Department of Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor
Cardiology; Internal Medicine
I am a noninvasive cardiologist focused on the detection and treatment of heart disease. I practice cardiology and internal medicine and care for patients with a wide variety of cardiac diseases at the Buffalo VA Medical Center (VAMC). My responsibilities include attending on the cardiology consult service, covering the medicine hospitalist service, performing transesophageal echocardiograms (TEEs), cardioversions and other cardiac procedures and interpreting echocardiograms, stress tests, electrocardiograms (EKGs) and Holter/Event monitors. In addition to treating patients in the acute setting, I am the director of cardiac rehabilitation at the VAMC, which is a multidisciplinary approach for improving cardiovascular health and preventing repeat cardiac events. I am also involved in quality improvement projects at the VAMC to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.
I have a background in health research methodology, research methods skills that enable researchers to improve clinical practice, strengthen health systems and enhance population health. My area of interest is guideline development. I am collaborating with researchers at McMaster University in Canada on projects that include guideline development, economic evaluations and research methodology.
I am passionate about teaching. I mentor medical students as they rotate on both the general medical service and cardiology consult service at the VAMC. I also supervise medicine residents rotating on these services. I supervise cardiology fellows during their clinics, inpatient and noninvasive rotations at the VAMC, and I give didactic talks aimed at residents and fellows from various disciplines. I am an advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) instructor with the VAMC-based program.