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Vice President and Medical Director, Geriatrics
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Patricia A. Bomba is vice president and medical director, geriatrics, for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, part of a family of companies that finances and delivers vital health care services to about 1.6 million people across upstate New York.
A nationally recognized palliative care and end-of-life expert who designs and oversees the implementation of community projects, Bomba is passionately focused on educating the medical community, and the public at large, with a goal of improving the quality of life for seniors and their families.
Bomba served on the Institute of Medicine’s committee that produced Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life. She chairs the MOLST Statewide Implementation Team and the National Healthcare Decisions Day New York State Coalition, serves as eMOLST Program Director and is a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York Ethics Committee.
New York state’s representative on the National POLST Paradigm Task Force, a multistate collaborative, Bomba chairs the Communication Committee. In addition to serving as a New York State Delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, she served as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Primary Palliative Care Committee and the Review Committee of the National Quality Forum’s “Framework and Preferred Practices for a Palliative and Hospice Care Quality” project.
After attending Immaculata College in Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Bomba completed her residency training in internal medicine at the University of Rochester. She is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Rochester and the State University of New York Upstate Medical University.
Bomba is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and spent most of her career in private practice, caring for frail elders and their families and caregivers.