As a family medicine physician, I am committed to the primary care of patients of all ages. My practice is focused on preventive care and the care of patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart and lung diseases and endocrinological issues. I also care for patients with addictions to alcohol, opioids and benzodiazepine use. I care as well for patients admitted to the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), to the hospital’s family medicine service and its inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation units. As the medical director of ECMC’s family health center, a patient-centered medical home, I work to ensure patient care safety and quality.
I teach and train medical students and residents at all levels of learning. I teach medical students in small group settings within the Jacobs School and in clinic and inpatient settings. I supervise residents in the outpatient clinic and during inpatient rotations. I involve residents in practice transformation activities through journal clubs, case conferences and readmission reviews on patients in high-risk categories. I share individual feedback with my residents so that they can learn to improve their performance and get ready for their future practices. In addition to daily teaching, I participate in lectures during group and site-specific teaching sessions.
I am involved as well in learning about personalized medicine, an evolving field of medicine in which patient data related to genetics, microbiome and environmental factors are used to develop diagnostic and treatment strategies for a patient. As a primary care physician and teacher, I am learning all I can about this developing area of medicine. I am also sharing my experience with my residents and medical students so that they can learn as well.