Biographies

Dr. J. Christopher Stringer
Dr. Douglas Zmolek
Virginia Wood, PA


Dr. J. Christopher Stringer

Stringer is the original Founder of the Manlius CNY Internists office and the Founder and President of CNY Clinical Research. As a board certified physician in Internal Medicine with over 30 years of private outpatient and hospital practice, Dr. Stringer brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his patients.

Dr. Stringer's passion and joy professionally is to contribute to the well being of his patients. He enjoys diagnosing complex medical problems and supporting patients in their return to health and wellness. Dr. Stringer’s co-management of clinical trials with Dr. Zmolek is a central part of his commitment to excellence in patient care and treatment. The lifelong, and often inter-generational, relationships that Dr. Stringer develops with his patients are a source of great pride and inspiration to him.

In addition to his practice at CNY Internists Manlius, Dr. Stringer has served as the Attending Physician and Medical Director at numerous area nursing homes. As a board certified physician in Addiction Medicine, Dr. Stringer has also worked as Medical Director at the Crouse Hospital Substance Abuse Detoxification Unit for over 30 years.

Dr. Stringer is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor and Masters degree in Biochemistry. He completed his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. Dr. Stringer continues to serve his alma mater as an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine.

After completing rounds at the hospital, Dr. Stringer enjoys spending time with his wife, six children, and growing number of grandchildren. Three of Dr. Stringer's children are in the caring profession; one as a surgeon, another as a nurse-midwife, and a third in special education. In his spare time, Dr. Stringer can be found playing his guitar, tending his garden, skiing, or running with his dog, Zeke.


Dr. Douglas Zmolek

Dr. Douglas Zmolek is a board certified Internist with over twenty years of clinical and private practice experience. As a primary care physician in Internal Medicine, Dr. Zmolek works hard to coordinate the comprehensive care of patients, alongside specialists as needed. Dr. Zmolek takes pride in his ability to listen and implement a treatment plan together with his patients that focuses on preventative, not reactive care.

Before joining CNY Internists in 1996, Dr. Zmolek worked for eight years as an Emergency Medicine physician at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. His years in the Emergency Room gave Dr. Zmolek a particularly effective skillset in treating urgent medical problems. Dr. Zmolek is skilled in performing excisions, suturing, and in all the sub-specialties of medicine. His co-management of clinical trials with Dr. Stringer is a central part of his commitment to excellence in patient care and treatment.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Marquette University with a biology degree, Dr. Zmolek attended University of Wisconsin at Madison for medical school. He first came to Syracuse in 1985 to begin his residency in Internal Medicine at Upstate Medical Center.

When he is not at the office, Dr. Zmolek enjoys spending time with his four children. He can often be found near his home in Jamesville playing a variety of outdoor sports, ranging from tennis to road biking.


Virginia Wood, PA

Virginia Wood is a nationally certified Physician's Assistant (PA) with more than 22 years of clinical experience. Although Virginia, or "Ginny" as her patients know her, has worked in Emergency Room settings and in Hematology and Oncology, she has devoted the majority of her career to general family medicine.

Virginia enjoys CNY Internists because of the close relationships she can develop with families and for her ability to treat the diverse medical and emotional needs of her patients. Wellness and preventative care are her priorities.

Virginia completed her undergraduate degree at LeMoyne College with a degree in biology. She attained her degree as a Physician’s Assistant at Northeastern University where she also received a Master's in Health Professions. Virginia regularly precepts PA students and since 2000, has taught a course on the Practice of Medicine at Upstate Medical School.

When she is not treating patients, Virginia enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She can often be found practicing her green thumb in her garden or rollerblading and biking throughout CNY.