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Faculty Profiles

Luis Alfredo, Bent-Shaw
Bent-Shaw, Luis Alfredo, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: bentshaw@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-859-2634

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology

Research Summary:
My inpatient clinical practice is based at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) and Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) where I care for patients with the entire spectrum of kidney-related issues including, but not limited to acute kidney injury, fluid/electrolyte disorders, chronic kidney disease (CKD) and dialysis. Many of the patients I see in the hospital become my long-term patients after they are discharged. I continue to care for, and follow up with them at outpatient clinics, including the Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and at the UBMD Medicine/Pediatric clinic on Linwood Avenue in Buffalo. I am the hemodialysis unit director at BGMC. As such, I work as a liaison between the Kaleida staff and nephrologists to ensure that our dialysis patients receive excellent care. I also work closely with the hospital’s Department of Pharmacy to develop internal protocols for administering medications such as erythropoietin (EPO) for dialysis patients and preventing kidney injury in certain patient populations (e.g., patients who are at risk for iodinated contrast injury). I am also the director for inpatient nephrology at RPCI. In this role, I facilitate an effective working relationship between Roswell’s hematology/oncology physicians and our UBMD nephrologists, ensuring our patients the best possible care from this highly skilled and knowledgeable team of specialists. I am also working with the RPCI intensive care unit to establish a continuous renal replacement program with the use of the Nxstage hemodialysis machine, a state-of-the-art technology to treat patients with end-stage renal disease, acute kidney failure and fluid overload. As a faculty member of UB’s medical school, I am actively engaged in both clinical and didactic teaching and am responsible for educating medical students, internal medicine residents and nephrology fellows rotating through our nephrology services. I am deeply committed to teaching excellence and have enrolled in the UB Royal College of Physicians Educator Program as a way to continually evolve as an educator.

Jyotsna, Bhatnagar
Bhatnagar, Jyotsna, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: jb257@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-3152

Specialty/Research Focus:
Internal Medicine; Nephrology

Research Summary:
I have a comprehensive background and practice in renal medicine. I take care of patients with acute illness and damage to their kidneys. I also care for dialysis patients and patients experiencing hypertension emergencies, fluid/electrolyte imbalances and life-threatening intoxications. My inpatient clinical practice is based at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) and Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). I also see my patients as outpatients at ECMC and the UBMD Youngs Road clinic, where I provide follow-up care. At these locations, I also care for patients diagnosed with end-stage renal disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD), treating their illnesses and the complications that arise from them. My clinical research interests are wide-ranging. I am particularly interested in fluids and electrolytes and glomerulonephropathy. My past research includes a project focused on rituximab on post-transplant glomerulonephritis. My faculty responsibilities include serving as a clinical educator for fellows in the Division of Nephrology. I also educate internal medicine residents and medical students regarding nephrology-related aspects of internal medicine. I teach trainees at the bedside, in small groups and in large lecture settings.

Shirley, Chang
Chang, Shirley, MDAssistant Professor of Medicine
Email: sschang2@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-898-4803

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology; Renal Transplantation

James, Farry
Farry, James, MD, MSClinical Assistant Professor; Clinical Director - Division of Nephrology
Email: jkfarry@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4803

