An expert in emergency medicine, Jerry Balentine, D.O., served as chief medical officer and executive vice president of St. Barnabas Hospital and Healthcare System in the Bronx prior to becoming vice president for medical affairs and global health in 2014. He held numerous other positions throughout his career, including as a hospital medical director, emergency department director, and residency director.

Balentine has been a faculty member at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2009, and recently served as acting chair of the emergency medicine division within the Department of Medicine.

A graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed his internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Philadelphia and his emergency medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he also served as chief resident. He earned his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.

Balentine has authored and edited many web and textbook chapters and is medical editor of He is also a medical author for the WebMD network, which includes MedicineNet, eMedicineHealth, RxList, and WebMD. 

His current areas of research focus on non-academic interventions with medicals students in order to help them increase empathy and decrease burnout; eSports; and the role medical providers play in preventing chronic and acute injuries.

Recent Projects/Research

  • FIT-PHYSICIANS: A Novel Physical Activity Integration Program to Improve Fitness and Activity in Medical Students
  • Physiological Changes that Occur after Prolonged eSport Play
  • Meditation, Alignment with the Osteopathic Philosophy and Empathy in Osteopathic Medical Students: A Randomized Controlled Interventional Trial – AOA BOCER grant
  • Meditation, Empathy and Stress in Osteopathic Medical Students and Interventional Pilot Study
  • DiFrancisco-Donoghue J, Balentine JR., "Collegiate eSport: Where Do We Fit In?" Curr Sports Med Rep. 2018 Apr;17(4):117-118)
  • Effects of iPad use on COMLEX outcomes

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