Department of Family Medicine
Residency Program Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Being a Buffalo native, I am committed to staying in the area to serve my community. As I begin my career, I have many goals as both a physician and teacher. I have been passionate about family medicine since I began my training. My vision was always to become someone’s physician. During medical school, I found my role models in the primary care specialties. Today, as a family doctor, I strive to emulate my mentors’ compassion toward patients and dedication to teaching. I enjoy caring for the family as a whole; this is why I chose family medicine as my specialty. Additionally, I take great pleasure sharing this enjoyment with the residents and students I work with. As a family doctor, I value the opportunity to share in my patients most important life moments.
My dedication to the future of family medicine has led me to focus much of my time on enhancing the family medicine residency program. I hope to fulfill this goal in my role as residency director. In this position, I recruit and interview residency applicants, design training curricula, plan resident assessments, and coordinate resident scholarly activity. As program director, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to help residents develop into successful family physicians.
I am currently assistant professor of family medicine at SUNY Buffalo. In this role, I teach medical students and residents in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. I also run seminars, deliver lectures, and conduct research along with the residents. Additionally, I am a certified educator through the Royal College of Physicians and am currently working with a task force of academic physicians at the University teaching and training junior faculty as educators.
I am committed to maintaining and expanding my teaching responsibilities at the medical school and residency program. This includes seminar leadership, lectures, and mentorship. I will continue to model my passion towards family medicine while I teach in both the classroom and in clinical settings. In addition, I prioritize promoting health care within my community. I am actively involved in Tar Wars, and provide anti-smoking presentations to local schools each year. Often, I present along with medical students to encourage their community involvement and help them gain confidence with the presentation. I am a faculty mentor for the Family Medicine Interest Group and Association of Pre-Medical Students, providing guidance to pre-medical and medical students. Also, I serve as a board member for the SUNY Buffalo Family Medicine Endowment working to sponsor and support medical student interest in primary care.
The opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship with patients is the fundamental reason why I chose to pursue family medicine as a specialty. Now I am able to appreciate the benefits of continuity of care and take pleasure in getting to know my patients and their families. I try to demonstrate my commitment to evidence-based healthcare while respecting my patients‘ values and illness beliefs. I find that my connection to patients is what sustains me on days when I am fatigued by a long night on call or frustrated by the bureaucratic system of healthcare. I feel privileged to experience life, death, and everything in between with my patients.