Thomas C. Mahl MD

Thomas Mahl

Thomas C. Mahl
MD

Professor

Department of Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Gastroenterology

Contact Information
VA WNY Healthcare System
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 862-6032
homasmah@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

My clinical focus is providing excellent clinical care to patients with a broad range of gastroenterological disorders--particularly those with liver diseases such as hepatitis, alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis, ascites and portosystemic encephalopathy. I work exclusively at the Buffalo VA Medical Center where I serve as chief of gastroenterology. I perform upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and paracentesis on inpatients and outpatients at that facility. My patient-care efforts include digital outreach: I co-authored an article for the inaugural issue of the patient-oriented online magazine “HCV Next.”

Since the Buffalo VA Medical Center serves veterans from a broad geographic area, I also provide telehealth—i.e, telephone and secure messaging consultation and follow up to patients in need of this type of long-distance care. This provides more accessible health care to patients who reside a distance from Buffalo, saving them the time and expense of traveling, or to patients for whom travel is inconvenient.

I teach the medical students at the University at Buffalo in the classroom, on the wards and in the clinic, how to diagnose and treat liver disease. I have been recognized for my educational skills and have received several awards for teaching. My current research focuses on the delivery of care to patients with liver disease who have limited access to specialists. I conduct studies evaluating tele-gastroenterology, tele-hepatology, telephone medicine and palliative care in patients with advanced liver disease, and I routinely involve and mentor UB fellows, internal medicine residents and medical students in these ongoing studies. The aim of this research is to help provide more accessible health care to patients with physical challenges, those patients who have trouble traveling and those patients whose remote geographic location prevents them from otherwise receiving high-quality health care.

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Gastroenterology, Yale University School of Medicine (1990)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Connecticut Affiliated Hospitals (1987)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, John Dempsey Hospital, University of Connecticut (1987)
  • Internship, University of Connecticut Affiliated Hospitals (1986)
  • MD, University at Buffalo (1984)
  • BS, State University of New York College at Oswego (1980)

Employment:

  • Fellowship Program Director, Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2015-present)
  • Chief of Gastroenterology, Medicine, VA Western New York Healthcare System (2012-present)
  • Professor, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (2009-present)
  • Adjunct Faculty, D'Youville College of Buffalo (1994-present)
  • Interim Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2014–2016)
  • Chief, Medical Service, VA Western New York Healthcare System (2000–2012)
  • Interim Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, University at Buffalo (2001–2002)
  • Interim Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Director, University at Buffalo (2001–2002)
  • Chief, Gastroenterology Section, VA Western New York Healthcare System (1994–2002)
  • Director, Western New York Center for Liver Disease (1990–2001)

Awards and Honors:

  • Teaching Excellence (2012)
  • Segal Award for Teaching - runner-up (2011)
  • Segal Award for Teaching (2010)
  • Segal Award for Teaching - runner-up (2006)
  • Fellow, American Gastroenterological Association (2006)
  • Segal Award for Teaching (2005)
  • Segal Award for Teaching (2001)
  • F. Carter Pannell Award (1993)

Research Expertise:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Liver disease

Journal Articles:

Abstracts:

