Chief Residents

2021-2022

Home Town: Araras, São Paulo – Brazil

Medical School: Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

Future Plans: Cardiology, Academic Medicine

Favorite Buffalo/Local Activity: Born and raised in a tropical country, I was initially wary of Buffalo’s weather. Now, after two years, I could not be happier with what we have! I love the four seasons and the diversity of fun activities that Buffalo has to offer all year round. Starting off the year, Summer is the time to be out in the sun and the parks. I walk around Delaware Park and playing tennis, soccer, or volleyball with friends. When the weather starts to cool down, I clean the dust off of my hiking boots. I pay an annual visit to Letchworth State Park to see the foliage and enjoy the scenery. Apple picking is another very fun event in the Fall. Winter comes and the focus changes to indoor activities. I appreciate spending time with my fellow residents. Driving down to Ellicottville can be fun for snow enthusiasts (which I have become!). Finally, in the Spring, I attend the multiple concerts down at Canalside and try not to miss the cherry blossom festival at the Japanese Garden. 

A personal message and what I love about the program: Buffalo is known as “The City of Good Neighbors,” and our program is the perfect example of that concept. We are a large, culturally diverse group but uniformly dedicated to each other and our patients. Our residents are very collegial and always willing to help out their peers. Here, you will receive very strong training and get comprehensive clinical exposure by rotating through our multiple sites – BGMC, ECMC, VAMC, and RPCI. We will provide you with the tools and flexibility you need to succeed in your career, whether you want to subspecialize, work as a hospitalist, or as a primary care physician. As one of my favorite features, our program is dedicated to medical education, which is exemplified by our many curricular initiatives such as Residents as Educators, Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS), and Evidence-Based Medicine. We recently modernized our academic half-days and morning reports to include features of interactive learning and gamification, creating a fun learning environment for residents and students. Further, research is a major component of our program. Residents are paired early on with a mentor in their area of interest and also have opportunities to lead quality improvement and medical education research. Finally, resident wellness is taken very seriously by our leadership and you will make lots of new friends in the monthly events that are put together by our wellness committee. It is an honor for me to serve as Chief Resident at Buffalo General Medical Center and to have dedicated time to continue to improve our program and advocate for our residents. Buffalo has really become my home away from home and I am sure this family will continue to yield exceptional clinicians, researchers, and educators!

Hometown: Benghazi, Libya
Medical School: University of Benghazi Faculty of Medicine
Future Plans
: Critical Care, Academic Medicine

Favorite Buffalo/Local Activity: As a person who grew up along the Mediterranean Sea in North Africa, I’m a summer and outdoor activities lover. Luckily, the Buffalo-Niagara region offers many outdoor activities including scenic hiking, biking trails, kayaking, and jetboat tours. I can’t forget to mention the breath-taking view of Niagara fall especially on the maid of the mist tour. For amazing views, I highly recommend visiting the Letchworth Park and Niagara Whirlpool area, especially during the fall, when the leaves start changing. Canalside also offers a lovely scenic view with great entertainment. Although I love summers, I have come to appreciate the winters when I visit the beautiful town of Ellicottville south of the city. I love Buffalo friendly and inviting atmosphere. Overall, I love our city and everything it has to offer, and I truly enjoy living here.

A personal message and what I love about the program:  My medical training up until residency was in another healthcare system. Having to familiarize myself with a new system felt like I was starting from scratch. During this time, I was very fortunate to have the support of an amazing group including not only residents but attendings as well. The PD and APD’s continue to support my growth as a resident and have provided me with guidance to achieve my career goals. These past 2 years have not been easy given that there are new challenges and learning opportunities being offered every day. However, my experience so far has made me a more caring, efficient, and better physician. One of the many things I love about our program is the friendly environment that keeps us close like a family.

In our program there are endless opportunities to help you reach your academic goals, including 12 weeks of protected research time either bench or clinical. Also, I should not forget to mention the establishment of an ultrasound curriculum. Our program has secured a butterfly ultrasound to each unit to ensure our residents master ultrasound skills before finishing their training. During our training we are exposed to a wide variety of pathology at various hospital sites, such as BGMC, ECMC, VA or RPCI. I am truly honored to serve as a Chief Resident at Buffalo General Medical Center and Gates Vascular Institute, and I am looking forward to working with each one of you and helping in any way possible.

