Through a Crop of Fresh Hires, School of Medicine Brings New Medical Expertise to UB and to WNY Patients

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Release Date: June 28, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A new cadre of leaders is at the helm in departments throughout the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Of the 26 academic departments in the UB medical school, nearly half of them are either being led by new chairs or are actively engaged in a search for one.

Since being named dean of the UB medical school in 2006, when he came to UB from Washington University in St. Louis, Michael E. Cain, MD, has appointed half a dozen new chairs and high-level physician-scientists, many from outside the state. Four additional searches for new chairs are now underway in the departments of neurology, gynecology-obstetrics, radiology, and microbiology and immunology.

New leadership, Cain says, is a critical piece of his strategic vision for the medical school and will have a dramatic effect on all of the school’s missions: educating tomorrow’s leaders in health care and biomedical sciences, conducting innovative research and performing outstanding clinical care for the people of Western New York.

The new recruits also are filling in some gaps in both research and clinical care. With the passage of the NYSUNY 2020 bill by the state legislature last week, which approved UB’s proposal to construct a new medical school in downtown Buffalo, the department chairs will be taking an active role in planning the school’s move into a new state-of-the-art-facility.

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