Stephen Turkovich

Stephen J. Turkovich

Stephen J. Turkovich MD

UBMD Pediatrics


General Pediatrics; Pediatric Hospitalist; Pediatrics; Quality Improvement

Hospital-based provider only

Professional Summary:

I've worked clinically as a pediatric hospitalist including newborn nursery medicine since 2006 at Women & Children's of Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB)/Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH). In 2008 I assumed the role of Quality & Patient Safety Officer for WCHOB with a focus on decreasing hospital acquired infections, improving patient experience, decreasing readmissions, improving sepsis outcomes, and improving breastfeeding rates. In 2009 I became a Team STEPPS Master Trainer and led the roll out at WCHOB with a focus on briefs, debriefs, and huddles. In 2014 I was named the VP, Chief Medical Officer of WCHOB now Oishei Children's Hospital and was part of the team that led the move to the new hospital in November 2017. In 2018 and 2019 OCH was named a Leapfrog Top Children's Hospital due to our highly ranked quality and patient safety outcomes. Also under my tenure as CMO, OCH has been accredited as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and a Baby Friendly Hospital by Baby Friendly USA in recognition of our best practices to support breastfeeding. My core focus is in physician leadership and I currently serve as a mentor in the Jacob's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Leadership Track. In 2019 I completed the Harvard Business School Managing Healthcare Delivery course.
Community engagement and alignment is also a key focus. I currently serve as the Co-Chair of the Healthy Start, Healthy Future for All Coalition through the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County focused on early childhood growth and development. I also serve on the Board of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. I also work closely with the Best Self Child Advocacy Center of Erie County to treat and prevent child physical and sexual abuse. Aligning resources across the care continuum through collaboration with community-based healthcare providers and organizations is key to improving health outcomes and decreasing health disparities for the women and children in WNY.


General Pediatrics, Pediatric Hospitalist, Pediatrics, Quality Improvement

Physician Gender:


Hospital Locations (for inpatients only):

  • Oishei Children‘s Hospital

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Pediatrics

Education and Training:

  • Other, Meta-Leadership Course, University at Buffalo (2020)
  • Certificate, Managing Healthcare Delivery, Harvard Business School (2019)
  • Certificate, Medical Educators, Royal College of Physicians (2010)
  • Certificate, Team STEPPS Master Trainer, Duke University (2009)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center/Golisano Children‘s Hospital (2006)
  • Internship, Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center/Golisano Children‘s Hospital (2004)
  • MD, Medicine, University at Buffalo, Cum Laude (2003)
  • BA, Anthropology, University at Buffalo, Summa Cum Laude (1999)

Awards and Honors:

  • Buffalo Spree Magazine: Top Doctors in Western New York (2021)
  • Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Children's Champion Award (2015)
  • Buffalo Business First: Healthcare 50 (2010)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Siegel Teaching Award for Clinical Faculty - Honorable Mention (2008)
  • Golisano Children‘s Hospital at Strong: Meg Colgan Award (2006)
  • Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong: The Budzie Award (2006)
  • Kaleida Health: WOW Award (2006)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2003)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Medical Alumni Award for Community Service and Commitment (2003)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: John Naughton Alpha Omega Alpha (2001)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (1999)
  • State University of New York: Chancellor‘s Award for Student Excellence (1999)
  • University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences: Dean‘s Medalist (1999)
  • Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse: A Friend of Prevention Award (1999)
  • University at Buffalo: Lucia Maria Houpt Award (1999)
  • Golden Key National Honor Society (1997)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence (2001-2002)

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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