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Grozdena Yilmaz

Director of Pre Health Advisement

Grozdena Yilmaz is a full time faculty at the department of Biology teaching challenging classes in Anatomy and Physiology, Physiology and Healthcare Ethics. She is the director of the Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advising Committee and oversees the advising of more than five hundred students across campus exploring career in medicine, dentistry, physician assist and other health field. Professor Yilmaz is a long-term advocate for effective student mentoring. She has a passion for helping students reach their highest potential and she is thrilled to share that with CSI community. Her current research interests focus on developing new, effective model in health care mentoring. She is the recepient of the prestigious dolphin award for outstanding teaching in 2019 and advisor of the year award in 2018 and 2020.

She is a licensed physician assistant (PA), a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and has more than ten years of clinical experience as chief physician assistant at SUNY Downstate Medical Center at LICH. Her areas of expertise are female health, urology, urogynecology and surgery. She is a CSI Alumnus- valedictorian of physician assistant class of 2003. In addition, she holds an advanced post- professional graduate degree from Stony Brook University.
Areas of Expertise:
Health Science, Women’s health, Urology
Evaluation of students during clinical skills exams, history and physical evaluation of the patient
Teaching clinical skills workshops including but not limited to: suturing, peripheral IV placement, incision and drainage, Foley catheter insertion, ABGs


MS, Physician Assistant Post-Professional Masters Program, Stony Brook University, SUNY

Physician Assistant Program, St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers

BS Biology, College of Staten Island, CUNY

Scholarship and Publications

Yilmaz, G.; Ranasinghe, B.; Teper, E.; Reno-Colonic Fistula: A Rare Complication of Obstructing Kidney Stone; Journal of American Academy of Physician Assistant   November, 2019
Conference Proceeding Article
Yilmaz, G., College Mentoring for Pre-Health Students: Nesting Doll Model Mentoring in
Health accepted June 2017 in University of New Mexico Mentoring (UNM) Institute 10th Annual Conference published in conference proceeding   Published in conference proceedings September, 2017  
Educational Video
Schulman A, Teper E, Sherwinter D, Kashanian J, Yilmaz G. Laparoscopic resection of a left colorenal fistula. Laparoscopic Surgeries Annual Meeting. Las Vegas  September 10, 2014                                                                                 
Professional Presentation
Yilmaz, G.; Chocolate: good or bad for your health? Global Kitchen A discussion of the history, ethics, and culture of cocoa production in the United States and around the world, Staten Island, CUNY; CC Clue at CSI, CUNY    March 6, 2018
Yilmaz, G.; Nutrition, Public Health and How to incorporating Nutrition in Undergraduate Curriculum Peking University Nutrition Research Program, Beijing, China at College of Staten Island, CUNY  October 23, 2017
Yilmaz, G.; Shen, C., Who are the “Butterfly Kids? Epidermolysis Bullosa awareness event at College of Staten Island; CC Clue at CSI, CUNY  April 27, 2017
Wallace, W.; Yilmaz, G.; Brillhart,S., Circum what? A Matter of Human Health or a Human Harm? A discussion of the history, ethics, and culture of circumcision in the United States, Staten Island, CUNY; CC Clue  at CSI, CUNY   March 30, 2017
Yilmz, G; Surasi, S., Prostate Cancer Awareness, College of Staten Island CUNY  April 14, 2014

Undergraduate courses                                                                  Course number
Anatomy and Physiology I                                                                (BIO 150)
Anatomy and Physiology (I) Lab                                                       (BIO 150)
Anatomy and Physiology (II) Lab                                                      (BIO 160)
Physiology                                                                                         (BIO 205)
Physiology Lab                                                                                  (BIO 205)
Biology of Diseases                                                                           (BIO 240)
Healthcare Law and Ethics                                                                (BIO 521)
Histology                                                                                            (BIO 318)
Advanced Physiology                                                                         (BIO 332)

Chair of Pre-medical Advisory Committee                                        (2017– present)
CSI Pre-Med Advisor                                                                        (2015– present)
CSI Pre-PA Advisor                                                                           (2013– present)
Pre-Med/Pre-PA Club Advisor                                                           (2013– present)
Pre-Dental Club Advisor                                                                    (2017-present)
Red Cross Club Advisor                                                                    (2018-present)
Pre-medical Advisory Committee member                                        (2013– present)

Multiple Sclerosis  Fundraiser week  April 2, 2019
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness and Fundraiser Event worked with students from Pre-Med/Pre-PA, Pre-Dental Club and Red Cross to raise funds and support Multiple Sclerosis research.
Mental Health Panel awareness and question awareness session December 6, 2018
Mental Health Awareness Event worked with students from Pre-Med/Pre-Pa to raise awareness on mental health.
Breast Cancer Fundraiser week  October, 2018
Breast Cancer Awareness and Fundraiser Event worked with students from pre-med/pre-pa and pre-dental club to raise funds and support Breast Cancer Foundation at CSI. 
Breast Cancer Fundraiser week  October 12-October 19, 2017
Breast Cancer Awareness and Fundraiser Event worked with students from pre-med/pre-pa and pre-dental club to raise funds and support Breast Cancer Foundation at CSI. 
Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Fundraiser week. April 27-May 4, 2017
Raised funds to support John Hudson - a fourteen-year-old boy from Staten Island living with EB. John was unable to attend, but he was with us in pictures thanks to a very generous donation of photos of a famous NYC photographer from Perfect Exposures. He donated his art photos of children living with EB to promote the event. 

Director of Pre Health Advisement Grozdena Yilmaz

Contact Information

Office: Building 6S Room 137
Fax: 718.982.9852