Specialty/Research Focus:
Internal Medicine; Nephrology

Research Summary:
My breadth of clinical practice is broad; I care for patients with a wide range of both acute and chronic renal diseases. This includes patients with electrolyte abnormalities, autoimmune and/or secondary glomerulonephritides and polycystic kidney disease as well as those who have undergone kidney transplantation. My training at the Weill Cornell Hypertension Center has provided me with focused training in the management of refractory, secondary and perinatal hypertension.Therefore, I also see patients with refractory or difficult-to-control hypertension even though they may not have kidney dysfunction. As medical director of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program, I see many prospective living donor kidney candidates during their donor evaluation process, and I follow them in the post-operative period. I see patients in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. I serve as the nephrology attending physician on the inpatient Renal Medicine and Renal Consultation services at ECMC as well as the Renal Consult service at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC). My outpatient clinics include my weekly general UBMD Nephrology and Transplant clinics at ECMC and my weekly general UBMD Nephrology clinic at the Niagara Falls Renal Office. I care for both in-center and home hemodialysis as well as peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients receiving services at numerous dialysis centers located throughout Erie and Niagara Counties. I work with national and global kidney care groups such as Fresenius and Davita to provide care for my patients, and I serve as medical director for several of their Western New York dialysis centers. My clinical research interests are also wide-ranging. I have particular interests in medication, chemotherapy and toxin-induced kidney injury. I have worked on a project that investigated the long-term renal impacts of the chemotherapy agent ifosfamide in adult cancer patients. I also have a research interest in autosomal dominant adult polycystic kidney disease (AD-PKD). I am involved in a multicenter clinical trial to compare the efficacy and safety of the drug Tolvaptan to determine if it can help to slow, or even halt the progression of renal cysts and thereby delay or prevent progression of end-stage kidney disease in people with AD-PKD. I supervise and teach physicians at all stages of their training, including interns and residents from UB’s internal medicine residency program as well as fellows in UB’s nephrology training program. I supervise trainees on both the inpatient Renal Medicine and Renal Consult services and in the outpatient Renal and Hypertension Clinic and the outpatient Transplant Clinic. In addition to bedside teaching, I sometimes teach small group nephrology seminars for third- and fourth-year medical students rotating on their medicine clerkships. I also provide lectures for the internal medicine resident teaching program and for the nephrology fellowship teaching program.

Madan, Gowda
Gowda, Madan, MD, MRCP(UK)Clinical Assistant Professor
Email: mnanjund@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716)898-4803

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology

Research Summary:
I see patients primarily at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), caring predominantly for inpatients. I care for patients who have acute kidney disease and for patients who have received kidney transplants. I serve as the attending physician on the inpatient renal medicine and renal consultation services at ECMC. I also take care of patients with end-stage renal disease on chronic dialysis who have been admitted to the hospital with other medical problems. My research interest is acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease (CKD). I supervise interns, residents and fellows during their inpatient rotations. I am also involved in teaching medical students.

Aijaz, Gundroo
Gundroo, Aijaz, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: medagun@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4803

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology

Research Summary:
As a physician in UBMD Nephrology, I see patients in outpatient and inpatient settings at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) both in nephrology consultation services as well as in medicine nephrology. I care for patients with a broad range of renal issues, including glomerular disorders, resistant hypertension, electrolyte disorders, polycystic kidney disease (PKD), acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease (CKD) in all stages and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). As medical director of one of the satellite dialysis centers located at the Wende Correctional Facility, I am involved in all aspects of patient care and safety. My responsibilities include writing and revising dialysis protocols and monitoring and supervising the work of health care professionals involved in caring for these dialysis patients. My clinical research focuses on diabetic nephropathy (diabetic kidney disease), which is the leading cause of CKD worldwide. Endothelin receptor antagonism (ERA) is one of the mechanisms being studied for prevention of diabetic nephropathy, and I am the principal investigator of SONAR, the Study Of Diabetic Nephropathy With Atrasentan. The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of the investigational ERA compound atrasentan on renal outcomes in patients with Type 2 diabetic nephropathy. The study will also evaluate atrasentan’s impact on quality of life in these patients. My responsibilities include recruiting eligible patients and caring for them while they are enrolled in the study. It is through this research that I want to accomplish my goal of finding the best possible treatment solution for my patients coping with diabetic nephropathy. Our program is one of the major renal/pancreas transplant centers in the region; hence, my colleagues and I conduct research in many aspects of renal transplantation. As one example, we are interested in the influence of gender and race on pharmacokinetics of various immunosuppressive agents in African American and Caucasian renal transplant recipients. In research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University at Buffalo and various pharmaceutical companies, we have helped define the differences that exist between male and female, and between white and black patients in regard to the metabolism of immunosuppressive medications. The differences we have defined benefit our patients: we can identify the best treatment protocol for each individual patient we care for. I teach medical students during their nephrology electives. I also teach medical residents during their clinical rotations in nephrology, and I teach and supervise nephrology fellows.

