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Faculty Profiles

Mohammadreza, Azadfard
Azadfard, Mohammadreza, MDClinical Assistant Professor- Medical director of Substance Abuse in Erie County Medical Center(ECMC) and UB/MD addiction Medicine
Email: azadfard@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 816-7253

Specialty/Research Focus:
Addictions; Family Medicine

Research Summary:
Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine Board Certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine

Roseanne, Berger
Berger, Roseanne, MDSenior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Email: bergerrc@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 688-9641

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine; Geriatric Medicine

Richard, Blondell
Email: blondell@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 816-7237

Specialty/Research Focus:
Addictions; Family Medicine

Research Summary:
I care for patients admitted to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and the Terrace House residence at Horizon Health Services as they withdraw and stabilize from drug and/or alcohol addiction. I also see patients at the UBMD addiction medicine ambulatory care office on Sweet Home Rd. There, I care for patients addicted to prescription opiate medications, alcohol or heroin and for patients with chronic pain syndromes who are addicted to prescription drugs. In addition, I am a consultant at the student health center on the Buffalo State College campus, seeing patients who are referred to me for evaluation of a possible or previously diagnosed substance use disorder. I have an active research portfolio and focus on three main areas of study. I investigate clinical protocols for patients who have a chronic pain disorder that coexists with a prescription drug addiction. I aim to find ways to control pain in these patients while keeping them engaged in treatment for their addiction. In collaboration with the Center for Development of Human Services (CDHS) at Buffalo State College, I investigate clinical management strategies for pregnant women who have a prescription drug addiction. I seek solutions that will help ensure effective treatment—and help ensure these patients stay in treatment—toward the goal of successful newborn deliveries. I also conduct educational research related to the best practices for training physicians on addiction medicine topics, coordinating this work with the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Our objective is to ensure that addiction medicine physicians receive appropriate training, particularly as it relates to their role in preventing alcohol and drug addiction and identifying the beginning stages of substance problems. I teach medical students, family medicine residents and psychiatry and addiction medicine fellows. During the summer, I mentor medical students conducting clinical research. Under a contract with ABAM, I work with UB colleagues to coordinate the national effort to develop addiction medicine fellowship programs and to standardize the curriculum offered in these programs. I conduct training sessions for Buffalo State College nurse practitioners, athletic directors and counselors to help them identify and intervene with students at risk for, or who manifest the early signs of substance use problems.

Jennifer, Corliss
Corliss, Jennifer, MDClinical Assistant Professor; Associate Residency Program Director
Email: jcorliss@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 688-9641

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Research Summary:
As a family medicine physician, I provide care to patients of all ages, including procedures such as biopsies, joint injection and laceration suturing, and I offer women’s health care as well. I provide care in settings where my patients need me--during outpatient visits, in urgent care situations and when they are hospitalized, e.g., I see seriously ill patients in the ICU, newborns in the nursery and women during labor and delivery. I also provide volunteer primary care at the Lighthouse Clinic. I feel fortunate to be able to take care of my patients in these different settings and throughout the stages of their lives; it helps me get to know my patients in order to care for them well. I am interested in global health, and I travel to developing nations with medical students and other physicians to render needed medical care. During these trips, we might work in existing local clinics. More often, however, we set up short-term clinics with supplies and medications that we bring with us, in settings as basic as an abandoned building in Uganda or a rural field in Panama. Most recently, I traveled to an Amazon basin in Peru with other physicians and thirteen of our first-year medical students to deliver much-needed clinical care. My students received hands-on experience assisting with procedures and organizing patients’ medications. They also saw patients, under my guidance. In return, we gained valuable insight into Peruvian culture and the country’s health care system and learned about tropical diseases not common in the U.S. I am privileged to care for patients in developing nations. These experiences expand my sensitivity to diverse cultures, both in my practice here and abroad, and they provide me with a greater perspective on health care worldwide—all of which I am able to share with the medical students and residents I teach. I also have an interest in women’s health and obstetrical care. I serve as advisory faculty and course director for the Advanced Life Support Obstetrics course, which we hold annually in Buffalo to train residents and faculty members in emergency care during childbirth. As an associate program director for the family medicine residency program, I work daily with residents. I give lectures, teach procedures and supervise residents and medical students in both the office and the hospital. Working in an academic environment creates an enthusiastic workplace and ensures that I stay current on clinical information. I also work with the Family Medicine Interest Group, mentoring medical students who are interested in becoming primary care physicians.

