26 New Faculty Join 11 Medical School Departments

Published December 20, 2016 This content is archived.

story by nicole peradotto

Twenty-six faculty with varied research and clinical expertise — including two division chiefs and an associate dean for medical curriculum — have joined the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences over the past several months.


D. Fernando Estrada, PhD, assistant professor, studies the structure and function in cytochrome P450 enzymes.

He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas, where he served as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research fellow before joining UB’s faculty.

Christine E. Schaner Tooley, PhD, assistant professor, researches the role of N-terminal methylation on human development and disease.

Formerly on the University of Louisville’s faculty, she earned her doctoral degree from Emory University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia.

Lacy R. Moss, PhD, clinical assistant professor, earned her doctoral degree in cancer biology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Tara S. Paolini, MD, academic scholar.

Barinder S. Chana, MD, assistant professor.

Erin E. Conway-Habes, MD, assistant professor, completed residency training in internal medicine-pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati-Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center before serving as an instructor of clinical pediatrics and clinical medicine for that university.

She was valedictorian of UB’s 2010 medical school class.

Suraj Dahal, MD, assistant professor.

Kenyani S. Davis, MD, assistant professor.

Denise Dennis-Coke, MD, assistant professor, is an internal medicine physician who completed medical school and residency training in internal medicine at UB.

Alia Hasham, MD, assistant professor, completed fellowship training at UB and was a postdoctoral fellow at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Mahmoud I. Ismail, MD, assistant professor, was an adjust assistant professor of medicine for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center-Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served as chairman of the medical center’s Medical Quality Assurance Committee.

Ismail completed fellowship training in geriatrics at George Washington University and his internal medicine residency at Jersey Shore Medical Center.

Angel Mier-Hicks, MD, assistant professor, is an internal medicine physician whose responsibilities include oversight of patient transitions within Buffalo General Medical Center and from the medical center to post-acute care locations.

He researches visceral thrombosis in gastrointestinal malignancies.

Mier-Hicks completed residency training at Icahn School of Medicine-Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.

Igor Puzanov, MD, professor.

Michelle M. Walter, MD, assistant professor, specializes in palliative medicine.

Laura Wray, PhD, associate professor, specializes in geriatric medicine.

Jason M. Davies, MD, PhD, assistant professor.

Lisa Jane Jacobsen, MD, clinical associate professor, is the medical school’s associate dean for medical curriculum and her department’s vice chair of medical education.

She completed fellowship training in pediatric and adolescent gynecology and her OB-GYN residency at Tufts University, where she also received a master’s degree in public health.

Additionally, Jacobsen holds a master’s degree in health professions education from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions.

Evgeny A. Dyskin, MD, PhD, clinical assistant professor, specializes in general orthopaedics, hip and knee arthroplasty, lower extremity joint replacement and reconstruction, and trauma and reconstructive surgery.

He completed fellowship training in adult reconstructive surgery at UB and in orthopaedic trauma at the University of Minnesota.

He completed residency training in orthopaedics at UB and in trauma and orthopaedic surgery at Moscow State Medical Academy.

Dyskin received his doctoral degree from Russia’s Medical Radiological Research Centre.

Jack Tseng, PhD, assistant professor, is an integrative and evolutionary biologist focused on the quantitative and functional anatomy and evolution of the mammalian craniodental system.

Tseng was a postdoctoral fellow in the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Paleontology and a Fulbright fellow in China’s Institute of Paleontology and Paleoanthropology.

He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Southern California.

Stuart D. Inglis, PhD, instructor.

Amarpreet Bhalla, MD, academic scholar, is board-certified in anatomical-clinical pathology and cytopathology.

She completed fellowship training in gastrointestinal pathology at Indiana University and in cytopathology at Detroit Medical Center-Wayne State University School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in pathology and laboratory medicine.

Dennis Z. Kuo, MD, associate professor, is chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and medical director of primary care services at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

His research interests include health care systems and quality improvement for children with special health care needs, children with medical complexity, the patient/family-centered medical home and family-centered care.

A former member of the pediatrics faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Kuo was an attending physician at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

He completed fellowship training in primary care research at Johns Hopkins University, where he also earned a master’s degree in population and family health sciences.

His residency training in pediatrics took place at University of North Carolina Hospitals.

Tara M. Petroski, MD, clinical assistant professor, completed all of her postsecondary education and training at UB, receiving undergraduate, master’s and medical degrees as well as completing residency training in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine.

Jamie L. Wooldridge, MD, clinical professor, is chief of the Division of Pulmonology and medical director of the Lung Center at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

She comes to UB from Saint Louis University, where she was a professor of pediatrics.

She completed fellowship training in pediatric pulmonology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and residency training in pediatrics at Indiana University.

Elisabeth F. Mashinic, MD, clinical assistant professor.