Christopher Barela

Clinical Assistant Professor


Christopher Barela joined the Physician Assistant Program full time in June 2020. Before that, he was a preceptor and adjunct professor for the PA program. He earned his Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies from Mercy College in 2007. Christopher has been practicing clinically full-time for 13 years in Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine. He still practices clinically part-time for Albany Medical Center. Christopher enjoys teaching and mentoring students at all levels of education. He has grown up in the Hudson Valley and still lives locally with his family. Christopher enjoys being active and outdoor activities when not in class.



MS with distinction, Physician Assistant Studies, Mercy College, 2007

BS, Health Sciences, Mercy College 2007

AAS with honors, Dutchess Community College, 2004

Areas of Focus/Intrest:

Urgent Care medicine

Occupational medicine

Education within the Physician Assistant profession


Pi Alpha National Honor Society

Academic Excellence Award, Mercy College Physician Assistant Program

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

New York State Licensed

New York State Worker’s Compensation Board

Certified Medical Examiner Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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Contact Information

Academic School

School of Science


Allied Health Building Room 119



(845) 575-3596