Master Clinicians is a continuing medical education (CME) company for the next generation of medical clinicians (Physicians, PAs and NPs) by hiring the best teaching talent (our Master Clinicians Mentors) and by utilizing various learning vehicles and platform including live conference events, workshops, online learning, webinars and podcasts.
Master Clinicians education focuses on topics and workshops helpful for many emerging and new hybrid medical fields such as urgent care medicine, telemedicine, occupational medicine and hospitalist medicine. Clinicians in emergency medicine, primary care, family practice looking to enter these new fields will find the education useful to improve quality, patient experience and their personal own earning power.
Behind the scenes
Dr. David Shih is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician, and was the co-founder and former CMO and EVP of Strategy for CityMD. Dr. Shih completed his residency training for Emergency Medicine at Long Jewish Medical Center and worked as an attending physician in Northwell’s emergency room at Huntington Hospital, serving both the adult and pediatric population.
In 2010, he brought his expertise and compassionate care to CityMD serving as their first Chief Medical Officer until 2017. Dr. Shih has created CityMD’s Academy training services and their Aftercare services which are two operational key CityMD differentiators from the urgent care industry. In 2016, Dr. Shih helped achieved NCQA-PCCC Recognition for CityMD and, in 2017, UCAOA Accreditation for all sites. In 2017-2018, Dr. Shih and team worked with multiple insurance companies and health systems to create value based urgent care programs and ER reduction cost savings programs.
He is a thought leader in the urgent care industry and frequent guest speaker at universities, conferences and events. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and member of the American Association of Physician Leaders (AAPL), Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He received his undergraduate degree in BioChemistry from Binghamton University and his Medical Degree from SUNY Downstate.
Gino Farina, MD, FACEP +Professor of Emergency Medicine and Science EducationAssistant Dean for Clinical Preparation for Residency at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Dr. Gino Farina is board certified in Emergency Medicine, and is currently a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Science Education, and the Assistant Dean for Clinical Preparation for Residency at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Long Island, New York. At Zucker he is core faculty in the communications, physical diagnosis, electrocardiography and clinical reasoning curriculum.
As core faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center at Northwell, Dr. Farina served as the Associate Residency Program Director for seven years and Program Director for sixteen years, helping to turn hundreds of emergency medicine residents into board-certified ER physicians now practicing across the nation.
Dr. Farina's academic Interests include medical education, research and assessment, medical Spanish, and global health in Latin American countries. He is actively involved in global health initiatives and in training sessions for medical providers in Mexico, Peru and now Ecuador, where, with a group of other physicians from Northwell, he will soon be teaching basic emergency medicine skills – including radiographic interpretation, electrocardiography, the approach to common conditions and clinical reasoning – to recent medical school graduates.
Dr. Farina will be sharing his art of electrocardiogram and X-ray interpretation during Master Clinicians courses.✕
Maureen Regan, PA-C +PresidentNew York State Society of Physician Assistant (NYSSPA)
Maureen Regan received her MBA in Executive Management from St. John's University in 2003 and her BS from St. John's in 1985. She received her Physician Assistant Certificate from Bayley Seton Hospital, a St. John's University affiliate, also in 1985. She began her career at Catholic Medical Centers, Mary Immaculate Division in the Department of Surgery, rising through the ranks as Supervisor and then Assistant Director of the Physician Assistant Department which employed over 140 PA's in many clinical specialties. This administrative structure and utilization of PA's was very progressive in its time. In her role as Assistant Director, she was instrumental in the application to NYSED for the creation of the Catholic Medical Centers Physician Assistant Training Program, what is known today as St. Johns University Physician Assistant Program. Maureen served as Clinical Coordinator and Interim Program Director of CMC's PA Program, leaving in 2000.
She has served as the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, LI, with oversight for hundreds of medical students, residents and fellows and had a faculty appointment at Stony Brook School of Medicine. In 2010, she moved to hospital operations, responsible for the strategic growth and development of Surgical Subspecialties (Urology, Ophthalmology, Podiatry, Otolaryngology, etc).In 2018 she assumed the position of Ambulatory Surgery Administrator at ProHEALTH responsible for their interdisciplinary Ambulatory Surgery operation.
