Dr. Riley, a graduate of Fordham University (2001) and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (2005), started her training as an ENT/Facial Plastic surgery intern and completed two years of residency at Union Hospital/Newark Beth Israel/St. Barnabas Medical Center before switching specialties. She finished her Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment residency at Long Beach Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident, and was awarded Family Medicine Resident of the Year. Dr. Riley is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
Dr. Riley became the Director of New York Institute of Technology's Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)/Hypermobility Treatment Center in August 2018. Before joining NYITCOM as an Associate Professor in October 2017, she served as Program Director of the Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship at South Nassau Communities Hospital, where she was also core faculty of their Family Medicine Residency and Coordinator of Simulation Medicine. Prior to that, she served as Medical Director of the Long Beach Group Practice and faculty attending physician at Long Beach Medical Center.
Dr. Riley has held past academic titles of Clinical Assistant Professor at Hofstra/Northwell School of Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ross University School of Medicine, and American University of Antigua School of Medicine. She serves as national faculty for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and is a member of their 2020–2021 COMAT Family Medicine subcommittee and is a member of the NBOME’s Assessing COVID 19 (ACT) Topics Task Force.
In 2017, Dr. Riley achieved an Academic Qualification in International Medicine and Public Health from the Institute for International Medicine. In 2016, she became a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (FACOFP). In 2013 she was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership in Medicine (FILM) and ACOFP's Physician Leadership Institute and became a Certified Physician Leader. In 2010, she completed the Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) Fellowship. She has completed the ACOFP's Future Leaders series and served as a Future Leader Mentor. In December 2020 Dr. Riley graduated from AACOM’s Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship (OHPF).
Dr. Riley has an interest in health policy and advocacy and serves as Vice President of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS). She is on the Executive Committee for the Nassau County Medical Society (NCMS), and is a Board of Trustee for Nassau Academy of Medicine (NAM). She is a committee member for Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) Women Physicians and Physician Wellness and Resiliency Committees. She has been Chair of the Regional Osteopathic Conference (ROC-NY) since 2016 and has served as a delegate for the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates (HOD) from 2010-2020, and as NYITCOM’s delegate representative for MSSNY HOD since 2019. She is a national committee member of ACOFP’s Women's Leadership, Health & Wellness, Annual Convention Work Group committee. Dr. Riley served as Chair of ACOFP's Virtual 2020 National Convention.
Dr. Riley has a special interest in treating the hypermobile patient. She directs a multidisciplinary center for this specific population at the New York Institute of Technology Academic Healthcare Center. She is involved in a variety of research projects, presentations, publications and grants at the Center. Dr. Riley is interested in Nutrition in the hypermobile patient, and is currently enrolled in a MS program in Clinical Nutrition. Dr. Riley implemented, hosted, moderated, and presented at New York Tech's Annual EDS/Hypermobile Patient and Provider Symposium since 2018, with the next one scheduled for a Virtual Event on October 26, 2021.
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)/Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders
- Clinical Nutrition
- Medical Education, Academic Medicine, Family Medicine, Medical Simulation, Health Policy, Physician Leadership
- Parducci C, Riley B, Edimo C, Wong S, Riley B (2021) Respiratory Complications in Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: A Systematic Review. J Pulm Med Respir Res 7: 066. https://www.heraldopenaccess.us/openaccess/respiratory-complications-in-patients-with-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-a-systematic-review
- Edimo CO, Wajsberg JR, Wong S, Nahmias ZP, Riley BA. The dermatological aspects of hEDS in women, International Journal of Women's Dermatology, June 2021,ISSN 2352-6475, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijwd.2021.01.020 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352647521000228
- Atlas AM, Seltzer ES, Watters A, Riley B, Chan T. A Global Perspective of Mentorship in Medical Schools: Systematic Review from 2014 to 2019. Med.Sci.Educ. April 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40670-021-01252-8, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40670-021-01252-8#citeas
- Levy AR, Nnam M, Gudesblatt M, Riley B. An Investigation of Headaches in Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Ann Psychiatr Clin Neurosci. 2020; 3(3): 1034. http://www.remedypublications.com/annals-of-psychiatry-and-clinical-neuroscience-abstract.php?aid=6216
- Bernadette Riley, DO, FACOFP, FILM, Todd J. Cohen, MD, FACC, Hallie Zwibel, DO, MPH, FAAFP, and Willis Lin, OMS. “Disaster Management During the COVID 19 Pandemic: A Closer Look at Managing Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobile Patients”. Osteopathic Family Physician, Vol. 12, no. 4, June 2020, pp. 10-12, https://ofpjournal.com/index.php/ofp/article/view/672.
