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Paula                          Burkard

Paula Burkard MD, PhD

UBMD Medicine





Professional Summary:

I chose the field of gastroenterology as my medical subspecialty because of my long-standing interest in cellular absorptive processes and the role of immunity in preventing and causing diseases. I have made the transition from basic scientist to full-time academic physician and find clinical practice in gastroenterology challenging, fast-paced and immensely satisfying.

I see patients as a UBMD physician at Erie County Medical Center in both inpatient and outpatient capacities, and I see patients at the UBMD Internal Medicine on Youngs Road in Amherst, NY as well. I manage the care of adult patients of all ages and backgrounds in clinical situations that range from basic gastroenterology and liver disease to specialized hepatobiliary and pancreatic problems. I am comfortable with office-based consultation and all routine endoscopic procedures as well as complicated emergent and advanced endoscopic procedures. One of the most rewarding aspects of my career is the variety of clinical problems I evaluate on a daily basis.

I also love the teaching aspect of being an academic physician, and I have been teaching and supervising medical students, residents and fellows for over 25 years. I consider academic physicians to be lifelong learners — i.e., health care practitioners who keep pace with medical advances in order to teach those who follow in our footsteps. Our constant review of the latest medical breakthroughs and the continuous and open exchange of thoughts and ideas we foster with our students allow us to stay up to date on medical knowledge and this, in turn, enhances our ability to deliver the highest quality patient care. I also mentor clinical research projects with medical residents and review manuscripts for publication in the medical literature.



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Location and Insurance

UBMD Internal Medicine: Amherst Site
UBMD Internal Medicine at Amherst
1020 Youngs Road
Suite 110
Amherst, NY 14221
Phone: 716-961-9900
Accepting new patients

Hospital Locations (for inpatients only):
  • Erie County Mecial Center
Insurance Accepted:
  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Community Blue (HMO)
  • Community Blue Advantage
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • GHI
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • NYS Medicaid
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)


Board Certifications:
  • License to Practice Medicine, State of New York
Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women‘s Hospital (1994)
  • Residency, Yale (1991)
  • MD, Yale (1991)
  • PhD, Washington University School of Medicine (1988)
  • MD, Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine (1988)
  • BS, The Catholic University of America (1981)
  • MS, MS Organic Chemistry, The Catholic University of America (1981)
Awards and Honors:
  • Subspecialist Teacher of the Year (1997)


Research Profile:

This UBMD clinician teaches at the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Learn more about this clinician’s research and teaching activities. View credentials, publications, professional involvement and more.