Smita Bakhai

Smita Y. Bakhai

Smita Y. Bakhai MD, MPH, FACP

UBMD Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine; Internal Medicine - General

Hospital-based provider only

Professional Summary:

I provide outpatient primary care service at Hertel Elmwood Internal Medicine Clinic. I mentor and supervise residents in primary care clinic. 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. I focus on primary and secondary prevention of chronic medical conditions. I am passionate about providing cancer prevention care and immunization for our patients. I am the program director for Public health and General preventive Medicine Residency program and combined Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine Program.

I am actively engaged in several 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 mentoring residents and medical students in providing excellence in medical care. Our quality improvements projects have been presented at various national annual conferences, including American College Of Physicians (ACP) and Society of General Internal Medicine. My team and I have published several QI projects in peer-reviewed journals. My goal is to create great leaders and excellent physicians for the future. Our recent Quality improvement projects address warfarin -high risk medication management and health care disparity in colorectal cancer screening.


Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine - General

Patients Treated:

Adults, Seniors/Elderly

Physician Gender:



UBMD at Erie County Medical Center
Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street
Internal Medicine Center -Suite 15
Buffalo, New York 14215
Phone: 716-898-3152
Fax: 716-898-5352
Hospital-based provider only

Insurance Accepted:
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • GHI
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • MVP Healthcare
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • NYS Medicaid
  • Todays Options
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)
  • WellCare

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Preventive Medicine-Occupational
  • Certification, Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • Certification, Executive Development in Health Care Management
  • Certification, National Committee for Quality Assurance Diabetes Recognition Program

Education and Training:

  • , UB School of Managment (2015)
  • , State University of New York at Buffalo (2014)
  • Certificate, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) (2010)
  • 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)
  • , B. J. Medical College, Gujarat University (1986)

Awards and Honors:

  • 2019 Gage Award (2019)
  • NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program Certificate (2010)

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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