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Shehzad                        Merchant

Shehzad S. Merchant MD

Department of Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Infectious Diseases

Professional Summary:

I primarily provide consultations for inpatients at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) and Gates Vascular Institute (GVI). I also provide consultation services at Roswell Park Cancer Institute during on-call weekends.

In my clinic at BGMC, I evaluate and treat patients with a variety of infections primarily as a follow-up from recent hospitalization. This allows for continuity of care, a service that is highly appreciated by the medical and surgical services at BGMC and GVI.

I enjoy teaching medical students, residents, and fellows on inpatient consultation service at BGMC and GVI; consultations may be called by a medical or a surgical service. Medical services include general internal medicine or one of the medical specialties (cardiology, pulmonary, nephrology, oncology, etc.), neurology, family medicine and rehab medicine. Surgical services include general surgery, colorectal surgery, bariatric surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedic and hand surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery and urology. This spectrum of consultations allows for a broad variety of patients, which provides fellows and residents a diverse intellectual experience during their rotation.

I see patients with residents and fellows and discuss cases with them. Also, I provide didactic morning reports to the internal medicine residency program. During my off-service months, I enjoy writing case reports with the medicine residents.

I am also the director of the Anti-microbial Stewardship (AMS) program at BGMC and GVI. In this role, and in collaboration with the pharmacy department, I am responsible for providing an overview to the antimicrobial use at these institutions. The aim of the AMS program is to help provide to the different specialties a better understanding of appropriate use of antibiotics and to adjust or de-escalate antibiotics whenever it is deemed appropriate. Our goals are to reduce nosocomial infections like Clostridium difficile, reduce colonization/infection with multi-drug resistant organisms and decrease the length of hospital stay whenever possible.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Infectious Disease, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester (2006)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center (2004)
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Rochester General Hospital, University of Rochester (2002)
  • MBBS, Aga Khan University Medical College (AKUMC) (1999)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2010-present)
Awards and Honors:
  • Second prize-case reports- Second Department of Medicine Research Day- May 31, 2014 (2014)
  • Second prize-case reports- First Department of Medicine Research Day- June 1, 2013 (2013)
  • WNYHSP- Practitioner Award (2013)
  • Buffalo Business First- Healthcare 50 (2013)
  • Specialty Teaching Award, (2008)

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Professional Memberships:
  • Member of the American College of Physicians (ACP)
  • Member of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)

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Contact Information

Buffalo General Medical Center
100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 859-7224
Fax: (716) 859-1491

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