Department of Family Medicine
Professor of Family Medicine
I am a family physician, which means I provide the full spectrum of primary care for patients, including hospital visits and obstetrical deliveries. My focus is on caring for the underserved and reducing health care disparities. I see patients at UBMD Family Medicine at Jefferson, an urban medical office with a mostly minority patient base. Many of my patients suffer from multiple chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and low back pain. I approach my patients with two questions in mind: 1.) what can I do to benefit their overall health? And, 2.) what potential medical problems can I help prevent?
I have three main areas of research. I co-direct the regional Upstate New York Practice Based Research Network (UNYNET) with Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter, PhD, a national expert on community participatory research. UNYNET specializes on transforming evidence-based care into routine clinical practice. I also focus on improving recognition and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) by primary care physicians. I am principal investigator on a large NIH grant to accomplish this goal through improved health information technology, my third area of interest.
I precept residents in my clinic and make rounds at the hospital, frequently with first- and third-year medical students. I also spend significant time mentoring trainees in research. I work with each student who expresses interest in conducting research--from the conception of the research idea to submission for publishing. Sometimes, students conduct studies that are offshoots of my own research. Helping students develop into competent researchers is a great joy for me.
I was the founding physician for the Lighthouse Clinic, a free clinic run by medical students, and I served as faculty advisor and supervisor for 12 years.
I am the medical director of the UB Forensic Medical Unit (FMU) for the Family Justice Center of Erie County, a comprehensive support service for domestic violence victims. I also serve on the Family Justice advisory board. The board collaborates with Crisis Services, Haven House, the Department of Social Services, the police department, the district attorney‘s office, the International Institute and a Family Court judge to help victims of domestic violence.