Polly Cator, M.D., has been named Cortland Regional Medical Practice’s
Chief Medical Officer, effective Monday, May 1, 2017. Dr. Cator will serve
as the liaison between the medical practice and the hospital administration,
bringing over 23 years of clinical, leadership and teaching experience
to her new role.
Dr. Cator has worked for the Cortland Regional Medical Practice (CRMP)
since 2012 as a staff physiatrist. She has served as the hospital’s
Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services since 1998 and as the attending
physiatrist for the Cortland Regional Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
since 2002. She is also a member of both the Medical Executive and Physician
“Since she joined Cortland Regional, Dr. Cator has proven herself
to be a leader when helping to resolve the many complex issues challenging
healthcare organizations,” said Tracy Gates, Cortland Regional’s
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, “Serving on multiple
committees as well as initiating new programs, such as her most recent project,
Joint Camp Forum, which educates patients on what to expect with joint replacement, Dr.
Cator is an advocate for both her profession and her patients. She has
proven her ability to lead and collaborate – all attributes that
make her ideal for this role.”
Dr. Cator received her B.A. from SUNY – Binghamton, her M.S. from
Columbia University and her medical degree from the University of Rochester.
She has practiced in diverse settings - from inpatient and residential
care to academic – working with patients of all ages with varying
levels of rehabilitative needs. Since 1998, she has lived and practiced
in the Cortland community either working for or collaborating with many
of the hospital’s community partners. In addition to her role as
staff physiatrist for CRMP, she has been a medical consultant to Belvedere
of Syracuse since 2010.
CRMP has experienced tremendous growth over the past three years, not only
continuing to expand both its specialty practices and primary care, but
recruiting and retaining exceptional medical talent. The value and need
for this leadership role came at a pivotal moment for the practice and
Playing a role in the practice’s continued growth excites Dr. Cator,
“Cortland Regional Medical Practice is at a challenging and exciting
phase of its development in becoming the area’s premier healthcare
provider group. I am thrilled to be able to help lead our team into the
In March, Dr. Russell Firman was named as Cortland Regional’s new
Chief Medical Officer.