Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Psychiatry
I worked for over a decade with teenagers needing acute inpatient hospitalization. My primary interest is in caring for adolescents and young adults as they begin their exciting, but sometimes challenging, transition into adulthood. To truly understand my young patients and give them the best possible care, I suspend assumptions based on my first impressions until I understand my patients’ whole story, including their family structure, economic, sociocultural and educational backgrounds, personal struggles and achievements and life goals. I take the time to get to know my patients and their families; without a full understanding of their concerns and complex histories, I cannot identify the best treatment for my patients, including whether to prescribe psychotropic medications if I think they will help.
I have held teaching and mentoring positions both in the Department of Psychiatry and in the medical school. For over 13 years, I taught an ethics seminar every six weeks to third-year medical students during their psychiatry clerkship. In teaching and mentoring medical students, my overall goal is to impart a holistic view of patients, so that regardless of the medical field my students choose—e.g., psychiatry, primary care, surgery--they will remember that, until they have asked about the “whole story,” they should guard against making assumptions about their patients or their patients’ families. My students learn from me that they cannot render the best care for a patient until they know that patient.
My support of medical students includes mentoring approximately 20 first and 20 second year medical students each year, meeting with these students twice a year and being available in-between to meet and offer guidance. My support extends to the student-run Human Rights Initiative, in which I collaborate with medical student scribes to provide forensic interviews for victims of torture who seek asylum in the United States. My partnership with the medical students demonstrates my commitment to them and to their altruism, which I think should be a hallmark of every physician.
I also teach residents and fellows, both in clinical (inpatient) and didactic settings. I interact with nearly all our residents when they are on call with me multiple times each month. I address their questions, and we discuss at length their patients’ care. I foster a supportive environment for them, and I provide career advice and one-on-one mentoring when they ask me for help. Additionally, I nurture and mentor residents, fellows and junior faculty as they pursue their academic and research interests within our department.
And, a member of the Admissions Committee since 2011, I remain involved in this important committee and with the students we matriculate into the Jacobs School.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatry
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.