Molly Morris is a board-certified physician assistant. She is a native of Trumbull, Connecticut. She obtained her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Maryland. Molly graduated from the Weill Cornell Physician Assistant Masters degree program, and completed much of her surgical training at New York-Presbyterian’s Weill Cornell and Columbia campuses. She first joined the HSS family in 2016 working on the inpatient unit, and transitioned to Dr. McLawhorn’s practice in 2017.
Nicole Natarelli is a board-certified physician assistant. She grew up in Madison, Connecticut and currently resides in Westchester, New York. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Bucknell University and subsequently graduated from Quinnipiac University’s Physician Assistant Master’s degree program. Nicole first joined the HSS family in 2019, and transitioned to Dr. McLawhorn’s practice in the beginning of 2020.
Notification about Surgical First Assistant Use
Dr. McLawhorn performs all of his own surgeries, but surgery is performed with a surgical team. A surgical first assistant is a critical member of this team. The first assistant in your operation has received advanced training, so that your operation can be completed safely and expeditiously. The first assistant helps provide exposure (places and holds soft tissue retractors), maintain hemostasis (stop bleeding), and serve other technical functions, such as wound closure and placement of surgical dressings.
Molly Morris, PA and Nicole Natarelli, PA frequently serve as first assistants for his surgeries. They also play critical roles in your post-operative care, recovery, and office visits.
If either assists in your surgery, you will be billed for her services. As with Dr. McLawhorn’s fee, the first assistant fee includes routine post-acute care services provided during the first 90 days after your surgery, including office visits, telephone calls, email, and other forms of documentation and communication.
Molly and Nicole participate in the following insurance plans in which Dr. McLawhorn participates:
- United Healthcare