Published March 21, 2018
Medical students and residents at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences stand to benefit from a new partnership between UBMD Internal Medicine and Evergreen Health to care for patients with HIV and hepatitis C.
“Evergreen Health has developed an innovative approach to serving this critical segment of the population,” says Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases.
“This partnership provides our faculty, students and residents with an opportunity to participate in and strengthen Evergreen’s holistic approach to delivering care to those living with HIV and hepatitis C,” he says.
“It enables our medical students, residents and fellows to learn from this progressive institution that is fulfilling a societal promise to care for these vulnerable populations.”
This new endeavor also will allow researchers at the Jacobs School to leverage the data that Evergreen Health has gathered with the goal of improving the delivery of care to this important patient population, Russo notes.
“As a National Institutes of Health-designated Clinical and Translational Science site, UB is eager to work closely with Evergreen Health in ways that are mutually beneficial for delivering new treatments to patients, for training purposes and for developing new knowledge that will guide the next generation of treatments for these populations,” he adds.
Raymond Ganoe, president and chief executive officer of Evergreen Health said: “Evergreen’s collaboration with UBMD Internal medicine will bring together the region’s leaders in HIV and hepatitis C care as we work toward our common goal: to improve the quality of care we provide to our patients every day.”
Russo, Shon and Martinez see patients through UBMD Internal Medicine.
Shon is director of the Division of Infectious Diseases’ HIV and HIV/Hepatitis C Clinical Studies Unit located within Evergreen Health.
Evergreen Health serves more than 11,000 patients regionally, using a comprehensive approach combining primary care, specialty care, substance user health, mental health and pharmacy services.
In 2017, the organization opened a 33,000-square-foot addition to its Elmwood Avenue offices in Buffalo to accommodate its growing patient base.