The College of Urgent Care Medicine Welcomes Five New Fellows
CUCM is pleased to announce that Michael Kim, DO, Lynda Gerberg, MD, John George, PA-C, Graig Straus, DNP, and Lyndsie Watkins, PA-C have all earned the distinction of Fellow in the College of Urgent Care Medicine (FCUCM). While 4 of the 5 recipients are with Northwell Health GoHealth Urgent Care, this is one of the most diverse groups of Fellows in our history—from their volunteerism to international connections. And all degrees are represented—MD, DO, NP and PA. In our last edition of UCAccess we challenged someone to become the 50th active Fellow. And you responded though the 50th FCUCM was awarded to Dr. Kim!
Michael Kim, DO, FCUCM, serves as the Associate Medical Director for Northwell Health GoHealth Urgent Care, responsible for clinical operations and educational programs, including GoHealth’s boot camp and its newly CUCM accredited graduate fellowship program. Dr. Kim is also the Lead Clinical Quality Analyst and is participating in Northwell’s Emergency Medicine Service Line Clinical Leadership Development Program. In addition to his many responsibilities, Dr. Kim is also an assistant professor, Zucker School of Family Medicine Hofstra/ Northwell. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Emory University and his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Lynda Gerberg, MD, FCUCM, is the Lead Pediatrician/ Director of Pediatrics at NY Cohen Children’s pediatric editor for GoEducate. She is the co-founder of Love4 Volunteer, where she organizes and leads medical missions. These missions have provided care and supplies after hurricanes in New York (Sandy), Puerto Rico (Maria), the Bahamas (Dorion) and most recently provided war refugee relief for the people of Ukraine. Dr. Gerberg completed her undergraduate work at the University of Miami, received her medical degree from Guadalajara Autonomous University of Guadalajara M.D. She completed her residency in NY and a fellowship in sport medicine.
John George, PA-C, FCUCM, is also with Northwell Health GoHealth Urgent Care where he serves as the Lead Physician Assistant and a P.A. Student Preceptor. He began his professional career at the S.R. Dental College in Bangalore, India where is subsequently practiced as a dentist in Kerala, India. After that career, he attended Touro College School of Health Sciences where he received his undergraduate degree in Biology. He completed his physician assistant studies at the same college.
Graig Straus, DNP, APRN, FCUCM is the President and owner of Rockland Urgent Care Family Health, NP, PC in west Haverstraw, NY. He had extensive emergency medicine experience prior to his role at Rockland UC. After earning his RN degree, he received an MSN-FNP in Emergency Care followed by his DNP degree awarded by Dominican College. Dr. Straus continues to work with the National Disaster Medical Assistance Team in Spring Valley, NY and the Uman Emergency Medical Center in Uman, Ukraine. He has earned multiple certifications including that of an NYS Advance Firefighter and as an instructor in AHA ACLS, BCLS and PALS.
Lyndsie Watkins, PA-C, FCUCM is another recipient with Northwell Health GoHealth Urgent Care where she serves as the Director of their CUCM accredited graduate fellowship program and the Advance Practitioner Lead for the eastern region of GoHealth’s NY market. She earned a degree in Biology from Northeastern University and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Stonybrook University where she continues to serve as a volunteer in teaching, admissions interviews, labs and preceptorship. Lyndsie also participated in Northwell’s Emergency Medicine Service Line Clinical Leadership Development program.
Tracey Davidoff, MD, FCUCM, Chair of the Fellowship Committee, commented, “We are extremely pleased to be able to recognize these individuals as the newest Fellows in the College. Each had outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions to the urgent care industry, and we could not be more excited to welcome them as distinguished members of the College of Urgent Care Medicine.