St. Joseph’s Health announced it recently hired RUSSELL FIRMAN, M.D., as medical director of utilization review and physician advisor. In this role, Dr. Firman will consult physicians, clinical staff, and leadership on necessary medical treatments to ensure all services are in compliance with applicable regulations. He joined in December. Firman has over 30 years of experience in clinical and supervisory positions. Prior to joining St. Joseph’s Health, he served as a staff physician at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center in Cortland, and Samaritan Hospital in Albany. Firman will continue to serve at both sites alongside his recent appointment at St. Joseph’s Health. He was also the chief medical officer and physician advisor at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. Prior to that, Firman was the medical director of the department of emergency medicine also at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. In addition to practicing medicine, Firman teaches at SUNY Upstate Medical University as an assistant professor of emergency medicine. He began his medical career in New York state. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology and his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Firman completed his medical training with a residency in emergency medicine at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center in Ohio.