Paula Burkard MD, PhD

Paula Burkard

Paula Burkard

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Specialty/Research Focus


Contact Information
Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 898-3391

Patient Care

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Professional Summary:

I chose the field of gastroenterology as my medical subspecialty because of my long-standing interest in cellular absorptive processes and the role of immunity in preventing and causing diseases. I have made the transition from basic scientist to full-time academic physician and find clinical practice in gastroenterology challenging, fast-paced and immensely satisfying.

I see patients as a UBMD physician at Erie County Medical Center in both inpatient and outpatient capacities, and I see patients at the UBMD Internal Medicine on Youngs Road in Amherst, NY as well. I manage the care of adult patients of all ages and backgrounds in clinical situations that range from basic gastroenterology and liver disease to specialized hepatobiliary and pancreatic problems. I am comfortable with office-based consultation and all routine endoscopic procedures as well as complicated emergent and advanced endoscopic procedures. One of the most rewarding aspects of my career is the variety of clinical problems I evaluate on a daily basis.

I also love the teaching aspect of being an academic physician, and I have been teaching and supervising medical students, residents and fellows for over 25 years. I consider academic physicians to be lifelong learners — i.e., health care practitioners who keep pace with medical advances in order to teach those who follow in our footsteps. Our constant review of the latest medical breakthroughs and the continuous and open exchange of thoughts and ideas we foster with our students allow us to stay up to date on medical knowledge and this, in turn, enhances our ability to deliver the highest quality patient care. I also mentor clinical research projects with medical residents and review manuscripts for publication in the medical literature.

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women‘s Hospital (1994)
  • Residency, Yale (1991)
  • MD, Yale (1991)
  • PhD, Washington University School of Medicine (1988)
  • MD, Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine (1988)
  • BS, The Catholic University of America (1981)
  • MS, MS Organic Chemistry, The Catholic University of America (1981)


  • Clinical Associate Professor, University at Buffalo (2002-present)
  • Director, Endoscopy Training, University at Buffalo (1998–2003)
  • Medical Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Laboratory, Buffalo General Hospital (1998–2002)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (1995–2002)
  • Instructor, Gastroenterology, West Roxbury VA, Harvard University (1994)
  • Gastroenterology/Ambulatory Care Clinical Staff Instructor, Brockton/West Roxbury VAMC (1994)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Washington University (1983)

Awards and Honors:

  • Subspecialist Teacher of the Year (1997)

Journal Articles:

  • Nasser E., Abbas A., Raad D., Burkard P. Unusually elevated Ca19-9 in choledocholithiasis.. Practical Gastroenterology. 2013.
  • Raghavendran K, Cherr G, Ford, P.F., Burkard P, Bell-Thompson, J.. Successful Management of concomitant aortoesophageal and aortotracheal fistulae secondary to thoracic aortic aneurism : case report and review of literature.. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 2005; 42.
  • Burkard PG, Lance P, Burkard P. Mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue and other gastrointestinal lymphomas. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2000; 16(2).
  • Burkard P, Lance M.P.. MALT and other GI Lymphomas. Current Opinions in Gastroenterology. 2000; 16.
  • Burkard P. Pharmacotherapy of acid-peptic disorders. Lippincotts Prim Care Pract. 1998; 2(4).
  • Burkard P, Lance M.P.. Clinical Decision Making in Colorectal Cancer Screening.. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management. 1997; 4.
  • Kaoutzani P, Colgan SP, Cepek KL, Burkard PG, Carlson S, Delp-Archer C, Brenner MB, Madara JL, Burkard P. Reconstitution of cultured intestinal epithelial monolayers with a mucosal-derived T lymphocyte cell line. Modulation of epithelial phenotype dependent on lymphocyte-basolateral membrane apposition. J Clin Invest. 1994; 94(2).
  • Burkard P, Roderick, SL, Grant, GA, Banaszak LJ, Strauss AW. Comparison of the Precursor and Mature Forms of Rat Heart Mitochondrial Malate Dehydrogenase. Biochemistry. 1987; 26.
  • Chu TW, Burkard P, Strauss AW. The Role of Arginine Residues in the Rat Mitochondrial Malate Dehydrogenase Transit Peptide.. Biol Chem. 1987.
  • Chu T.W., Burkard P, Strauss A.W.. Mutation of a Neutral Amino Acid in the Transit Peptide of Rat Mitochondrial Malate Dehydrogenase Abolishes Binding and Import.. Biol Chem. 1987; 262.
  • Grant Burkard, Paula, Tellam J., May V., Strauss AW. Isolation and Nucleotide Sequence of a cDNA Clone Encoding Rat Mitochondrial Malate Dehydrogenase. Nucleic Acids Research. 1986; 14.
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Books and Book Chapters:

  • Lance M.P., Burkard P. Carcinoma of the Liver. 1996.


  • Aranez JL, Abbas A, Burkard P. Patient satisfaction across several aspects of the colonoscopy experience as factors influencing tolerance and acceptance of repeat colonoscopy. Am J Gastroenterol. 2015; 110(1).
  • Abbas A, Nasser E, Raad D, Burkard P. Does this patient have pancreatic-biliary cancer?. Am J Gastroenterol. 2012; 107(1).
  • Mreyoud A, Burkard P. HIV associated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the small intestine. Am J Gastroenterol. 2007; 102(2).
  • Burkard P, Kaoutzani P., Colgan S.P., Cepek K.L., Carlson S., Delp-Archer C., Brenner M.B., Madara J.L.. Physiologically Positioned Intraepithelial Lymphocytes (IEL) Regulate Ion Transport and Barrier Function of Model Epithelia.. Gastroenterology. 1994; 106.
  • Chu T.W., Burkard P, Strauss A.W.. Mutational Analysis of the Rat Mitochondrial Malate Dehydrogenase Transit Peptide. (abstract). Cell Biochem. 1987; Sup(11A).
  • Chu, T.W., Burkard P, Strauss A.W.. Role of a Leucine Residue in the Import of Malate Dehydrogenase from Rat Heart.. Mol Cell Card. 1987; 19(IV).
  • Montgomery M., Burkard P, Chu T.W., Meininger T., Banaszak L., Strauss, A.W.. Expression of the Precursor to Rat Heart Mitochondrial Malate Dehydrogenase in E coli and Comparison of Activity, Aggregation and Crystallization Conditions.. Mol Cell Card,. 1987; 19(IV).
  • Burkard P, Strauss A.W.. Analysis of Mitochondrial Compartmentalization Signals by Cloning of Mitochondrial Malate Dehydrogenase.. Circulation. 1985; 72(3).
  • Burkard P, May V.L., Tellam J., Strauss A.W.. Mitochondrial Malate Dehydrogenase and Glutamate Dehydrogenase are Initially Synthesized as Larger Precursor.. Fred. Proc. 1983; 42(7).

Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:

  • Nasser E., Burkard P. Marked Elevation of CA 19-9 in a Patient with Benign Biliary Obstruction. Gastroenterology. 2012.

Professional Memberships:

  • Member, American Gastroenterological Association (1995–present)
  • Associate Member, American Institute of Pancreatology (1993–1994)
  • Member, American College of Gastroenterology (1992–present)


  • "Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Disorders of the Colon" D’Youville College (2001)
  • "Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Disorders of the Colon" D’Youville College (2000)
  • "Band Ligation of Esophageal Varices" Chinese Gastroenterologists, Shanghai University Hospital (1999)
  • "Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Disorders of the Colon" D’Youville College (1999)

Service Activities:

  • Reviewer of articles submitted to “Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; Reviewer (1998–present)

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Contact Information

Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 898-3391

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