This blog is meant to be a guide to what’s happening all over the Upstate Medical University campus, from the halls of academia, to the research laboratories and throughout the patient treatment areas of the hospitals. You will find entries about health and medical topics that feature health care providers, staff members, professors, scientists, patients and others who are in some way touched by Upstate. You can also turn to this blog for breaking news involving Upstate, and commentary from Upstate experts on important medical news.

About Amber Smith

Amber Smith in Setnor Hall. Photo by Susan Kahn.

Amber Smith in Setnor Hall. Photo by Susan Kahn.

The lead contributor is 25-year  veteran journalist Amber Smith, who covered this institution during her tenure at Syracuse’s daily newspaper, The Post-Standard. Early in her career, she worked as a volunteer paramedic. Later, she earned a master’s degree in Health Services Management and Policy. She strives for a healthy lifestyle through running, yoga and Weight Watchers. Reach her by email at smithamb@upstate.edu or by phone at 315-464-4822.

About Susan Cole

Susan Cole is the social media director at Upstate Medical University. She is a Central New York native, raised on a farm 30 minutes north of Syracuse. Her career began in the trenches of public relations and marketing communications agencies in New York City and Rochester, NY. She has worked on integrated communications programs in a range of industries– from the fine arts to agribusiness. Currently, she focuses on social communications and how people use digital platforms to share information. To stay healthy, Susan enjoys pilates, playing with her kids and Weight Watchers recipes (she’s a Lifetime Member!) She resides in her hometown of Fulton, NY with her husband and children.

About Darcy DiBiase

dibiaseDarcy is the Assistant Director of Marketing at Upstate, working primarily to promote the services within the Upstate Health System.  With more than 10 years ad agency experience, she is a champion of small local businesses and large health care enterprises alike.

Darcy and her husband are proud to be born and raised in Central New York.  As a mom of two, she’s also a bit of an action-aholic: cheering from the sidelines for her kid’s activities, teaching group fitness at a local gym or competing in triathlons.

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