Hometown: Yonkers, NY
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Future Plans: Hospitalist, academic medicine

Favorite Buffalo/Local Activity: There is so much to do in Buffalo, where do I begin? During the summer, my wife and I like to go to Delaware Park (Buffalo’s “Central Park”) where we get to enjoy the beautiful Rose Garden and the walking trails. Autumn being our favorite season of the year, we love to hike at Letchworth State Park where we get to enjoy the fall foliage! The winter can get quiet, but we try to catch a show at Shea’s theater (being so close to Canada, we get to experience all the touring casts of the major Broadway shows before they travel to Toronto). Given our proximity to Canda, we often take day trips across the border. We love Niagara-on-the-Lake, a small quaint pedestrian friendly town on the Niagara River with beautiful wineries and boutique shops. Buffalo is known as the ‘City of Good Neighbors' and our experience in Buffalo has been filled with many great experiences with our new adopted Buffalo family!

A personal message and what I love about the program: Over the last few years, Buffalo has gone through a renaissance and so has our program! Our new committee structure allows residents to actively participate in the program during their time in residency. One committee that stands out to me is the Internal Medicine Resident Committee (IMRC). This is a resident run committee where members from the different PGY classes meet on a regular basis to discuss any feedback the residents have on their residency experience. This allows us to develop solutions in real time and ensure the residents’ voices are heard. Another aspect of our program that is integral to our experience here is our faculty. The faculty genuinely has the residents’ best interests in mind. Our teaching faculty guide us in different quality improvement, research, educational, and wellness initiatives that allow us to graduate residency as well-rounded physicians ready for the ever-evolving practice of medicine. Finally, having various hospital sites (ECMC, BGMC, VA, RPCI) allows us to experience a diversity of pathologies and hospital systems, and make a positive impact on our community which we serve. As ECMC chief, I look forward to continuing to improve our residents’ experience in our program and serving the healthcare needs of our at-risk community.

Hometown: Great Falls, VA
Medical School:
Virginia Commonwealth University
Future Plans/Goals:
Gastroenterology, Academic Medicine

Favorite Buffalo/Local Activity: My favorite activities are sports, eating, and spending time with family/friends. My wife and I regularly meet with friends for biking, tennis, and volleyball. I live within walking distance to Delaware Park, where I spend much of my time after work. As a coastal city, it allows for watersports in the summer, and in the winters, the ski resorts are only an hour away. There is an endless list of mom and pops restaurants that are affordable and delicious for more relaxing activities. I have found that Buffalo has an infectious upbeat attitude and unique culture. While it may be the second-largest city in New York State, it has all the benefits of a small town, such as friendly neighbors, lack of traffic, and low cost of living. As a medical resident, I could not imagine a city more ideal than Buffalo.

A personal message and what I love about the program: University at Buffalo Internal Medicine residency program provides numerous opportunities for professional growth. The fellowship programs offer strong support for interested residents. I have found an abundance of opportunities for research, teaching, and academic development. Our faculty are very supportive with a very collegial culture that encourages learning. We have one weekly academic half-day and three morning reports a week. The didactic timing provides a manageable schedule that provides enough time for clinical duties yet promotes learning. The program continues to experiment with new and creative ways to make learning more effective. These include gamified learning, interactive sessions, simulations, and more. Residents are very involved in every aspect of the program, which creates opportunities outside of clinical duties. Apart from the academic strengths of the program, Buffalo inhabits a diverse patient population that creates unique learning opportunities. Each hospital site also creates a unique environment that gives a unique taste of medical practice with a different patient population. With strong clinical training here at UB, I am excited to move to the next stage of my training next year.

Hometown: Markham, Ontario, Canada

Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine

Future Plans: Cardiology, Academic Medicine

Favorite Buffalo/Local Activity: This city has it all! Culinary delights, exquisite natural sights and wonderful people to name a few. To highlight one feature, the abundance of outdoor activities is most notable in my opinion. Buffalo certainly offers four seasons and there is beauty and enjoyment to be found in each one. During the spring and summer months I enjoy cycling and hiking the network of nearby trails. A stroll down Canalside or quick round of tennis at a public park is a nice way to stay active after work. Feeling too hot for land? Easy water access allows for boating and kayaking. Interested in wine tasting and beautiful vineyards? Niagara and The Finger Lakes regions got you covered! During the fall, the foliage color change is spectacular just about anywhere you look. In the winter, tie up your skates for some Christmas festivities or strap on your skis and hit the slopes in nearby Ellicottville. Of course, year-round I never get bored of visiting the breathtaking Niagara Falls.