Jeanette, Figueroa
Figueroa, Jeanette, MDAssistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Email: jlf4@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 332-3797

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Torin, Finver
Finver, Torin, MDClinical Instructor
Email: torinfin@buffalo.edu
Phone: (404) 468-1579

Specialty/Research Focus:
Addictions; Family Medicine

Research Summary:
My practice at UBMD Family Medicine is focused on treating patients with substance dependency and on preventing addiction. My responsibilities with UBMD include collaborating with Horizon Health Services and Renaissance Addiction Services, Inc. (RASI) as medical director for these Western New York organizations. Both provide rehabilitation services in supportive residential environments to help patients stabilize from drug and/or alcohol withdrawal. I take an interdisciplinary approach in my work and collaborate with expert colleagues in social work, psychiatry and pain management to arrive at the best possible care for my adolescent and adult patients. Prior to expanding my training to specialize in addiction medicine, I practiced medicine as a primary care physician trained in both functional medicine and medical acupuncture, which I incorporated into a holistic practice. My motivation to concentrate in the addictions field was in part driven by my own personal and family history. I realized that my experience and insights are valuable assets to recognizing and treating the common, often fatal, yet treatable disease of addiction. Using my background in functional medicine, I take a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to address the underlying causes of addiction, looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence the long-term health of individuals with this complex and chronic disease. I spend time with my patients in a comfortable setting, listening to their histories and engaging them in a therapeutic partnership that addresses their needs. The science behind understanding addictions and related behavioral disorders is fascinating and rapidly expanding. Addiction affects individuals and families and has far-reaching societal effects. As such, preventing addiction is also an important part of my work. I collaborate with UB’s Department of Pediatrics to educate children and adolescents in order to prevent addiction—an approach that is more successful than focusing on end-stage disease, the treatment modality that has been the norm for decades. As a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine, I am dedicated to educating others and to contributing to the field through research and community involvement. I teach medical students and residents: I coordinate the curriculum for the Addiction Medicine elective for them and enjoy having them on site with me for rotations. And as program director for the department’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship, I work with the Buffalo-based National Center for Addiction Training to advance this discipline and maintain high standards for educating and preparing future fellows for American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) certification. The center’s mission helps equip future physicians with the best knowledge to identify signs and symptoms of addiction in its earliest stages--or possibly prevent it altogether.

Muhammad, Ghazi
Ghazi, Muhammad, MDAssistant Professor
Email: mghazi@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-831-8612

Specialty/Research Focus:
Addictions; Family Medicine

Patrick, Glasgow
Glasgow, Patrick, MDClinical Instructor
Email: pdglasgo@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 831-8612
Kim, Griswold
Griswold, Kim, MD, MPH, RN, FAAFPAssociate Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Public Health and Health Professions
Email: griswol@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 816-7247

