Sergio Hernandez

Sergio Hernandez

Sergio Hernandez MD

UBMD Psychiatry



Hospital-based provider only

Professional Summary:

I am board-certified in psychiatry, and I work as an emergency psychiatrist at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). I regularly care for patients who have diagnoses ranging from schizophrenia to substance use disorders. I have been recognized with awards for my compassionate care of psychiatric patients.

I am also engaged in research, with a primary interest in medical student education. I have presented at a professional meeting--usually at the national level--every year since completing my residency. My topics have included a variety of areas in teaching, e.g., curriculum innovations and use of media in education, with an emphasis on psychiatric material. I also have a research interest in the stigma of mental disorders. In the past few years, I have become interested in the field of Positive Psychology and have received a Certification in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute. With the support of the Jacobs School of Medicine, I have been able to incorporate teaching on topics in Positive Psychology into the medical student curriculum.

I am deeply committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of physicians who will care for the mentally ill. The Psychiatric Emergency room is one of the primary teaching units at ECMC. As director of medical student education in psychiatry, most of my responsibilities and day-to-day activities include teaching and training medical students and residents. I orient and lecture the third-year medical students in my role as clerkship director, oversee the third-year medical student curriculum, coordinate the three-week psychiatry segment of the Neuroscience and Behavior course for the second-year students and lecture for a significant part of the course. I also teach the psychiatry residents on my inpatient unit and regularly deliver resident lectures.

I have been recognized for teaching throughout my career, both at the school and national levels. For example, I twice received the Mentor of the Year award from UB’s psychiatry residents, and I received the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents from the American Psychiatric Association. Most recently I received the Siegel Distinguished Teaching Award, an award selected by medical students for excellence in teaching.



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Additional Languages:

Fluent Spanish

Physician Gender:



UBMD Psychiatry
University Psychiatric Practice, Inc. (Buffalo)
Erie County Medical Center, Inc.
462 Grider St.
Buffalo, New York 14215
Phone: 716-898-5896
Fax: 716-898-4538
Hospital-based provider only

Insurance Accepted:
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • Community Blue (HMO)
  • Community Blue Advantage
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Independent Health Medisource
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Board Certification, The University of the State of New York Education Department

Education and Training:

  • Residency, University at Buffalo (2010)
  • Residency, Resident in Psychiatry, University at Buffalo - School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2010)
  • Residency, University at Buffalo - School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2009)
  • MD, University at Buffalo - School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2006)
  • BA, Molecular and Cell biology, University of California, Berkeley (1999)

Awards and Honors:

  • Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Distinguished Teaching Award (2021)
  • Murray A. Morphy, MD Mentor of the Year Award (2016)
  • Outstanding Staff Physician - Erie County Medical Center (2014)
  • Irma Bland, M.D. Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Residents (2014)
  • Murray A. Morphy, MD Mentor of the Year Award (2013)
  • Royal College of Physicians Accreditation (2013)
  • Honorable Mention for the Siegel Teaching Award, Preclinical Years (2013)
  • Outstanding Contributions to Medical Student Education (2012)
  • Outstanding Contributions to the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (2012)
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award (2007)
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Second Biennial Conference (2006)
  • Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (2006)
  • Dr. James Goldinger Curriculum Leadership Award (2006)
  • The Gilbert M. Beck Memorial Prize in Psychiatry (2006)
  • Inducted Member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (2005)
  • President's Undergraduate Research Fellowship (1999)
  • Recipient of the President's Undergraduate Research Fellowship (1999)
  • Regent's and Chancellor's Scholarship (1996)

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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