John V. Pastore MD

John Pastore

John V. Pastore
MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

General Pediatrics; Pediatrics

Contact Information
UBMD Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics
1001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 323-0034
Fax: (716) 323-0292
jpastor@buffalo.edu


Patient Care

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Professional Summary:

I am a board-certified pediatrician who cares for children from birth to age 22. I specialize in pediatric hospital medicine, focusing on patients hospitalized with complex medical problems that defy a simple diagnosis, or those with multiple chronic medical conditions requiring, for example, home ventilators or gastrostomy tubes, or patients with rare diseases such as Menkes disease. Most of my patients require multidisciplinary care. I have extensive experience with complex medical care and collaborative medical coordination; as a result, my patients receive the best possible care, as I collaborate with every type of subspecialist, including pulmonologists, geneticists, endocrinologists, surgeons and rheumatologists.

I also have extensive experience as a primary care physician. This, together with my hospital experience, helps me give my patients and their families everything they need to navigate the hospital system from the moment they enter the emergency room to the time of discharge. My primary care experience is also a great asset in understanding the progression of illness, and I bring this expertise to every patient I care for. I lead the patient experience team at the Oishei Children’s Hospital, which means I review patient feedback and make decisions that continually improve the hospital experience of families.

I have several research foci. I conduct research on: 1.) antibiotic use for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) bronchiolitis and the treatment of withdrawal symptoms in infants prenatally exposed to both recreational and prescribed medications, 2.) the care of opioid-addicted newborns (neonatal abstinence syndrome) and how they respond to medical treatment, with a goal of identifying better ways to treat these newborns and 3.) the use of high-flow nasal cannula for breathing support, for patients using this apparatus outside the ICU setting. I also focus on quality care initiatives such as the multidisciplinary care of patients as it applies to the family’s global hospital experience. My goal is to translate findings into improved medical care and ancillary services for hospitalized pediatric patients.

I teach medical students and family medicine and pediatrics residents, and I supervise them as they care for hospitalized patients. I teach evidence-based medicine at the bedside during family-centered rounds, in case presentations and in the classroom. My lectures to medical students include topics such as croup and epiglottitis.

My trainees benefit from my extensive primary care background. Sending patients to the hospital, and then caring for them when they return home has given me valuable experience: I understand what brings patients into the hospital from their primary care physicians, and I know how to transfer their care into a hospital setting. I also know what patients need to make a successful transition from the hospital to home — for example, how to dose a medication simply so that parents can understand and administer it — and what primary care physicians need to offer patients both before and after they are hospitalized, e.g., follow-up care, nursing support, help with medications. I impart this knowledge, this practical side of medicine, to my trainees.

Families come to the hospital with diverse backgrounds. I teach my trainees how to support families and learn their stories — without judging them — in order to give their children the best possible care. We care for teens who have tried to take their own lives, for example. I encourage my trainees to understand their patients’ backgrounds and the factors that drove them to their decisions. In modeling professional behavior to my trainees, I teach them to approach patients and their families with respect and compassion.

I want my trainees to be curious. I teach that not everything about their patients is obvious, and I encourage trainees to ask questions — that the answer to a patient’s care is often hidden in their illness, if they listen closely. I coax trainees to learn as much as they can, then study the literature and talk to colleagues for answers. I stress teamwork.

I work directly with the pediatrics resident program on curriculum development. I am part of the UBMD teaching interest group that evaluates and discusses how best to educate the next generation of physicians. This helps ensure that I am on the cutting edge of teaching techniques. Additionally, I am part of the New York state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which coordinates pediatricians’ activities for the entire state. As such, I bring to my trainees the latest information about education and the practice of medicine across disciplines.

Education and Training:

  • Residency, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (1998)
  • Internship, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (1996)
  • MD, Medicine, St. George‘s University School of Medicine (1995)
  • BS, Biology, Fordham University (1991)

Employment:

  • Medical Director, Pediatric Hospitalist Service, Oishei Children's Hospital (2006-present)
  • Hospitalist, UBMD Pediatrics, Oishei Children's Hospital (2005-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2005-present)
  • Volunteer Faculty, Pediatrics, Stony Brook University, School of Medicine (2002–2004)
  • General Pediatrician, Pediatrics, Mid-Suffolk Pediatrics (2002–2004)
  • Pediatric Medical Director, Pediatrics, Primary Care LLC (2001–2002)
  • General Pediatrician, Pediatrics, Crown Colony Pediatrics (1999–2002)
  • General Pediatrician, Pediatrics, Pratt Medical Center (1998–1999)

Awards and Honors:

  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Clinical Research Award (2011)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Quality Improvement Award (2010)
  • University at Buffalo School of Management: Supervisory Skills Certificate Program (2009)
  • Kaleida Health: WOW Award (2007)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Physicians Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education (2002-2004)

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • January 2010–January 2011
    Proposed Use of High Flow Nasal Cannula
    University at Buffalo Graduate Medical Education
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $3,000

Journal Articles:

  • Pastore JV. Family Life and Hospital Medicine. J Am Acad Pediatr. 2006; 1.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Fellow (FAAP)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Hospital Medicine Sub-Chapter
  • Buffalo Pediatric Society
  • Independent Peer Review Organization; Physician Member

Presentations:

