabe oversees the entire operation of Upstate University Hospital sites and has ultimate administrative responsibility for the Hospital and its ambulatory sites. Hospital COO, CAO CNO, CFO, Medical Director & Chief Quality Officer, the Senior Associate for Community Programming and Development and the Institutional Compliance Officer report directly to him.


Wanda M. Thompson, PhD
Wanda M. Thompson, PhD
Senior Vice President for Operations

Dr. Thompson provides leadership and direction in the development of institutional planning. Her responsibilities include oversight of a variety of integrative operations, including: human resources; library services; public and media relations, community and governmental relations and marketing and university communications. She also works closely with agencies in Albany and Washington representing Upstate on Medicare and Medicaid issues and on public health policy.


David Duggan, MD
David Duggan, MD
Senior Vice President and Dean, College of Medicine

Dr. Duggan oversees clinical services at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. He also serves as liaison to other health care organizations in the region. As dean, he is responsible for educational, research, and clinical programs of the College of Medicine and management of its financial resources and space.



Jeffrey A. Bogart, MD
Jeffrey A. Bogart, MD
Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Chair, UUMAS Governing Board

Dr. Bogart is the Chairman of the SUNY Upstate Medical Department of Radiation Oncology and program director for the radiation oncology residency program. He is also responsible for the management of University Hill Radiation Oncology, a practice with multiple sites that is affiliated with Upstate Medical University.


Eric J. Smith
Eric J. Smith, CPA, MBA
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Smith oversees Facilities and Planning, Physical Plant, Information Management and Technology and University Police, as well as serve on various internal and external committees. Additionally, Smith, who served previously as Upstate's assistant vice president for finance, will continue to oversee several other areas, including various state and Research Foundation finance functions, including accounting and budgeting, campus purchasing, accounts payable, contracts, payroll and property management.


Lynn Cleary, MD
Lynn Cleary, MD
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Reports to the president and works collaboratively with the Deans on program development and academic infrastructure. Serves as the academic liaison between Upstate and SUNY Central Administration. Assists in the oversight of the Division of Student Affairs, the College of Medicine curriculum, Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Education, as well as the educational infrastructure in the College of Medicine.


David Amberg, PhD
David Amberg, PhD
Vice President for Research

Oversees the administration of the Research Enterprise, including facilities, sponsored programs, industry relations, clinical research and the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Strengthening Research.

Leadership Council

Leadership Council represents the scope of the entire university, with special focus  on Upstate's academic mission. The group is charged with the practical implementation of Upstate's strategic plan and interacts with the University Council as ex-officio members. The group meets weekly to provide updates, discuss resources and examine challenges. Members of Leadership Council serve as  the main communicators of University business, goals and objectives to internal departments.

Leadership Council Membership

Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD
Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP
President

Danielle Laraque-Arena began as the seventh president of Upstate Medical University Jan. 14, 2016. She is the former Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Vice-President of the Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn and Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine (Investigator Track) and Yeshiva University.

At Maimonidies, Laraque-Arena leads a team of nearly 100 faculty members with either primary care or secondary appointments in her department and another 230 faculty that serve in voluntary positions. Her accomplishments in the past five years include strengthening the teaching and research profile through the recruitment of new faculty, transforming the residency program and significantly increasing first attempt board pass rates and developing new ACGME fellowship programs


Lisa Alexander, JD

Lisa Alexander, JD
Senior Managing Counsel
Office of General Counsel

Ms. Alexander serves as Health Care Counsel for Upstate Medical University and is also the Manager of the Central New York Regional Office of the SUNY Office of General Counsel located at Upstate. Her previous work experience has included representing other SUNY campuses during the more than years she has been employed with SUNY. During the 12 years prior to her at SUNY, Ms. Alexander was a partner in a law firm with an expertise in the field of medical malpractice, representing clients in the State and Federal Court systems. She was also a Law Guardian for over 10 years, representing children in Family Courts in multiple counties in the Albany area.


David Amberg, PhD
David Amberg, PhD
Vice President for Research

Oversees the administration of the Research Enterprise, including facilities, sponsored programs, industry relations, clinical research and the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Strengthening Research.