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Research Summary:
My clinical practice focuses on the comprehensive care of seriously mentally ill adults, and I see patients in an integrated primary care/behavioral health clinic. I also am responsible for the hospital care of adult inpatients at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC). Additionally, I provide volunteer primary care for refugee and immigrant populations seeking asylum. I conduct research projects related to psychiatry, cultural care and public health and am currently involved in several initiatives. One focuses on breast health education of refugee and immigrant women. It aims to increase knowledge about breast health and breast screening among clinical providers and refugee and immigrant women in Erie County. I am the medical director of a program that serves survivors of political and state-sponsored torture living in Western New York through an intensive case management and strength-based, client-centered model. The goals of the program are to increase self-sufficiency and to support survivors in their healing process. Additionally, I am a co-investigator on a project to increase the primary care workforce size, leadership potential, diversity and commitment to patient-centered medical home (PCMH) models of practice in underserved areas throughout the region, state and nation. The project goal is to create a PCMH training environment and curriculum that will develop faculty and offer medical students and health professional trainees multiple levels of experiential learning, equipping them to build and practice in medical homes while exposing them to vulnerable, underserved patient populations and positive role models. I enjoy teaching, and I mentor pre-med and medical students. I also work with family medicine residents to provide complete inpatient management of adult patients at BGMC. I feel fortunate to have worked as a nurse and in the field of public health before going to medical school. Integrating my nursing, public health and physician experiences broadens my perspectives of how health care professionals affect individuals and communities through our health care system, which helps me prepare students and residents to care for patients in these complex, evolving environments. I am keenly interested in preparing trainees to care for vulnerable populations such as those patients living in poverty, seeking asylum and/or recovering from trauma. With the help of an NIH grant, I collaborated with other professionals in the community to establish a cultural competency program at the medical school. This program aims to teach students how to care for patients from diverse cultural backgrounds with empathy and respect. The program has also improved access to preventive and primary services for refugees who have resettled in Western New York. Working on Buffalo’s Lower West Side with vulnerable and underserved populations has equipped me with a wealth of knowledge about caring for individuals from diverse cultures and from around the world—all of which I tap to train the next generation of family medicine physicians and students from other health care professions.

David, Holmes
Holmes, David, MDClinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Director of Global Health Education
Email: dholmes@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 831-8612

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Research Summary:
As a family physician, I have always wanted to work where I’m needed most. I enjoy practicing in medically underserved communities both locally and globally. I see patients on Buffalo’s East Side. I also routinely take medical students with me on medical relief trips to impoverished and developing countries. I was born in Kenya, East Africa and am grateful to my parents for giving me an international upbringing and global perspective on life. They were inspiring teachers who had a heart for students and for serving those in need around the world. This contributed to my passion for global health. From delivering babies to caring for those at the end of their lives and all ages in between, I engage in the full spectrum of family health care. I see patients and precept students and residents at ECMC Family Health Center in Buffalo; I perform outpatient procedures as well as visit patients in their homes. Patient education is an important aspect of my care, because I strongly believe that part of my work is to prevent disease. I strive to practice high quality, patient-centered and holistic health care. I address not only the physical wellness of my patients, but also their emotional, social and spiritual needs. Since 2014, I‘ve practiced addiction medicine at UB|MD Family Medicine Specialty Services. I am working towards board certification in this specialty and expect to be board certified by 2017. I love this field of medicine because, over several months, I see lives dramatically change for the better. I enjoy teaching students and residents in various settings, e.g., in classrooms, hospitals, outpatient offices, free clinics—and even farther afield in backdrops such as the Adirondack Mountains and rural Haiti. At times, I hold informal seminars at my home. Seeing trainees progress through the years and develop into outstanding physicians inspires and gratifies me. After completing my residency at UB, my wife, who is also on the medical school’s faculty, and I liked Buffalo so much that we decided to raise our children in Western New York. Being a UB faculty member is a perfect fit for me. It allows me to teach, care for those in need, pursue my research interests and above all, make a difference. I try to live by my personal mission statement: “The purpose of my life is to love and honor God and my family and make a positive and significant difference in the lives of others.” Being a medical faculty member at UB gives me the supportive environment and diverse community to work toward those goals every day.

