Following her interest in science, as well as her desire to help people and feed her constant desire to learn, Lisa Bevilacqua obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology and religion at Adelphi University, and then received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine. After this, she completed a rotating internship at St. Clare’s in Manhattan, and then completed her residency in family medicine at Albany Medical Center (AMC). Dr. Bevilacqua stayed at AMC for several years, holding positions such as chief resident, assistant director for pre-doctoral education, director of predoctoral education and eventually Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education. She also became involved in grant writing and began the Orientation Clerkship program for medical students.
In 2001, Dr. Bevilacqua and two colleagues left AMC and joined CapitalCare. During this transition, she learned a great deal about family medicine, and is now the group’s site medical manager. She also sits on CapitalCare’s Board of Managers as a non-voting member, which gives her the opportunity to learn the inner workings of a large medical group. In addition to her work with CapitalCare, she travels to Africa every summer for a mission. Dr. Bevilacqua has also become an addiction medicine clinician, helping to provide Suboxone maintenance to those struggling with opiate addiction issues, and also works as a liaison for Reckitt Benckiser to teach other physicians about how to become a certified Suboxone prescriber. Additionally, she works once a week with the Parson’s Family and Children Center where she works with children suffering from psychiatric disorders, and oversees and reviews their medical care and procedures.
The biggest challenge Dr. Bevilacqua has faced in her 25-year medical career is learning to balance her work, life and family. She feels that the support of her family, especially her husband, who is a pediatrician, as well as her employees, colleagues and her assistant, have helped contribute to her success. She also acknowledges that her leadership and entrepreneurial skills and her skills as a healthcare provider and an educator have helped her to move forward in her career. When Dr. Bevilacqua is not working, she enjoys hiking, skiing and fishing.
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