Dale Avers

Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA
Chair of Faculty Council

Dr. Avers is a professor in the program of Physical Therapy Education and a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a past president of the Section on Geriatrics (now Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy). Avers has been a practicing clinician in geriatrics and outpatient orthopedics for nearly 40 years. The Faculty Council, which Avers chairs, is the body that represents all faculty at Upstate.


Jeffrey A. Bogart, MD

Jeffrey Bogart, MD
Chair, Upstate University Medical Associates of Syracuse
Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Bogart is the Chairman of the SUNY Upstate Medical Department of Radiation Oncology and program director for the radiation oncology residency program. He is also responsible for the management of University Hill Radiation Oncology, a practice with multiple sites that is affiliated with Upstate Medical University.



Lynn Cleary, MD
Lynn Cleary, MD
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Reports to the president and works collaboratively with the Deans on program development and academic infrastructure. Serves as the academic liaison between Upstate and SUNY Central Administration. Assists in the oversight of the Division of Student Affairs, the College of Medicine curriculum, Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Education, as well as the educational infrastructure in the College of Medicine.


Rejesh Dave, MD, MBA
Rajesh Davé, MD, MBA
Dean, Binghamton Clinical Campus

Dr. Davé is responsible for the clinical teaching experience of third and fourth year medical students assigned to Binghamton Campus. He recruits and oversees multiple specialists with full-time, part-time and voluntary faculty status. He is also the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of UHS – Binghamton Based Health Care System.



David Duggan, MD
David Duggan, MD
Senior Vice President and Dean, College of Medicine

Dr. Duggan oversees clinical services at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. He also serves as liaison to other health care organizations in the region. As dean, he is responsible for educational, research, and clinical programs of the College of Medicine and management of its financial resources and space.



Joyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN
Joyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN
Dean, College of Nursing

Dr. Griffin-Sobel leads the CON in its vision of interprofessional education, and state of the art use of technology in teaching.  She has administrative responsibility for the College and its programs, which include bachelor's completion, master's, post-master's, RNFA and doctorate of nursing practice programs. She is involved nationally and internationally with planning for nursing education, and in meeting the needs of citizens in New York State.


Dan Hurley

Dan Hurley
Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations

Mr. Hurley oversees Upstate's relationship with the elected officials and government agencies on the local, state and federal levels.  A registered lobbyist in Albany, he is the campus representative and ombudsman to key community non-profit, economic development and planning bodies.  He builds understanding and support for Upstate's people, programs and initiatives through ongoing advocacy, relationship building and solid communication.  


John McCabe, MD
John McCabe, MD
Senior Vice President for Hospital Affairs
Chief Executive Officer of Upstate University Hospital

Dr McCabe oversees the entire operation of Upstate University Hospital sites and has ultimate administrative responsibility for the Hospital and its ambulatory sites. Hospital COO, CAO CNO, CFO, Medical Director & Chief Quality Officer, the Senior Associate for Community Programming and Development and the Institutional Compliance Officer report directly to him.


Eileen Pezzi, MPA
Eileen Pezzi, MPA
Vice President for Development

Ms. Pezzi oversees the activities of the Foundation for Upstate, including the Alumni Association for the Colleges of Nursing and Health Professions. She is responsible for organizing and implementing multi-year, million dollar capital, annual and endowment campaigns, planned giving, corporate and foundation gift giving, fund management and special events.



Mark Schmitt, PhD
Mark Schmitt, PhD
Dean, College of Graduate Studies

As dean, Dr. Schmitt oversees the College which educates PhD, Masters, and MD/PhD students.



Donald Simpson

Donald Simpson, PhD, MPH
Dean and Professor, College of Health Professions

Dr. Simpson oversees 11 undergraduate and graduate degree programs for more than 160 students, and more than 40 faculty and staff. He serves on Upstate’s Dean’s Council, the Open SUNY Institutional Readiness Task Force, the Upstate Simulation Center Development Project, the College of Health Professions Alumni Association Board of Directors and Dean’s Advisory Council. He also serves on the boards of the Northern Area Health Education Center Inc. and the Upstate Medical University Foundation.


