Published October 25, 2018
UBMD Physicians’ Group is the largest medical group in Western New York, and during the last quarter, we’ve gotten even larger. Nearly 20 new physicians joined the different practices at UBMD in the last few months.
The latest addition to the UBMD Pathology team, Dr. Lalarukh Aftab, is actually returning to Western New York and the UBMD family, bringing her specialized knowledge of hematopathology. She works with all Kaleida Health facilities and the Erie County Medical Center, and is based at Buffalo General Medical Center where she serves as the site medical director. Dr. Aftab is also an assistant professor at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Darren Alicandri is a new hire at UBMD Family Medicine, but not new to Western New York. A specialist in addictions medicine, Alicandri is also serving as a clinical assistant professor within the Jacobs School, and is seeing patients at Family Medicine’s Amherst Additictions Medicine site and BestSelf Behavioral Health in Buffalo.
Dr. Allison Binkley is no stranger to Western New York. She is a native of East Amherst and graduated from the Jacobs School where she completed her orthopaedic residency. She returns to the Buffalo area from Ohio and brings a specialty in pediatric orthopaedics, scoliosis and sports medicine to the team at UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. She is seeing patients at the Amherst Health Center, BrookBridge in Orchard Park and Oishei Children’s Hospital.
Also joining UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is Dr. Matthew Binkley. Another alumnus of the Jacobs School, Binkley returns to Western New York from Ohio where he completed fellowship training at Johns Hopkins and surgical attending at Dayton Veterans Hospital, specializing in shoulder and elbow injuries, repairs and reconstruction, in addition to general orthopaedics. Binkley works with patients at the Erie County Medical Center and is accepting appointments at BrookBridge in Orchard Park. Dr. Binkley also teaches as a clinical assistant professor in the Jacobs School.
One of three new physicians at UBMD Pediatrics, Dr. Keith Cross joins the pediatric emergency medicine team working at Oishei Children’s Hospital. Cross is an attending physician within the practice and new both to UBMD and the Buffalo region. In addition to his work with patients, he teaches as a clinical associate professor at the Jacobs School.
Joining the team at UBMD Family Medicine is Dr. Elizabeth Gabel. Based at the practice’s office on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda, she also teaches students in the Jacobs School as a clinical instructor. Dr. Gabel is also new to the region, and looking forward to experiencing all that WNY has to offer.
Dr. Csaba Gajdos is a new surgical oncology surgeon with UBMD Surgery, but brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him. He focuses on complex melanomas, gastrointestinal cancers and stromal tumors, sarcomas and peritoneal surface malignancies, as well as chronic pancreatitis. He is chief of general surgery at the Buffalo VA Medical Center and teaches within the Jacobs School as a clinical associate professor.
The latest addition to the UBMD Psychiatry team is Dr. Sarah Gibbons. A psychiatrist with a focus on emergency psychiatry, she is based at the Erie County Medical Center’s CPEP – Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program. In addition to her work with patients, Gibbons works with students, serving as a clinical assistant professor in the Jacobs School.
Dr. Dacia Harris joins UBMD Internal Medicine, serving as a new general internal medicine physician with the practice. Harris is taking appointments in Buffalo at the Hertel-Elmwood Internal Medicine Center. In addition to her work with patients, she also serves as an assistant professor in the Jacobs School.
A pediatric hospitalist, Dr. Meghan Jacobs joins UBMD Pediatrics’ presence within Oishei Children’s Hospital. She brings with her a focus on hospitalist medicine and general pediatrics. Jacobs is also a member of the faculty at the Jacobs School where she teaches students as a clinical assistant professor.
New hire Dr. Abhijana Karunakaran joins the team at UBMD Internal Medicine as an endocrinologist. Seeing patients at the practice’s Maple Road office, Karunakaran is also part of the Department of Medicine faculty at the Jacobs School.
A graduate of the Jacobs School vascular residency program, Khan is well acquainted with the Buffalo region and brings a wealth of knowledge to the UBMD Surgery team. His areas of expertise cover endovascular and open surgical treatment of peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurisms, thoracic aneurisms and dissections, carotid and venous diseases, and dialysis access surgery. Khan performs surgeries at both the Erie County Medical Center and Buffalo General Medical Center, as well as is an assistant professor at the Jacobs School.
Dr. Ankush Lahoti is a new physician with UBMD Internal Medicine, as well as a structural interventional cardiology fellow. Specializing in cardiology, Lahoti works with patients at the Buffalo General Medical Center and Gates Vascular Institute.
Dr. Robert Macek is a family medicine physician with UBMD Family Medicine and is the associate program director for the Amherst office on Hopkins Road. He is taking appointments at the Amherst office, and also serves as a clinical instructor in the Jacobs School.
Another new physician with UBMD Internal Medicine is Dr. Candace Marr. She works with the inpatient team at the Erie County Medical Center, and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. When she isn’t seeing patients, Marr also teaches future doctors in the Jacobs School as an associate professor.
Joining as a primary care provider at UBMD Internal Medicine’s office in the Conventus building, he also has a concentration in pediatric medicine. McIntosh also works with students in the Jacobs School.
A newcomer to Buffalo and Western New York, Dr. Jeffrey Mullin has joined UB Neurosurgery, coming to the region from a fellowship in complex deformity spine at the University of Virginia. A specialist in neurospine disorders, spine deformities and general cranial neurosurgery, he is seeing patients on an outpatient basis at the practice’s Amherst and Orchard Park offices and performing surgeries at Buffalo General Medical Center and Gates Vascular Institute. Mullin is also serving in the Jacobs School as an assistant professor of neurosurgery.
Dr. Ajay Panchal is new to UBMD Surgery, but no stranger to Buffalo. An alumnus of the Jacobs School, Panchal has worked in private practice for several years and is now part of the UBMD Physicians’ Group. A general surgeon, he performs general, laparoscopic and robotic surgeries at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and sees patients on an outpatient basis at his office on Alberta Drive in Amherst.
Joining UBMD Pediatrics at its office in the Conventus building is Dr. Karl Yu. He is an attending physician with UBMD Pediatrics and specializes in pediatric infectious diseases. A newcomer to Western New York, Yu has also joined the faculty of the Jacobs School and works with students as a clinical assistant professor in addition to his work with patients.