Linda, Kahn
Kahn, Linda, PhDProfessor, Primary Care Research Institute
Email: lskahn@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 816-7254

Research Summary:
As a medical anthropologist and health services researcher, I leverage quantitative and qualitative data to learn more about social, cultural, economic and political factors that influence access to treatment. My research focuses on vulnerable, low-income people living with substance use disorder, behavioral health conditions, and chronic disease. In these studies, I use in-depth interviews to obtain personal histories and uncover contextual factors, such as social support, which influence physical and mental health. I have been principal investigator/lead evaluator on a series of quality improvement studies of enrollees in a Medicaid managed-care insurance program for individuals with substance use and behavioral health conditions. I have also led numerous qualitative interview studies and have been co-investigator on NIH-funded studies with qualitative research components. My community-based research has promoted the growth and sustainability of academic-community partnerships and initiatives to improve health care. My current research investigates barriers and facilitators to self-sufficiency and addictions treatment among people with complex chronic health conditions who are enrolled in the specialty courts, including the drug treatment courts. This study entails in-depth interviews with a vulnerable, difficult-to-reach population. Results will inform interventions to address barriers to addiction treatment, especially for opioid use disorder, among people involved in the justice system. I am an energetic teacher and strive to encourage novice researchers, especially medical students and clinical faculty who have little or no research experience. In 2012, I began a monthly manuscript-writing workshop that draws participants from multiple disciplines and promotes interdisciplinary collaborations. Following the success of this workshop, I began a monthly grant-writing workshop; and launched a Writing Accountability Group (WAG) based on the WAG model developed at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In 2016, I became Principal Investigator/Director of a T32 NRSA Fellowship Training Program to prepare Primary Care Research Fellows (health professional doctorates and trainees with research-related doctorates) with knowledge, attitudes, and skills for translational research emphasizing the Triple Aim agenda: (1) better health, (2) better health care, and (3) better value. I collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues across the University, local health departments, insurance providers, and primary care practices to conduct health services research. On collaborative research teams, I specialize in the human factors and processes involved with implementing interventions that translate research into practice.

Marlon, Koenigsberg
Koenigsberg, Marlon, PhDDirector of Human Behavior and Mental Health Training
Email: mkoenigs@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 688-9641

Specialty/Research Focus:
Clinical Psychology

Research Summary:
As a licensed clinical psychologist working in a primary care medical office, my clinical practice includes caring for people with a broad range of adult mental health, interpersonal, and behavioral difficulties. I work closely with the primary care team, and am an active member of the multidisciplinary task group working to improve all types of health care in our offices. It is rewarding to work in an academic training environment with faculty physicians, nurses and staff who are dedicated to teaching the next generation of family physicians. In my teaching role with family medicine residents and medical students, I am primarily responsible for curriculum regarding mental health, interviewing skills, relationships, normal psychological development, stress management, behavioral aspects of medical care, and engaging patients in their health care. I also do teaching and in-service training regarding the patient centered medical home. My departmental responsibilities have included co-writing and administering many grants related to training primary care physicians. These grants have allowed us to expand our curriculum into new areas. This currently involves training our primary care residents for a changing medical environment, with emphasis on the patient centered medical home. I have also played a long-term role in clinical database management and evolving technologies.

Peter, Kowalski
Kowalski, Peter, MDClinical Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine
Email: pkowalsk@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 688-9641

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Andrea, Manyon
Manyon, Andrea, MDClinical Professor; Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Email: manyon@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 835-9800

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Research Summary:
My clinical practice is family medicine. What family physicians do best is provide medical care to individuals within the context of family and community. An examination room filled with family members poses a great opportunity: I believe that patient health can vastly improve if family support augments clinical advice. Most of my patient visits include not only the patient, but family members as well, e.g., a spouse, son, daughter or caregiver. Often, these family members are my patients, too, which allows me to understand the family and provide the best, most appropriate treatment. I have cared for as many as five generations in one family, and multigenerational care gives me great satisfaction. My practice is focused on patients with complex medical conditions and on preventive care. I like to guide patients to embrace healthier lifestyles, and I have learned a great deal from patients who have lived to advanced ages--many in their 90s--who have led healthy and happy lives. They are the role models and inspiration for me as I care for younger patients. In addition to practicing family medicine for nearly 30 years, I have conducted research in medical education. My focus has been creating a clinical skills course for first-year medical students and developing authentic evaluation strategies. I have presented these topics and led discussion on them at many national conferences. More recently, I was an advisor to family physicians practicing in the national health system in Crete, Greece who sought advanced academic skills. I serve as assistant dean for student affairs, providing academic and career counseling for students during their four years of medical school. I work with a team of academic staff to create programs that help students advance through the developmental stages of medical school and prepare them for residency applications. These programs include peer mentoring and tutoring, community physician mentoring, academic guidance and career planning and coaching for students seeking their specialty match. I also meet with students individually when needed, to guide them through the personal and life challenges they might encounter during their medical education. My goal is to support students’ learning and growth within their individual learning styles and their search for fulfilling careers that match their interests and aspirations.