Jennie, Hom
Hom, Jennie, MDClinical Associate Professor
Email: jhom@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4803

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology

Research Summary:
I am a member of UBMD Nephrology, a subspecialty group of physicians that concentrates on kidney diseases, hypertension and related medical conditions. I see patients at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), in both outpatient and hospital settings. I care for patients in various stages of chronic kidney diseases (CKD) in our outpatient clinic. I also care for patients with kidney failure, including those being treated with renal replacement therapies such as outpatient hemodialysis, home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. In addition, I care for patients after they have had a kidney transplant, monitoring their health and immunosuppression. I also care for patients who have been hospitalized with kidney disease. My main goal is to minimize and/or prevent the progression of chronic kidney disease to a state of kidney failure. I work with, and supervise medical students, medical residents in internal medicine and nephrology fellows during their hospital rotations.

Joseph, Izzo
Izzo, Joseph, MDProfessor and Chief, Clinical Pharmacology
Email: jizzo@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-5234

Specialty/Research Focus:
Cardiovascular Disease; Internal Medicine; Nephrology; Pathophysiology; Vascular and Interventional Radiology; Cardiac pharmacology

Research Summary:
(1) Role of the sympathoadrenal system in hypertension, postural adaptation, and long-term cardiovascular adaptation (2) Control of regional and systemic blood flow during acute stress responses (3) Mechanisms of stress responses and vasoreactivity, both in vivo and in vitro, including metabolic interactions (4) Cardiovascular drug effects (5) Outcomes of drug therapies

James, Lohr
Email: jwlohr@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 862-3204

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology

Research Summary:
I work primarily at the Buffalo VA Medical Center (VAMC) where I served as the chief of nephrology for many years. I care for patients with a variety of kidney diseases, including acute and chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, glomerulonephritis, polycystic disease and hypertension. I have a particular interest in the treatment of patients with resistant hypertension. I also care for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. Together with a team of other health care professionals at the VAMC, I help patients to decide the optimal modality of dialysis for themselves and, when warranted, to consider the possibility of renal transplantation. I care for inpatients as a consultant on the nephrology consultation services. I see patients at outpatient clinics at the VAMC, and I follow patients in the VAMC outpatient dialysis unit. I participate in clinical trials related to treatment of diabetic kidney disease, treatment of anemia in chronic kidney disease and hypertension. My past research focused on understanding the response of cells to conditions of hypo- and hyperosmolality. I have published on hyponatremia and hypernatremia, and continue to have a clinical interest in these areas. I am the program director for the nephrology fellowship program and have served in this role since 1997. I oversee the nephrology fellowship training experience at the multiple clinical sites of UB’s Division of Nephrology, and I contribute to the development of the curriculum. I also serve as the coordinator of the four-week, organ-based “renal module” for first-year medical students: I plan the curriculum, identify speakers, organize the case-based small group sessions and write test questions. I also give 12 lectures and participate in four small-group sessions each year. I am committed to teaching and devote significant time in the medical school teaching medical students. In addition, I hold an adjunct appointment in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and I give lectures on renal pharmacology, hypertension and adverse drug reactions each year to students in that department. I also teach pharmacology and toxicology students in a recitation session focused on discussion of a clinical research paper.

Brian, Murray
Murray, Brian, MDAssociate Professor
Email: bmmurray@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4803

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology

Research Summary:
My clinical activities are focused on caring for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and those with end-stage renal disease undergoing renal replacement therapy. I am the chief medical officer of Erie County Medical Center (ECMC); as such, I am responsible for ensuring that the hospital has a high-quality, safe and efficient environment in which our health care professionals can render the best possible care for all patients. I also serve as the liaison between physicians and hospital administration, helping the latter to develop hospital policy and its strategic vision. My research is focused on addressing population health management. With the use of bioinformatics, my goal is to develop methods that will permit earlier detection of kidney disease and improved models for delivering extended care management for patients with CKD. My past research has included study of the diagnosis and treatment of viral diseases in transplant patients, vascular access problems in hemodialysis patients and the early identification and treatment of CKD.

