Meet Our Physicians & Staff


photo of Physicians' Office Building
Designated AIDS Center Clinic
Physicians' Office Building
Map & directions
Suite 211
725 Irving Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-5533
Fax: 315 464-5579

Donald C Blair, MD
Donald C Blair, MD
315 464-5533
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Infectious Diseases; Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea; Antibiotic-Resistant Infections; Bacterial Meningitis in Adults; Bladder Infection; Bone Infection; more
Education: Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Research Interests: Renal function in HIV disease. Tachycardia in HIV infected patients. Antibiotic Pharmacokinetic. Antibiotic stewardship.
Clinical Interests: HIV care. Infectious Diseases consultation. Tuberculosis control: Onondaga County Health Department.

Timothy P Endy, MD, MPH
Timothy P Endy, MD, MPH
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Infectious Diseases; Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea; Antibiotic-Resistant Infections; Bacterial Meningitis in Adults; Bladder Infection; more
Education: Uniformed Services University, F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests: Understanding the epidemiology and pathogenesis of viral hemorrhagic and encephalitic arboviruses and host-vector interactions.

Tasaduq N Fazili, MBBS
Tasaduq N Fazili, MBBS
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Infectious Diseases; Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea; Antibiotic-Resistant Infections; Bacterial Meningitis in Adults; Bladder Infection; more
Education: Govt Medical College, Srinagar, India
Associations/Memberships: Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA); American College of Physicians (ACP); American Medical Association; Oklahoma State Medical Association

Waleed Javaid, MD
Waleed Javaid, MD
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Infectious Diseases; Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea; Antibiotic-Resistant Infections; Bacterial Meningitis in Adults; Bladder Infection; more
Education: Allama Iqbal Medical College, University of Punjab, Pakistan
Research Interests:

-Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

Education Interests:

-Fever physiology and cytokines

Clinical Interests:

-Antimicrobial Resistence
-Influenza
-Syndromic Surveillance

Associations/Memberships: American Medical Association; American College of Physicians (ACP); Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

Mark E Polhemus, MD
Mark E Polhemus, MD
315 464-8668
Education: Brown University
Associations/Memberships: American College of Physicians (ACP); American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygeine (ASTMH)

Support Staff

A team of qualified support staff assist our physicians in all aspects of a patient's medical care including scheduling, assisting with diagnostic testing, education and teaching, assisting with direct patient care, assisting with billing, and being available to answer generalized questions and concerns.

DAC Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

A nurse practitioner functions both independently and in conjunction with the physicians in our outpatient location in order to perform evaluation and management services for patients referred for the diagnosis and treatment of HIV/ AIDS.

Theresa Feola
Theresa Feola, RN, FNP-C
Lorraine Padden
Lorraine Padden, RN, NP
Lewis Briot
Lewis Briot, RPA-C, MPAS

DAC Clinic Nursing Staff

Our registered nurses assist primarily with the care of patients in the outpatient setting. The nurses are available to respond to specific patient questions, provide ongoing patient education, and provide support to the physicians.

Missy Albert
Missy Albert, RN

Linda Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN/NP student
Shannon Huggins
Shannon Huggins, CMA

DAC Social Workers

The DAC social workers have both inpatient and outpatient responsibilities. The LMSW's complete psychosocial assessments and annual updates on each patient. The social workers assist patients with identifying problems that impact their daily lives and help them come up with strategies to resolve those issues. The social workers are an integral part of each patient's treatment team; they work closely with the nurse practitioners and physicians.

Kelley Flood
Kelley Flood, LMSW,
DAC Assistant Program Director
Lois Needham
Lois Needham, LMSW
Patricia Woodruff
Patricia Woodruff, LMSW

Ryan White Grant Staff

Brian Amidon
Brian Amidon, LMSW
Marilyn Brown-Shakir
Marilyn Brown-Shakir, MSW, CASAC
Cheryl Palmer
Cheryl Palmer, LMSW
Terry Podolak
Terry Podolak, RD
Melissa Napierkowski
Melissa Napierkowski, BS,
DAC Program Assistant
Martha Rodriguez
Martha Rodriguez, Human Services Associate,
Mental Health Case Manager

Licensed Practical Nurses

Our LPN works in the Treatment Adherence Program. The role of the TAP LPN is to provide patient education and assistance to overcome barriers that impact participation in medical care and treatment. The primary focus of TAP services is to help patients understand the importance of the medications they are taking. The LPN will address any concerns or limitations that may prevent patients from taking medications as prescribed.

Alza Johnson
Alza Johnson, LPN
Treatment Adherence Program Staff

Administrative and Secretarial Staff

Our Secretarial staff, function as schedulers and receptionists.

Mary Bligh
Mary Bligh, Outpatient Administrative Specialist
Michael Cutillo
Michael Cutillo