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Two UBMD certified physician assistants receive national recognition

Published July 24, 2017

Two certified physician assistants, Samuel J. Ali, PA-C, and Mark Turoldo, PA-C, have been nationally recognized for earning a specialty credential in their field.

“Certified PAs increase access to care for patients in every specialty and clinical setting, including those that are historically underserved.”
Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, President and CEO of NCCPA

Ali and Turoldo earned a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Emergency Medicine from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). This distinction is earned by meeting licensure, experience and substantial medical education requirements, as well aspassing a national exam in the specialty.

Both physician assistants are UBMD Emergency Medicine providers. Ali works in emergency medicine at Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo. Turoldo works in emergency medicine at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville.

“Certified PAs are prepared and proven providers who contribute real value to the healthcare of this nation,” says Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “They graduate from demanding masters-level programs, pass a rigorous certification exam, and maintain certification at the highest level through continuing medical education programs and retesting throughout their careers. Certified PAs increase access to care for patients in every specialty and clinical setting, including those that are historically underserved.”

CAQs are offered to certified PAs in seven specialties: cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopedic surgery, nephrology, pediatrics and psychiatry.

About the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for physician assistants (PAs) in the United States. The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who fulfill certification, certification maintenance and recertification requirements. There are more than 115,500 certified PAs in the U.S. today. For more information, visit www.PAsDoThat.net.