Smita Y. Bakhai MD, MPH, FACP

Smita Bakhai

Smita Y. Bakhai
MD, MPH, FACP

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Internal Medicine; Internal Medicine - General

Contact Information
Hertel Elmwood Internal medicine
900 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14216
Phone: 716-898-3152
Fax: 716-871-1580
sybakhai@buffalo.edu


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Professional Summary:

I am the program director of the Public Health/General Preventive medicine (PH/GPM) residency and Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine (IM/PM) Combined residency programs. I am board certified in Occupational Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and in Internal Medicine. I graduated from the University of Buffalo IM residency program in 1991.

I am highly engaged in mentoring, teaching and supervising residents and medical students in our Internal Medicine Residency program over the past 17 years. Currently, I provide outpatient primary care at Hertel Elmwood Internal Medicine Center, a certified Patient Centered Medical Home. I take great pleasure in working with diverse patients to optimize health and well-being. I focus on primary and secondary prevention of chronic medical conditions, while providing proactive, preventive, and compassionate care for these complex patients. My practice emphasizes coordinating care across interdisciplinary teams to address social determinants of health. We focus on integrating United States Preventive Services (USPSTF) recommendations in to clinical care.

I am extremely passionate about quality improvement with special emphasis on advancing health equity and population health. I am the chair for NY -American College of Physician (ACP) quality and patient safety committee. I am the recipient of multiple grants and awards for QI projects as a primary investigator. Under my mentorship, our residents have presented various QI posters and received approximately, twenty QI awards at the Graduate Medical Education (GME), state, and national platforms. Our resident -led QI projects have included cancer screening, Hepatitis C screening, and primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases. I am actively engaged in several quality improvement projects to improve patient safety and the quality of care we provide. Our recent Quality improvement projects address warfarin -high risk medication management , health care disparity in colorectal cancer screening and mitigating maternal health risks by improving Covid-19 vaccination rates.

I am the primary investigator for the Human Resources Services Administration (HRSA) grant for our Preventive Medicine Residency program, comprised of 2.8 million dollars over 5 years, expanding IM/PM Combined Residency program and bringing a new general Preventive Medicine residency with a special focus on maternal health. As the program director, I facilitate various rotations, lead didactic sessions, and supervise residents. I am leading the development of curriculum for new clinical rotations including population health, lifestyle medicine, addiction medicine, and patient safety and quality. My goal is to produce great leaders to provide excellence in clinical care, address social injustice, and gain skills to improve population health.

Education and Training:

  • Certificate, Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment (LKA), American Board of Internal Medicine ( ABIM) (2026)
  • UB School of Managment (2015)
  • State University of New York at Buffalo (2014)
  • Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians (2010)
  • Certificate, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) (2010)
  • Residency, Occupational Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University (1998)
  • MPH, Public Health, major in Occupational Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (1996)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University at Buffalo (1991)
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, B. J. Medical College, Gujarat University (1986)

Employment:

  • Program Director, Internal Medicine /Preventive Medicine Combined Residency Program, JSMBS (2020-present)
  • Volunteer Faculty, Psychiatry, University of Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine (2020-present)
  • Attending Physician, Clinical Associate Professor, Hertel Elmwood Internal Medicine Center , Kaleida Health (2019-present)
  • Associate Professor, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2019-present)
  • Clinical Instructor, University at Buffalo (2005-present)
  • Attending Physician, Erie County Medical Center Internal Medicine Center (2005–2020)
  • Assistant Professor, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo (2005–2019)
  • Medical Director, ECMC Internal Medicine Center (2009–2018)
  • Acting Medical Director, Union Occupational Health Center, ECMC, SUNY at Buffalo, Erie County Medical Center (1992–1995)
  • Staff Physician, Union Occupational Health Center, Erie County Medical Center, SUNY at Buffalo, Erie County Medical Center (1991–1992)

Awards and Honors:

  • Scientific Excellence Award (2022)
  • 2019 Gage Award (2019)
  • NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program Certificate (2010)


Journal Articles:

Abstracts:

  • Nallapeta, N., Ahluwalia, G., Sadeghi, C., Mangat, A., Reynolds, J., Gudleski, G.D., & Bakhai, S. (2018) Improving colorectal cancer screening rates with the introduction of fecal immunochemical testing (FIT): A primary care quality improvement project. (Jun)

Professional Memberships:

