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Our Physician Assistants

What is a Physician Assistant?

A physician assistant (commonly called a PA) is a skilled professional, qualified by academic and practical experience to provide complete medical care under the supervision of a physician. Physician assistants undergo intensive education at major medical centers and are trained to perform physical exams, diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses, order and interpret tests, provide counseling for preventive health care, perform minor surgical procedure, and prescribe medications. After a successful completion of an American Medical Association accrediting program, a physician assistant is certified by passing a national board examination. Afterwards, continued medical education and a recertification examination are required to maintain national certification.

Dedicated Pediatric Professionals

Our physician assistants, Susan Amster, Sue Marie DeMelis, and Heather Buccigross, are dedicated pediatric professionals. They have years of experience diagnosing and treating common and uncommon medical problems, responding to emergencies, and advising and communicating with families. When your child sees a physician assistant, you can be confident that you are in the care of an outstanding clinician who can either be your child’s primary medical provider or work with your physician. Our physicians and physician assistants work together to ensure that we have flexible scheduling and can be responsive to urgent care and after-hours needs.