Chronic Disease and Multimorbidity

We take a patient-centric approach to this focus area, using our data to help prevent, detect, diagnose and treat chronic disease and multimorbidity.

Chronic conditions are among the most common, costly and — in many cases — preventable health problems. Despite the dramatic advances in treating individual pathology, health outcomes for these conditions suggest that we need multimorbidity research to combat epidemic trends that threaten the health care system and public health.

Our researchers consider the complexity of chronic disease and broader contextual realities to both address disease prevention and help clinicians better care for patients.

Our findings lower overall health care costs while leading to an improved quality of life and lower mortality for individuals with co-occurring conditions.

Research Projects

Research Centers/Partners

  • Upstate New York Practice Based Research Network

    Director: Laurene M. Tumiel Berhalter, PhD

    Investigates questions related to community-based primary care practice. Aims to improve patient care by translating research into practice and by involving practices in research.


  • Kahn, Linda

    Linda Kahn, PhD

    Professor, Primary Care Research Institute

    UB Downtown Gateway Department of Family Medicine 77 Goodell Street, Suite 220D Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: (716) 816-7254; Fax: (716) 845-6899


  • Tumiel Berhalter, Laurene

    Laurene Tumiel Berhalter, PhD

    Director of Community Translational Research

    UB Downtown Gateway Department of Family Medicine 77 Goodell Street, Suite 220N Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: 716-816-7278; Fax: 716-845-6899