Vanessa M. Barnabei MD

Vanessa Barnabei

Vanessa M. Barnabei
MD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Obstetrics and Gynecology; Women’s Health

Contact Information
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
955 Main Street
Room 6151
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: 716-881-7564
Fax: na
vmbarnab@buffalo.edu


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Professional Summary:

I am interested in all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology and women’s health and practiced for many years doing general Ob/Gyn care. My long-time clinical focus is the care of women with menopausal and peri-menopausal problems. Midlife can be a challenging time for many women and I try to take a holistic approach to their midlife health issues. I spend a lot of time counseling women about medical and non-medical treatment options, including hormone therapy. I also see women with disorders of the vulva such as chronic pain and difficult-to-treat skin disorders such as lichen sclerosus.

Menopause and hormone therapy have also been a large part of my research activities, and I have been an investigator with several of the large clinical trials on the impact of hormone therapy on symptoms and disease, including the Women’s Health Initiative. I assist my faculty with their research projects and love to do multidisciplinary projects that benefit women’s health. I have been very impressed with the friendly and collaborative spirit here in Buffalo and Western New York. Currently, I am working with several multidisciplinary groups on the medical campus and the community investigating links between the microbiome of the pregnant woman and preterm birth, the effects of air pollution on birth outcomes, and strategies to reduce the incidence of adolescent pregnancy in Erie County.

I take very seriously my roles as mentor and facilitator. My role as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs will enable me to help others reach their potential and achieve success in academic medicine, whether they are students, residents in training, or faculty. I have been involved with the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology on the Safe Motherhood Initiative which seeks to lower maternal morbidity and mortality and now serve as co-chair of the NY State Maternal Mortality Review Board.

Education and Training:

  • MD, Medicine, University of Virginia (1985)
  • PhD, Biology (Genetics), University of Virginia (1981)

Employment:

  • Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2012-present)
  • Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine (1998–2012)
  • Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, George Washington University School Of Medicine (1989–1998)

Awards and Honors:

  • Faculty Recognition Award (2018)

Research Expertise:

  • Disorders of the Vulva
  • Menopause and Midlife Health

UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:

  • Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • July 2020–July 2021
    Objective Assessment of Pain Thresholds in Women with Vulvodynia
    CTSA Pilot Studies Award
    Role: Principal Investigator


Professional Memberships:

  • Central Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2000–present)
  • North American Menopause Society (1991–present)
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (1986–present)
  • ACOG District II Advisory Council; State-wide

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Contact Information

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
955 Main Street
Room 6151
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: 716-881-7564
Fax: na
vmbarnab@buffalo.edu

This faculty member is affiliated with UBMD, practicing physicians who are also professors in the Jacobs School.

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