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Faculty Profiles

Lucia, Balos
Balos, Lucia, MDAssociate Professor
Email: lbalos@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 859-2140

Specialty/Research Focus:
Anatomic Pathology; Autopsy; Neuropathology; Surgical Pathology

Research Summary:
Board Certified in Anatomic and Neuropathology

Richard, Cheney
Cheney, Richard, MDClinical Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Clinical Affairs
Email: rtcheney@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-829-5213

Specialty/Research Focus:
Anatomic Pathology; Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine; Clinical Pathology; Cytopathology; Dermatopathology - Anatomic Pathology; Autopsy

Research Summary:
My clinical interests have been in diagnostic anatomic pathology with a focus on non- small cell lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies, soft tissue sarcoma, and all aspects of dermatopathology including inflammatory dermatoses, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer and the cytologic evaluation of fine needle aspiration biopsy material. Participation as a panel member in the NCCN‘s development of empirically based guidelines for clinical care of cancer patients with thoracic malignancies and non melanoma skin cancer was a major focus during the previous decade. My career focus has evolved over time such that currently mentoring of faculty and participation in the development of innovative approaches to medical education occupies the vast majority of my effort.

Rafal, Kozielski
Kozielski, Rafal, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: rk56@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 878-7777

Specialty/Research Focus:
Anatomic Pathology; Pediatric Pathology; Surgical Pathology; Autopsy

Research Summary:
I am a surgical pathologist with nearly twenty years of experience and specialty expertise in Pediatric Pathology. I gained first entrance into this career field at the main pediatric teaching hospital affiliated with Medical University in Warsaw, Poland and continued my training in Pediatric Pathology at the Cincinnati Children‘s Hospital Medical Center, followed by practice at the Hopital Ste Justine in Montreal and Children‘s Hospital at Scottish Rite in Atlanta. My clinical and academic focus involves responsibilities related to the surgical pathology sign-out service at Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo, teaching of the residents and fellows, participating in the Anatomic Pathology core lecture series for Pathology Residency Program, multiple interdepartmental conferences at Women and Children‘s Hospital as well as Neonatology-Pathology Morbidity & Mortality meetings. I am active in the pediatric tumor board conferences shared by both Women and Children‘s Hospital and Roswell Park Cancer Center. My interests are focused on diagnosis of pediatric pathologic disorders affecting children of all ages, with emphasis on pediatric gastrointestinal and liver disorders and pediatric neoplasms. Clinical service at Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo allowed me to expand my interests in recent years to encompass fetal, neonatal and placental pathology. I also sign out autopsies, gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology and I offer expert consultation from outside institutions in the area of Pediatric Pathology. I am participating in the ongoing NASH and other pediatric GI tract disorder research projects carried out in collaboration with the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and in research studies on experimental necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) with the Division of Neonatology.

Ted, Ondracek
Ondracek, Ted, MDClinical Assistant Professor; Attending Pathologist for UB Pathologists, Inc.
Email: ondracek@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 859-2140

Specialty/Research Focus:
Anatomic Pathology; Autopsy; Clinical Pathology; Cytopathology; Dermatopathology - Anatomic Pathology; Immunopathology; Medical Microbiology; Surgical Pathology; Bioinformatics; Microbiology

Research Summary:
I pursued undergraduate and graduate education in biomedical engineering because of my interest in the application of basic science to solve real world problems. My studies included biomaterials and medical imaging. An interest specifically in medical science led me to medical school and eventually into pathology. After close to four years practicing community pathology, a desire to reestablish connections with UB pathologists initiated during my Roswell Park fellowship brought me back to Buffalo as a UB pathologist. My clinical responsibilities include surgical pathology, cytopathology, autopsy pathology and clinical pathology. I routinely work with pathology residents during their surgical pathology, cytology and autopsy rotations. I have particular interest in dermatopathology and gastrointestinal pathology. Image processing and analysis and bioinformatics also intrigue me. I am currently searching for new opportunities to collaborate with faculty in the anatomical sciences half of our department.