Mandip, Panesar
Panesar, Mandip, MDClinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Email: mpanesar@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4803

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology

Research Summary:
I am the medical director of the hemodialysis program at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). In this role, I am involved in all aspects of patient care, safety and quality. I also have an active outpatient practice and care for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), glomerulonephritis, hypertension, polycystic kidney disease, electrolyte abnormalities, anemia, secondary hyperparathyroidism and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). My clinical research is in two main areas: mechanisms of, and treatment options for anemia; and acid base disturbances in ESRD hemodialysis patients. In collaboration with UB’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, I am involved in translational research investigating the mechanisms, risk factors and pathophysiology of erythropoietin dosing and resistance in ESRD patients. I am interested as well in understanding the development of metabolic alkalosis in patients with ESRD and the condition’s correlation to the risk of sudden cardiac death. I am conducting a clinical study investigating changes in bicarbonate levels post-hemodialysis using various concentrations of Fresenius’ Naturalyte bicarbonate/acetate dialysate and the effects on arrhythmias and cardiovascular hemodynamics. My involvement in clinical informatics includes serving as an adjunct faculty member and site program director for UB’s ACGME-accredited clinical informatics fellowship program. In this role, I provide medical leadership by assisting physicians in the delivery of patient care, medical education and research, and advancing clinical quality and safety initiatives through the use of clinical information systems. I am currently involved in projects studying methods to increase interoperability of electronic health records across hospital systems, optimizing dialysis-specific electronic health records and developing methods and procedures to reduce copying and pasting in medical documentation. I supervise nephrology fellows and internal medicine residents during their rotations in the inpatient nephrology consultation services at ECMC.

Richard, Quigg
Quigg, Richard, MDArthur M. Morris Professor and Chief, Division of Nephrology
Email: rquigg@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-888-4826

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology; Bioinformatics

Research Summary:
Over the past 30 years, my outpatient focus has been the care and management of patients with complex glomerular and autoimmune diseases. I serve as attending physician on the renal consult services for UBMD Nephrology at Buffalo General Medical Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). I am also an attending physician on the inpatient Medicine A (General Medicine) and D (Renal Medicine) services at ECMC. My research concentrates on understanding mechanisms that underlie kidney disease, including the role of the complement system, a major factor in the body‘s immune response. My lab has developed and studied animal models of systemic lupus erythematosus, diabetic nephropathy, glomerulonephritis, obstructive nephropathy and acute renal failure. In addition to modeling disease in animals, we also have performed clinical studies both for promising new therapies and for those that focus on examining gene profiles from diseased renal tissue. To answer questions that arise in the course of our research, our work spans a number of disciplines and utilizes state-of-the-art approaches such as mouse kidney transplantation, 15-color flow cytometry and magnetic resonance imaging. My original degree is in mathematics, which remains a passion of mine. I also am interested in computational biology and founded the Computation Biology Core Facility at the University of Chicago. The core strength and emphasis of UB in the area of clinical informatics was a key factor in my decision to accept a position here so that I can continue to contribute to projects related to this field. In collaboration with leadership from other disciplines at UB, I helped establish one of the first clinical informatics fellowship programs in the United States. As a result, we accepted in 2014 the first joint nephrology/clinical informatics trainee in the country. As an educator, I am committed to the career development of the students, trainees and faculty working with me in my lab, in clinical research areas, in clinical informatics and in the clinical arena. Over the course of my career, I have mentored many outstanding students, fellows and faculty. Under my leadership and guidance, a number have received nationally competitive awards, and many have gone on to become academic leaders--including one who became a medical school dean. I serve on the Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases Subcommittee of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which critically evaluates training in nephrology. Through this commitment, I help ensure continued quality improvement in nephrology training, both nationally and at UB.

