Vanessa Barnabei

Vanessa M. Barnabei

Vanessa M. Barnabei MD

UBMD Obstetrics and Gynecology


Obstetrics and Gynecology; Women’s Health

Accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

I am interested in all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology and women’s health and practiced for many years doing general Ob/Gyn care. My long-time clinical focus is the care of women with menopausal and peri-menopausal problems. Midlife can be a challenging time for many women and I try to take a holistic approach to their midlife health issues. I spend a lot of time counseling women about medical and non-medical treatment options, including hormone therapy. I also see women with disorders of the vulva such as chronic pain and difficult-to-treat skin disorders such as lichen sclerosus.

Menopause and hormone therapy have also been a large part of my research activities, and I have been an investigator with several of the large clinical trials on the impact of hormone therapy on symptoms and disease, including the Women’s Health Initiative. I assist my faculty with their research projects and love to do multidisciplinary projects that benefit women’s health. I have been very impressed with the friendly and collaborative spirit here in Buffalo and Western New York. Currently, I am working with several multidisciplinary groups on the medical campus and the community investigating links between the microbiome of the pregnant woman and preterm birth, the effects of air pollution on birth outcomes, and strategies to reduce the incidence of adolescent pregnancy in Erie County.

I take very seriously my roles as mentor and facilitator. My role as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs will enable me to help others reach their potential and achieve success in academic medicine, whether they are students, residents in training, or faculty. I have been involved with the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology on the Safe Motherhood Initiative which seeks to lower maternal morbidity and mortality and now serve as co-chair of the NY State Maternal Mortality Review Board.


Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women’s Health

Patients Treated:

Adolescents, Adults, Seniors/Elderly

Physician Gender:



UBMD Obstetrics-Gynecology: Youngs Road
UBMD Obstetrics and Gynecology
1020 Youngs Road, Suite 110
Williamsville, New York 14221
Phone: 716-636-8284
Accepting new patients

Insurance Accepted:
  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • GHI
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Independent Health Medisource
  • MVP Healthcare
  • Magnacare
  • Martin's Point Healthcare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Nova
  • Todays Options
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)
  • WellCare

Hospital Locations (for inpatients only):

  • Buffalo General Medical Center
  • John R. Oishei Children's Hospital
  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Certification, National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties and the North American Menopause Society

Education and Training:

  • MD, Medicine, University of Virginia (1985)
  • PhD, Biology (Genetics), University of Virginia (1981)

Awards and Honors:

  • Faculty Recognition Award (2018)

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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