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Diane M. Bruessow

Instructor in the Physician Assistant Online Program, Department of Internal Medicine

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Diane M. Bruessow, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA


Diane Bruessow divides her time between scholarly work, clinical practice, health policy and organizational governance.  She is nationally certified by the NCCPA with excellence awarded in Primary Care (reflecting scores within the top 5th percentile).

Bruessow has received honors, awards and legislative proclamations for academic, clinical, humanitarian, and leadership excellence. In 2019 she was honored by the New York State Society of PAs as the PA of the Year, and in 2017, she was recognized by the New Jersey State Society of PAs as the outstanding Humanitarian of the Year. She has earned the designation of Distinguished Fellow, recognizing exceptional professional achievement, leadership, professional interaction, learning, and community service by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA).  Less than one percent of PAs earn this designation.

Bruessow joined the Yale University PA OnlineProgram as an Instructor in 2018. Her faculty responsibilities include serving as Course Director for Preparing Future PAs 1, facilitating Problem Based Learning 1-3, participating in Admissions and Academic Affairs Committees, and serving as an instructor in patient assessment as well as during the program's intensive residencies on skill development including patient assessment and clinical procedures. She also serves as an academic adviser to students and is the course chair for a 10 credit CME course on Sexual and Gender Minority Health.

Bruessow has authored numerous articles and has been an invited speaker on health topics including workforce, policy, disparities and leadership.  She has held elected and appointed positions on national boards, councils, and commissions.  She currently serves on the editorial advisory board of the Transgender Health journal and as the Secretary-Treasurer of the AAPA.  She is a fellow member of the AAPA, the New York State Society of PAs (NYSSPA), the New Jersey State Society of PAs (NJSSPA), the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) PA Caucus, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA).

Bruessow lives in New York City and practices clinically in New York and New Jersey.    

Education & Training

  • MPAS
    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, PA Studies
  • BS
    Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, PA Program (1993)
  • BS
    Long Island University, CW Post Campus, Biology, Chemistry Minor (1991)


  • Research Presentation
    Washington, United States 2019
    The National Conference for PA Educators
  • Research Presentation
    New Orleans, United States 2019
    GLMA's Annual Conference educates practitioners, policy advocates, educators, administrators, researchers and students - from across the health professions - about the unique needs of LGBTQ individuals and families.
  • Plenary
    New Orleans, United States 2019
    GLMA's Annual Conference educates practitioners, policy advocates, educators, administrators, researchers and students - from across the health professions - about the unique needs of LGBTQ individuals and families.
  • WPATH 24th Scientific Symposium
    Amsterdam, Netherlands 2018
    Biennial scientific symposia sponsored by The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the (Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. WPATH provides opportunities for professionals from various sub-specialties to communicate with each other in the context of research and treatment of gender dysphoria.
  • Healthy Transitions
    New York, United States; Bellmore, United States; Montclair, United States; Newton, United States 2012
    private medical practice focused on transgender medicine across the lifespan since 2006.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Lifetime Achievement Award: PA of the YearNew York State Society of PAs2019
Outstanding PA Humanitarian of the Year 2017New Jersey State Society of PAs2017
Distinguished FellowAmerican Academy of PAs2009

Professional Service

Academic AffairsAAC servces as a group that reviews the academic status of students who have been referred by the Progress Committee for various concerns. AAC reviews the data submitted on students who fail to achieve satisfactory academic progress, are identified as participating in academic dishonesty, or may be involved in program or university violations.2020 - Present
YSM Dean's Advisory Council onLGBTQI+ AffairsCore members are the engine of DAC, meeting monthly to drive tasks and projects. contributed on LGBT health policy endeavors, external communications including co-author of AAFP letter on gender-affirming care in minors, invited speaker Q-Forward 2020 (canceled Covid19).2019 - Present
American Academy of PAs, Alexandria, VASecretary-Treasurer, Elected. Chair, Finance Committee *Fiscal oversight & review of financial matters on a regular basis, including financial position, quarterly and annual fiscal year financial statements, capital budgets, investment policy and performance, reserve funds, Form 990 and other tax forms prior to Board review and filing with the IRS; *Accounting and financial policies and procedures *Long-term financial planning *Evaluating the proposed fiscal year budgets and performance against the approved budget (operating budget of $25m) *Presenting the proposed annual budget to the full board for their consideration *Responsibility for hiring, compensation, retention and termination of investment advisors Chair, Audit Committee Member, Executive Committee Member, Executive Compensation Committee2017 - Present
GLMAAnnual Medical Conference planning committee member responsible for transgender health content.2017 - 2019
Editorial Advisory Board, Transgender Health JournalBoard Member2015 - Present
LGBT Health JournalReviewer2015 - Present
Journal of the AAPAReviewer2009 - Present

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