Rajiv, Ranjan
Ranjan, Rajiv, MDClinical Associate Professor
Email: rranjan@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 862-8919

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology

Research Summary:
I care for patients with a variety of renal diseases, including acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, and end-stage renal disease, that require renal replacement therapy and renal transplantation. My clinical interests include various glomerular diseases, hereditary kidney diseases, renal stone and various electrolyte and acid-base disorders. I also have a passion for taking care of patients with resistant hypertension and secondary hypertension, with a focus on renovascular hypertension. My clinical responsibilities are exclusively at the Buffalo VA Medical Center (Buffalo VAMC) where I take care of both outpatient and inpatient renal patients. The Buffalo VAMC is the medical destination for veterans in Western New York in need of renal services, including patients from Batavia, Rochester, Canandaigua and Bath, NY and Erie, PA. I see outpatients in the renal clinic and dialysis unit at the Buffalo VAMC and serve as the director of the renal clinic. I also provide electronic consultation to primary care physicians who need specialized counsel in managing the care of patients with renal conditions. I am involved in pretransplant testing, screening and consultation for prospective transplant recipients. I participate in pharmacy-sponsored clinical trials studying the efficacy of various drugs in kidney diseases. One of the multicenter studies for which I am the primary investigator is looking at the effects of canagliflozin. The goal is to assess whether canagliflozin has a renal and vascular protective effect in reducing the progression of renal impairment in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus. I also am the co-investigator studying the use of darbopetin alpha, a long-acting erythropetin stimulating agent, to avoid blood transfusion and its associated risks in patients with chronic kidney disease. As the resident program director of the Nephrology Fellowship Program at the Buffalo VAMC, I am responsible for supervising and providing guidance to the fellows in renal medicine when they are rotating at the medical center. I am also actively involved in lectures and small group sessions of the nephrology module for first-year medical students. I also participate in educating and training medical students, residents and renal fellows during their inpatient nephrology rotations.

Winnie, Su
Su, Winnie, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: winniesu@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4803

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology

Research Summary:
I care for patients with a broad range of renal disorders, including acute and chronic kidney diseases, end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis or transplantation, glomerular disorders, polycystic disease, electrolyte disorders and resistant hypertension. I have a subspecialized interest in peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. I work with a team of health care professionals to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of treatment plans for my patients. Once a treatment plan is selected, I help patients and their families understand the risk factors and complications that may be part of treatment and, if complications arise, how to handle them. My clinical responsibilities are primarily centered at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) where I care for both inpatients and outpatients. I care for inpatients as an attending physician on the inpatient nephrology service and nephrology consultation services. I see outpatients through the UBMD Nephrology Clinic and the Dialysis Unit. I also serve as the director for home dialysis services at ECMC, and in this role I strive to ensure that patients who perform dialysis at home receive the highest quality care to achieve optimal outcomes. I participate in clinical trials related to dialysis where I enroll patients eligible for the treatment protocols. My clinical research interests include cardiac disease risk factors and outcomes in peritoneal and hemodialysis patients. As the associate program director for the Nephrology Fellowship Program, I help develop the clinical and didactic curriculum for fellows who are training to become nephrologists. I am also actively involved in the education of medical students and internal medicine residents.

Rocco, Venuto
Email: rcvenuto@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4803

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology

Research Summary:
I have practiced nephrology for over 40 years. During that time I have treated patients with virtually every aspect of kidney disease. I have directed dialysis and transplant programs as well. For many years, I pursued laboratory research into the mechanisms underlying hypertension and renal disease during pregnancy. Consequently, I developed a special interest in kidney- related complications in pregnancy such as preeclampsia, a particular form of hypertension in pregnant women. I have worked in collaboration with other members of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) transplant team and researchers from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to pursue clinical research in transplant recipients. The results of these interdisciplinary studies have helped us develop expertise in the use and complications of medications used in transplant immunosuppression regimens. In research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University at Buffalo and various pharmaceutical companies, we have helped define the differences that exist between male and female, and between white and black patients in regard to the metabolism of kidney medications. The differences we have defined benefit our patients: we can identify the best treatment protocol for each individual patient we care for. In recent years, we have been involved in a research project on the use of the only medication that appears to specifically benefit patients with polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Indeed, we have become one of the largest loci in the United States for these studies. This research, along with the many patients with PKD that we have cared for, has helped us become more astute in the medical management of patients and has allowed us to render cutting-edge care to them. We are also developing special programs for patients coping with any form of chronic kidney disease (CKD). A large project funded by New York State and developed in conjunction with UB’s Institute for Healthcare Informatics (IHI) has aided our understanding of how CKD patients in Western New York are treated. The large database of the IHI has made it possible for us to identify areas where new programs can be focused, resulting in improved care for CKD patients. This dynamic interaction between clinical research and patient care is the model I strive for as an academic physician because it results in the best possible care options for my patients.

