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Paul S. Cohen M.D. Syracuse Medical Office
Paul S. Cohen, M.D.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Dr. Cohen received his B.A. degree from Syracuse University and his M.D. from Downstate Medical Center in New York City. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Boston City Hospital, Brigham's and Women's hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. In 1980, following a career in academic medicine at Harvard Medical School and SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Cohen began his private practice in Syracuse. Dr. Cohen is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the Onondaga County Medical Society. He continues as a clinical professor of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, where he has taught medical students and residents since 1977. In 2005, as part of his continued commitment to providing medical education to physicians in training, Dr. Cohen served as a visiting professor of Internal Medicine at the Royal College or Surgeons in Dublin. In 2007, Dr. Cohen was selected by his peers through a national rating organization as one of the Best Doctors in America. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Cohen has authored many medical journal articles and has lectured widely to his colleagues and to the general public within the area of internal medicine. His areas of special interest are differential diagnosis, preventative medicine including the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, osteoporosis, and the maintenance of wellness. Dr. Cohen greatly enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor activities such as jogging, rollerblading, and skiing.

Paul S. Cohen M.D. Syracuse Medical Office
Mark Stever, P.A.

Mark is a lifelong resident of Central New York and has been a board certified Physician Assistant for nearly 20 years.  He received a B.S. degree in Biology with his Physician Assistant Certificate from LeMoyne College where he graduated in 2002.  For the first seven years of his career he worked at two Urgent Care centers in Liverpool and Fayetteville, New York.  He later joined a Gastroenterology practice in Auburn, New York with both in-patient and out-patient experience; gastrointestinal medicine has remained one of his special interests in his current medical practice.  Starting in 2012, he joined a Family Medicine group in Liverpool, New York.  Mark has maintained an affiliation with the LeMoyne College Physician Assistant program as a clinical preceptor.   His current medical practice focuses largely on preventive medicine and he is also experienced at performing minor office-based surgical procedures. Outside the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar and is an avid outdoorsman.

Paul S. Cohen M.D. Syracuse Medical Office
Melissa Spencer, PA

Melissa is a graduate of Upstate Medical University and a Board-Certified Physician Assistant. After a near decade career as a Respiratory Therapist in Cooperstown, NY, Melissa completed her PA degree and worked as a pulmonary specialist for CNY Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine in Syracuse, NY. There she developed her expertise in the diagnosis and management of conditions of the lungs, airways, chest wall sleep disorders, such as asthma allergies, emphysema chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, and sleep disordered breathing. The variety of her career experiences, and her commitment to caring for patients have led to her passion for primary care and is excited to join our group. When she is not at work enjoying her patients and coworkers, she is surrounded by family, friends, fur babies and good food. She is an avid traveler and, on the weekends, can be found enjoying the outdoors.

Paul S. Cohen M.D. Syracuse Medical Office
Paige Gordon, PA

Paige Gordon is a Syracuse native and a Board-Certified Physician Assistant who received her degree from Upstate Medical University. Prior to her graduate studies she obtained degrees in Psychology and English Literature at SUNY Geneseo and maintains special interest in these areas. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Before becoming a PA student, Paige had experience as a CNA which provided her with invaluable hands-on experience with patients. That experience, the opportunity to create long-term connections with patients and to be directly involved in their care is what drew her to a career in primary care. In her free time, Paige enjoys art, theater (both as a viewer and performer!), taking long walks with her dog, yoga, and gardening.

Paul S. Cohen M.D. Syracuse Medical Office
Joanna Woodruff, N.P.

A lifelong resident of New York, Joanna Woodruff is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner in Adult-Gerontology. She has over 30 years' experience in various health care settings including nephrology, health coaching, acute care, home care case management, emergency medicine and perioperative nursing. Joanna has a passion for health care delivery as well as for teaching. In her last role she provided care to dialysis patients in clinic, and chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients in the office setting. She also provided CKD Education to both patients and families. She has served as a Health Coach for the family practice of St. Joseph's Health, assisting patients and families in the management of chronic illness and the promotion of patient centered care. Joanna completed her post master's degree in Adult-Gerontology at Keuka College and holds a Master's Degree in Nursing Education She is currently a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association. In her leisure time, Joanna enjoys baking, hiking with her family and painting.