Buffalo General Medical Center

Located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Buffalo General Medical Center offers a wide spectrum of clinical inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.

B G M C exterior.

This 500-bed acute care center, located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, is one of the region’s major hospitals.

Much of the patient base comes from the local urban area. The hospital also serves as a tertiary referral center, with a significant patient population drawn from Western New York’s eight counties.

Patients present with the entire range of disease states in internal medicine, general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery, with many critically ill cases.

Neurology Training

You will gain experience managing patients with diverse neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis, movement disorders and neuro-ophthalmologic conditions. You will be exposed to neuromuscular medicine and electromyography here. You also will develop neuroimaging skills here.

You will train on a designated neurology floor for hospital patients and provide neurological consultations in a state-of-the-art Emergency Department — the largest in Western New York. You also may care for patients in a general neurology and specialty outpatient clinics.

You will participate in several key didactic experiences here, including our weekly Neurology Grand Rounds, clinical and neuroimaging conferences and our monthly electrophysiology/EEG and clinical pathological conferences.

Specialized Facilities

You will have the opportunity to train and be a part of the care team in several specialized facilities, including:

The William C. Baird Multiple Sclerosis Center

This center on the second floor offers world-class neurological evaluation and treatment, including new disease-modifying therapeutics, with a focus on patient well-being and compassionate care.

The center features the latest diagnostic tools, including state-of-the-art MRI, evoked response testing and laboratory evaluation.

Our expert multidisciplinary team addresses patients’ comprehensive needs, including physical, neurocognitive and urology/sexual issues through:

  • electrophysiologic neuro-diagnosis
  • medication infusion
  • symptomatic treatment clinics
  • spasticity management
  • physical and occupational rehabilitation
  • neuropsychological and cognitive assessment and treatment
  • osteoporosis evaluations
  • dietary recommendations
  • nursing care and support, including phenomenological and qualitative research and an Avonex clinic
  • patient education programs that promote wellness and quality of life

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic

This multidisciplinary, patient-centered clinic supported by the MDA serves both adult and pediatric patients and provides family support. Patients also benefit from short-term clinical trials conducted here. The clinic is part of a national network of neuromuscular specialty clinics at the forefront of research and clinical care. You will participate in this clinic during your electromyography and neuromuscular training.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center

In your final year, you will work with patients at this state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment center during an outpatient rotation focused on behavioral neurology.

Guided by the director of the center and a team of multidisciplinary specialists, you will learn about:

  • cutting-edge treatments
  • processes to accurately assess memory problems and foster early diagnosis
  • crucial family education and support services

Patients come from throughout Western New York and southern Ontario.

They are thoroughly evaluated through a four-step process by neurologists, neuropsychologists, social workers and nurses.

A detailed medical history, blood tests, brain imaging and neuropsychological testing are all utilized to differentiate between normal aging, mild cognitive impairment and various types of dementia.

Treatment goals emphasize helping patients stay as functional as possible for as long as possible and prolonging the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, when symptoms are mild.

Researchers at the center are exploring the genetics behind Alzheimer’s disease in an effort to better classify its subgroups and identify pathways for possible new medications.

Neuroimaging Center

A major site for our neuroimaging training, our modern facility features 1.5 and 3.0 T MRI systems.

Rotations

Length of Inpatient Rotations

Faculty

  • general neurologists
  • various neurological subspecialists
  • neuroimagers

Patient Population

  • 55% female
  • 45% male
  • 15-25% Medicare patients in the ambulatory clinic
  • 35% Medicare patients on hospital services

Top Neurology Diagnoses

  • neuromuscular disorders
  • psychiatric disorders
  • syncope and other alterations of consciousness
  • stroke and related disorders
  • epilepsy
  • multiple sclerosis
  • movement disorders