International Women's Day

Collage of headshots of UBMD women physicians.

From top-to-bottom, left-to-right: Kathleen Bethin, MD, PhD, Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, Andrea Manyon, MD, Kara Kelly, MD, Lucy Mastrandrea, MD, MPH, Michelle Rainville, MD, Alexis Sciarrino, MD and Sarah Ventre, MD, MPH.

Published March 8, 2023

We are grateful to have so many amazing women physicians throughout UBMD Physicians’ Group, caring for community, as well as leading research at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.


Just by their presence, they expand our ability to care and connect with patients and enhance our ability to increase the health equity in our region.

Every day, we appreciate the role these physicians play in advancing healthcare, but especially on International Women’s Day, we applaud the contributions they make to our patients, community and to the growth of women in science. With almost 200 physician-researchers part of UBMD, we know these women will help to lead us and inspire future female physicians, researchers and scientists to pursue their dreams.

To help celebrate our women physicians, here are some recent accomplishments of note.

  • Kathleen E. Bethin, MD, PhD and her research team were lauded by Pediatrics Diabetes Consortium for their commitment to the treatment of pediatric Type 2 diabetes and their contributions to the PIONEER TEENS clinical trial, which aims to test the efficacy of a study drug to control blood sugars in children and adolescents with Type 2 diabetes. Read more →
  • Allison Brashear, MD, MBA is leading a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional team studying ATP1A3 gene mutations. Dr. Brashear is not only a leading expert in this field, but the president of UBMD Physicians’ Group, vice president of Health Sciences and dean of the Jacobs School. Read more →
  • Andrea T. Manyon, MD was named president of UBMD Family Medicine and chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. She now leads both the clinical and academic arms of family medicine. Read more →
  • Kara Kelly, MD and Lucy Mastrandrea, MD, PhD were both published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) November 2022. This is the first time two UBMD women physician-researchers had major studies published in the NEJM in the same week.⁠ Both are division chiefs at UBMD Pediatrics and the Jacobs School; Hematology/Oncology and Diabetes/Endocrinology, respectively. Read more → 
  • Michelle Rainville, MD and Alexis Sciarrino, MD were both named as 2022 Unsung Heroes for their dedicated patient care by the New York chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Read more → 
  • Sarah Ventre, MD, MPH brought light on the number of toxic metals that can be found in everyday baby food found in stores across the country. Dr. Ventre is a pediatrician in the Division of General Pediatrics at UBMD Pediatrics and the Jacobs School. She is also a clinical assistant professor at the Jacobs School.  Read more →

⁠Outside of these achievements, our physicians and all the women in healthcare and part of UBMD help to set the bar, break glass ceilings and show that women belong in all parts of health care, academia and business.