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29 New Faculty Join 6 Medical School Departments

Published June 5, 2017

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

Jason K. Barker, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Matthew J. Barrett, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Martin M. Barron, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Scott J. Belote, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Lee A. Cormier, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Andrew J. Covey, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Gregory C. Difrancesco, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Andrew J. Eckert, MD, clinical instructor.

Michael A. Filice, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Michael J. Klein, DO, clinical assistant professor.

Alexander S. Ljungberg, DO, clinical instructor.

Joshua J. Lynch, DO, clinical assistant professor. He completed his residency training at UB. He earned his doctorate from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Florida campus.

John McNamara, DO, clinical instructor.

Lori A. Michael, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Michael J. Mineo, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Jill M. Pawlowski, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Aaron M. Pfalzer, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Jennifer Rogers, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Geoffrey J. Schweikhard, DO, clinical instructor.

Alexis A. Sciarrino, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Melissa M. Uribes, MD, clinical assistant professor.

Hema D. Dodd, MD, assistant professor, specializes in infectious diseases. She was named a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2016. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Louisiana State University and earned her medical degree from Windsor University School of Medicine.

Hans L. Stohrer, MD, assistant professor, completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine and residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Gayatri Vaidyanathan, MD, assistant professor, completed a hematology-oncology fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and her residency in internal medicine at UB.

Thomas J. Covey, PhD, assistant professor, studies the brain processes that enable cognitive functions and contribute to individual differences in cognitive abilities with a particular focus in assessing brain function associated with stimulus categorization and resource allocation during working memory.

A central aim of his work is characterizing the nature of large-scale brain network activity that underlies impaired cognitive performance in patients with multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

He earned a doctorate in neuroscience from UB in 2016 and a master’s degree in neuroscience from UB in 2010.

Beverly A. Schaefer, MD, clinical assistant professor, completed fellowship training in pediatric hematology-oncology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a residency in pediatrics at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children-Thomas Jefferson University.

She earned her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Erin E. Burch, PsyD, research assistant professor, earned her doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles.

She is a clinical forensic psychologist with the Erie County Forensic Mental Health Service.

Fumito Ito, MD, associate professor.

Meeghan A. Lautner, MD, clinical assistant professor, completed a fellowship in breast surgery oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

At the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, she completed her residency in general surgery, was a postdoctoral fellow in cancer pain and earned a master’s degree in clinical investigation.

She earned her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine.