Marlyss DuBois, PA
“I work with a wonderful team — the doctors, the medical assistants,
the staff. We’re all friends; there’s a lot of team spirit."
She’s a hometown girl with whose family name is well-known at Cortland
High School – her mother, father and brother all teach there. Instead
of teaching, she chose medicine. A high school student by day, she took
college classes in the evening, and when she graduated, she had a high
school diploma and an associate’s degree. She entered Rochester
Institute of Technology’s physician assistant curriculum and completed
the four-year program in three years. Her first position with a hospital
in Rochester brought her to the cardiology and stroke unit.
In February 2017, DuBois returned home to Cortland and joined Cortland
Regional’s cardiology department.
Cortland Regional’s cardiology team specializes in diagnosing and
treating a variety of heart conditions, including hypertension, congestive
heart failure, and coronary artery disease. DuBois conducts stress tests
with patients, both the traditional treadmill test and the nuclear stress
test that combines exercise with a form of nuclear testing such as a PET
scan for more detailed results. She also works in the Center’s Pacemaker
Clinic, where she and other staff run tests to ensure that patients’
pacemakers work properly.
The department rotates staff between in- and out-patient treatment to provide
a level of care that DuBois feels is unique to Cortland.
“Patients may come in for a blood pressure check; if we find that
they have heart valve disease, we follow their treatment into the hospital.
Or we may meet a patient in the hospital, then continue to provide out-patient
care after they’re released. This continuation of care is great.
It provides a smooth transition of treatment and helps us build a relationship
with the patient,” she says.
That relationship building is important to DuBois as an individual and
in providing a higher level of care. “I hope patients see me as
approachable outside of the office and come up and ask me questions,”
she says. “I want them to see me as more than that white coat in
the cardiology office. I’m their neighbor; we go to the same restaurants
and gym. I want them to know that I am part of their community.”
Rochester Institute of Technology (B.S)
Tompkins Cortland Community College (A.A.S)