Karin Provost

Karin Provost

Karin Provost DO, PhD

UBMD Internal Medicine


Immunology; Membrane Transport (Ion Transport); Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

My clinical responsibilities include working as one of five Intensive Care Unit physicians at the Buffalo VA Medical Center (Buffalo VAMC). I also have a pulmonary medicine outpatient clinic at the UBMD multispecialty practice in Williamsville.

My outpatient clinic accepts all patients, with a focus on interstitial lung disease (associated with collagen vascular disorders such as systemic lupus erythematousus [SLE]), scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, Sarcoidosis, the idiopathic pulmonary pneumonitis syndromes (IPF/UIP) and advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We are one of the founding sites of the Greater New York Sarcoidosis Consortium and work closely with our neurology colleagues in managing patients with respiratory complications of neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, Duchenne‘s Muscular Dystrophy and others.

I focus my research on understanding the impaired immune response to infection that occurs in patients with COPD. This impaired immune response leads to more frequent disease exacerbations and more rapid disease progression. My lab has optimized a noninvasive macrophage model (monocyte-derived macrophage) to study how to restore the immune function of alveolar macrophages in patients with COPD. Using this model, we study cell surface receptor expression, cytokine responses and intracellular signaling using flow cytometry, bead arrays and molecular biology techniques.

My research team collaborates with Dr. Sanjay Sethi and other researchers in the areas of pulmonary, sleep medicine, critical care, infectious disease and microbiology. Undergraduates, medical students, residents and fellows are welcome in my lab.

I am committed to teaching the next generation of physicians. I teach medical students in years two through four; in addition, I teach the residents and the pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship trainees who rotate with me on the inpatient and outpatient services. I also teach the internal medicine and anesthesia residents and provide grand rounds lectures for the Buffalo VAMC, Buffalo General Medical Center and Erie County Medical Center.

I serve on the Resident Clinical Competency Committee and as a formal resident advisor, shepherding my mentees through residency and helping them launch their professional careers. My door is always open to any trainee at any level.


Immunology, Membrane Transport (Ion Transport), Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Patients Treated:

Adults, Seniors/Elderly

Physician Gender:



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

Hospital Locations (for inpatients only):

  • VA Medical 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
  • Nova
  • NYS Medicaid
  • Railroad Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)
  • Veterans Administration

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine

Education and Training:

  • PhD, Investigative Medicine, Yale University School of Graduate Studies (2010)
  • Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Yale University School of Medicine (2006)
  • Residency, Categorical Internal Medicine, George Washington University Hospital (2002)
  • Internship, Categorical Internal Medicine, George Washington University Hospital (2000)
  • DO, Medicine, Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (1999)
  • BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona, Cum Laude (1995)

Awards and Honors:

  • F. Carter Pannill Jr MD Outstanding Teaching Award to Junior Faculty (2011)
  • American Thoracic Society Fellows Career Development Award (2007)
  • Ruth L. Kirshstein National Service Award (2005)
  • Undergraduate Summer Research Program (1994)
  • Golden Key National Honor Society (1993)
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta (1993)

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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