  • American College of Physicians (ACP); Chair, Quality and Patient Safety Committee, New York Chapter (2020–present)
  • Society Of General Internal Medicine (2015–present)
  • American College of Physician; Member (1999–present)
  • American Society of Internal Medicine (1992–present)
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (1992–2003)

Presentations:

  • "Optimizing Blood Pressure Control in Hypertensive Patients in an Academic Hospital Based Primary Care Safety Net Clinic" European Society of Hypertension's Annual Scientific Meeting (2019)
  • "Optimizing Blood Pressure Control in Hypertensive Patients in an Academic Hospital Based Primary Care Safety Net Clinic" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting (2019)
  • "An Innovative Approach of Teaching Quality Improvement Curriculum" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; Society of General Internal Medicine; Innovations in Medical Education (2018)
  • "Guideline Directed Medical Therapy for Heart Failure Optimization" National ACP; American College of Physicians; Patient Safety and Advocacy (2018)
  • "Implementation of Integrated Transition of Care Management in an Academic Hospital Based Safety-Net Primary Care Clinic" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; ; Innovations in Clinical Practice Hands On Technology Presentation (2018)
  • "Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates with the Introduction of Fecal Immunochemical Testing in a Safety-Net Primary Care Clinic" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; Society of General Internal Medicine; Innovations in Clinical Practice (2018)
  • "Improving Screening for Microalbuminuria in Patients with Hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in an Academic, Hospital Based Primary Care Safety-Net Clinic" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; Society of General Internal Medicine; Innovations in Clinical Practice (2018)
  • "Improving Spirometry Rates for the Diagnosis and Evidence Based Treatment of COPD" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; SGIM; Innovations in Clinical Practice (2018)
  • "Increase Screening Rates of Hepatitis C in Baby Boomers and High Risk Patients in an Academic, Hospital Based Primary Care Safety-Net Clinic" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; Society of General Internal Medicine; Innovations of Clinical Practice (2018)
  • "Correlates of Opiate Misuse of Patients on Chronic Opiate Therapy for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain in an Academic Safety-Net Primary Care Clinic" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; ; Scientific Research (2017)
  • "Improving Hepatitis C Screening Rates in High Risk Populations and Baby Boomers" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; SGIM; Innovations in Clinical Practice (2017)
  • "Improving OSA Screening in Hypertensive Patients using STOP BANG Questionairre in Primary Care Clinic" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; Society of General Internal Medicine; Innovations in Clinical Practice (2017)
  • "Patient with Acute Shortness of Breath, Dry Cough, Arthralgia and Fever: Antisynthetase Syndrome Case Report" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; ; Clinical Vignettes (2017)
  • "Quality of Care of Diabetic Patients with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) in an Academic Hospital Based Primary Care Clinic" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; ; Scientific Research (2017)
  • "Improving OSA Screening in Hypertensive Patients using STOP BANG Questionairre in Primary Care Clinic" National ACP (2017)
  • "Increasing Use of ASCVD Risk Calculator in a Primary Care Setting" ACP National Meeting; American College of Physicians; Resident Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes (2017)
  • "The Opioid Heroin Epidemic: Perspectives from the Primary Care Clinic, Emergency Room and First Responders/Prescription Opioid Use: A Public Health Crisis" National Prevention Network Conference (2016)
  • "The Flipped Classroom: Basic QI Training for Residents" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; Society of General Internal Medicine; Innovations in Medical Education (2016)
  • "Acute Onset of Toothache, Facial Swelling and Fever in a Primary Care Clinic" Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; Society of General Internal Medicine; Clinical Vignetts
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Service Activities:

  • Quality and Patient Safety Committee; Chair, Quality and Patient Safety Committee, New York Chapter, ACP (2020–present)
  • Facilitator and poster judge for the 20th Annual Graduate Medical Education(GME) Scholarly Exchange at Spring Clinical Day; Member (2017–present)
  • Facilitator and Judge for Department of Medicine Research Day; Member (2016–2017)
  • Mentor, Generalist Scholar, Fourth Year Medical Student; Member (2013–2014)
  • Search Committee, Division Chief of Geriatrics; Member (2012–2013)
  • Mentor, Clinical Research, Internal Medicine Residents; Member (2011–2016)
  • Search Committee, Division Chief of Nephrology; Member (2011–2012)

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Contact Information

Hertel Elmwood Internal medicine
900 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14216
Phone: 716-898-3152
Fax: 716-871-1580
sybakhai@buffalo.edu

This faculty member is affiliated with UBMD, practicing physicians who are also professors in the Jacobs School.

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