Rabi, Yacoub
Yacoub, Rabi, MDAssistant Professor
Email: rabiyaco@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 888-4789

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology

Research Summary:
My clinical responsibilities include caring for patients coping with a wide variety of renal diseases, including but not limited to acute kidney injury (AKI), chronic kidney disease (CKD), glomerulonephritis and polycystic kidney disease. I also manage the care of patients who have resistant hypertension. I see patients at the bedside in Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) and in BGMC’s renal clinics. My research focuses on finding modifiable factors to reverse or halt the progression of CKD, through modifying the contents of gut bacteria (microbiota) and studying their correlation to disease states. Studies have demonstrated that gut microbiota can influence numerous aspects of human biology, and alterations in their function and composition (dysbiosis) suggest they play a role in the pathogenesis of diverse human illnesses such as chronic inflammation, diabetes mellitus, obesity, cardiovascular diseases and recently, CKD. I use both human and animal studies to explore the effects of gut microbiota dysbiosis on renal diseases. I have conducted clinical trials evaluating the diversities and population of gut bacteria in patients with different degrees of renal insufficiencies. I also have evaluated the role of diet on gut bacteria and inflammation, in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who are on dialysis. To confirm the findings and further explore the importance of gut microbiota on renal diseases and conditions, I am conducting animal experiments using different murine models of advanced and acute-reversible renal diseases. In addition to my research activities, I supervise and teach renal fellows, medicine residents and medical students in the renal inpatient rotation and in the renal outpatient clinic.

Mareena, Zachariah
Zachariah, Mareena, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: mareenaz@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 898-4803

Specialty/Research Focus:
Nephrology

Research Summary:
I have a broad background in renal medicine with expertise in kidney and pancreas transplantation. I am a transplant physician with UBMD Nephrology and the medical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant program at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). As a transplant specialist, I care for patients with a history of end-stage kidney disease throughout the transplant experience and my daily activity involves the gamut of the transplantation process: I evaluate and select patients who are ready to undergo kidney and pancreas transplantation, I supervise the care of patients during the posttransplant period and I follow these patients in our longitudinal clinic by providing medical and immunological care to them throughout the lifetime of their transplants. I collaborate with ECMC’s transplant administration to ensure that our transplant patients receive the best possible care. I also review quality outcomes metrics and measures to monitor our program’s progress, and I supervise modifications to our care protocols whenever they are needed. I have a keen interest in promoting living donation at ECMC and am working to establish a robust kidney paired donor (KPD) program so that more live-donor, life-saving transplants can be performed in Western New York. My research interests are in outcomes research in kidney-pancreas transplantation, e.g., immunotherapy minimization after kidney and pancreas transplantation and the role of various induction protocols in kidney-pancreas transplantation. I have several ongoing research projects that include fellows from the divisions of Internal Medicine and Nephrology. As a university faculty member and clinical educator for the UBMD transplant team, I conduct bedside teaching and give didactic lectures on key topics in renal and transplant medicine. I believe that a good teacher recognizes differing learning styles and flexes to the strengths of the student in order to teach effectively. As a mentor for the clinical research rotations, I encourage residents to approach their research by asking a simple question that is relevant to the specific demographics of our transplant recipients. I then mentor residents as they write protocols for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and collect, test, analyze and interpret their data. In this way, I encourage trainees to extend and apply clinical research to improving outcomes for our patients. I also am involved in developing the renal fellows transplant lecture series and establishing the teaching curriculum for our transplant medicine fellowship program. I train and mentor transplant physicians and nurse practitioners to take leadership positions across the nation in the field of transplant nephrology.