Bernadette Riley is currently the director of New York Institute of Technology's Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)/Hypermobility Treatment Center and an associate professor of family medicine at the New York Tech College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a graduate of Fordham University (2001) and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (2005). Riley has a special interest in treating the hypermobile patient; in her current role she directs a multidisciplinary center and is involved in a variety of research projects, presentations, teaching, publications, and grants at the center. She wrote the curriculum and started the EDS 4th year elective (MTFP 890) at the College of Osteopathic Medicine. She lectures locally and nationally on the topic of hypermobility. Riley is interested in nutrition as a treatment option for hypermobile patients and is set to graduate with her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition in 2023. She was inducted into the Alpha Eta National Honor Society, the honor society for the allied health professions. She also received the John J. Theobald Graduate Achievement Award in Clinical Nutrition in May 2023.
Prior to joining the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017, Riley served as program director of the Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship at Mt. Sinai/South Nassau Communities Hospital, core faculty of its Family Medicine Residency and Coordinator of Simulation Medicine. Prior to that, she served as medical director of the Long Beach Group Practice. Riley's postgraduate training started as an ENT/facial plastic surgery intern at the former Union Hospital in New Jersey (2005–2006). She completed two years of residency at the Union Hospital/Newark Beth Israel/St. Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey (2006–2008) before switching specialties. She finished her family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment residency at Long Beach Medical Center in New York (2010), where she served as chief resident (2009–2010) and was named Family Medicine Resident of the Year (2010). Riley is board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine.
Riley has held the academic title of clinical assistant professor at many medical schools, including the Zucker School of Medicine-Hofstra University. She has served as national faculty for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) since 2012 and is a member of its COMAT Family Medicine subcommittee, Blueprint Committee, chair of DEI, and COVID 19 Assessing COVID-19-Related Topics (ACT) Task Force.
In 2017, 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.
Riley has an interest in health policy and has been active in health advocacy for many years. She teaches advocacy to medical students and writes and offers the fourth-year Congressional Health Policy Elective (MTPU850). She the director of the two-year Congressional Health Policy Fellowship (OW). She was elected president of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS) in April 2022 and was reelected in May 2023. She is an alumni of the American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) Training in Policy Studies Fellowship (TIPS Class of 2010). Riley graduated from American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship (OHPF Class of 2020). She is treasurer of the Nassau County Medical Society (NCMS), member at large for the Nassau Academy of Medicine (NAM), and chair of NAM's Education Committee. She is a committee member for the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) Women Physicians and Physician Wellness and Resiliency Committees. In April 2023, she was elected assistant secretary of MSSNY. She has been chair of the Regional Osteopathic Conference (ROC-NY) since 2016. She has served as a delegate for both the AOA's House of Delegates (HOD) since 2010, and as New York Tech's College of Osteopathic Medicine delegate representative for MSSNY's HOD since 2019. Riley is involved in National Committees, including the ACOFP Annual Convention Work Group, has been chair of its National Convention (2020, 2024), and has served on the National Task Forces on Climate Change.
- Winter R, Zahran T, Landman S, Riley B, Cohen MD. Syndrome in a Patient With Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Post-COVID-19 Infection. EP Lab Digest. 2023;23(2):16–18.
- DiFrancisco-Donoghue J, Southard V, Margulies M, Jung MK, Allera A, Riley B. Assessment of gastrointestinal function and its' effect on bone mineral density and body composition in hypermobility spectrum disorder and hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. J Clin Densitom. 2022 Oct-Dec;25(4):536–543. DOI: 10.1016/j.jocd.2022.07.005. Epub 2022 Jul 28. PMID: 35945116.
- Jaramillo N, Malkov D, Riley B, et al. Management of Refractory Symptomatic Premature Ventricular Contractions in a Patient With Louis-Dietz Syndrome Type 3, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus." J Am Coll Cardiol. 2022 Mar, 79 (9_Supplement) 2514. doi.org/10.1016/S0735-1097(22)03505-7.
- Nikakis J, Arora U, Malkov D, wang L, Riley B, Cohen TJ. "The Management and Screening of Familial Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy." J Am Coll Cardiol. 2022 Mar, 79 (9_Supplement) 2616. doi.org/10.1016/S0735-1097(22)03607-5.
- Kennedy, Matthew, Loomba, Katherine, Ghani, Hira and Riley, Bernadette. "The psychological burden associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndromes: a systematic review" Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, vol., no., 2022. doi.org/10.1515/jom-2021-0267.
- Monaco A, Choi D, Uzun S, Maitland A, Riley B. Association of mast-cell-related conditions with hypermobile syndromes: a review of the literature. Immunol Res. 2022 Aug;70(4):419-431. DOI: 10.1007/s12026-022-09280-1. Epub 2022 Apr 21. PMID: 35449490; PMCID: PMC9022617.
- Loomba K, Lin D, Lin W, Riley B. Ocular Manifestations of Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. EMJ Rheumatol. 2022; DOI/10.33590/emjrheumatol/21-00235.
- Makol A, Chokrovorty B, Heller M, Riley B. The Association between hEDS and Other Rheumatologic Diseases. European Medical Journal Nov 2021 EMJ. 2021; DOI/10.33590/emj/21-00078R2
- 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.
- 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. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijwd.2021.01.020.
- 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. 2021 Apr 13;31(2):969–977. DOI: 10.1007/s40670-021-01252-8. PMID: 34457937; PMCID: PMC8368923.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. "The Many Facets of Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome" Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, vol. 120, no. 1, 2020, pp. 30–32. doi.org/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.
- Riley B, (May/June 2019) "Curriculum on Developmental Disabilities in Family Medicine Residency" Osteopathic Family Physician (OFP).
- Riley B. Incorporating a Standardized Online Professionalism Curriculum in Osteopathic Medical School. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2019 Feb 1;119(2):112-115. DOI: 10.7556/jaoa.2019.017. PMID: 30688348.
- Riley B. Using the Flipped Classroom With Simulation-Based Medical Education to Engage Millennial Osteopathic Medical Students. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2018 Oct 1;118(10):673–678. DOI: 10.7556/jaoa.2018.147. PMID: 30264142.
- 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, (2016) "Mandating a Simulation Component to Osteopathic Family Medicine Training" Osteopathic Family Physician (OFP). 8 (2): 34–36.
- 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
Honors and Awards
- John J. Theobald Graduate Achievement Award in Clinical Nutrition (2023), conferred upon a deserving student in the master's program, based on scholarship and outstanding contribution to the college and/or the outside community.
- Alpha Eta Honor Society (2023)
- Irish America, The Healthcare and Life Sciences Top 50 (2022)
- NYSOMS Presidential Award- Dedication to the Profession (2022)
- NYSOMS ROC 2022 Chair Award
- NYITCOM In-House Grant 2020–2021 Winner
- NBOME's 2020 COMAT Clinical Item Writer of the Year
- 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
Courses Taught at New York Tech
- LDB Doctor Patient Relationship (DPR 1 and II)
- Congressional Health Policy Fellowship, Old Westbury
- EDS/Hypermobility 4th year elective- MTFP 890
- Congressional Health Policy 4th year elective- MTPU850