Physician assistants at Adirondack Health earn specialty certifications

SARANAC LAKE – Five physician assistants on the Adirondack Health Medical Staff are among a small group in their field to earn a specialty credential from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Howard Glass, Dave Griffin, Dana Van Dorn, Matt Hinge and Marc Bisceglia each earned a Certificate of Added Qualifications in emergency medicine. In addition to their certification as physician assistants, these distinctions are earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing an exam in the specialty. Other physician assistants at Adirondack Health who have earned the certification include William Marinis and Roy “Skip” Parker. All of the certified practitioners work in the emergency department for Adirondack Health.

“The additional specialty training received by these individuals is clear evidence of our medical staff’s dedication and commitment to high standards of care and outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. A.J. Dowidowicz, medical director for the Adirondack Health Emergency Department.

Certified physician assistants are licensed and certified health care professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision and bring a breadth of knowledge and skills to patient care. Though their role in any particular workplace is determined in consultation with the supervising physician, certified physician assistants take medical histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative care, assist in surgery, perform a variety of procedures and write prescriptions.

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