Health System Transformation

Our “triple aim” research simultaneously pursues three goals: improving health care and health outcomes while lowering costs. 

We seek to remedy health system failures such as: 

  • inadequate systemic support for patient self-management
  • inoperable electronic health records
  • communication breakdowns as patients move across health care systems
  • poorly integrated medical and behavioral health teams
  • health care-associated infections, addiction to prescription opioids and other unintended harm due to over- or undertreatment

To accomplish this, our department’s Primary Care Research Institute translates comparative, effective research into practice for clinicians and and their patients.

We collaborate with translational researchers across UB, encourage interprofessional education and convert findings into practice.

Research Projects

This training program aims to increase resident and medical student training (time spent and number of trainees) in eleven freestanding ambulatory care sites in the Western New York region.
This multi-disciplinary collaborative initiative of the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force augments the Erie County Department of Health’s efforts to: actively engage individuals with opioid misuse and accelerate the systematic analysis of real-time law enforcement and EMS calls for service, including data on naloxone administration, individual response, location by zip code, and the product that caused the overdose.
The project aims to strengthen the Primary Care Workforce by supporting enhanced interprofessional education (IPE) models for future primary care providers in underserved areas of the region, state, and nation.
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.

Patient Safety Research Center

Director: Ranjit Singh, MB BChir, MBA

Works to reduce the national burden of medical errors through educational and research programs using collaborative, multidisciplinary team-based safety measurement and enhancement.


Griswold, Kim Strong

Kim Strong Griswold, MD, MPH, RN, FAAFP

Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Public Health and the Health Professions

UB Downtown Gateway, Department of Family Medicine Primary Care Research Institute, 77 Goodell Street, Suite 220U Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 816-7248


Singh, Ranjit

Ranjit Singh, MB BChir MBA

Associate Professor, Vice Chair for Research, Director, Primary Care Research Institute

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

Phone: (716) 816-7275; Fax: (716) 845-6899