Clinical Associate Professor
Obesity; Pediatric Diabetes; Pediatric Endocrinology; Pediatrics
I am board certified in pediatrics, pediatric endocrinology and Obesity Medicine. As a pediatric endocrinologist, I manage children and adolescents, both as inpatients and outpatients, with various endocrinological and metabolic disorders. I am particularly involved in the care of youths with juvenile diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, calcium and bone disorders, abnormalities of growth and puberty, and disorders of sex development.
I was responsible for the development of the diabetes self-care management education program at the Diabetes Center of the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Subsequently, our diabetes center was recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for the Education Recognition Program. I am the Program Coordinator at the Diabetes Center of the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for the program. I am in charge of the diabetes self-care management education provided by the center’s certified diabetes educators and nutritionists to youth diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Additionally, I develop and run quality improvement projects that focus on diabetes care delivery in the Diabetes Center.
In my role as an American Board of Obesity Medicine certified physician and a pediatric bariatrician, I worked with the Kaleida Health Foundation and Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo to develop a multi-disciplinary weight management center for children and adolescents. With my unique qualifications and board certifications, I am the medical director of the program. The center has become the regional referral center designed to manage youth with obesity and obesity-related co-morbidities. A select population of the youth undergo bariatric surgery. As the medical director, I am responsible for the medical care of youth followed at the center, which includes the care of children undergoing bariatric surgery. Additionally, I have administrative responsibilities including, but not limited to, coordination of care between the various providers, management of budget, review of the revenue cycles, and evaluation and management of quality of care.
I conduct clinical research and publish on various aspects of general pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology. My current focus is Obesity Management and Diabetes in children and adolescents.
I also mentor UB medical students, pediatric residents, pediatric surgical residents, and pediatric endocrine fellows in research on topics related to diabetes and obesity.