Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the Faculty Council includes representatives from both basic science and clinical departments. The Steering Committee represents, and acts on behalf of the Faculty Council in all matters within the purview of the Faculty Council.

All actions of the Steering Committee are subject to prior or subsequent approval of the Faculty Council.  

Powers and Duties

The Steering Committee meets monthly. It ensures that an agenda for all regular and special meetings of the Faculty Council is sent to the electorate.

A full description of the Steering Committee’s powers and duties may be found in the bylaws

To contact the Steering Committee, please email or contact any of the Steering Committee members listed below.

Membership of the Faculty Council Steering Committee 2023-2024


  • Brashear, Allison

    Allison Brashear, MD, MBA

    Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Neurology

    955 Main Street, Room 6190 Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

    Phone: (716) 829-3955; Fax: (716) 829-2179


  • Laychock, Suzanne

    Suzanne Laychock, PhD

    Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

    Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences room 6155 955 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

    Phone: (716) 829-2808; Fax: (716) 829-2437


Officers of the Faculty Council

  • Faculty Council President, 2023-2024

    Popescu, Gabriela

    955 Main Street Buffalo NY 14203 Office 4226; Lab 4250 Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: (716) 829-3807; Fax: (716) 829-2661


  • President-Elect, 2023-2024

    Hall, John

    John Hall

    Clinical Associate Professor


    Phone: (716) 635-0688


  • Past President, 2023-2024

    Elkin, Peter

    Peter Elkin, MD, MACP, FACMI, FNYAM

    Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics & Professor of Internal Medicine

    UB Downtown Gateway 77 Goodell Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: 716 888 4854


  • Secretary, 2022-2024

    Stacey A. Watt, MD

    Program Director


    77 Goodell Street, Suite 550, Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: (716) 829-6108; Fax: (716) 842-4170


  • Parliamentarian, 2023-2025

    Melendy, Thomas

    Thomas Melendy, PhD

    Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, and Biochemistry

    5116 Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Department of Microbiology & Immunology 955 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

    Phone: (716) 829-3789


Basic Science Representative to Executive Committee, 2022-2024

    Blumental-Perry, Anna

    Anna Blumental-Perry

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Biochemistry 955 Main Street 4225 Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: 7168292105; Fax: 7168292105


  • Clinical Representative to Executive Committee, 2023-2025

    Quigg, Richard

    Richard Quigg, MD

    Arthur M. Morris Professor and Chief, Division of Nephrology

    Clinical Translational Research Center 875 Ellicott Street, Suite 8030 Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: 716-888-4826


At-Large Representatives to the Faculty Council Steering Committee

2023-2024 TERM

  • Jacobs, Amy

    Amy Jacobs, PhD

    Research Associate Professor

    955 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: (716) 829-2085


  • Smith, Beth

    Beth Smith, MD

    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics; Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Chief of Service, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Kaleida Health; Medical Director, The Children’s Psychiatry Clinic, Oishei Children’s Hospital

    The Children‘s Psychiatric Clinic 1028 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14202

    Phone: (716) 859-5454


  • Andrzejewski, Kelly

    Kelly Andrzejewski, DO, PhD

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Department of Neurology 5851 Main Street Williamsville, NY 14221

    Phone: 716-932-6080; Fax: (716) 332-4245