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Vijay                          Aswani

Vijay H. Aswani MD, PhD, FACP, FAAP

Department of Medicine

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Specialty/Research Focus

Internal Medicine; Internal Medicine - General; Internal Medicine - Pediatrics; Pediatrics

Professional Summary:

Francis W Peabody said: “… the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient”

I am a primary care physician to adults and children, forging long-term relationships with my patients and their families, as their doctor from birth to death. I am board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics.
My mission in medicine is four-fold: to provide empathetic and expert patient care, to teach and train the next generation of physicians, research and global health.

I practice in UBMD’s Division of Internal Medicine at Conventus-- part of the Buffalo Niagara medical campus. I therefore offer easy access primary care to all staff and students in the medical campus, and their families.

I have a Ph.D. in biochemistry and worked for a decade as a scientist and professor. I therefore have an interest in genetic and metabolic disorders. I led adult cystic fibrosis care for five years at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin. I continue to provide care to patients with these congenital diseases.

I have a decade of experience in training different learners in the outpatient setting, on international medical mission trips and in the hospital.

My research is on bacteriophages -- their role in the microbiome of the respiratory tract and in genomic predictors of pathogenicity in bacteria. I also do research on problems I have seen in my patient population – suicidal ideation and risk in high school students and obesity in children.

I believe a good history and physical exam can reduce needless testing in the search for a diagnosis. My skills have been honed by practice in Africa and Latin America. I was a short-term Ebola Clinician in Sierra Leone during the 2014-2015 outbreak and remain committed to delivering healthcare internationally.

I offer primary care support to specialty services and welcome learners and collaborators in our mission to provide excellent healthcare to populations locally and globally.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics (2015)
  • Fellowship, Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians (2013)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Marshfield Clinic and Saint Joseph Hospital (2009)
  • Internship, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Marshfield Clinic and Saint Joseph Hospital (2006)
  • MD, Medicine, Medical University of the Americas (2005)
  • PhD, Biochemistry, University of Bombay (1992)
  • MS, Biochemistry, University of Bombay (1986)
  • BS, Microbiology, University of Bombay, 1st Class (1984)
  • Staff Physician, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Marshfield Clinic and Saint Joseph Hospital (2015–2017)
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health (2005–2017)
  • Short Term Ebola Clinician, Ebola Emergency Response, Partners in Health, Sierra Leone (2015)
  • Staff Physician, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Marshfield Clinic and Saint Joseph Hospital (2009–2015)
  • Resident Physician, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Marshfield Clinic and Saint Joseph Hospital (2005–2009)
  • Medical School Administrator, Medical University of the Americas, Division of the Clinical Sciences (2004–2005)
  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Biochemistry and Microbiology, Medical University of the Americas, Basic Sciences Division, St. Kitts And Nevis (2002–2004)
  • Assistant Professor of Biochemisty, Biochemistry, Medical University of the Americas, Basic Sciences Division, St. Kitts And Nevis (2001–2002)
  • Permanent Faculty, Biological and Chemical Sciences, Florida State University, Panama Canal Branch, Panama (2000)
  • Molecular Data Analyst and Lab Manager, Laboratory of Molecular Evolution, Naos Marine Laboratory, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama (1997–2000)
  • Manager, Clinical Chemistry, Promociones de Laboratorios, S.A., Panama (1994–1997)
  • Research Scientist, Biotechnology, Bharat Serums and Vaccines Pvt Ltd, India (1991–1993)
  • Research Fellow, Biochemistry, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India
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Awards and Honors:
  • Joseph J Mazza Teachering award for excellence in combined internal medicine-pediatrics education (2012)
  • Volunteerism Award (2011)
  • Chief Resident Award in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (2009)
  • Nikolai Award for Outstanding Resident Research (2009)
  • Transitional Year Outstanding Resident Teaching Award (2009)
  • Best paper in field of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism (2006)
  • Dean of Clinic Medicine Award (2005)
  • Outstanding Professor Award (2003)

Research Expertise:
  • Genomics: I have sequenced viral and bacterial genomes, assembled the contigs and annotated them.
  • Primary Care: I provide integrated, collaborative primary care to my patients. This means that I address all the medical needs of my patients, involving other specialists as needed.
  • Primary Care Office Procedures: I routinely do office procedures such as joint aspiration and injections, sebaceous and pilar cyst excisions, punch and shave biopsies and incision and drainage.
  • Teaching medical school biochemistry: I developed a curriculum and taught medical biochemistry to 1st year medical students for several years.

Journal Articles:
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Books and Book Chapters:
  • Bermingham E, Aswani VH, Castillo A, Gonzalez R. Peces de agua dulce de Panama. 2001.
  • Aswani VH. Water Pollution in Panama. Atlas of the Environment. 1995.
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Professional Memberships:
  • American Society of Microbiology (2010–present)
  • American Medical Association (2005–present)
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association (2005–present)
  • American College of Physicians (2005–present)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2005–present)
  • "Cystic fibrosis as a Chronic Medical Condition" American Association of Medical Assistants, Wisconsin Chapter, Annual Meeting, American Association of Medical Assistants Wisconsin Chapter (2017)
  • "Ebola: A Personal Perspective as a Short-term Clinician in Sierra Leone, West Africa" Grand Rounds, Marshfield Clinic (2015)

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Contact Information

UBMD Internal Medicine
1001 Main Street, 4th floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-961-9400
Fax: 716-961-9402

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