Assistant Professor; Vice Chair for Clinical Operations and Outreach; Medical Director of Outpatient Cardiology
Cardiology; Critical Care Medicine; Internal Medicine
I practice noninvasive clinical cardiology, which includes diagnosing and treating patients across the spectrum of cardiovascular disease. In the UBMD Amherst clinic, I care for patients with rhythm disturbances, cardiomyopathies, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, acute and chronic coronary artery disease and vascular disease. Preventive cardiology services are also an important part of my practice. I diagnose and treat patients with conditions that may put them at risk for heart disease—conditions such as hypertension, lipid disorders and nicotine addiction. I also assess the heart health of my patients by performing and interpreting electrocardiograms (EKGs), stress tests, Holter monitors and transthoracic echocardiography. I evaluate my patients for peripheral vascular disease, including measurements of their ankle-brachial index. I care as well for patients admitted to the Cardiac Care units (CCU) and the Cardiology Telemetry floors in Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) and at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.
As medical director for outpatient cardiology for UBMD, I ensure a patient-centered practice that provides the most advanced and innovative cardiac care and strives to provide patients with the best diagnostics and treatments available—all with a focus on care that is affordable and accessible.
I am also a vice chair for clinical operations and outreach for the Department of Medicine. As such, I am actively involved in the department’s growth by developing a strong network of primary care and specialty practices for UBMD Internal Medicine. This effort will lead the transformation of health care delivery systems in Western New York.
My research interests include evaluating modalities of cardiac imaging in diagnosing coronary artery disease, evaluating methods of diagnosing arrhythmias and assessing individuals with noncardiac chest pain. Specifically, I am an investigator in research involving preventive cardiology and lipid management. I am also collaborating with residents, fellows and colleagues in behavioral medicine to investigate how behavioral analysis affects treatment of atrial fibrillation and patient care. Another research project involves working with medical students and cardiology fellows to leverage portable technology, such as smart phones, in evaluating symptomatic arrhythmias. I am working as well with medical residents on an epidemiologic study. We expect an outcome that would identify a possible etiology of a well-recognized cutaneous manifestation of cardiac disease, which will allow us to develop a reliable test to help screen for coronary artery disease.
Teaching is an important part of my day. I teach physical diagnosis to first- and second-year medical students. I also mentor eight first-year and eight second-year medical students, helping them navigate through, and succeed in medical school. I teach third-year medical students as they rotate with me in my outpatient practice. Fourth-year medical students, interns, residents and a cardiology fellow accompany me when I attend on the cardiology consult and cardiology floor services at BGMC. I find satisfaction in sharing my knowledge and experience with those in the training phase of their careers: their questions help me stay current in my field and ultimately help me render the best care to my patients.