Patricia E. Happel graduated Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences in 2003 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. She received her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 from the New York Institute of Technologys College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM) in Old Westbury, NY. Dr. Happel successfully completed her traditional rotating internship and family medicine residency at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, NY. She was privileged to provide outpatient medical care in the Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center in Wyandanch, NY during her tenure at Good Samaritan. Dr. Happel was appointed Chief Resident of the Family Medicine Department for 2010-2011 and was awarded the Paul S. Mandala "Resident of the Year" Special Achievement upon residency graduation in 2011.

Upon graduation from residency, she worked in private practice for "Heart and Health" with a well-respected cardiologist in Suffolk County, NY. She was integral in developing and implementing an affiliation with Mount Sinai of Queens, to provide her patients with access to diabetic educators and certified nutritionists in her office.

Dr. Happel is Board Certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. She passed an additional board certification and is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Happel is certified as a Skilled Item-Writer for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and serves nationally on the American College of Family Physicians (ACOFP) Committee on Public Health and Wellness and the Committee on Osteopathic Principles and Practices. She also serves as a Peer Reviewer for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).

Dr. Happel is dedicated to the education of her students and her patients. She is particularly passionate and invested in the fight against obesity and obesity related illnesses. She is devoted to educating and motivating her patients to adopt and succeed in lifestyle modifications, by promoting healthy eating habits and physical activity.

Recent Projects/Research

  • NYIT IRB Protocol Number BHS-1153. “Fit-Physicians”. Co-Investigator
  • NYIT IRB Protocol Number BHS-1214. “Nutrition and Exercise Self-Efficacy in Relation to Patient Satisfaction and Opinions of Physician Empathy”. Principal Investigator
  • NYIT IRB Protocol Number BHS-964. “Assessing Type II Diabetic Patient’s Knowledge of Diabetes in Association with Race, Level of Education and Health Literacy in a Primary Care Setting”. Co-Investigator
  • NYIT IRB Protocol Number BHS-1194. “Prospective Cohort Study: Hepatitis C Screening in the Primary Care Setting”. Co-Investigator
  • "Assessing Type II Diabetic Patients Knowledge of Diabetes in Association with Race, Level of Education, and Health Literacy in a Primary Care Setting."
    • Co-Investigator
    • NYIT IRB Protocol Number BHS-964
  • "Physician Faculty Development in Primary Care Program – Primary Care Training and Enhancement."
    • Trainee
    • HRSA-11-154; Grant Award Number D55HP23200

Honors & Awards

  • Future Leader of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, 2014.

Courses I Teach/Have Taught at NYIT

  • Cardiovascular System
    • Also served as Course Director
  • Doctor Patient Relationship
    • Also served as Coordinator
  • Respiratory System
  • Gastrointestinal System

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