Department of Medicine
Internal Medicine; Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
I provide care to acutely ill patients admitted to the inpatient wards at Erie County Medical Center. My training in both internal medicine and general preventive medicine enables me not only to manage these patients’ acute illnesses, but also to help them develop plans to halt or slow the progression of their chronic diseases, to prevent any potential related complications and to increase their wellness. I strive to practice the principles of evidence-based medicine, integrating the best available research evidence with patients’ circumstances, values and preferences.
As a clinical epidemiologist, I participate in national and international efforts to define best medical practices and help clinicians adopt them. I have played a primary role in developing guidelines for physicians on the best approaches to preventing and treating clotting diseases including pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, ischemic heart disease and peripheral artery disease. I have been involved with the World Health Organization (WHO) in developing guidance for low- and middle-income countries on preventing and treating HIV in vulnerable populations. I have similarly been involved in WHO global efforts to improve the health professionals’ training and retention in rural and underserved areas.
I also enjoy teaching undergraduate, graduate, and medical students as well as training medical residents. This gives me the pleasure of developing future generations of physicians and other health workers, and it keeps me challenged to stay up-to-date on my own medical knowledge and skills.