Daniel, Morelli
Morelli, Daniel, MDChair, Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Email: morelli@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 816-7269

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine; Geriatric Medicine

Research Summary:
I have continuously practiced as a family physician since I graduated from residency in 1977. Since joining the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine at the University at Buffalo in 1980, I have instructed and supervised medical students and residents in the hospital and office. I have served in many administrative roles- medical director of the family medicine center clinical office, residency program director, vice chair of the department, and chief of service for family medicine at Kaleida Health and Millard Fillmore Hospital prior to the merger which created the Kaleida system. In 2002 I was appointed to the position of Chief Medical Officer for Millard Fillmore Hospital. In 2005 I served as Interim Chief Medical Officer for the Kaleida Health system, then transitioned to the position of Chief Medical Officer for the Buffalo General Hospital until 2011. In 2012 I began a mentoring program for junior clincal faculty, and most recently, in April 2013 was appointed as interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine and in September 2014 appointed as permanent chair.

David, Newberger
Newberger, David, MDClinical Associate Professor, Vice Chair for Faculty Development
Email: dsn@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 688-9641

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Research Summary:
In my practice at UBMD Family Medicine, I strive to incorporate six key principles of family medicine: maintain an ongoing patient-doctor relationship, take a comprehensive approach to care, coordinate care with other health care providers, meet community needs, promote health and prevent disease and recognize the role of the family. I review each patient’s medical history before every visit, listen carefully to the patient’s concerns and discuss issues collaboratively so that we can address the ones that are most likely to maintain or improve the patient’s health. If I have suggestions, I educate the patient about them. We then work together to arrive at a plan that allows the patient to make changes at his or her own pace. Practicing in this manner is possible with the support of colleagues at UBMD Family Medicine who also strive to provide excellent patient care guided by the key principles of family medicine. In the area of administrative and scholarly activity, I serve as vice chair for faculty development in the Department of Family Medicine. This role includes promoting interdisciplinary collaboration at the department’s biweekly Faculty Development Workshop and Primary Care Research Forum. I have served as principal investigator for grant-supported faculty development projects on topics such as genetics in primary care, leadership, scholarship, teaching effectiveness and medical education research. I also teach our trainees. In the Clinical Practice of Medicine course, I lead a seminar in which medical students learn how to interview patients, perform physical examinations and engage in effective patient-doctor communication. I provide clinical teaching for medical students and residents in the office and hospital settings. In addition, I mentor medical students and residents who are working on educational projects, on topics such as practicing evidence-based medicine and improving quality of care.

Sangrok, Oh
Oh, Sangrok, DOFamily Medicine Faculty
Email: sroh@buffalo.edu
Phone: 7168359800

Research Summary:
I practice full-spectrum family medicine, which means that I care for patients ranging from newborns to the elderly. I take care of obstetric patients, and I deliver babies. I perform minor dermatological, gynecologic and orthopedic procedures in the UBMD Family Medicine office on Sheridan Dr. I also care for patients in the intensive care unit and on hospital floors at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. I believe that the major role of a physician is to educate. I educate, guide and empower patients to make the best informed health decisions for themselves and their families. I practice medicine as a supportive partner, helping my patients prevent serious illness by coaching them to live healthy lifestyles. I am also a constant companion to my patients in regard to their immunizations and their efforts at weight loss and smoking cessation. My care for patients and their loved ones includes supporting them in end-of-life decisions that will help lead to a dignified death. As a family physician in an academic setting, I help trainees navigate the complex health care world. As the chief resident in UB’s family medicine residency, I had extensive experience teaching and organizing teaching; I bring this expertise to the residents I now teach as a faculty member. I am one of the seminar leaders for the Clinical Practice of Medicine (CPM) curriculum for first-year medical students. I am committed to empowering health care teams—students, residents, experienced physicians, nurses and nursing aides—by sharing my knowledge and fostering the best possible care of patients. I am an American born in South Korea and educated in England. My interests in family medicine grew from volunteering in rural Ghana and Haiti as a medical student, where I learned that fostering strong physician-patient relationships and health education is crucial to improving the overall health of a community. My medical practice and my teaching and mentoring of students and residents reflect the lessons I have learned throughout my international experience.

