Faculty Profiles

Raphael, Blochle
Blochle, Raphael, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: rblochle@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-5283

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgery - Vascular

Jeffrey, Brewer
Brewer, Jeffrey, MDClinical Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program
Email: jbrewer@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-5104

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgery - Burn; Surgery - Laparoscopic; Surgery - Trauma

John, Butsch
Butsch, John, BA,MS, MD, FACSClinical Assistant Professor
Email: jbutsch@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 859-4024

Specialty/Research Focus:
Bariatric Surgery; Surgery; Surgery - Laparoscopic

Michael, Chopko
Chopko, Michael, MDClinical Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program
Email: mschopko@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-5283

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgical Critical Care - Surgery; Surgery - Trauma

Cohen, Franklin, MDClinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Community Surgeons
Email: fscohen@buffalo.edu
Phone: (917) 930-3862

Specialty/Research Focus:

Clairice, Cooper
Cooper, Clairice, MDClinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program
Email: cbakker@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-5104

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgery - Trauma; Surgery - Laparoscopic

Todd, Demmy
Email: tdemmy@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 845-8675

Specialty/Research Focus:
Cardiopulmonary physiology; Surgery; Surgical Critical Care - Surgery; Thoracic Surgery; Regulation of metabolism

Hasan, Dosluoglu
Dosluoglu, Hasan, MDAssociate Professor, Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery
Email: hdosluog@buffalo.edu
Phone: 862-6080

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgery - Vascular

Research Summary:
The practice of vascular surgery has changed dramatically in the last decade, largely as a result of rapid adoption of technologic advances by most vascular surgeons, and I am proud and happy to be a part of this evolution. We the vascular surgeons do not consider ourselves as just surgeons, but "therapists" of vascular disease. This mainly stems from our better understanding of the natural history of vascular diseases, and their treatment. Our capability of doing both surgery and minimally-invasive procedures puts us in the best position on treat the millions of complicated patients with vascular disease. I am privileged to work with veterans with very complicated vascular problems, and we perform about 700 vascular and endovascular interventions yearly. My main areas of clinical and research interests are abdominal aortic aneurysms (esp. stent graft repair), limb salvage interventions (bypasses and angioplasty/stenting procedures), and carotid artery disease. I also have an interest in wound healing, and hold a wound clinic once a week. Hasan H. Dosluoglu, MD

Stephen, Edge
Email: edge@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 845-2918

Specialty/Research Focus:
Oncology; Surgery

Research Summary:
Research and Professional Goals: 1. Clilnical research program: Our work at Roswell Park Cancer Institute focuses on translational research in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, including collaborations with other clinicians and scientists in biological markers of cancer and cancer progression. 2. Health Services Research: Using a variety of data sources, we are working on methods to define and improve the quality of cancer care. The models used for this work include administrative claims data from regional payers, and multi institutional databases through national consortiums. 3. Clinical activities: We maintain a high volume, multidisciplinary program in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Teaching, clinical trials and translational research are integrated into this program at all levels.

William, Flynn, Jr.
Flynn, Jr., William, MDChief, Division of Critical Care, Associate Professor, Program Director: Critical Care Fellowship
Email: wflynn@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-5283

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgery - Burn; Surgery - Laparoscopic; Surgery - Trauma; Surgical Critical Care - Surgery

Eleanor, Fung
Fung, Eleanor, MDClinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Email: ecfung@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-5186

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgery - Laparoscopic; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Gastrointestinal Surgery

Csaba, Gajdos
Gajdos, Csaba, MD, FACSClinical Associate Professor, Chief of General Surgery at the Buffalo VAMC
Email: csabagaj@buffalo.edu
Phone: 7168594720

Specialty/Research Focus:
Oncology; Surgery

Research Summary:
Following his training in general surgery and surgical oncology, Dr. Gajdos was on the faculty at the University of Colorado, Department of Surgery for over seven years rising to the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery. He also served as Chief of Surgical Oncology at the Denver VA Medical Center. He quickly became one of the busiest surgical oncologists at UC and performed surgery at both hospitals on a regular basis prior to joining Stamford Health in late 2016. Dr. Gajdos has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of complex melanomas, gastrointestinal cancers (esophageal , gastric, pancreatic, hepatobiliary, colorectal) gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) other sarcomas and peritoneal surface malignancies and chronic pancreatitis. A graduate of the University of Szeged (Hungary) Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Gajdos completed his residency at the University of Alabama Hospital and fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System. He is board certified in surgery. Dr Gajdos remains very active in cancer research. He has published over 70 scientific papers in prestigious medical and surgical journals. He has presented several studies at various national and international meetings. He is the recipient of faculty teaching awards at the University of Colorado and Stamford Health. Dr Gajdos started as the Chief of General Surgery at the Bullaflo VAMC and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery, University of Buffalo in late March.

Philip, Glick
Glick, Philip, MD, MBA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSProfessor of Surgery and Management, Liason for Health Sciences Schools and School of Management for MBA Programs
Email: glicklab@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 829-3714

Specialty/Research Focus:
Pediatric Surgery; Pediatric Urology; Surgery; Surgery - Trauma; Surgery - Laparoscopic; Fetal Surgery; Minimally Invasive Surgery

Research Summary:
-To be a recognized leader in academic pediatric surgery (clinical surgery, clinical/basic science research, teaching and administration), -To build a state of the art surgical department, divisions, and programs congruent withthe mission goals, and needs of institutions (university, hospital, other departments), patients and their families and faculty (full time and volunteer) -To create the requiste environment for students, residents, and faculty to optimize career development -To maintain a busy clinical pratice of open and miniature access surgery for fetuses, infants, children -To cross train students (MD, RN, DDS, Phar D.,MPH, Basic Science, Residents and Fellows(all specialties), Faculty (all Health Science Schools),and Community Healthcare Professionals in the requisite MBA Skill Sets, Entrepreneurism, and Big Data analysis to optimize their professional development, careers and their patients‘ outcomes in this complicated and ever changing Healthcare environment -To be actively involved in teaching and practicing Interprofessional Care (IPC) and Interprofessional Education (IPE) -To continue to train and mentor academic gerneral surgeons -To continue to train and mentor academic pediatric surgeons -To continue to teach and mentor students at various levels -To continue laboratory and clinical incestifations in the following areas: lung development, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, fetal physiology, birth defects, prenatal diagnosis of surgical problems, fetal surgery, the genetic aspects of surgical disease, fetal frowth factors, the physiology miniature access surgery, surgical robotics, ECMO, trauma, the education process for students, residents, and fellows virtual reality, surgical simulation, telelmedicine, telesurgery, teleconferencing, telementoring, and computer applications in medicein -To continue research and development with corporate biomedical parners -To continue to advocate for children and children‘s health care -To continue build an academic portfolio, a management skill set, and administrative experiences to prepare for a university or system-wide leadership position -To champion the value of Shared Governance (trust, collegiality, dialogue, mutual respect, sharing perspectives, listening, a shared sense of purpose, shared accountability, being mindful of diversity and inclusion, always remembering some of us have certain privileges and experiences of life that others have not, remaining humble, recognizing differences while remaining open to finding common ground and transparency of information, effective and constructive engagement by the administration and councils with the faculty, staff and students, not just effective and constructive engagement, but also timely engagement, being proactive, not reactive on important issues and always being at the table with a voice and a vote) at a local, state and national levels -To Participate in UB Labor-Management relations, to rebuild and revitalize the UB Health Sciences Chapter (HSC) of UUP, to do more for the professional staff by focusing on improved professional staff development and recognition of their achievements, to eliminate mid-career salary compression for both men and women, to strive for gender equity in salary for all faculty and professional staff, to focus on diversity faculty recruitments and retention of these scares resources by helping to change the “climate” at UB, to get faculty and staff more involved in advocacy at the local, state and federal levels, to make full tuition at any SUNY school for all of our permanent and tenured members (faculty and staff), their spouses and their dependents a benefit in our next contract (academic shackles), to assure that future negotiated contracts are fully funded with “new” resources to grow the pie and not by dividing the pie into ever small sections, to revitalize UUP HSC committee structure, and to get more members involved in and collaboration with UUP Buffalo Center, other UUP chapter, state UUP and the DA

