Clinical Assistant Professor
I practice full-spectrum family medicine, which means that I care for patients ranging from newborns to the elderly. I take care of obstetric patients, and I deliver babies. I perform minor dermatological, gynecologic and orthopedic procedures in the UBMD Family Medicine office on Sheridan Dr. I also care for patients in the intensive care unit and on hospital floors at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.
I believe that the major role of a physician is to educate. I educate, guide and empower patients to make the best informed health decisions for themselves and their families. I practice medicine as a supportive partner, helping my patients prevent serious illness by coaching them to live healthy lifestyles. I am also a constant companion to my patients in regard to their immunizations and their efforts at weight loss and smoking cessation. My care for patients and their loved ones includes supporting them in end-of-life decisions that will help lead to a dignified death.
As a family physician in an academic setting, I help trainees navigate the complex health care world. As the chief resident in UB’s family medicine residency, I had extensive experience teaching and organizing teaching; I bring this expertise to the residents I now teach as a faculty member. I am one of the seminar leaders for the Clinical Practice of Medicine (CPM) curriculum for first-year medical students. I am committed to empowering health care teams—students, residents, experienced physicians, nurses and nursing aides—by sharing my knowledge and fostering the best possible care of patients.
I am an American born in South Korea and educated in England. My interests in family medicine grew from volunteering in rural Ghana and Haiti as a medical student, where I learned that fostering strong physician-patient relationships and health education is crucial to improving the overall health of a community. My medical practice and my teaching and mentoring of students and residents reflect the lessons I have learned throughout my international experience.