Richard Thailer, RPAC

Richard Thailer, PA-C

Clinical Assistant Professor
Masters Projects and Information/Educational Technology Coordinator
Department of Physician Assistant Education
Stony Brook University


Professor Thailer received his first Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Albany. During his undergraduate education, he also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and was an active member of the Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service, a student- run emergency medical response unit at SUNY Albany. He also gained valuable emergency care experience working for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation as an EMT in Jamaica Queens following graduation from Albany.

He is a 1980 graduate of the Stony Brook PA Program and secured his first job providing primary care in Huntington, NY. His interest in Emergency Medicine soon led him to join the staff of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, New York as a staff Physician Assistant.  He was later promoted to supervising PA in Emergency Medicine, where he served until 2004. During his tenure at QHC he was an active preceptor and educator of PA students, Paramedics and Nurses. Professor Thailer was credited with the development of a computer based patient tracking system and a separate computer based triage system funded by a grant through the United Hospital Fund of NY.

Professor Thailer joined the faculty of the Stony Brook PA program in 2005 and concurrently graduated from the Stony Brook PA Post-Professional Masters Program where he earned his MS degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

As a full-time faculty member with the PA Program, Professor Thailer’s responsibilities include teaching and coordination of a number of units of clinical medicine including Head and Neck, Surgery, Endocrine and Clinical Skills as well as serving as a lecturer on other topics including Emergency Medicine. He also coordinates the clinical year surgery clerkships and is the course coordinator for the program’s Masters Project sequence. He is a member of the School of Health Technology and Management's Educational Technology committee as well as other committees within the program, school and Health Science Center.

Richard is married with one son. He enjoys camping, reading and is active in his community serving as a committee member with his son’s Boy Scout Troop.