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Joan Caruso

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Joan Caruso, PA-C
Physician Assistant Studies

Ms. Caruso grew up in the southeastern state of Georgia before her career took her to New York State. Her clinical background began with completing an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy Technology. This degree was obtained from Augusta Technical College in the year 2000. She worked as a Respiratory Therapist for several years at the Medical College of Georgia as well as at Doctor’s Hospital in their Burn unit before answering the call to become a Physician Assistant.

Her bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies was obtained from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY in the year 2005. Since then she has practiced as a Hospitalist PA-C at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, NY as well as a Ventilator Weaning Unit PA-C at Highland Hospital prior to moving to Ogdensburg, NY with her husband and two yellow Labrador retrievers. During this time frame she also precepted students from various PA programs in and around Rochester. Starting in 2008 she began practice as a sole Hospitalist PA within a budding Hospitalist program at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, providing care to inpatients within the ICU, medical floors, mental health unit, and acute rehab unit.

During 2010 she began the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies program through the University of Nebraska and completed the degree in 2011. This fueled her interest in teaching within a PA program. She began to precept students from the Clarkson University PA program in 2013. This led to her participation as adjunct faculty at Clarkson University when she began to assist with PBL and Patient Assessment lab one day a week. She joined the Clarkson PA faculty as a full time professor in June 2014. Her areas of interest include internal medicine, pulmonology, intensive care, and emergency medicine. She enjoys using SimMan to demonstrate real-life scenarios and case studies to the students.

Ms. Caruso is nationally certified and licensed to practice medicine in New York State. She is a member of AAPA, Claxton Hepburn Medical Staff, and sits on several committees at Clarkson University. She enjoys running, biking, reading, and travel-as well as spending quality time with her husband, son and daughter, and her two hairy children, Indiana and Moose.