Masashi, Ohira
Ohira, Masashi, MDClinical Instructor
Email: masashio@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 831-8612

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Research Summary:
As a family physician, I am committed to providing comprehensive care to patients ranging from infants to the elderly. I am privileged to serve Western New York and to give back to the community that has given me so much throughout my medical training and beyond. I care for patients in Cleve-Hill Family Health Center, where I completed my residency. At this inner-city health clinic, I care for patients coping with multiple comorbidities in addition to significant socioeconomic challenges. I strive to build trusting relationships with my patients and feel honored when they confide in me. I do my best to understand health-related issues from their perspectives, and often our discussions go beyond health care as they share their family concerns and the challenges in their daily living. I try to help my patients in any way I can to improve the quality of their lives. I am a core faculty member in the family medicine training program. As such, I help train our residents and medical students through mentoring, seminars and lectures. I am committed to seeing that trainees receive the best possible mentoring during their time in UB’s programs. I strive to communicate effectively with them in order to maximize their potential and create an environment where open discussion and inquiry is encouraged. My responsibility as a medical educator is not limited to ensuring that basic terminology and concepts are memorized; it includes as well the ability to instill confidence in my trainees so that they are capable of applying what they learn to their practice of medicine. Developing students and residents into proficient, empathetic doctors is a truly rewarding aspect of my job. I am currently enrolled in the Royal College of Physicians. Through this program I seek ways to advance my skill sets as an educator and communicator. Specifically, I want to fine-tune my ability to help my residents grow through constructive feedback. I also am involved in recruiting and interviewing residency applicants.

Saburo, Okazaki
Okazaki, Saburo, MDClinical Instructor, Academic Scholar, Attending Physician
Email: sokazaki@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 332-3797

Research Summary:
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.

Priyanka, Patnaik
Patnaik, Priyanka, MDClinical assistant professor, Medical Director, UB Family Medicine at Jefferson
Email: ppatnaik@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716)3323797

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Research Summary:
I provide outpatient primary care service at Jefferson Family Medicine . 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, under served patients, including patients with mental illnesses, helping them understand their disease, overcome barriers to treatment and address the causes of noncompliance. I am passionate about teaching and education. I provide mentoring, teaching and supervision for medical students and the residents at our clinic. My goal is to create great leaders and excellent physicians for the future.

Gregory, Schenk
Schenk, Gregory, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: schenk@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 688-9641

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Ranjit, Singh
Singh, Ranjit, MB BChir MBAAssociate Professor, Vice Chair for Research, Director, Primary Care Research Institute
Email: rs10@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 816-7275

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Research Summary:
My work focuses on putting patient safety at the heart of medical education and practice. I care for inpatients at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) as well as in nursing home settings. I conduct research on patient safety and quality of care, focusing especially on the role of system science and information technology in improving safety in primary care. I have served as a co-investigator on grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and as the principal investigator on various other grants, including a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant that examined adopting health information technology in primary care offices and its current and potential impacts on patient safety. I bring together methods from diverse fields, including systems and reliability theory, complexity science and management science to create unique approaches to improving care. I mentor medical students on research projects. I also supervise master’s and doctoral students in UB’s School of Management who are interested in the field of management in health care settings. As vice chair for research in the Department of Family Medicine and director of the Primary Care Research Institute, my goal is to foster high quality health services research aimed at improving patient care and patient health while keeping costs down. My teaching of medical students and residents also focuses on patient safety, including medication safety and medical error disclosure. I teach these topics during clerkship, in lectures and small groups. I also teach clinical skills and supervise medical students in both outpatient and inpatient settings. I supervise family medicine residents on the inpatient service at ECMC and in nursing homes.

