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Associate Professor and Chair
Dr. Salvatore Barese is Chair of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Connecticut State University, and attended the Yale University School of Medicine's Physician Associate program, graduating in 1979. He received his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in 2004, specializing in health care education. After graduating from the Yale PA program, Dr. Barese began working at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital as a clinician, educator, researcher, and administrator. He is the founding director of the NYIT Physician Assistant Studies Department, and under his leadership the program has become a premier Physician Assistant educational program.
Dr. Barese is the project director of a Health Resources and Services Administration Expansion of Physician Assistant Training grant. The purpose of the grant is to increase student enrollment in primary care Physician Assistant programs and graduates planning to practice primary care specialties.
Dr. Barese has continuously demonstrated a commitment to clinical and educational research. A focus of his recent educational research has involved studies on predictors of Physician Assistant student success. As a teacher, he has shown a strong interest in innovative teaching methodologies and has studied and used problem-based learning. In 2002, Dr. Barese was awarded the Teacher of the Year by the New York State Society of Physician Assistants in recognition of his commitment to the goals of the physician assistant profession.
In addition to educational research, he has a strong interest in clinical research topics related to education, infectious disease, bioterrorism, wound care, skin diseases, and injuries. He has written numerous publications and has given national and state presentations on a variety of clinical topics. His most recent publication in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants is titled "Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome Update." Early in his career as a physician assistant, he contributed to a chapter in the book Emerging Roles of Physician Assistants in Alternatives in Health Care Delivery by Reginald D. Carter and Henry B. Perry (1983).
Plans for future investigations include a study on predictors of student academic performance using data from several institutions, case/problem-based instruction, improving awareness among physician assistants on issues related to bioterrorism, the evaluation of the effectiveness of innovative teaching methodologies including those using technology, selected topics in infectious disease, and administrative issues related to Physician Assistant programs.
Dr. Barese has held numerous professional organization positions including president of the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants, and is currently Chair of the Governance Committee of the Physician Assistant Education Association. He retired in 2002 from the United States Army with the rank of major after serving on active duty and in the Connecticut National Guard.