Clinical Associate Professor
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
My clinical expertise focuses on comprehensive management of general pulmonary problems such as evaluation and treatment of shortness of breath and chronic cough, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural effusions. My special clinical interest is the evaluation and management of patients with suspected or proven pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). There are less than a dozen pulmonary hypertension care physician-consultants in upstate New York (north and west of Poughkeepsie). In conjunction with UBMD’s pulmonary and cardiology consultants and other health care staff, I attend to the very specialized needs of patients with PAH at the UBMD dedicated pulmonary clinic at UBMD Internal Medicine at Amherst and at the outpatient Heart and Lung Center at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC).
In my role at UBMD’s dedicated pulmonary clinic at UBMD Internal Medicine at Amherst, I evaluate and treat patients with the pulmonary conditions mentioned above. I also provide local care for patients who have received lung transplants elsewhere, coordinating and collaborating on their care with the physicians and health care providers from the lung transplant center where they received the transplant. As a physician-consultant for the inpatient UBMD pulmonary consult services at BGMC and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and in conjunction with my UBMD pulmonary team, I attend to the needs of hospitalized patients with pulmonary problems.
I actively participate in clinical research to find new and better ways to help manage and treat patients with PAH.
A constant of my career has been to help supervise and educate future pulmonologists in both the hospital and outpatient settings so that they can improve their pulmonary medical knowledge base and procedural skills. I mentor fellows through UB’s pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship program by clinically supervising their patient interactions in offices and hospitals, teaching them certain testing and procedural skills and emphasizing a respectful, attentive and compassionate approach to patients.