Department of Family Medicine
Family Medicine Faculty
Oh? How do you spell that? Patients often ask. I usually reply “ Oh, like Oh no!”. And you guessed it! The most common reply to that is “Oh~ I get it”. I am an American that was born in South Korea and educated in England. Because of the upbringing I had, I have a less than usual accent. I have lived in Buffalo since 2001. The people of Buffalo that I met when I initially came here, accidentally thinking it was part of New York City, taught me a great deal of humility. This is what I love about Buffalo. This is also the reason I brought my Fiance with me to live in this great city. My interests in Family medicine grew from volunteering in rural Ghana and Haiti as a medical student, where I learned fostering a strong physician-patient relationship and health education is crucial to improving the overall health of the community.
My interests in my practice reflect the lessons I have learned traveling around the world. I practice full spectrum family medicine, which means that I take care of patients ranging from age of 1 day to 100 years old. I take care of obstetric patients, deliver babies, take care of the father when he is forced to come into the clinic. I also perform minor dermatological, gynecologic and orthopedic procedures in the office. I strive to be a supportive partner in helping people prevent serious illness by living a more healthy lifestyle. I strive to be a constant and relentless companion in immunization, weight loss and smoking cessation. I also guide people to make the best decision for the patients themselves and their loved ones to help guide them into having a dignified death surrounded by loved one. I see patients in the ICU, and hospital floors at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital with the Family Medicine Residency team.
My other role in UBMD Family Medicine is as a teacher. As mentioned above, I believe that the major role of a physician is to educate. We can make a huge impact on the health of our community by educating and empowering patients to make the best informed health decisions for themselves. We can also empower our fellow health care workers from physicians to nurses aides by sharing our knowledge and allowing them to take care of their patients with greater efficiency and proficiency. As a family physician in an academic setting I am in a privileged position to influence the future physicians and how they view the complex healthcare world around us. I have experience teaching and organizing teaching at the residency level as the Academic Chief resident at the UB Family Medicine residency, where I continue to help with organization and curriculum development with the current Academic Chief. I am also one of the seminar leaders for Clinical Practice of Medicine (CPM) curriculum the first year medical students at UB. I am enrolled in the Royal College of Physicians educators program to improve my teaching skills. I look forward to growing as a physician and an educator with this great community.