- Riley, B. (2020) The Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, Osteopathic Family Physician. Vol. 12 No. 1 (2020): January/February 2020; pages 26-29. DOI: 10.33181/12013
- Riley, B. (2020) The Many Facets of Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2020, Vol. 120, 30-32. DOI: 10.7556/jaoa.2020.012
- Cohen T.J., Riley B., Choi D., Bitterman A., Zwibel H., & Bono N.A. (2019). Cardiology and electrophysiology considerations of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and variants, including hypermobile syndromes. EP Lab Digest, 19(11), 25-27. Retrieved from https://www.eplabdigest.com/cardiology-and-electrophysiology-considerations-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-and-variants-including-hypermobile-syndromes
- Riley B, (May/June 2019) “Curriculum on Developmental Disabilities in Family Medicine Residency” Osteopathic Family Physician (OFP)
- Riley B. (2019) Incorporating a Standardized Online Professionalism Curriculum in Osteopathic Medical School. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2019;119(2):112–115. DOI: 10.7556/jaoa.2019.017
- Riley B. (Oct 2018) “Using the flipped classroom with simulation-based medical education to engage millennial osteopathic medical students” J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2018; 118(11):673-678. DOI: 10.7556/jaoa.2018.147
- Riley B, (Jan/Feb 2018) “Patients and Doctors- Facebook Friends” Letter to the editor - Osteopathic Family Physician (OFP) 10(1):30-31. DOI: 10.1016/ofp.v10i1.536
- Riley B, Riley G, (2017) Online and Simulation Based Professionalism Modules for Osteopathic and Allopathic Physicians J Gen Pract. 5(6):337. DOI: 10.4172/2329-9126.1000337
- Riley B, Riley G. (2017) “Using Simulation to Assist in treating the patient who is Transgender” Journal of Medical Education and Training. 1, 19-20.
- Riley B, Riley G. (2017) “Innovation in graduate medical education - using a competency based medical education curriculum” International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 23, 36-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2016.07.001
- Riley B. (2017) “A Time to Heal” Narrateur REFLECTIONS ON CARING - Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Art and Literary Review, Issue 6 page 14-15.
- Riley B, (2016) “Mandating a Simulation Component to Osteopathic Family Medicine Training” Osteopathic Family Physician (OFP). 8 (2): 32-26. DOI: 10.1016/ofp.v8i2.440
- Riley B, (2015) “Using Simulation-Based Medical Education to Meet the Competency Requirements for the Single Accreditation System” J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2015; 115(8):504-508. DOI: 10.7556/jaoa.2015.104
- Riley B, (2014) “Need for Standardized Professionalism Training in the Osteopathic Family Practice Residency Training” Letter to the Editor - Osteopathic Family Physician (OFP). 6(3): 42-44.
- Riley B et al, (2011) “Pain Health Policy Brief” in Osteopathic Family Physician. 3(4):161-166. DOI: 10.1016/j.osfp.2010.08.002
Recent Media Quotes
- A Day in the Life of a DO: Dr. Bernadette Riley
- Sparking Students’ Passion in Research
- COVID-19 updates: Tales from New York City
- Establishing empathy via telemedicine (slide 6)
- NYIT's Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome & Hypermobility Center Approach to Care During COVID-19 Pandemic
Honors and Awards
- NYITCOM In-House Grant 2020-2021 Winner
- NBOME’s 2020 COMAT Clinical Item Writer of the Year
- AACOM Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship- Class of 2019-2020
- Medical expert on The Mighty's "What Is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?" and "Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Support Resources," articles.
- NYSOMS 2019 President’s Award – Roc NY Chair Award – April 2019
- The Medical Society of the County of Kings and Richmond County and the Academy of Medicine of Brooklyn Award of Excellence, March 2019
- INMED Academic Qualification in International Medicine and Public Health, Institute for International Medicine, May 28, 2017
- Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (FACOFP), inducted April 7, 2016
- Certificate of Appreciation, Committee Co-Chair of Regional Osteopathic Conference NY, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Fellow Award, ACOFP, April 2016
- "Guardian of the Profession," AOA 2013
- Certified Physician Leader of the ACOFP, 2013
- Recognized as the ACOFP's "Future Young Leader in the Osteopathic Medical Field," 2012, and Mentor, 2014
- Long Beach Medical Center Resident of the Year, 2009-2010
- Certified Physician Leader, October 1, 2013
- Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) Fellowship, 2010
Courses Taught at New York Tech
- LDB Doctor Patient Relationship (DPR 1 and II)
- LDB Case-Based Learning (CBL I)
- Congressional Health Policy Fellowship, Old Westbury
- EDS/Hypermobility 4th year elective
- Congressional Health Policy 4th year elective