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Kim                            Griswold

Kim Griswold MD, MPH, RN, FAAFP

Department of Family Medicine

Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry

Specialty/Research Focus

Family Practice

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Professional Summary:

As a family physician, my clinical practice focuses on the comprehensive care of children and adults, working with the whole family whenever possible. Practicing on Buffalo’s lower West Side has equipped me with a wealth of experience and expertise in caring for individuals from diverse cultures from around the world. Providing primary care for the neighborhood’s refugee and immigrant populations also offers rich opportunities for training medical, nursing and other students in the health professions.

I am responsible for the hospital care of patients at Buffalo General Hospital, where I work with Family Medicine residents to provide complete inpatient management of adults. I enjoy the teaching and research components of my faculty role, which include mentoring students, working with pre-med and medical students, and conducting research projects centering on psychiatry, cultural care and public health. With the help of an NIH grant, I was able to collaborate with other professionals in the community to establish a Cultural Competency Program at the medical school. This project aims to teach students how to care for patients with diverse cultural backgrounds while also improving access to preventive and primary services for refugees who have legally immigrated to Western New York.

I feel fortunate to have worked as a nurse and in the field of public health before going to medical school. Blending my nursing, public health and physician perspectives continues to help me become a better practitioner by broadening my view of how we affect individuals and communities through our health care system.

Education and Training:
  • MD, Medicine, University at Buffalo, Magna Cum Laude (1994)
  • MPH, Public Health, Yale University (1984)
  • AAS, Nursing, Upstate Medical Center (1977)
  • BA, Drama and English, Bard College (1972)
  • Associate Professor, University at Buffalo (2004-present)
  • Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (1998–2004)
  • Interim Vice Chair for Research, University at Buffalo (2001–2002)
Awards and Honors:
  • Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (2011)
  • New Faculty Scholar Award (1999)
  • Glaxo Wellcome Leadership Award (1997)
  • Glaxo Resident Scholar (1995)
  • American Academy of Family Physcians Presidents Award (1994)
  • Magna Cum Laude (1994)
  • Student Graduation Speaker (1994)

Research Expertise:
  • Cultural competency training in psychiatry and primary care
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • January 2005–January 2011
    K07 - Medical Training in Diversity: Disparity Across Cultures
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2002–January 2006
    From Psychiatric Crisis to Primary Care
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • The Refugee Cultural Competency Training Program
    New York State Department Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Linking Uninsured Patients with Psychiatric Problems to Primary Care
    Erie County Department of Mental Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Health Risk Assessment: Continuing Research Among Mentally Ill and Addicted Medicaid Managed Care Population
    Erie County Department of Mental Health
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Needs Assessment of Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Youth in Erie County
    Erie County Department of Mental Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
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Journal Articles:
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Professional Memberships:
  • North American Primary Research Group (1999)
  • North American Primary Research Group (1998)
  • Society of Teachers for Family Medicine (1997–2005)
  • American Medical Association (1997–1999)
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (1991)
  • "Community Case Management Linking Patients from Psychiatric Crisis to Primary Care" International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology (2002)
  • "Continuing Research and Evaluation Linking Uninsured Patients with Psychiatric Problems to Primary Care" Gold Choice Insurance Provider Network (2001)
  • "Ethnic and Cultural Considerations of Perinatal Care for the Health Professional" Partnerships in Cooperative Innovation: Improving Women's Health, Area Health Education Center (AHEC) (2001)
  • "Linking Uninsured Patients with Psychiatric Problems to Primary Care: Is Facilitated Connections Possible?" Presentation of Preliminary Project Results, Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, Erie County Medical Center (2001)
  • "Development of Standardized Patient Cases in Depression and Panic Disorder" Office of Medical Education, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2000)
  • "Opportunities for Service - Caring for Refugees in the United States" Presentation to Students for Human Rights Organization, University at Buffalo School of Medicine (2000)
  • "Refugee Health: Challenges of Providing Care." Core Curriculum Master's Session, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine (2000)
  • "Challenges of Insuring Access and Continuity in Health Care for Minority Populations" Achieving Minority Wellness: 200 and Beyond, Minority Health Coalition, Buffalo State College (2000)
  • "Recognizing Violence: Role of the Family Physician" The Institute for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, Daemen College (2000)
  • "Making the Patient Feel at Home - Answering Bilingual and Bicultural Needs" The International Institute (1998)
  • "Role of the Family Physician in Providing Mental Health Care" Family Medicine Interest Group, SUNY at Buffalo (1998)
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Service Activities:
  • Family Medicine, School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Executive; Member (2001)
  • Committee on Mental Health; North American Primary Research Group; Member (1999)
  • Medical Outreach Project/Canaan House; Halfway House for Women leaving jail/prison; Volunteer (1994–1997)
  • Canaan House; Board Member (1994–1996)
  • Co-coordinator and RN with Dr. Reid Heffner; La Clinica Suya Free medical clinic for persons without health insurance; Co-President (1989–1990)
  • VIVE Refugee Health Project/Volunteer; Volunteer (1988–1990)
  • Special Review Board; Erie County Association for Retarded Children; Board Member (1986–1988)

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Contact Information

University at Buffalo
Department of Family Medicine
77 Goodell Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 816-7247
Fax: (716) 845-6899

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