Andrea Manyon, MD, in office setting.

Andrea T. Manyon, MD, a Jacobs School alumna, has been named chair of the Department of Family Medicine. 

Manyon Named New Chair of Family Medicine Department

By Ellen Goldbaum

Published February 20, 2023

Andrea T. Manyon, MD, clinical professor and interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, has been appointed chair of the department.


A 1983 alumna who also did her residency at the Jacobs School, Manyon came to the Jacobs School as a faculty member in 1995 to create and direct one of the country’s first clinical skills courses designed for first-year medical students, a program she continues to focus on.

Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, UB’s vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School, said: “Her leadership in clinical service, education and research will be key as she works to optimize opportunities for scholarship; build the professional repertoire of our faculty, residents and medical students; and strengthen our primary care services and community needs, especially in the medically underserved areas of the region.”

Leader in Primary Care in WNY Community

Manyon has been a leader in primary care in Western New York. She is president and CEO of UBMD Family Medicine and chief of service for family medicine at Erie County Medical Center. She has held leadership roles for the family service line at Kaleida Health and the network committee with Great Lakes Integrated Network. She was medical director of DeGraff Family Medicine and spent eight years as a rural family physician in Gowanda.

After residency, Manyon completed a fellowship in academic faculty development at the Jacobs School. She has served as residency program director for the Department of Family Medicine and associate dean for student affairs in the Jacobs School.

In 2006, she was recruited to SUNY Upstate to chair the Department of Family Medicine, a position she held until 2011. She also served as a visiting professor and dissertation adviser at the University of Crete School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Social Medicine in Greece for three years.

A recipient of the Jacobs School’s Department of Family Medicine Excellence in Medical Student Education for 2003-04, Manyon oversees the Department of Family Medicine’s Primary Care Research Institute, the largest health services research group at UB.

She has conducted research as principal investigator, co-investigator, or project director in clinical operations, medical education, qualitative methods and workforce development. Her work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Manyon is a resident of Williamsville.