Linda, Harris
Harris, Linda, MDProgram Director Vascular Surgery, Professor of Surgery
Email: lmharris@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-859-4225

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgery - Vascular; Surgery - Endovascular

Research Summary:
Dr. Harris has a national reputation for her work in the field of education, having served on the ACME Surgery Review Committee, the Vascular Surgery Milestone Project and is the past President for the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery and Eastern Vascular Society. Her clinical interests include peripheral arterial disease, venous occlusive disease, dialysis access, thoracic outlet syndrome, aneurysmal disease and carotid disease. As a vascular surgeon, I am dedicated to treating and helping my patients manage conditions of the circulatory system, including diseases of the arteries, veins and lymph vessels and blood disorders that affect circulation. My patients can feel secure knowing I’m prepared to deliver the most advanced treatments available — including minimally invasive endovascular interventions, open vascular procedures and hybrid surgery techniques that combine open surgical and endovascular approaches. Vascular disease tends to be a lifelong problem; therefore, I aim to help my patients modify their lifestyles so that they experience as few vascular difficulties as possible throughout their lives. I have decades of experience researching venous disease, cerebrovascular disease, aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and thoracic outlet syndrome. I am committed to conducting outcomes-based research for conditions including PAD and aneurisms because my goal is to increase knowledge about the intermediate and long-term results of endovascular and vascular practices and interventions. While immediate results are important, long-term outcomes are even more important for vascular disease, as we cannot cure the conditions, but we can treat them. I work toward learning which treatments are most effective based on patients’ end results. As program director for both the vascular surgery residency and fellowship, I train the next generation of vascular surgeons to be preeminent members of the vascular surgical community. I believe that the better I prepare my medical students, residents and fellows, the more opportunities they have to positively affect a greater number of patients. My teaching covers all aspects of vascular disease; I teach trainees in clinics and the hospital setting and during angiographic procedures and open surgery. I strive to help professionals and trainees in my field stay abreast of emerging scientific research and clinical applications. That’s why I’ve co-directed and lead symposia for the Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) and Western New York Vascular Society — conferences enabling discussion about updates in cardiac, vascular and neuroendovascular medicine. It’s also why I am an adviser for the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Interest Group, which provides faculty mentoring and support to medical students considering surgical fields. Further, teaching trainees is such an important part of my work that I became a certified educator through the Royal College of Physicians, an organization that has helped me enhance my teaching methods and learn educational techniques to help my mentees excel.

Mark, Hennon
Hennon, Mark, MD, FACSClinical Associate Professor
Email: hennon@buffalo.edu
Phone: (412) 334-3846

Specialty/Research Focus:
Oncology; Surgery

Aaron, Hoffman
Hoffman, Aaron, MD, FACSClinical Associate Professor, Division Chief of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Site Chief: Buffalo General Hospital
Email: abh2@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 859-7581

Specialty/Research Focus:
Bariatric Surgery; Gastrointestinal Surgery; Robotic Surgery; Surgery; Surgery - Laparoscopic

David, Hohn
Email: hohn@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 845-5772

Specialty/Research Focus:
Oncology; Surgery

Jeffrey, Jordan
Jordan, Jeffrey, MD, PhDAssistant Professor
Email: jeffreyj@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-5186

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgery - Trauma; Surgery - Laparoscopic; Gastrointestinal Surgery; Infectious Disease; Immunology; Microbial Pathogenesis; Molecular Basis of Disease

John, Kane, III
Kane, III, John, MD, BS, FACSAssociate Professor GFT
Email: johnkane@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 845-3284

Specialty/Research Focus:
Oncology; Surgery

Liise, Kayler
Kayler, Liise, MD, MS, FACSProgram Director Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery
Email: liisekay@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 289-8255

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Transplantation; Surgery - Transplant

