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Mark                           Sands

Mark F. Sands MD

Department of Medicine

Clinical Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Allergy and Immunology; Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Professional Summary:

I am trained in Adult Pulmonary/Critical Care, as well as Allergy/Immunology. My clinical interests include Asthma, and Urticaria/Angioedema. My principal practice site is the Veterans Administration Healthcare System of Western NY as well as Buffalo General Hospital for in-patient consultation. My research interests focus primarily on asthma, lung matrix biology, particularly matrix metalloproteinases and their inhibitors, and also therapy of urticarial and angioedema

Education and Training:
  • MD, Medicine, Ohio State University College of Medicine (1979)
  • BA, University of Rochester, Cum Laude (1976)
  • Clinical Professor, University at Buffalo (2015-present)
  • Medicine, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2011-present)
  • Designated Education Officer, VHAWNY (2010-present)
  • Co-Director, Allergy/Immunology Fellowship Program, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo (2009-present)
  • Medicine and Attending MD, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo (2005-present)
  • Chief, Allergy/Immunology, VHAWNY Healthcare System (2005-present)
Awards and Honors:
  • Plenary Session Moderator (2017)
  • Chair, Asthma Diagnostic and Therapeutics Interest Section, AAAAI (2015)
  • Vice Chair, Asthma and Therapeutics Interest Section of the AAAAI (2013)
  • Chair, In-Training Exam Committee, AAAAI (2012)
  • Secretary ADT Interest Section ;AAAAI (2010)
  • Chair, AAAAI Asthma and Allergic Diseases in the Elderly (2010)

Research Expertise:
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma Pathophysiology
  • Hypersensitivity Lung Disease
  • Urticaria
UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:
  • Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • January 2009–January 2011
    ST6Gal-1 Sialyltransferase in Allergic Airway Inflammation
    National Institute of Health
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 2005–January 2008
    MMPs and TIMPs in Asthma
    Veterans Administration Research Service
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2004–January 2006
    Molecular Mechanisms of Airway Remodeling in Asthma: Role of Metalloproteinases and their Inhibitors
    American Lung Association
    Role: Principal Investigator

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Professional Memberships:
  • American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (2002–present)
  • Buffalo Allergy and Immunology Society
  • "Occupational Asthma and Immunologic Lung Disease" ABAI Board Review Course, AAAAI/ACAAI, Clinical Science (2016)
  • "Pulmonary Function and Provocation Testing" ABAI Board Review Course, AAAAI/ACAAI, Clinical Science (2016)
  • "Asthma Endotypes" AAAAI Annual Meeting, AAAAI, ADT (2016)
  • "Occupational Lung Disease" Dept. Medicine Grand Rounds, SUNY Buffalo Dept. Medicine (2016)
  • "Pulmonary Function Testing" AAAAI Annual Meeting, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, Immunology (2016)
  • "Vocal Cord Dysfunction" AAAAI Annual Meeting, AAAAI, ADT (2016)
  • "Pathophysiology and the PFT" AAAAI Annual Meeting, American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (2015)
  • "Smoking Cessation in Asthmatics" AAAAI 2015, AAAAI (2015)
  • "Bronchial Thermoplasty" AAAAI 2015, AAAAI (2015)
  • "Bronchial Thermoplasty in Severe Asthma" AAAAI 2013, AAAAI (2013)
  • "Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNo) in Asthma" AAAAI 2013, AAAAI (2013)
  • "Interpretation of PFTs" AAAAI 2013, AAAAI (2013)
  • "Update in Asthma" AAAAI 2013, AAAAI (2013)
  • "Angioedema: State of the Art" Grand Rounds, Abington Hospital (2013)
  • "Asthma in the Elderly: from Basic Science to Clinic" AAAAI 2012, AAAAI (2012)
  • "Pulmonary Physiology and Pulmonary Function Testing" AAAAI 2012, AAAAI (2012)
  • "Smoking and Asthma: from Physiology to Therapy" AAAAI 2012, AAAAI (2012)
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Service Activities:
  • SUNY Buffalo Mini-Medical School; Participant (2010)
  • American Lung Assocation (WNY); Board of Directors (1997–2003)

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Contact Information

Veterans Administration Medical Center
3495 Bailey Ave
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 859-5600

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