Clinical Associate Professor
Internal Medicine; Internal Medicine - General
I provide outpatient primary care service at Hertel Elmwood Internal Medicine Clinic. I mentor and supervise residents in primary care clinic. I treat patients with multiple chronic medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and high cholesterol, providing proactive, preventative and compassionate care for these complex cases. My practice emphasizes coordinating care across interdisciplinary teams and helping patients make therapeutic lifestyle changes through diet, exercise and weight loss. I take great pleasure in working with diverse, underserved patients, including patients with mental illnesses, helping them understand their disease, overcome barriers to treatment and address the causes of noncompliance. I focus on primary and secondary prevention of chronic medical conditions. I am passionate about providing cancer prevention care and immunization for our patients. I am the program director for Public health and General preventive Medicine Residency program and combined Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine Program.
I am actively engaged in several quality improvement projects to improve patient safety and the quality of care we provide. I have led initiatives to design and optimize clinical workflows and to implement Allscript Enterprise Electronic Health Records (EHR) in all outpatient clinics at ECMC, building a framework to provide consistent care throughout our health care system. Through benchmarking evidence-based national quality standards and providing physician leadership in using EHR and Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) programs, I hope to lay the groundwork for a twenty-first century health care system.
I am passionate about teaching and mentoring residents and medical students in providing excellence in medical care. Our quality improvements projects have been presented at various national annual conferences, including American College Of Physicians (ACP) and Society of General Internal Medicine. My team and I have published several QI projects in peer-reviewed journals. My goal is to create great leaders and excellent physicians for the future. Our recent Quality improvement projects address warfarin -high risk medication management and health care disparity in colorectal cancer screening.