  • Shukla S, Picano J, Gudleski G, Mahl T. Palliative care in decompensated cirrhosis: the VA experience. Am J Gastroenterol. 2015; 110(1).
  • Munjal S, Dewanwala A, Mahl T. An unusual case of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) presenting as phlegmasia cerulea dolens (PCD). Am J Gastroenterol. 2014; 109(2).
  • Munjal S, Ku JH, Cheng C, Shukla S, Dimova R, Yoo JN, Keller CE, Ajewole S, Mahl T. Vitamin D levels are not correlated with hepatitis C RNA levels. Am J Gastroenterol. 2014; 109(2).
  • Shukla S, Munjal S, Dimova RB, Mahl T. Providing gastroenterology care to rural patients through telemedicine. Gastroenterolgy. 2014; 146(5).
  • Kaur N., Mahl TC. Pneumocystis Jiroveci Pneumonia after Infliximab Therapy: A Review of 84 cases. (abstract). Gastroenterology. 2005; 128.
  • Lackner JM, Lockwood A., Coad M.L., Mahl TC, Firth R., Mertz H., Katz LA, Krasner S., Wack D.S., Galantowicz P.. Alterations in GI Symptoms, Psychological Status and Brain Functioning Participation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for IBS. (abstract). Gastroenterology. 2004; 126.
  • Lackner JM, Mahl TC, Wilding G.E.. IBS Patients’ Response to Abdominal Pain: Too Sensitive, Too Tough or Both? (abstract). Gastroenterology. 2004; 126.
  • Lackner JM, Lockwood A., Mahl TC, Krasner S., Katz LA. Prospective Changes in Blood Flow, Anxiety and GI Symptoms in Irritable Bowel in Patients Treated with Cognitive Therapy. (abstract - . Presented at the 38th Annual Convention of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. November 2004. ). 2004.
  • Lackner JM, Mahl TC, Wilding, E.. IBS patients’ response to abdominal pain: Too sensitive, too tough, or both? (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 2004; 126(S2).
  • Lackner JM, Lockwood, A., Coad, ML., Mahl TC, Firth, R, Mertz, H., Katz LA, Krasner, S, Wack, D, Galantowicz, P. Alterations in GI symptoms, psychological status, and brain function following participation in cognitive therapy for IBS. (Poster of Distinction).. Gastroenterology. 2004; 126(S2).
  • Mahl TC. Fatigue in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C. (abstract). Gastroenterology. 1996; 110.
  • Mahl TC. Hetastarch Verses Albumin for Intravascular Volume Support during Large Volume Paracentesis. (abstract). Am J Gastroenterol. 1995; 90.
  • Critelli V.L., Lee S.J., Cohen S.A., Mahl TC. Heat Shock Protein Production from Murine Kupffer Cells. (published abstract). Gastroenterology. 1994; 106.
  • Mahl TC, Murphy B.W., Donnelly K.Z., Perini S., Lockwood A.H.. Functional and Cerebral Metabolic Abnormalities in Patients with Compensated Cirrhosis. (abstract). Gastroenterology. 1993; 104.
  • Mahl TC, West A.B., Kuo S., Riely C.A., Reuben A.. Methotrexate Hepatotoxicity in Psoriasis (abstract). Gastroenterology. 1992; 102.
  • Mahl TC, Tzung S-P, Lance MP, Andersen V., Cohen, S.A.. Prostaglandin E2 Inhibits Tumor Necrosis Factor Production by Kupffer Cells and Prevents Endotoxin Induced Mortality in Mice. (abstract). Gastroenterology. 1992; 102.
  • Cohen S.A., Tzung S-P, Lance MP, Andersen V., Mahl TC. Recombinant Interferon Human Rescues Mice from Endotoxemia. (abstract). Gastroenterology. 1992; 102.
  • Mahl TC, Shockcor W., Kuo S., Boyer J.L.. Primary Biliary Cirrhosis - Survival in a Cohort of 279 Patients Followed for 29 Years. (abstract). Gastroenterology. 1990; 100.
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Professional Memberships:

  • American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • American Liver Foundation
  • Hepatitis B Foundation
  • Medical Union of Buffalo, NY
  • American Gastroenterological Association; Fellow

Presentations:

  • "Diseases of the Liver" Guest Lecturer, PA Department Clinical Medicine Course, D'Youville College (2017)
  • "Hepatitis: Cures and Post-Care" Presenter, UBMD Internal Medicine Annual Primary Care CME Conference, UBMD Internal Medicine (2017)
  • "Duodenal Metastases from Primary Large Cell Carcinoma of the Lung Presenting with Melena" Poster presentation, ACG 2016 Annual Meeting, ACG (2016)
  • "Understanding Minimally Invasive Surgery: Bariatric, Gastrointestinal and Other Procedures" Presenter, UB Mini Medical School, University at Buffalo (2016)
  • "Updates on Hepatitis Treatment" Guest Lecturer, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Kenmore Mercy Hospital (2016)
  • "Abnormal Liver Function Tests" Guest Lecturer, UB Family Medicine Teaching Conference (2016)
  • "Diseases of the Liver" Guest Lecturer, PA Department Clinical Medicine Course, D‘Youville College, D‘Youville College (2016)
  • "Hepatitis" Guest Lecturer, PA Department Clinical Medicine Course, D'Youville College, D'Youville College (2016)
  • "Hepatitis C: The Cure is Here!" Presenter, UBMD Internal Medicine Annual Primary Care CME Conference, UBMD Internal Medicine (2016)
  • "Hepatitis" Guest Lecturer, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Kenmore Mercy Hospital (2015)
  • "Fatty Liver: The Coming Plague" Presenter, UB Mini Medical School, University at Buffalo (2014)
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Service Activities:

  • LCME Self-Study sub-committee; RE: Programs that lead to the MD degree; Chair (2009–2010)
  • American Cancer Society; Task force on Colorectal Cancer Screening; Moderator (2008–2012)
  • Surgical & Invasive Procedures Committee and VAWNY; Member (2008–present)
  • New York State Task Force on Hepatitis C; Member (2004–present)
  • Dept. Of Vet. Affairs Hep C Technical Advisor Group; Member (2001–present)
  • VAMC of Buffalo, NY Medical Staff Executive Committee; Member (2001–present)
  • VISN 2 Hepatitis C Committee; Chair (2000–present)

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Contact Information

VA WNY Healthcare System
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 862-6032
homasmah@buffalo.edu