Department of Family Medicine
Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry
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 currently practice within the Neighborhood Health Center, a federally qualified health center that offers the full range of primary care services where community health workers and a dedicated professional staff share the goal of improving individual and community health.
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.