Andrew, Symons
Symons, Andrew, MD, MSClinical Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Medical Student Education
Email: symons@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 829-3800

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Research Summary:
I am a family physician at UBMD Family Medicine where I provide comprehensive care for children and adults. Health maintenance is a cornerstone of my practice, i.e., assuring that patients receive preventive services such as immunizations, Pap smears, mammograms and colonoscopy screening for colorectal cancer. I manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, emphysema, depression and addiction, and I treat acute conditions such as musculoskeletal pain, respiratory infections and skin conditions. I perform office procedures, including skin biopsies and therapeutic joint injections. I also provide prenatal care and deliver babies. At Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, together with a team of resident physicians, I care for adult patients who require hospitalization. I maintain excellent relationships with subspecialists and can coordinate consultation with them when my patients need specialized care. My research is focused on medical education, particularly as it relates to determinants of student choice to pursue careers in primary care. I serve as the vice chair for medical student education in the Department of Family Medicine and have a special interest in teaching students about the central role of family medicine in providing high quality, cost-effective health care. I direct the first-year clinical skills course in the medical school and routinely lecture in that course on the fundamentals of performing a patient interview and physical exam. I am also the family medicine clerkship director. As such, I lead small group discussions on preventive screening, the patient-centered medical home and continuity of care in the primary care setting. I developed an innovative program using standardized patients to simulate a six-month continuity relationship with students rotating through the family medicine clerkship. During simulated visits, students address their patients’ chronic medical concerns (e.g., diabetes, hypertension), acute concerns (e.g., knee injury, chest pain) and lifestyle issues (e.g., smoking cessation, diet, exercise). The simulation allows students to experience the challenges and rewards of developing a continuity relationship with patients. I also developed and implemented a curriculum to teach students to care for patients with disabilities. In addition, medical students participating in their family medicine clerkship and clinical skills course accompany me as I see patients, in order to deepen their understanding of patient care. I also supervise residents at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Teaching students and residents keeps me sharp: it informs my practice of medicine, while my practice of medicine assures that I remain relevant as a teacher.

David, Thomas
Thomas, David, MDAssistant Professor Of Clinical Family Medicine
Email: dmthomas@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 688-9641

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Laurene, Tumiel Berhalter
Tumiel Berhalter, Laurene, PhDDirector of Community Translational Research
Email: tumiel@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-816-7278

Research Summary:
My research is focused on patients with multiple chronic diseases and has several goals: 1.) to improve care delivery for these patients, 2.) to improve their self-management and 3.) to reduce the care disparities that exist for this population. I center my research efforts in underserved communities, where challenges are compounded because of limited resources, high levels of chronic disease and elevated risk factors. To address my research goals, I serve as a liaison between UB researchers and our community partners. With 20 years community-based experience, I have a network of collaborators throughout Western New York. I work with primary care practices and their patients to design and implement research, using a mixed-method approach founded on epidemiology and qualitative analysis, to measure outcomes within the context of individuals’ personal experiences. Together, we conduct community education and build and evaluate community programs. In one such partnership, I work with the Patient Voices Network (PVN) on interventions to help patients with chronic conditions in underserved communities. The PVN is a community of informed patients living with chronic conditions. My research team and I work closely with them and their doctors to address decisions about their health care and to expand this self-management to other patients. In our mammography outreach project, PVN patients identified barriers preventing women in their neighborhoods from getting screened. We use a mobile mammography unit so that women can be screened in the comfort of their own primary care office. To ensure that cost is not a deterrent, we also partner with the free Cancer Services Program of Erie County to help enroll women who are uninsured or underinsured. Patient Ambassadors from the PVN work on screening days to offer participants support and encouragement. This project has had community impact in several ways. It supports effective chronic-disease self-management by connecting patients to the right resources; it provides patient-centered care by connecting primary care with community resources; it empowers patients to become more active in their health care and take charge of their own health and it encourages patients to partner with their doctors. Additionally, the project created a sustainable model for preventive screening: the system we put in place is meant to endure, and the service will continue after the grant ends. In addition to improving the quality of care in primary care practices, I have trained residents, conducted research and educated the community about the importance of preventive care. Undergraduate, graduate and medical students interested in community-based and practice-based research are welcome to conduct research with me.

