Meet Our Physicians & Staff

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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

Mark E Polhemus, MD

Mark E Polhemus, MD
Appointed 09/06/11
311 Physicians' Office Building
725 Irving Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-8668

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Medicine: Infectious Disease


Education & Fellowships

  • Additional Training: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, 2004, Tropical Medicine and Travelers Health
  • Fellowship: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, 2004, Infectious Diseases
  • Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1998, Internal Medicine
  • Internship: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1996, Internal Medicine
  • MD: Brown University, 1995
  • Certificate of Advanced Study: Bryn Mawr College, 1991, Pre-Medical
  • BS: University of New Hampshire, 1984, Business Administration with Psychology Minor

Clinical Trials

  • Exploration of Immunologic Mechanisms of Immune Interference and/or Cross-Neutralizing Immunity Following Various Administration Schedules with CYD Tetravalent Dengue Vaccine, a Phase II, Randomized, Open-Label, Single Center Trial in Adults Aged 18-45 Years in the US.
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  • Adults


  • American College of Physicians (ACP)
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygeine (ASTMH)

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Crouse Hospital
  • VA Medical Center

HealthLinkOnAir Radio Interview

2/26/15 Would you volunteer for a dengue fever study?

10/26/12 Dengue fever vaccine trials at Upstate

8/5/12 Upstate's Center for Global Health and Translational Science


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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
Lewis Briot
Lewis Briot, RPA-C, MPAS
Linda Bartlett
Linda Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, NP

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.

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.

Michael Cutillo
Michael Cutillo