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Smita                          Bakhai

Smita Y. Bakhai MD,MPH,FACP

Department of Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Internal Medicine

Professional Summary:

I provide outpatient primary care service at Erie County Medical Center. I treat patients with multiple chronic medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and high cholesterol, providing proactive, preventative and compassionate care for these complex cases. My practice emphasizes coordinating care across interdisciplinary teams and helping patients make therapeutic lifestyle changes through diet, exercise and weight loss. I take great pleasure in working with diverse, underserved patients, including patients with mental illnesses, helping them understand their disease, overcome barriers to treatment and address the causes of noncompliance.

As a medical director of the Internal Medicine Clinic, I am actively engaged in several ongoing quality improvement projects to improve patient safety and the quality of care we provide. I have led initiatives to design and optimize clinical workflows and to implement Allscript Enterprise Electronic Health Records (EHR) in all outpatient clinics at ECMC, building a framework to provide consistent care throughout our health care system. Through benchmarking evidence-based national quality standards and providing physician leadership in using EHR and Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) programs, I hope to lay the groundwork for a twenty-first century health care system.

I am passionate about teaching and education. I provide mentoring, teaching and supervision for medical students and the 16 residents at our clinic. My goal is to create great leaders and excellent physicians for the future.

Education and Training:
  • Executive Development in Health Care Management Certificate Program, UB School of Managment (2015)
  • Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Development Program, State University of New York at Buffalo (2014)
  • Cert, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) (2010)
  • Dipl, Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians (2010)
  • Residency, Occupational Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University (1998)
  • MPH, Public Health, major in Occupational Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (1996)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University at Buffalo (1991)
  • MBBS, B. J. Medical College, Gujarat University (1986)
  • Medical Director, ECMC Internal Medicine Center (2009-present)
  • Clinical Instructor, University at Buffalo (2005-present)
  • Assistant Professor, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo (2005-present)
Awards and Honors:
  • NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program Certificate (2010)
  • Honors in Internal Medicine (1985)
  • Honors in Pharmacology and Microbiology (1984)
  • Gold Medal in Pharmacology awarded by Indian Pharmaceutical Society (1983)
  • Silver Medal for second rank (1983)
  • Honors in Physiology and Biochemistry (1981)

Professional Memberships:
  • Society Of General Internal Medicine (2015–present)
  • American Society of Internal Medicine (1992–present)
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (1992–present)
  • American College of Physicians (ACp) (1992–present)
  • "Quality of Care of Diabetic Patients with severe Mental illness in an academic hosptial based primary care clinc" NY Chapter of ACP (2015)
  • "Improving breast cancer screening rates in a primary care clinic setting" Department of Medicine Research Day (2015)
  • "Improving diabetic monofilament testing in an academic primary care clinic" Department of Medicine Research Day (2015)
  • "Quality of care of diabetic patients with severe mental illness in an academic hospital based primary care clinic" Department of Medicine Research Day (2015)
Service Activities:
  • Girl Scout Leader and Co-leader (1997–2004)

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Contact Information

Erie County Medical Center
Suite 15, Internal Medicine Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: 716-898-3152
Fax: 716-898-5352

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