Diana, Wilkins
Wilkins, Diana, MDResidency Program Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Email: dgpratt@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 816-7280

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Research Summary:
As a family doctor I care for the family as a whole, and I am committed to serving the Western New York community that I grew up in. My approach is to become part of the family structure and develop meaningful relationships with all members of the family, promote health and wellness for each individual, learn how best to tailor medical care based on my patients’ beliefs and medical history and offer the continuity of care that is so essential to a trusting patient-physician relationship. I feel privileged that my patients share their significant life events with me; in return, I work with compassion and empathy toward my patients as they experience the best and worst moments of life. I am the family medicine residency director, and I focus time enhancing the residency program. I recruit and interview residency applicants, design training curricula, plan resident assessments and coordinate resident scholarly activity. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to help residents develop into successful family physicians. As a faculty member of the medical school, I am committed to my teaching and mentoring responsibilities. I teach medical students and residents in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I also lead seminars, deliver lectures and conduct research alongside my residents. I provide guidance to pre-medical and medical students, and I am a mentor for the Family Medicine Interest Group and the Association of Pre-Medical Students. Often, I make presentations in the community with medical students to encourage their community involvement and help them gain confidence in presenting. I want to nurture student and resident interest in family medicine by sharing my joy and passion in this patient-oriented field with them. One of my mentors made an effort to get to know his students as unique individuals. I, too, take the time to become acquainted with my students and residents--to find out their interests and challenges as well as what inspires them—so that I can guide them to becoming excellent and caring family physicians. I am a certified educator through the Royal College of Physicians and am currently working with a task force of academic physicians at the university to teach and train faculty as educators.

Min, Yang
Yang, Min, MD, PhDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: myang2@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 816-7240

Specialty/Research Focus:
Family Medicine

Research Summary:
As a family medicine physician, my clinical practice focuses on both preventive care of patients of all ages and comprehensive care management of patients with multiple comorbidities. My residency training in an urban practice location enriched me with clinical experience with underserved patient populations in the city of Buffalo, and I continue to practice at the UBMD Family Medicine at Jefferson clinic with the goals of eliminating health care disparities and improving the health of underserved patients. I care for patients hospitalized at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) and Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB). Working extensively in both hospital and ambulatory settings has equipped me with a wealth of experience and expertise in reinforcing continuity of care and seamless transition of care. I have substantial training and strong interest in conducting research. I hold a master‘s degree in clinical pharmacology and a PhD in microbiology, and I have a track record of research work and publications in these fields. My current research interest is built on my belief that the essential role of a family physician is to practice evidence-based medicine in identifying risk factors, preventing diseases and managing the common medical problems of patients. Presently, my clinical research is focused on improving the health care of patients with chronic medical conditions, including obesity and diabetes. I am particularly interested in identifying quality gaps and assessing treatment efficacy in ambulatory care settings using pragmatic research and data-mining techniques. The overall goal of my research is to contribute to the evidence-based guidelines that reinforce the daily practice of primary care. I enjoy all components of my faculty role including clinical practice, research and teaching. I supervise family medicine residents closely in the hospitals and precept medical students in the clinic. Medical students who are part of the student scholarship program and interested in clinical research also train with me. I am dedicated to medical education and equally committed to clinical care and research. I strive to integrate all three aspects of academic medicine to fulfill my passion for the trainees I mentor, the patients I care for and the research I conduct that advances human health.