Critical Care Medicine; Internal Medicine; Pulmonary Disease; Palliative Medicine
Dr. Battaglia was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychobiology from Binghamton University, and his medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Palliative Care fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he stayed on to complete a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. While there, he conducted research with Dr. Steve Georas, examining the relationship between asthma and airway epithelial permeability. Dr. Battaglia is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and an Assistant Professor of Oncology and Critical Care at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine.
Geriatric Medicine; Palliative Medicine
I am a general internist by training, and I practice primary care at a UBMD/Kaleida Health ambulatory center in North Buffalo. I am also a member of the ECMC Geriatrics Consultation Service. I provide medical care to a diverse population of adults, and I specialize in caring for chronically ill and frail elders. I strive to integrate my patients’ values, circumstances and preferences with evidence from high-quality medical research in order to make the best possible care decisions for my patients—a decision-making process that often includes quality-of-life discussions with my patients and their families. My main research and teaching areas are biomedical ethics (particularly in regard to incapacitated patients), research ethics and palliative medicine. I am also interested in the study of medical decision making, decision analysis and evidence-based medicine. I am responsible for research ethics at the UB Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) where I founded and chair the monthly Clinical and Research Ethics Seminar. My teaching centers on ethics and palliative medicine. I teach medical students communication skills in the preclinical years. I am the course coordinator for the required medical student ethics course, a leadership role I have filled since 1990. I organized the first palliative medicine elective for medical students in 1999 and continue to serve as course coordinator. I also designed an innovative standardized patient exercise that forms a central part of the elective. I supervise internal medicine trainees, and my focus includes general internal medicine as well as evidence-based medicine.