Classnotes - 2000s

Cassandra Williams, MD '05.

Cassandra Williams, MD '05, writes, "After Residency in Internal Medicine in Baltimore, MD my family and I moved to North Carolina where I was a hospitalist for 12 years. I then moved back to Buffalo in the midst of the pandemic in June 2020. I currently work as the lead physician at Terrace View Rehab and Nursing Facility on ECMC campus. Dr Nielsen snd Dr. Milling were very helpful during tough times."

Michael Gough, MD ’04.

Michael Gough, MD ’04, has been named system medical director critical care for Catholic Health. A pulmonologist and intensivist, Gough has been an integral member of the Catholic Health medical staff since joining Kenmore Mercy in 2010. He previously served as a medical director of the COVID-19 Treatment Center at St. Joseph Campus and, more recently, helped establish the COVID-19 Support Group at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. In his new role, Gough will provide clinical leadership for all Catholic Health and Trinity Medical critical care physicians and advanced practice providers through a physician-administrator partnership. As system medical director, he will not only have clinical responsibilities as a critical-care intensivist, he will also lead the development and execution of all critical care services according to evidence-based practices and patient-centric care models. For the past decade, Gough has worked in collaboration with James Fitzpatrick, MD, seeing pulmonary patients at the Kenmore Specialty Center.

Ryan P. Bodkin.

Ryan P. Bodkin, MD ’08, has been promoted to Residency Program Director in the Deparment of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Bodkin attended Clarkson University and graduated with Highest Distinction in 2003. He received his MBA from Clarkson University in 2004. After medical school at UB, Bodkin completed his residency at the University of Rochester in 2011 and was Chief Resident from 2010-2011.

Terry Thompson, MD ’01, medical director, Hospitalist Service, Centra Southside Community Hospital, Farmville, VA, writes: Doing great! Daniel, 22, is graduating from college and wants to study medicine. Madison is 14 and Makayla, 16. Melissa is doing great and owns her own gymnastics gym—Elite Athletics. Favorite memories: All my friends. What a great class. Some of the best years of my life! Miss everyone.

Jason Stopyra.

Congratulations to Jason Stopyra, MD ’00, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, who has been named 2016 North Carolina Doctor of the Year as part of the NC Doctors’ Day observance.

The award honors physicians who are experts in treatment and care, passionate about their patients and active in their communities.

In addition to practicing in the Emergency Department at Wake Forest Baptist, Stopyra serves as medical director of Emergency Services in Randolph County and as medical director of Emergency Services, medical director of the Health and Nutrition Center and medical examiner in Surry County.

Stopyra won the honor by receiving the most votes among 10 finalists—chosen from more than 300 nominees. The award includes a prize of $5,000, which he plans to donate in equal amounts to five families with members who have serious illnesses.

Stopyra earned his bachelor’s degree at Cornell University in 1996 and his medical degree at UB in 2000. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist in 2003 and joined the Medical Center in 2013 after working at Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy.

Jenna O'Neill.

Jenna O’Neill, MD ’08, has joined the Buffalo Medical Group’s (BMG) Department of Dermatology at its new Orchard Park location.

O’Neill comes to BMG having completed her dermatology residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she served as chief resident.

Her clinical interests include general dermatologic concerns, skin cancer and surgical and cosmetic dermatology, including the use of fillers and neurotoxins, benign and malignant lesion removal and treatment of photoaging. She also has a special interest in the treatment of hair loss.

Suzette LaJeunesse.

Suzette LaJeunesse, MD ’01, has joined Buffalo Medical Group’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Division and is treating patients in BMG’s new Orchard Park building.

A native of Western New York, LaJeunesse completed a bachelor of science degree with honors in biology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduating from UB Medical School, she completed her residency at UB.

Prior to joining BMG, LaJeunesse provided OB/GYN care at another local private practice. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Her clinical interests include high-risk pregnancies, endometriosis, contraception and alternative treatments for menopause. She has a special interest in treating teenagers.

Eric Waffner.

Eric Waffner, MD ’00, FACP, an internal medicine physician with Buffalo Medical Group, has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the society of internists.

Waffner has been a member of the Buffalo Medical Group Primary Care Division since 2004 and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree, cum laude, from UB in 2000.

John Taylor, MD ’09, MBA, completed his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. He has joined the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he is an attending psychiatrist, assistant training director for the adult psychiatry residency program, and project manager in population health management for the department of psychiatry.