  • "Implementation of Standardized Pulse Oximetry Use and Its Impact of Hospital Expenditure" Annual Meeting, American Academy of Pediatrics/Society of Hospital Medicine (2018)
  • "Morphine versus Methadone for the Oral Treatmet of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies, Hospital Medicine: Neonates (2018)
  • "Zika Virus" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2016)
  • "Should Your Kids Consume Energy Drinks?" Parent Talk, Timeless WECK (2015)
  • "Pediatric Summer Safety" Winging It!, WIVB (The CW) (2014)
  • "Analysis of Antibiotic Use and Imaging Studies in Patients with RSV Bronchiolitis" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2013)
  • "Pediatric Hospital Medicine: Looking to the Future" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2012)
  • "The Natural History of High Flow Nasal Cannula at Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo" Annual Conference, Society of Hospital Medicine (2011)
  • "Pott‘s Puffy Tumor with Epidural Abscess" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo, Clinical Case Presentation (2011)
  • "The Natural History of High Flow Nasal Cannula at Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo" Spring Clinical Day, University at Buffalo (2011)
  • "Family-Centered Care" Department of Pediatrics Full-Time Faculty Meeting, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2010)
  • "High Flow Nasal Cannula: History of Usage at WCHOB" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2010)
  • "Ethical Dilemmas in End of Life Issues" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2009)
  • "Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis" Medical Morbidity and Mortality Pediatric Case Presentations, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2009)
  • "Legal Implications Related to Documentation and Quality of Care" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2009)
  • "Medical Illness Presenting as Psychiatric Disease" Medical Morbidity and Mortality Pediatric Resident Case Presentations, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2008)
  • "Pediatric Intestinal Transplantation: Dispelling Some Myths" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2006)
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Service Activities:

  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Patient Experience Team; Physician Lead (2015–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Oishei Children's Hospital Moving Planning Committee; Committee Member (2015–present)
  • Buffalo Spree: 'Raising a Happy Health Family'; Contributor (2014)
  • UBMD Pediatrics: Board of Directors; Vice President (2014–2015)
  • Kaleida Health: Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo Leadership Team; Member (2014–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Pain Management Team; Member (2014–present)
  • Buffalo Spree: 'Kids - School and Sports Safety'; Contributor (2013)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Rounding Subcommittee; Committee Member (2013–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Care of Complex Medical Patients Committee; Committee Member (2013–present)
  • Kaleida Health: Medical Executive Committee; Committee Member (2013–2015)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Code Blue Committee; Committee Member (2013–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Patient Experience Flow Team; Member (2013–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Order Set Development Team for Electronic Health Record; Member (2012–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: PL-3 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Inpatient Elective; Director (2012–present)
  • Shepley-Bulfinch Medical Consultation Team for the New John R. Oishei Children‘s Hospital; Pediatric Hospital Medicine Key Representative (2012–2014)
  • Kaleida Health: Physician Productivity Committee; Committee Member (2012–2014)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Observation Unit; Co-Director (2012–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Medical Advisory Committee; Division of General Pediatrics Representative (2011–2015)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Faculty Practice Management Plan Governing Board; Alternate Member (2010–2015)
  • Kaleida Health: Inpatient Electronic Medical Record Development Team; Pediatric Hospitalist Representative (2010–2014)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Pulse Oxygenation Protocol Development Team; Team Leader and Faculty Sponsor/Advisor (2010–2011)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Methadone Weaning Protocol Development Team; Hospitalist Representative (2010)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: High Flow Protocol Development Team; Hospitalist Leader and Faculty Sponsor/Advisor (2010–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: High Flow Nasal Cannula Pathway Development Team; Chair (2010)
  • Hillview Elementary: Starry Night Fund Raiser for Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation; Kaleida Foundation Representative (2010)
  • Robert Wesleyan College: Wood Ensemble for First Bible Baptist Church Concert; Community Host (2010)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Cardiology Search Committee; Hospitalist Leader (2010–2015)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Bronchiolitis Care Pathway Development Team; Hospitalist Representative (2009–2010)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Strategic Planning Subcommittee; Hospitalist Representative (2009–2016)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Infectious Diseases Search Committee; Hospitalist Leader (2009–2015)
  • UBMD Pediatrics: Productivity Review Committee; Board Member (2009–2016)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Pandemic Planning Team; Hospitalist Representative (2009–2014)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Pharmacy and Therapeutics Subcommittee; Hospitalist Representative (2009–present)
  • UBMD Pediatrics: Board of Directors; Treasurer (2009–2013)
  • UBMD Pediatrics; Board of Directors (2009–2015)
  • PatientKeeper Smartphone Biling System Implementation; Physician Leader and SuperUser (2008–2015)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Children and Youth Investigational Review Board; Board Member (2008–2012)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Focused Acute Service Tract Development Team; Physician Leader (2008–2009)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Communication Team; Hospitalist Representative (2008)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Direct Admissions Team; Chair (2008)
  • University at Buffalo: Students Interested in Pediatrics; Student Mentor (2008–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Culture Club Team; Hospitalist Representative (2007–2010)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Development Pediatrics Hospital Service Inpatient Resident Teaching Service; Member (2007)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: 3rd Year Medical Students Inpatient Rotation on Pediatric Hospitalist Service; Educational Leader (2007–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Companies Coming; Hospitalist Representative (2007–2010)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Outreach and Access Team; Hospitalist Representative (2007–present)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Pediatric Curriculum Committee; Committee Member (2007–present)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Pediatric Resident Recruitment Committee; Committee Member (2007–present)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Pediatric Resident Review Committee; Committee Member (2007–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Quality and Patient Safety Council; Member (2006–present)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Throughout Team; Chair (2006–2011)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: NICE Team; Physician Member (2005–2006)
  • Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo: Hospitalist Liaison (Newborn Nursery and NICU) (2005–2006)
  • Primary Care LLC: Pediatrics Asthma Education Program; Teacher (2000)

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Contact Information

UBMD Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics
1001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 323-0034
Fax: (716) 323-0292
jpastor@buffalo.edu

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