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Our StaffAffiliated Hospitals:

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
University Hospital at Upstate
Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital



Juan L. Sotomayor, M.D.Juan L. Sotomayor, M.D.
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
 

Dr. Sotomayor was born in New York City and currently resides in Syracuse, NY.  Dr. Sotomayor is a graduate of the CCNY Center for Biomedical Education and completed his medical degree at the New York University in 1981. He completed his pediatric sub-specialty training at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY, under Dr. Frank Oski and did a fellowship in Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. He then became an attending physician in pulmonology at Wayne State University and was the director of the apnea program and the pulmonary function laboratory. Since 1988, he has been in private practice specializing in pulmonary and asthma diseases in the Syracuse area. He is also a clinical assistant professor in Pediatrics and Allergy at University Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital. He has been board certified in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology since 1987. He belongs to the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, American College of Allergy and Immunology and the NYS Medical Society as well as the Onondaga County Medical Society. He has also received resident teaching awards in the past. He has published articles on allergy and pulmonary diseases.  He has recently been active in clinical research studies including seasonal allergic rhinitis, perennial allergic rhinitis, vasomotor rhinitis, asthma, allergic asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.



Ellen B. Schaeffer, M.D.Ellen B. Schaeffer, M.D.
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Dr. Ellen Schaeffer completed her pediatric residency training at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C.. She went on to do her Allergy & Immunology training for both children and adults at the National Jewish Center for Immunology & Respiratory Diseases in Denver, Colorado. After completing her fellowship training she remained on staff at National Jewish Center for one year. Since that time, she has been in private practice specializing in Asthma, Immunology, and other Allergic Disorders. Dr. Schaeffer received her Allergy and Immunology Board Certification in 1993. She is a member of the College of Allergy and Immunology as well as the Academy of Allergy and Immunology. She has published several articles and currently is active in clinical research studies.


Jill M. Agne, FNPJill M. Agne, FNP
Allergy & Asthma
Jill graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing and worked in several different clinical settings including pediatrics, medical-surgical units, and one-day surgery as a registered nurse. In 1993, she received her bachelor degree from SUNY Utica-Rome and in 1995 her Masters in Nursing and Adult Nurse Practitioner certification from Syracuse University. She then worked on an internal medicine service at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In 1999, she obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner certification from University Health Science Center and joined the Allergy and Asthma Diagnostic Practice. She is certified through the American Nurses Association and is a member of the Coalition of Nurse Practitioner both on the state and local level.


Deirdre Keenan, RPA-CDeirdre Keenan, RPA-C
Allergy & Asthma
Deirdre Keenan is a board certified Physician Assistant. She graduated in 1986 from LeMoyne College with a BS degree in Biology. She continued her studies at SUNY Stoney Brook on Long Island. She graduated from there in 1988 with a second BS in Physician Assistant Studies. Since that time, she has done the majority of patient care in primary care medicine with an emphasis in pediatrics and women’s health. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and maintains her board certification every six years.
Deirdre lives with her husband and four children in Cicero. They enjoy summer visits to Vermont, and are active with school activities throughout the year.



Anne Kukulski, RPA-CAnne Kukulski, RPA-C
Allergy & Asthma
Anne Kukulski is a board certified Physician Assistant.  She graduated from Le Moyne College in 2005 with a BS degree in Biology.  She completed her masters of science in physician assistant studies at Le Moyne College in 2007.  She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.  Anne has previous experience in emergency medicine and surgery. 
Anne is happily married and enjoys running and spending time with family and friends.
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Did You Know?
More than 70% of people with asthma also suffer from allergies.

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