Department of Family Medicine
Clinical Instructor, Academic Scholar, Attending Physician
I was born in Buffalo and raised and educated in Japan, and the broad experience I have had during my life journey has shaped me as a physician in numerous ways. First, it was my dream to return to the beautiful city of Buffalo and contribute to my birthplace community by caring for Western New York patients. Second, because I needed to adapt to two different countries and languages at different points in my life, I am particularly sensitive to patients struggling with similar circumstances. Both my medical training and my upbringing have instilled in me a humanistic approach to medical care. I listen carefully to the verbal and non-verbal information my patients give me, and I approach them with compassion. I embrace the Eastern tradition of treating my patients holistically, taking into consideration the challenges in their lives in addition to the health issues they face. My philosophy in working with my patients is that we are a team: it is us against their illnesses and the obstacles in their lives, and together we will work toward a healthier situation that includes physical health as well as emotional and spiritual well-being.
I see patients at the Jefferson Clinic, Buffalo General Medical Center and the Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo. I care for adult, pediatric, obstetric and geriatric patients, and I conduct minor outpatient surgeries. I provide patient counseling and education on a wide range of topics.
I love to teach and I care about my students’ overall growth and maturation as well as the quality of medical education they receive. I started my medical and teaching practice as an emergency room physician and am always looking for ways to improve my teaching skills by participating in, for example, the Royal College of Physicians Program. I lecture on a variety of topics as well as provide hands-on training and bedside teaching to our medical students throughout their four years of medical education. I am a core faculty member for family medicine residents and direct biweekly grand rounds in addition to providing lectures, seminars and bedside teaching to our trainees. I established a procedure workshop at the Jefferson Clinic so that residents can learn useful procedures in an outpatient setting, e.g., trigger point injection, joint aspiration, IUD insertion and removal, laceration repair and cryotherapy. Additionally, I am an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) instructor and provide lectures and seminars regularly throughout New York State to medical providers that need to be certified in ALSO.
I am interested in research that involves medicine as well as physics and aerospace and environmental engineering.