Research Summary:
I conduct clinical outcomes research on hospital- and population-based data with a focus on donor selection, kidney transplantation outcomes, and delivery of high quality care. Over the last decade my research has focused on donor selection. In retrospective cohort studies of national and single center data I have examined outcomes of kidneys perceived to be suboptimal such as those declined by local centers and transplanted elsewhere, kidneys with prolonged cold ischemia time, small pediatric donor kidneys, dual kidney engraftments, kidneys with chronic lesions, donation after cardiac death donors, and donors with acute kidney injury in order to provide evidenced-based data on the magnitude of the risks associated with utilization of specific types of organs. As a result of these analyses, changes in perception of donor quality have resulted in increased kidney utilization at the centers where I have worked and invitations to share my work at other programs as well as national meetings. My research findings in this area have had a positive effect in the transplant realm since my work provides empiric evidence of acceptable outcomes of various types of kidneys that have traditionally been rejected, thus providing a basis for increased kidney utilization. With knowledge and expertise acquired through matriculation at the University of Michigan with a Masters in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis I am able to analyze data myself or communicate effectively with a biostatistician. During the last 14 years I have either conducted or participated in 85 retrospective and 17 prospective studies of transplant outcomes.

Meeghan, Lautner
Lautner, Meeghan, MD, MScClinical Assistant Professor Department of Surgery. Chief of Breast Surgery for Kaleida Health
Email: meeghanl@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-859-1350

Specialty/Research Focus:
Oncology; Surgery

Thom, Loree
Loree, Thom, MD, FACSAssociate Professor
Email: loree@buffalo.edu

Specialty/Research Focus:
Oncology; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Surgery

James, Lukan
Lukan, James, MDClinical Associate Professor, General Surgery Residency Program Director
Email: jlukan@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-5283

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgical Critical Care - Surgery; Surgery - Vascular; Surgery - Burn

Molly, Moore
Moore, Molly, MDClinical Assistant Professor, Medical Student Clerkship Director
Email: memoore@buffalo.edu
Phone: 859-4722

Specialty/Research Focus:
Minimally Invasive Surgery; Robotic Surgery; Surgery; Surgery - Laparoscopic; Surgical Critical Care - Surgery

Hector, Nava
Email: hrnava@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 845-5195

Specialty/Research Focus:
Oncology; Surgery

John, Ortolani
Ortolani, John, MDAssistant Professor, Colon & Rectal Surgery
Email: jbo4@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 859-4720

Specialty/Research Focus:
Colon and Rectal Surgery/Gastrointestinal; Surgery

Ajay, Panchal
Panchal, Ajay, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: panchal2@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 833-7112

Specialty/Research Focus:

Alan, Posner
Posner, Alan, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: arposner@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 859-3196

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgical Critical Care - Surgery; Surgery - Trauma; Surgery - Laparoscopic; Bariatric Surgery; Robotic Surgery

Mariel, Rivero
Email: mrivero2@buffalo.edu

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgery - Vascular; Surgery - Endovascular

Christina, Sanders
Sanders, Christina, DO, FACS, FACOSClinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Email: cs328@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-565-3990

Specialty/Research Focus:
Bariatric Surgery; Surgery

Steven, Schwaitzberg
Schwaitzberg, Steven, MDProfessor and Chairman - Department of Surgery
Email: schwaitz@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-859-3779

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgery - Laparoscopic; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Gastrointestinal Surgery; Robotic Surgery; Endocrine Surgery

Joseph, Skitzki
Skitzki, Joseph, MD, FACSClinical Assistant Professor
Email: josephsk@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 845-5873

Specialty/Research Focus:
Oncology; Surgery

Kaveh, Vali
Vali, Kaveh, MDClinical Assistant Professor, Surgeon: Oishei Children‘s Hospital
Email: kavehval@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-323-6110

Specialty/Research Focus:
Pediatric Surgery; Surgery

Ahmad, Zaaroura
Zaaroura, Ahmad, MD, FACSClinical Assistant Professor
Email: ahmadzaa@buffalo.edu
Phone: (919) 316-8193

Specialty/Research Focus:
Surgery; Surgery - Transplant; Transplantation