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Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, Austin Cavelli earned her bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from Binghamton University. She was elected into several honor societies including Sigma Alpha Lambda, the National Honor and Merit Scholars Society, and the National Society for Leadership and Success. While at Binghamton, Austin spent two years in the research lab of Dr. Stephen Boehm, investigating the neurobiology of alcohol addiction. After undergraduate studies, she moved to New York, NY where she worked as a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Gilbert Di Paolo at Columbia University studying the aging brain. At the same time, she worked as a research coordinator and medical assistant in the vascular surgery department at Weill Cornell Medical College, providing the clinical experience necessary to attend PA school. In 2014, Austin graduated from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences with a physician assistant’s certificate as well as a master’s degree in physician assistant studies. She published her master’s thesis on wound closure of Pfannensteil incisions. She is board certified through the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is licensed in the state of New York.
Austin started practicing at the Hospital for Special Surgery specializing in adult reconstruction and joint replacements in 2014. She has been working as a private physician assistant with Dr. Michael Cross since 2015 to provide cohesive and patient-centered care. Her duties include first assisting Dr. Cross in the operating room as well as seeing patients in clinic including initial consults for both surgical and non-operative care management, as well as routine post-op care.