10 Departments Welcome New Faculty

Published September 29, 2016

Twenty-five faculty members with diverse backgrounds and expertise have joined the school’s faculty over the past several months. 

Kelly D. Berchou, MD, is an assistant professor whose academic interests include medical resident and student education — with a specific focus on consult medicine, the physical exam and reducing preventable readmissions.

Berchou’s clinical practice focuses on the comprehensive care of seriously ill adults admitted to inpatient, acute care facilities. She comes to UB from New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. She completed UB’s medical education program in 2009.

Sashank Kaushik, MD, MBA, is an assistant clinical professor.

Kaushik completed his fellowship in clinical informatics at UB in 2016 and earned his master’s degree in business administration at UB in 2015. He has research focuses in areas including bioinformatics and internal medicine. 

Kelly L. Andrzejewski, DO, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor who specializes in movement disorders.

Andrzejewski is the lead neurologist of UB’s deep brain stimulation program. She cares for patients with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, tics and other movement disorders.

Robert L. Glover, MD, is a clinical assistant professor.

Glover has specialized knowledge about adult patients with seizures and epilepsy.

Michael M. Hammersmith is a clinical assistant professor.

Joseph A. De Nagy, MD, is a clinical assistant professor who has expertise in minimally-invasive and vaginal gynecological surgery.

De Nagy’s practice has been a major source of vaginal hysterectomy training for trainees in UB’s obstetrics and gynecology residency. He has specialized knowledge of areas including cancer prevention and control, and he provides prenatal care to women with both low-risk and high-risk pregnancies. De Nagy completed one of his residency training programs at UB in 2008.

Paul Ogburn, MD, is a clinical professor who specializes in maternal-fetal medicine.

Ogburn is chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and director of the Regional Perinatal Center at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. In these roles he is responsible for promoting education, research and systems of care that maintain and improve safety and health outcomes.

Emese Zsiros, MD, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor who specializes in gynecologic oncology.

Michael H. Farkas, PhD, is an assistant professor who has expertise in areas including bioinformatics, eukaryotic pathogenesis, gene expression, gene therapy, genomics and proteomics, molecular and cellular biology, molecular basis of disease, molecular genetics and stem cells.

Farkas earned his doctoral degree in biological sciences at UB. He comes to UB from Harvard Medical School, where he was an instructor of ophthalmology.

Andrew L. Reynolds, MD, is a clinical assistant professor.

Matthew J. DiPaola, MD, is a clinical assistant professor who specializes in elbow, hand and shoulder surgery.

DiPaola comes to UB from the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University, where he was an assistant professor of orthopedics. 

Joseph B. Kuechle, MD, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor who specializes in lower extremity joint replacement and reconstruction.

Kuechle has expertise in orthopedic oncology. He comes to UB from Harvard University, where he completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology. Kuechle completed UB’s orthopedics residency in 2015 and earned his bachelor’s degree at UB.

Ted J. Andrews, PhD, MD, is a clinical assistant professor who has expertise in pediatric hospital medicine and pediatric urgent care.

Andrews also has expertise in the psychological aspects of physical illness as he has more than 10 years of experience as pediatric psychologist. His doctoral degree is in child clinical psychology and he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology. Andrews completed UB’s pediatrics residency in 2015.

Rabheh Abdul Aziz, MD, is a clinical assistant professor who specializes in pediatric rheumatology.

Aziz comes to UB from Ohio State University, where she completed a fellowship in pediatric rheumatology and a master’s degree in medical science.

Jessica A. Donhauser, MD, is a clinical assistant professor.

Donhauser joined the faculty after completing UB’s pediatrics residency. She also earned her medical degree at UB.

Oscar G. Gomez, MD, PhD, is a clinical associate professor and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases.

Gomez has published research in journals including the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, Veterinary Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Kai Ling Kong, PhD, is an assistant professor who specializes in behavioral medicine, neonatal-perinatal medicine and nutrition.

Kong’s primary research focus is on infant health, specifically infant nutrition, physical activity and enriched home environments. Her research aims to identify how infant-toddler eating behaviors affect obesity later in life and how early interventions can protect those at risk for obesity. 

Brian R. Weil, PhD, is a research assistant professor who focuses his research on the investigation of mechanisms underlying functional and structural cardiac remodeling in ischemic heart disease.

Weil also centers his research on novel therapeutic interventions to prevent or reverse left ventricular dysfunction caused by acute and chronic myocardial ischemia.

Lauren A. Derhodge, DO, is a clinical assistant professor who specializes in addictions and drug abuse.

Derhodge joined the faculty after completing UB’s psychiatry residency

Laura C. Hanrahan, MD, is a clinical assistant professor.

Hanrahan joined the faculty after completing UB’s psychiatry residency. She also completed UB’s medical education program. 

Jennifer Caldwell, DO, is a clinical instructor.

Elizabeth M. Franzek, MD, is a clinical instructor.

Johanna C. Innes, MD, is a clinical instructor.

Erika St. James, MD, is a clinical instructor.

Samantha Strickler, DO, is a clinical assistant professor.