Robert F. McCormack, MD, an international lecturer whose research interests include cardiovascular emergencies, is chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

McCormack Appointed Chair of Emergency Medicine

Published October 6, 2015

Robert F. McCormack, MD, has been appointed chair of the University at Buffalo Department of Emergency Medicine.

McCormack’s research interests include acute onset headache and subarachnoid hemorrhage, emergency department management and cardiovascular emergencies.

“Dr. McCormack possess the administrative, investigative, clinical, leadership and visionary skills needed to move the department forward, expand the department’s research programs, enhance the excellence of the department’s graduate medical education, and best develop and align a comprehensive clinical program at Great Lakes Health and our community,” said Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

McCormack, professor of emergency medicine, has served as interim chair of the department since January.

Research Interests in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, More

McCormack’s research interests include acute onset headache and subarachnoid hemorrhage, emergency department management and cardiovascular emergencies — such as cardiac exercise stress testing by emergency physicians.

He also focuses on resident education as well as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism diagnosis and treatment.

International Lecturer Has Received Numerous Honors

McCormack, who has published peer-reviewed articles in his areas of interest, has lectured nationally and internationally. 

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors — including induction into the Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honor Society in 2014 — and he was a keynote speaker for the Alpha Epsilon Delta PreHealth Honor Society Induction Ceremony in 2014. 

In 2011 he received the Kaleida Health Spirit Award, which is given for significant support of the organization as it seeks to improve the health of the Western New York community.

He has attended the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine’s Chair Development Program and Harvard Medical School’s Leadership for Physician Executives.

Participating in National Committees and Boards

McCormack participates in several national committees and associations including the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians and American Academy of Emergency Medicine. 

He serves as an oral examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and he is a member of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Clinical Care Forum. McCormack is also a board member of Horizon Health Services and chairs the Kaleida Health Emergency Medicine Advisory Committee.

He is chief of service for emergency medicine in the Kaleida Health System.

Joined the UB Medical School Faculty in 1996

McCormack completed his residency in emergency medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Jacobi Medical Center and was chief resident. 

Following his residency, he was an instructor in the emergency medicine department at Boston University School of Medicine. In 1996, he joined the UB medical school as an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine. He served as vice chair of emergency medicine from 2009 to 2014.

He completed his MBA with honors in 2014 through UB’s Executive Master of Business Administration program. 

McCormack received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. 

New Chairs Are Critical to Vision for School’s Future

Cain has named 16 new chairs and chair-level appointees since he became dean in 2006.

He says they are a critical piece of his strategic vision for the medical school’s future, especially as the new medical school building — set to open in 2017 — takes shape on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.