David Nickels, PASYRACUSE, N.Y.— (May 29, 2024) St. Joseph’s Health is pleased to welcome David Nickels as a physician assistant at St. Joseph’s Physicians Family Medicine in Liverpool. 


Nickels received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Rochester where he graduated cum laude and earned a double-minor in American Sign Language and clinical psychology. While there, he held a research position in the college’s lab.


He went on to receive his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse with an impressive cumulative GPA of 4.0.


Before joining St. Joseph’s Health, David held positions as a medicine technician and health aide at a senior living facility, a certified nurse’s aide at a rehabilitation center, a contact tracer during the COVID-19 pandemic and a grad student tutor for first-year students learning basic concepts of medicine, clinical decision making, critical thinking skills and test taking. 


“I’ve always felt it’s important to help others succeed as part of a team and, as a physician assistant, to be able to help as many patients as I can achieve wellness, especially those who may have communication barriers,” said David. “That is why I spent time learning American Sign Language. St. Joseph’s Physicians Primary Care offers a very inclusive community both among colleagues and in the community which is a large part of what drew me here. I’m excited to work among such compassionate and talented professionals, especially so close to home.”

Outside of work, David is highly skilled in martial arts. He has a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate and also worked as a karate instructor. He enjoys hiking, camping and indoor rock climbing. 


David is seeing patients at St. Joseph’s Family Medicine practice located at 5100 Taft Road, Suite 1D, Liverpool, NY 13088. To schedule an appointment, please call (315) 452-2828.



About St. Joseph’s Health
St. Joseph’s Health, a non-profit health care system in Syracuse, New York, has been a trailblazer in the field since 1869 when it became the city’s first public hospital. Its commitment to exceptional care is evident in a network of acute, ambulatory, primary and specialty care services and partner care facilities providing a range of services to promote long-term health in the communities we serve. St. Joseph’s has been ranked by Consumer Reports among the top 15 heart surgery centers in the country, is a designated Primary Stroke Center, and is consistently named a Best Regional Hospital and #1 in the Syracuse Metro area by US News and World Report. St. Joseph’s Health is dedicated to excellence, innovation and compassionate patient care. From pioneering ambulance services in Syracuse to being the first in Central New York to use DaVinci robotic surgery technology in an outpatient facility, St. Joseph’s legacy of firsts demonstrates its ongoing commitment to leading medical advancements. Affiliated with St. Joseph’s Physicians and a member of Trinity Health
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About Trinity Health

Trinity Health is one of the largest not-for-profit, Catholic health care systems in the nation. It is a family of 121,000 colleagues and nearly 36,500 physicians and clinicians caring for diverse communities across 27 states. Nationally recognized for care and experience, the Trinity Health system includes 101 hospitals, 126 continuing care locations, the second largest PACE program in the country, 136 urgent care locations and many other health and well-being services. Based in Livonia, Michigan, its annual operating revenue in FY2023 was $21.6 billion with $1.5 billion returned to its communities in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.