Kaori Tanaka

Kaori P. Tanaka

Kaori P. Tanaka DO, MSPH, FACEP

UBMD Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine


Professional Summary:

Dr. Tanaka is dual board certified in Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and Emergency Medical Services (ABEM), with specialty training in EMS, Critical Care Air Transport Medicine and Tactical Medicine. She completed her residency at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and received her fellowship training in EMS through SUNY at Buffalo. She currently works as an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Buffalo General Hospital and Erie County Medical Center. Dr. Tanaka is also the System Medical Director and a flight physician for Mercy Flight of WNY, covering both ground and air ambulances (rotor and fixed wing).

Dr. Tanaka’s research interests centers around prehospital resuscitation, training prehospital providers, critical care transport medicine and international emergency medicine. She has a passion for international emergency medicine development and has worked in Vietnam through the International Federation of Emergency Medicine and Vietnam Society of Emergency Medicine. She serves on national committees with the American College of Emergency Physicians, National Association of EMS Physicians, and the Air Medical Physician Association.


Emergency Medicine

Additional Languages:

Intermediate Spanish

Physician Gender:


Education and Training:

  • Board Certified, American Board of Emergency Medicine, EMS Subspecialty (2019)
  • Fellowship, Emergency Medical Services, University at Buffalo (2016)
  • Residency, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo (2015)
  • DO, Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus (2012)
  • MPH, Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Parasitology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (2007)
  • BS, Biochemistry, University of Dallas (2004)
  • EMS Provider, National Registry EMT - Basic (NREMT-B)
  • Incident Command Service (ICS)/FEMA
  • Disaster Medicine, Infectious Disease Response Unit (IDRU), STRAC (Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council)/NETEC (National Ebola Training & Education Center)
  • Moderate-Complexity Laboratory Director

Awards and Honors:

  • Fellow, Air Medical Physician Association (2023)
  • Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians (2020)
  • Chief's Award, UT Health San Antonio Police Department (2019)
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctors Award - Rising Star Edition (2019)
  • UT Clinical Excellence Award (2019)
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctors Award (2018)
  • San Antonio Scene - Best Doctors Award (2017)
  • San Antonio Scene - Rising Star Doctors (2017)
  • GME Quality Improvement Award (2015)
  • PCOM Alumni Association International Fellowship Award (2012)
  • Tulane University SPHTM Ernest Carroll Faust Award (2007)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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