A personal message and what I love about the program: Residency training is an exciting and formative time for a physician, and I am glad to be undertaking that journey at the University at Buffalo’s Internal Medicine program. What our program offers above all else is balance and opportunity. Despite our large size we are a tight-knit community. We have wonderful faculty that actively teach yet give autonomy to allow personal growth. We serve a diverse and sick population that will challenge you yet develop and strengthen your skills as a clinician. Morning reports and protected academic half-days will ensure you are equipped with the knowledge you need for excellence. If you wish to teach, opportunities are abundant through daily team interactions, focused lectures, or involvement with the Jacobs School of Medicine. Research-oriented learners will find protected time, supportive faculty and statisticians, and numerous projects to contribute to. Specialty clinicians are approachable and mentors will help guide you to meet career goals. Whatever your individual aspirations, training at our program will be an exciting and fulfilling experience preparing you for your career in medicine. As chief resident I look forward to working with each and every member of the program and support their training in any way possible.

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Future Plans: Rheumatology, Academic Medicine

Favorite Buffalo/Local Activity: For me, Buffalo means family, friends, cookouts, and sporting games.  I was born and raised here, but I don’t think I am too biased in saying that Buffalo is “the city of good neighbors”, as you will hear.  My favorite thing to do depends on the season.  In the summer you’ll find me outdoors on a golf course, or kayaking on some local streams.  Autumn offers some beautiful foliage, and more importantly (in my opinion), the Buffalo Bills.  Now, with the Bills looking to repeat their best season in years, there is a feeling of excitement every weekend they play!  Winter is a great time to go ice skating at canal side or to head south to Ellicottville, NY and go skiing or snowboarding.  Overall, Buffalo offers a chance to have an excellent work-life balance, even during residency.


A personal message and what I love about the program: The thing I love most about our program is how much the program administration cares about the residents, and the changes we have made since I started residency.  Over the past two years, we have experienced exponential growth in terms of both quality and quantity of educational sessions.  My favorite lecture series is the ‘Safe cases’ lead by Dr. Gruarin, one of our APDs.  During these sessions, residents have the chance to discuss difficult cases with the goal of improving future patient care.  The educational experience supplements the diverse patient population encountered on clinical rotations at three separate hospitals.  This undoubtedly prepares our residents to be confident in our abilities upon graduation and becoming an attending or continuing on into fellowship training.  I look forward to meeting many of you on the interview trail and showing you more about our great program!

 

Hometown: Niagara Falls, New York

Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Future Plans: Primary Care

Favorite Buffalo/ Local Activity: Being from Western New York, the Buffalo Bills hold a special place in my heart. Going to watch games live or gathering around the television with family and friends when my schedule permits brings me great joy.  I also enjoy the Fall season in Buffalo, the ever changing leaves and walks in the cool crisp air at different parks is a favorite pastime. You can always find something to do, whether it’s a fun food festival or concert and with the current state more things are slowly opening up in safe manner. The best part about Buffalo would truly be the fact I get to spend time with my loved ones when I have time off. I am truly grateful for this as this is not the case for many of my co-residents.

A personal message and what I love about the program: The main reason I am going into primary care is that I like the aspect of continuity of care. I am able to stay up to date on many areas of medicine by learning each and every day from my patients. The University at Buffalo Internal Medicine Residency devotes an entire week at a time to primary care clinic. It is often usually only a half day at other programs. By having a week I am able to see and care for many patients in the clinic and get a great sense of how outpatient medicine is different from inpatient. We have dedicated didactic session about primary care where we can learn about diagnosis, management and primary prevention and how important that is in patients` medical care. I also love the fact that not only is the city of Buffalo known as the “City of Good Neighbors” our residency reflects that as we are a big family. Getting to know other residents form around the world as well as attendings and support staff is important. I also love that UB medicine is a diverse community. I am grateful to have the role of Ambulatory Chief resident at the Hertel-Elmwood Internal Medicine Clinic and Erie County Medical Center primary care clinics and will strive to enrich the experience even more. I look forward to serving in this new role.