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Min                            Yang

Min Yang MD, PhD

Department of Family Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Family Medicine

Professional Summary:

As a family medicine physician, my clinical practice focuses on both preventive care of patients of all ages and comprehensive care management of patients with multiple comorbidities. My residency training in an urban practice location enriched me with clinical experience with underserved patient populations in the city of Buffalo, and I continue to practice at the UBMD Family Medicine at Jefferson clinic with the goals of eliminating health care disparities and improving the health of underserved patients. I care for patients hospitalized at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) and Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB). Working extensively in both hospital and ambulatory settings has equipped me with a wealth of experience and expertise in reinforcing continuity of care and seamless transition of care.

I have substantial training and strong interest in conducting research. I hold a master‘s degree in clinical pharmacology and a PhD in microbiology, and I have a track record of research work and publications in these fields. My current research interest is built on my belief that the essential role of a family physician is to practice evidence-based medicine in identifying risk factors, preventing diseases and managing the common medical problems of patients. Presently, my clinical research is focused on improving the health care of patients with chronic medical conditions, including obesity and diabetes. I am particularly interested in identifying quality gaps and assessing treatment efficacy in ambulatory care settings using pragmatic research and data-mining techniques. The overall goal of my research is to contribute to the evidence-based guidelines that reinforce the daily practice of primary care.

I enjoy all components of my faculty role including clinical practice, research and teaching. I supervise family medicine residents closely in the hospitals and precept medical students in the clinic. Medical students who are part of the student scholarship program and interested in clinical research also train with me. I am dedicated to medical education and equally committed to clinical care and research. I strive to integrate all three aspects of academic medicine to fulfill my passion for the trainees I mentor, the patients I care for and the research I conduct that advances human health.

Education and Training:
  • Residency, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo (2012)
  • PhD, Microbiology, University at Buffalo (2005)
  • MS, Clinical Pharmacology, Beijing Medical University (1997)
  • MD, Medicine, Beijing Medical University (1994)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo (2013-present)
  • Research Fellow, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo (2012)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2008–2009)
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo (2005–2007)
  • Research Fellow, clinical pharmacology, Beijing Medical University, China (1997–1999)
Awards and Honors:
  • In-Patient Teaching Award at Buffalo General Medical Center (2016)
  • In-Patient Teaching Award at Buffalo General Medical Center (2014)
  • Chairman‘s Award for Scholarship in Residency (2011)
  • Earnest Witebsky Memorial Award for Proficiency in Microbiology (2001)
  • Education Grant (1999)
  • Medicine Prize (1996)
  • Academic Outstanding Prize (1993)

Research Expertise:
  • Chronic Disease and Multimorbidity
  • Health System Transformation
  • Patient Self-management
  • Translational Research in Practice
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • June 2013–May 2014
    AAFP research stimulation grant
    Role: Principal Investigator

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Professional Memberships:
  • North American Primary Care Research Group; Member (2012–present)
  • American Academy of Family Physicians; Membership (2009–present)
  • "The varicella zoster virus IE62 protein utilizes the human mediator complex in promoter activation." Oral presentation at the 6th Annual VZV Satellite Workshop and Poster presentation at the 31st Annual International Herpesvirus Workshop (2006)
  • "The varicella zoster virus IE62 protein utilizes the human mediator complex in promoter activation." The 31st annual international Herpesvirus workshop, The 6th annual VZV satellite workshop. (2006)
  • "Synergy between the varicella zoster virus major transactivator and cellular transcription factors." Mechanism of eukaryotic transcription. (2005)
  • "Characterization of IE62 mediated activation of the varicella zoster ORF28/29 promoter" 28th Annual International Herpesvirus Workshop (2004)
  • "Control of the varicella zoster virus ORF28 and ORF29 genes involves two divergent unidirectional promoters which share a common USF site." The 4th annual VZV satellite workshop, The 29th annual international Herpesvirus workshop (2004)
  • "Promoter and cell type dependent activation and repression by the varicella zoster virus IE63 promotein" 4th Annual VZV Satellite Workshop held with the 29th Annual International Herpesvirus Workshop (2004)
  • "Cellular factors and IE62 activation of VZV promoters" 4th International Conference on Varicella, Herpes Zoster and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (2001)
  • "In vitro activity of cefepime against gram-negative bacteria resistant to third generation cephalosporins" 21st International Congress of Chemotherapy (1999)
  • "Beta-lactamase stability of ceftibuten, a new third generation oral cephalosporin" 2nd National Conference on Clinical Pharmacology (1997)
Service Activities:
  • Chinese Bacterial Resistance Surveillance Study Group; Coordinator (1998–1999)
  • Organizing committee of the 2nd National Conference on Clinical Pharmacology, Beijing, China; Member (1997–present)

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Contact Information

UB Downtown Gateway
Department of Family Medicine Primary Care Research Institute
77 Goodell Street, Suite 220R
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 816-7240
Fax: (716) 845-6899

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