Smita Bakhai

Smita Y. Bakhai

Smita Y. Bakhai MD, MPH, FACP

UBMD Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine


Professional Summary:

I provide outpatient primary care service at Erie County Medical Center. I treat patients with multiple chronic medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and high cholesterol, providing proactive, preventative and compassionate care for these complex cases. My practice emphasizes coordinating care across interdisciplinary teams and helping patients make therapeutic lifestyle changes through diet, exercise and weight loss. I take great pleasure in working with diverse, underserved patients, including patients with mental illnesses, helping them understand their disease, overcome barriers to treatment and address the causes of noncompliance.

As a medical director of the Internal Medicine Clinic, I am actively engaged in several ongoing quality improvement projects to improve patient safety and the quality of care we provide. I have led initiatives to design and optimize clinical workflows and to implement Allscript Enterprise Electronic Health Records (EHR) in all outpatient clinics at ECMC, building a framework to provide consistent care throughout our health care system. Through benchmarking evidence-based national quality standards and providing physician leadership in using EHR and Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) programs, I hope to lay the groundwork for a twenty-first century health care system.

I am passionate about teaching and education. I provide mentoring, teaching and supervision for medical students and the 16 residents at our clinic. My goal is to create great leaders and excellent physicians for the future.


Internal Medicine

Physician Gender:


Hospital Locations (for inpatients only):

  • Erie County Medical Center

Insurance Accepted:

  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • GHI
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • MVP Healthcare
  • NYS Medicaid
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)

Board Certifications:

  • Certification, Executive Development in Health Care Management

Education and Training:

  • Executive Development in Health Care Management Certificate Program, UB School of Managment (2015)
  • Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Development Program, State University of New York at Buffalo (2014)
  • Cert, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) (2010)
  • Dipl, Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians (2010)
  • Residency, Occupational Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University (1998)
  • MPH, Public Health, major in Occupational Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (1996)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University at Buffalo (1991)
  • MBBS, B. J. Medical College, Gujarat University (1986)

Awards and Honors:

  • NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program Certificate (2010)

Research Profile:

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