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Fourteen teachers in eight departments received 2017 Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Awards or honorable mentions for excellence in teaching at an April 4 ceremony.

AOA inductees 2017

Twenty-four medical students, three residents and one faculty member have joined the University at Buffalo’s chapter of the national honor medical society Alpha Omega Alpha.


Twelve faculty members with varied research and clinical expertise have joined the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences over the past several months.


At the 2017 Medical Student Research Forum, aspiring physician-scientists showcased 46 original research projects they conducted at the University at Buffalo, its partner health care agencies and institutions nationwide.

Richard Blondell, MD

Students from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences joined hundreds of their UB peers in the health professions, social work, law and management for an interprofessional forum on opioid dependence.

Roseanne Berger, MD

UB recently marked the 10-year anniversary of its collaboration with London’s Royal College of Physicians (RCP) on a one-of-a-kind program that trains clinical educators for the demands of teaching medical students and residents.

Andrew B. Symons, MD

The Department of Family Medicine has been awarded a five-year, $2.5 million federal grant to institute the Buffalo Interprofessional Advanced Primary Care Training Program that will create a new model for health care.

Vinny Polsinelli

Vinny Polsinelli — who first began conducting research in Haiti following his first year of medical school — was one of only 11 students nationwide selected for a 2016-17 fellowship from the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation.

John Taylor, Linda Kahn and Christine Verni
The UB Primary Care Research Fellowship Training Program has been established through a five-year, $2 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Fourteen faculty members, including two new division chiefs, with varied research and clinical expertise have joined the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences during the past several months.


Three residents and a generalist scholar received honors for outstanding poster presentations at the 19th Annual Graduate Medical Education Scholarly Exchange Day.

More than 100 high school students from 22 area schools presented projects on genomics and bioinformatics at a May 20 capstone event.
Sarah Budik and David Holmes, MD

UB medical trainees are gaining valuable clinical and cultural experiences during trips to Haiti and Honduras while their patients are receiving much-needed medical care.


Forty-four exemplary medical students, residents, fellows and faculty members have been inducted into the University at Buffalo’s Richard Sarkin Medical Emeritus Faculty Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS).

Lauren Jepson, Kim Griswold and Sarah Riley

Through a unique intersection of medicine, the justice system and the human rights field, medical students are advancing their training by assisting survivors of torture and political violence seeking asylum in the United States.

Richard D. Blondell, MD

According to a fact sheet released by the White House, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is among medical schools nationwide at the forefront of fighting the opioid epidemic.

Winnie Tsao, MD

Family medicine resident Winnie Tsao, MD, has developed a mobile app that helps primary care practitioners and trainees determine the most appropriate imaging test for a range of medical conditions.

Bruce R. Troen, MD

A collaboration between the departments of Medicine and Neurology has been granted status as the Center for Excellence for Alzheimer’s disease in Western New York (CEAD WNY) through a five-year, $2.35 million state grant.


Twelve faculty members with varied research and clinical expertise have joined the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences during the past several months.