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Emergency Physician to Lead Clinical Affairs in Joint Role

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David P. Hughes, MD ’95

Published October 2, 2013

David P. Hughes, MD ’95, has been named inaugural senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, part of a groundbreaking role designed to enhance clinical academic performance and health care quality.

Hughes also was named first senior vice president and chief clinical integration officer for Kaleida Health.

Aligning Med School, Clinical Partners

In his new medical school role, Hughes will work to optimize clinical performance within academic programs.

Through the precedent-setting joint appointment, Hughes will work to strengthen the vital synergies among clinicians, medical educators and UB medical students and residents, said Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school.

“This position further aligns the UB medical school with its clinical partners in the community, including UBMD, Kaleida Health and Great Lakes Health,” Cain said.

It’s a direct reflection of the changes underway as the medical school moves to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, he noted.

Focus on Clinical Performance, Care

In his new medical school post, Hughes will work to optimize clinical performance within the academic programs, which are essential to the strength of the clinical programs and the training of future physicians and other providers.

Simultaneously at Kaleida, Hughes will provide clinical leadership in designing new care delivery processes that improve services and quality, reduce costs and eliminate variation.

UB Alum, Emergency Medicine Physician

A fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Hughes is a clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine. He also specializes in occupational medicine.

He received his medical degree from UB and completed his residency at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

He holds a master’s degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Mich.

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