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
Erie County Medical Center
Suite 15, Internal Medicine Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, New York 14215
Phone: 716-898-3152
Fax: 716-898-5352
sybakhai@buffalo.edu


Patient Care

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Professional Summary:

I provide outpatient primary care service at Hertel Elmwood Internal Medicine Clinic. I mentor and supervise residents in primary care clinic. I treat patients with multiple chronic medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and high cholesterol, providing proactive, preventative and compassionate care for these complex cases. My practice emphasizes coordinating care across interdisciplinary teams and helping patients make therapeutic lifestyle changes through diet, exercise and weight loss. I take great pleasure in working with diverse, underserved patients, including patients with mental illnesses, helping them understand their disease, overcome barriers to treatment and address the causes of noncompliance. I focus on primary and secondary prevention of chronic medical conditions. I am passionate about providing cancer prevention care and immunization for our patients. I am the program director for Public health and General preventive Medicine Residency program and combined Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine Program.

I am actively engaged in several quality improvement projects to improve patient safety and the quality of care we provide. I have led initiatives to design and optimize clinical workflows and to implement Allscript Enterprise Electronic Health Records (EHR) in all outpatient clinics at ECMC, building a framework to provide consistent care throughout our health care system. Through benchmarking evidence-based national quality standards and providing physician leadership in using EHR and Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) programs, I hope to lay the groundwork for a twenty-first century health care system.

I am passionate about teaching and mentoring residents and medical students in providing excellence in medical care. Our quality improvements projects have been presented at various national annual conferences, including American College Of Physicians (ACP) and Society of General Internal Medicine. My team and I have published several QI projects in peer-reviewed journals. My goal is to create great leaders and excellent physicians for the future. Our recent Quality improvement projects address warfarin -high risk medication management and health care disparity in colorectal cancer screening.

Education and Training:

  • 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)
  • B. J. Medical College, Gujarat University (1986)

Employment:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • Society Of General Internal Medicine (2015–present)
  • American Society of Internal Medicine (1992–present)
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (1992–2003)
  • American College of Physicians (ACP) (1992–present)

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:

  • 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

Erie County Medical Center
Suite 15, Internal Medicine Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, New York 14215
Phone: 716-898-3152
Fax: 716-898-5352
sybakhai@buffalo.edu

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

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