Chronic Disease and Multimorbidity

We take a patient-centric approach to this focus area, using our data to help prevent, detect, diagnose and treat chronic disease and multimorbidity.

Chronic conditions are among the most common, costly and — in many cases — preventable health problems. Despite the dramatic advances in treating individual pathology, health outcomes for these conditions suggest that we need multimorbidity research to combat epidemic trends that threaten the health care system and public health.

Our researchers consider the complexity of chronic disease and broader contextual realities to both address disease prevention and help clinicians better care for patients.

Our findings lower overall health care costs while leading to an improved quality of life and lower mortality for individuals with co-occurring conditions.

Research Projects

This project compares peer-led education to adult professional led education to improve asthma outcomes in adolescents. It is a multi-site study in Buffalo, Memphis and Baltimore.   
The UB Faculty Scholar Program in Implementation Science is an institutional research career development (K12) program that supports mentored research and career development for faculty scholars in dissemination and implementation (D&I) research to address the complex process of bridging research and practice in real-world settings.

Research Centers/Partners

Upstate New York Practice Based Research Network

Director: Ranjit Singh, MB BChir, MBA (Interim)

Investigates questions related to community-based primary care practice. Aims to improve patient care by translating research into practice and by involving practices in research.


Kahn, Linda

Linda Kahn, PhD

Professor, Primary Care Research Institute

UB Downtown Gateway, Department of Family Medicine, 77 Goodell Street, Suite 220D Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 816-7254; Fax: (716) 845-6899


Tumiel Berhalter, Laurene

Laurene Tumiel Berhalter, PhD

Director of Community Translational Research

UB Downtown Gateway, Department of Family Medicine, 77 Goodell Street, Suite 220N Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716-816-7278; Fax: 716-845-6899