Pediatric Endocrinology; Pediatrics; Pediatric Diabetes
I see patients at the UBMD Pediatrics outpatient center at Conventus and at the John R. Oishei Children‘s Hospital. I also have a monthly outreach clinic in Olean, NY. My clinical expertise includes diabetes, adrenal disorder, delayed and early puberty, problems with growth, thyroid disease and obesity. I spend a significant amount of time conducting clinical research. My research projects are related to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, obesity and early puberty. I am the local principal investigator for the Type 1 Diabetes Exchange Clinic Registry, a research network of over 26,000 patients with Type 1 diabetes from across the country. The purpose of this clinic registry is to improve the care of persons with Type 1 diabetes by sharing best practices and answering important clinical questions through research. My role is to supervise a team of research assistants and make sure that we protect patient privacy, maintain patient volunteer safety and follow protocols for the study so that the results are valid. Based on my research and clinical expertise, I have written many chapters about adrenal disease, early puberty and general endocrinology that have been published in medical textbooks. As the fellowship program director for the Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Pediatrics, I supervise and monitor the training of the pediatric endocrinology fellows. I teach pediatric endocrinology to medical students and residents, primarily as a preceptor in clinic, though I also lecture in the classroom setting. I introduce the field to undergraduate students by allowing them to shadow me in clinic. In addition, I participate in medical career panels for undergraduates.
Pediatric Diabetes; Pediatric Endocrinology; Pediatrics
As a pediatrician specializing in treating hospitalized patients, I care for children, including neonates with various serious medical conditions requiring inpatient care. I work closely with community pediatricians to provide care for these newborns and for other children who need hospitalization. I am additionally board certified in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. As a pediatric endocrinologist, I manage children and adolescents, both as inpatients and outpatients, with various endocrinological and metabolic disorders. I am particularly involved in the care of youths with juvenile diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, calcium and bone disorders, abnormalities of growth and puberty, and disorders of sex development. I serve as the program coordinator at the Diabetes Center of the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH) for the American Diabetes Association’s Educational Recognition Program. I supervise the diabetes self-care management education provided by the center’s certified diabetes educators and nutritionists to young people diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Additionally, I coordinate quality improvement projects that are focused on improving diabetes care delivery. As an assistant professor of pediatrics at UB and a member of the Teaching Interest Group at OCH, I educate and train medical students, residents and fellows and devise methodologies to improve learning. I supplement my core lectures with targeted bedside teaching. I conduct clinical research and publish on various aspects of general pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology. My current focus is on the prevention of abnormal weight gain in children and adolescents with new onset type 1 diabetes. I also mentor UB medical students in research on topics such as evaluating the current level of diabetes care provided at our diabetes center and our efforts to improve diabetes self-care.