Eric J. Smith
Eric J. Smith, CPA, MBA
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Smith oversees Facilities and Planning, Physical Plant, Information Management and Technology and University Police, as well as serve on various internal and external committees. Additionally, Smith, who served previously as Upstate's assistant vice president for finance, will continue to oversee several other areas, including various state and Research Foundation finance functions, including accounting and budgeting, campus purchasing, accounts payable, contracts, payroll and property management.


Renae Rokicki
Renae Rokicki, MEd
Project and Strategic Planning Administrator

Ms. Rokicki is responsible for the planning and management of the Upstate Strategic Plan. She is a liaison to the Chancellor's Office for the 'Power of SUNY' Strategic Plan and related initiatives. Ms. Rokicki also plans, implements and manages the President's Engaging Excellence process and other cross-representational projects across the campus.



Maxine Thompson

Maxine Thompson, MSW, LCSW-R
Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and
Chief Diversity Officer

Ms. Thompson oversees the planning and implementation of diversity and affirmative action programs at Upstate and ensures organizational compliance with SUNY, state and federal requirements related to equity, diversity and non-discrimination. She helps to educate the Upstate community, raise awareness and prevent discrimination of all kinds. She works closely with the university leadership, faculty, managers and supervisors to develop diversity goals, effective outreach recruitment and screening strategies and monitoring progress of such goals.


Wanda M. Thompson, PhD
Wanda M. Thompson, PhD
Senior Vice President for Operations

Dr. Thompson provides leadership and direction in the development of institutional planning. Her responsibilities include oversight of a variety of integrative operations, including: human resources; library services; public and media relations, community and governmental relations and marketing and university  communications. She also works closely with agencies in Albany and Washington representing Upstate on Medicare and Medicaid issues and on public health policy.


Teresa J. Wagner
Teresa J. Wagner
Chief Information Officer

Ms. Wagner is responsible for planning, implementation and management of information management technology throughout the university in support of the missions of patient care, education and research. She also oversees health information management and clinical engineering for the hospital.



Julie White, PhD
Julie White, PhD
Dean, Student Affairs

Dr. White provides leadership to the dozen functions that make up the Division of Student Affairs. The offices in the Division collaborate to provide service and support to assist students in realizing their potential. Students First! is the guiding philosophy of Dr. White's work.

Upstate University Health System Leadership

Upstate University Hospital has two campuses—the Downtown Campus, and four miles west of downtown Syracuse, its Community Campus. 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.

University Hospital Leadership

John McCabe, MD
John McCabe, MD
Senior Vice President for Hospital Affairs
Chief Executive Officer of Upstate University Hospital

Dr McCabe oversees the entire operation of Upstate University Hospital sites and has ultimate administrative responsibility for the Hospital and its ambulatory sites. Hospital COO, CAO, CMO, CNO, CFO, Medical Director & Chief Quality Officer, the Senior Associate for Community Programming and Development and the Institutional Compliance Officer report directly to him.


Anthony P. Weiss
Anthony P. Weiss, MD MBA
Chief Medical Officer, Upstate University Hospital
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Upstate Medical University

Dr. Weiss is a physician-executive who oversees a number of key clinical initiatives including efforts to promote patient experience and ensure quality of care hospital-wide.



Nancy page
Nancy Page
Chief Nursing Officer

Ms. Page provides executive leadership in the Department of Nursing to promote excellence in nursing practice, professional education/staff development, and research activities. She sets standards and expectations for collaboration and teamwork by promoting an atmosphere of trust and respect.



Stuart Wright
Stuart M. Wright
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Wright is responsible for all financial functions of the hospital including accounting, purchasing, cash management, budgeting, billing and revenue cycle, and managed care contracting. Additionally, he is responsible for patient access areas and central distribution.



Wagner
Teresa J. Wagner
Chief Information Officer

Ms. Wagner is responsible for planning, implementation and management of information management technology throughout the university in support of the missions of patient care, education and research. She also oversees health information management and clinical engineering for the hospital.



David Duggan
David Duggan, MD

Senior Vice President and Dean, College of Medicine

As dean, he is responsible for educational, research, and clinical programs of the College of Medicine and management of its financial resources and space.



Nancy Daoust
Nancy Daoust, CAO
Chief Administrative Officer
Upstate University Hospital Community Campus

In her role as CAO, Ms. Daoust has administrative responsibility for the Community Campus, which includes clinical, operational, and financial oversight.