In addition to her clinical experience as a Surgery and Trauma PA, Maureen has experience in the area of Occupational Medicine, having worked in medical facilities at John F Kennedy and La Guardia Airports. Her experience working with an international community afforded her the opportunity to co-author several publications on body-packers, efforts that were published and/or presented in national and international forums such as European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology, Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists and the Radiological Society of North America. She is humbled and honored to have served a year serving those involved in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero.
Maureen has served in numerous leadership roles in professional organizations and is a Past President and President-Elect of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants and is a delegate to the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and The Energeia Partnership Class of 2008, a Long Island Academy for Regional Stewardship. She is a past Board Member of Girls, Inc., LI ad serves on the American Red Cross of LI Gala Committee.✕
Edward Giarrusso, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA +Emergency Medicine Physician AssistantClinical Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Physician Assistant Education Stony Brook University
Professor Edward Giarrusso received his Bachelors Degree as a physician assistant from Touro College in 1982. Since graduation, he has worked in emergency medicine and worked in two of the largest Level 1 trauma centers on Long Island; North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, and Stony Brook University Medical Center.
Professor Giarrusso has helped to educate emergency medicine residents at both institutions and was a preceptor for physician assistant students rotating through the department of emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center.
After 18 years in clinical practice, he joined the Stony Brook University faculty as a clinical assistant professor. In August 2001, he received his Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska in Physician Assistant Studies with a specialization in Emergency Medicine. In April of 2008 he was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Physician Assistants, one of only about 1250 PA's in the nation.
Professor Giarrusso is currently teaching multiple courses at the PA program at Stony Brook University and his primary clinical responsibilities are in Pediatric Preceptorship, and Orthopedic Clerkship, as well as assisting in both the Emergency Medicine and Surgery rotations. He is co-advisor to the PA program student society and Chair of the School of Health Technology and Management Curriculum Committee.
Professor Giarrusso has co-authored several publications in the Annals of Emergency Medicine and American Journal of Emergency Medicine, based on research completed during the time he worked in the Emergency Department at Stony Brook University Medical Center, and a poster presentation at the American Society of Emergency Physicians Annual conference. From his medical mission experiences he has presented a poster at the NYSSPA Annual Conference (2011) and the AAFPA Annual Conference (2011).✕
Rupal Bhingradia, MD, FAAFP +Family Practice Physician & Medical DirectorNew York Doctors Urgent CareBoard Member, NY State AAFP
Dr. Rupal Bhingradia is a board certified Family Medicine physician. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She received her medical degree from St. Georges University and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. Currently she works as the medical director at New York Doctors Urgent Care. She is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and was the New Physician delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates in 2018. She is a current board member of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP) and sits on their Leadership Commission. She became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2018.✕
Frank Illuzzi, MD, FACEP +Chief Medical OfficerCityMD Urgent Care
Dr. Frank Illuzzi is a practicing board-certified Physician in Emergency Medicine, and is currently the Chief Medical Officer at CityMD, a regional urgent care group with 120 locations throughout the New York City metro area.
Prior to joining CityMD, Dr. Illuzzi was the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT, and held an academic appointment as Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Frank Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. During his tenure in hospital based care he served in numerous clinical, academic, and leadership roles.
Dr. Illuzzi has published articles and textbook chapters in his various areas of academic interest, with his current focus on population health issues, specifically Public Health Screenings such as Tobacco cessation intervention, Hypertension awareness, Pediatric asthma, and Diabetes screening in alternative settings like the ER and the Urgent Care clinic.
He is also a sought after lecturer for national medical conferences on topics that include: Quality and Patient Safety, Antibiotic Stewardship, Physician Leadership, Patient Throughput and Workflow, and Delivering on the Patient Experience.
Dr. Illuzzi was born in Brooklyn, NY. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Long Island Jewish/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he received the honor of Chief Resident. He completed a fellowship with AHA/NPSF in Patient Safety Leadership in 2009.
Dr. Illuzzi currently resides in Fairfield, CT, with his lovely wife, Laura, and two beautiful daughters, Julia and Cecilia. His interests include jazz music, gardening, fishing, and glass-blowing.✕