Gregory J. Wright

GREGORY JOSEPH WRIGHT  - 1978   


Gregory Joseph Wright graduated from Canastota High School in 1978 with a Regents Diploma. During his high school years, Gregory displayed his musical talents in marching band and in chorus. He also participated behind the scenes in musical productions as well as performing on stage. He was selected to perform in All-County band and chorus.  Greg felt honored to be one of two field commanders selected to march in the Pegasus Parade as part of the Kentucky Derby festivities.  Other activities included serving as photography editor of his yearbook and enrolling in, and completing, the Air Force Junior ROTC program.  His involvement in school activities earned Greg a Congressman’s Medal of Merit and the Principal’s Merit Award. 

Following high school graduation Greg studied Radiologic Technology at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, graduating in 1981.  After a four-year career as a medical radiographer he began his studies at Albany-Hudson Valley graduating from the Physician Assistant Program.  Upon graduating in 1988, Greg worked in the St. Joseph’s Emergency Department as a PA for the next eight years. He was then asked to open Fast Track, an Urgent Care within the ED.  He continued with his medical career working at New Venture Gear, Crouse Hospital, and Oneida Healthcare.  While in Oneida, Greg was asked to assist in opening Quick Care, becoming its first Director.  He is presently employed by the Syracuse Veteran’s Hospital In their Emergency Department caring for veterans dating back from WW II through the Gulf War.  Greg has also been engaged as an instructor for the LeMoyne College PA program.  Recently he acquired additional education and special licensing from the DEA which allows him to treat and prescribe medication for opioid addiction.

Greg’s professional knowledge is a valuable asset for his volunteerism and he joined the Greater Lenox Ambulance Service (GLAS) in1975 and his career with this organization continues today.  He has served in a variety of roles within and outside the agency, serving on numerous committees and holding many administrative positions in this organization.  He is the current CME Coordinator, CME Recertification Manager, HIPAA privacy officer, and Controlled Substance Officer.  Greg is the current Madison County ALS representative to the Mid-State Regional Medical Advisory Council.  He has been a certified instructor/coordinator and taught basic and advanced level EMS classes for many years.  He recently received additional education and is a Certified Ambulance Privacy Officer (CAPO) and Certified Ambulance Documentation Specialist (CADS).  He is a New York State certified Paramedic and locally is a regional CME Evaluator.  His passion for patient care has been recognized with several awards both locally and regionally.  Other community service includes Greg’s participation in the Canastota Volunteer Fire Department of which he was a former member of the Forbes Hose Company.

Greg was recognized by the Canastota Area Association of Churches for answering the call to bring healthcare to the poor in Nicaragua.  He now annually leads a team of twenty people to this country to assist with the project.  His philanthropy has also been recognized by the Canastota Rotary Club with the Roses to the Living award and is a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Award.  As a member of the Cazenovia Lodge of Free and accepted Masons, Greg was awarded the Grand Cross of Color which is the highest honor bestowed upon anyone in Rainbow.  In 2011, Greg was recognized by the Physician Assistants of CNY and New York State Society of Physician Assistants as the “Physician Assistant of the Year”.  He is a member of these organizations and also of the Physician Assistants of the Society of Emergency Medicine. 

Gregory is the oldest son of the late Leland and Mary (Sue) Wright.  Greg lives with his wife Diane and daughter Karen in Chittenango.  Daughter Margaret resides in Rome, NY and daughter Tess and her husband Anthony, live in Canastota.  Greg states that, “You can take the boy out of Canastota, but you can’t take Canastota out of the boy.”