Assistant Professor and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
I am a board-certified gastroenterologist with deep clinical experience. Having been a leader in interventional endoscopy in the gulf region in the U.S. for nearly a decade, I now care for patients at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC), Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). I also care for patients at the UBMD Internal Medicine office at 1020 Youngs Rd. in Amherst. Patient-focused care is a hallmark of my medical practice; I often collaborate with other gastroenterologists and primary care physicians to help ensure the best possible coordinated care for my patients.
I have advanced training in therapeutic endoscopic procedures, and I have vast experience in all aspects of therapeutic endoscopy. This includes endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), interventional endoscopic ultrasounds (EUS), endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), radio frequency ablation (RFA), cryoablation, balloon-assisted ERCP in postsurgical anatomy, cholangioscopy, biliary and pancreatic EUS rendezvous, post-liver-transplant ERCP in deceased and live-donor anatomy and minimally invasive hybrid endoscopic surgery.
My research interests span the field of interventional endoscopy, with a special focus on genetic and environmental risk factors of pancreas disease as well as interventional endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).
I am active in training and mentoring the next generation of physicians. I believe it’s critical that trainees understand the disease process. I encourage them to question the intricacies of each case in order to foster their knowledge and growth as clinicians. I believe that expecting trainees to conceptualize each case in this manner is more valuable than simply memorizing the data. When approaching disease from this perspective, novel questions inherently arise and this, in turn, drives research questions that will fill a void in the extant literature. I teach from the perspective that while I am an expert in this field, I continue to be a student, following the literature and incorporating best practices as they arise.