Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

John Fudyma, MD.

“We’re committed to understanding aging and frailty, advancing novel research and training future leaders in our field,” says interim division chief John R. Fudyma, MD.

Geriatrics and gerontology have had a presence at the University at Buffalo since the establishment of the fellowship in geriatric medicine on July 1, 1980. In addition, the division also offers a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine.

Faculty members within the division provide clinical care, engage in research, and contribute to the education of medical students, post-graduate trainees in medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine and surgery, and of practicing physicians in internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine and surgery.

The faculty’s areas of expertise include:

  • comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • polypharmacy
  • delirium
  • management of behavior disturbances associated with dementia
  • palliative care
  • pain management
  • rehabilitation
  • osteoporosis
  • Vitamin D
  • frailty

The multidisciplinary programs of the division interface with nursing homes, tertiary-care hospitals and community-based settings. Participating institutions include the VA Western New York Healthcare System, Kaleida Health System (Buffalo General Hospital, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, HighPointe), Erie County Medical Center, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care and its subsidiary, Hospice Buffalo.

In addition, the division plays an active role in the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center of Western New York.

Interim Chief, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Fudyma, John

John Fudyma, MD, MPH, FACP

Associate Professor of Medicine

ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER 462 Grider St Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: 716-898-4529; Fax: 716-898-3928


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