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Jennifer                       Abeles

Jennifer S. Abeles DO

Department of Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Internal Medicine - Pediatrics

 
Professional Summary:

My clinical practice at the Linwood Avenue Internal Medicine-Pediatrics office provides healthcare services to an underserved area of Buffalo. I provide primary care for both adult and pediatric patients with a wide variety of medical issues. In addition, I provide specialized care for patients with chronic pain issues through osteopathic manipulation including Cranial Osteopathy. Lastly, I provide specialized and primary care services for adult patients with Sickle Cell disease.

As the Director of the Adult Sickle Cell Transitional Care program, I have a formalized transitional program with providers in the Sickle Cell & Hemoglobinopathy Center of Western New York at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Directing such a program not only educates the faculty, staff, and residents in the Linwood Avenue clinic and Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency, but also all healthcare providers around the Buffalo area who care for these patients. This program leads to better patient-centered care for those suffering with Sickle Cell disease throughout Western New York.

Currently, my research is focused on a quality improvement project: Increasing Cancer Screening through Academic Detailing and Practice Facilitation. The grant is funded through Health Research, Inc. and the New York State Department of Health. The primary focus of the project is to determine if educational and quality improvement support provided will improve screening rates among primary care practices. In cooperation with other project leaders and sites around the state, the Linwood Avenue primary care office is using these resources to improve screening rates for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer among our patients

As a teacher, I supervise Med-Peds residents at the Linwood Avenue office, as well as Internal Medicine residents on the inpatient service at Buffalo General Medical Center four weeks per year. I also teach pediatric residents when I am on call for pediatric patients and Newborn Nursery, which occurs on a rotating basis throughout the year. Both my weeks on service and on call also include the teaching of University at Buffalo medical students. In addition, I help run the osteopathic medical student elective during which we are able to introduce students outside of UB to our Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program. Lastly, I give a number of lectures each year at the monthly Med-Peds conferences as well as educate residents and students across specialties about Sickle Cell Disease and the standards of care for patients of all ages and in a variety of settings.

As an Associate Program Director for the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, I ensure that the goals and objectives of the program continue to match the goals and philosophies of both osteopathic and allopathic medicine. Furthermore, I focus on maintaining a core principle of Osteopathy, that being the care of the whole patient. As a group, we feel education is a core principle in our role as UB professors. As our program continues to increase the number of Med-Peds medical providers and educate an increasing number of medical students, was are able to aide in the care of the growing transitional patient population in the US.

Education and Training:
  • Residency, State University of New York at Buffalo, Chief Resident (2003)
  • Internship, Osteopathic Rotating Internship, State University of New York at Buffalo, Cary F. Vastola, DO Award- Intern who demonstrates medical excellence and dedication to the Osteopathic Profession. (1999)
  • DO, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (1998)
  • BA, Political Science, Cornell University, Dean‘s List (1993)
Employment:
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2003-present)
  • Attending Physician, Aspire Clinic (2003–2008)
  • Attending Physician, Elmwood Health Center (2003–2005)
Awards and Honors:
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society (2017)
  • NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program (2012)
  • Cary Vastola Osteopathic Recognition Award (1999)
  • Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation (1998)

Research Expertise:
  • Adult Sickle Cell Care: Director of transitional care for Adult Sickle Cell Disease working with Dr. Ambrusko from WCHOB
  • Cranial Therapy/Osteopathic Manipulation: Certified in Cranial Sacral Therapy
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • September 2015–June 2017
    Increasing Cancer Screening through Academic Detailing and Practice Facilitation
    Health Research, Inc. and NYS-DOH
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $11,250

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Professional Memberships:
  • Millennium Collaborative Care; Working with the Millennium group to provide a higher level of care for complex and disadvantaged members of society. (2016–present)
  • Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research (2014–present)
  • New York State Osteopathic Medical Society; Member (2012–present)
  • The Osteopathic Cranial Academy (2011–present)
  • American Academy of Osteopathy (2011–present)
  • Western New York Osteopathic Society (1999–present)
  • American Osteopathic Association (1998–present)
  • Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network
Presentations:
  • "Vaginal Discharge" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum (2016)
  • "Sickle Cell disease" Core Didactic Conference Lecture, University At Buffalo (2016)
  • "Precocious Puberty" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum (2015)
  • "Is Brain Nariurectic Peptide Predictive of Severity in Sickle Cell Vaso-Occlusive Crisis" Poster Presentation at Department of Medicine Research Day (2015)
  • "Pelvic Pain" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2015)
  • "The Evaluation of a Breast Mass" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2015)
  • "Upper Extremity Injuries" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2015)
  • "Orientation to the Medicine and Pediatrics Support Systems at the Office Sites" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2014)
  • "Adult Sickle Cell Disease: Understanding the Pathophysiology" Core Didactic Conference for Internal Medicine Program at University of Buffalo (2014)
  • "Can Laboratory Testing Be Used to Help Determine Severity in Sickle Cell Crisis?" Poster Presentation at Department of Medicine Research Day (2014)
  • "Perioribital Cellulitis" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2014)
  • "Constipation" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2014)
  • "Adult Sickle Cell Disease: Understanding the Pathophysiology and Pain Management" Jefferson Family Medicine Weekly Conference (2014)
  • "Pertussis: A Parent‘s Story" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2014)
  • "Neck Pain" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2013)
  • "Congenital Anomalies" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2013)
  • "Internal Medicine Morning Report at the Veteran’s Hospital: Adult Sickle Cell Disease- Understanding the Pathophysiology; May 13th, 2013." Internal Medicine Morning Report at the Veteran’s Hospital (2013)
  • "Evaluation of a Breast Mass" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2013)
  • "Warts" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2012)
  • "Adult Sickle Cell Disease- Understanding the Pathophysiology" Grand rounds presentation: Buffalo General Hospital (2012)
  • "Foot and Ankle Injuries" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2012)
  • "Orientation to the UB Medicine and Pediatrics Education and Support Resources" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2012)
  • "Pediatric Headaches" University Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Core Curriculum Conference Presentations (2012)
  • "Pertussis Disease: A Personal Story" Fifth Annual Immunization Conference, Fifth Annual Immunization Conference; Regional Conference, NY State Regional Immunization Conference (2011)
  • "Sickle Cell Disease- The Practical Approach to Their Care in the ER" Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds (2011)
  • "Outpatient Care of the Adult Sickle Cell Patient" Western New York Osteopathic Medical Society, Western New York Osteopathic Medical Society, Western New York Osteopathic Medical Society (2007)
  • "Pertussis" WNY Osteopathic Spring Conference, WNY Osteopathic Spring Conference in Clymer, WNY Osteopathic Group (2006)
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Service Activities:
  • Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Student Affairs & Academic Standing; Member (2011)
  • Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Faculty Council; Member (2008–2012)
  • CME Conference Planning Committee for the Primary Care Update; Committee Member (2015–present)

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Contact Information

UB|MD Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
300 Linwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
Phone: 716-961-9400
Fax: 716-961-9402
Email: abeles@buffalo.edu

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