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About the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Welcome to the University at Buffalo Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our mission is to improve women's health care in Western New York, train residents and medical students, and investigate diseases of the reproductive system.

Our physicians are faculty members in the UB School of Medicine and provide services in obstetrics, gynecology, gynecologic surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, urogynecology, family planning, maternal-fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. The clinical practice of the department, University Gynecologists & Obstetricians, Inc. is a member of UB/MD, the clinical practices of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. We practice at multiple outpatient clinical sites and provide the latest in evidenced-based obstetric and gynecologic care. Our hospital-based clinical sites are Kaleida Health's Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, and Erie County Medical Center. Many of our faculty hold major leadership positions within Kaleida Health, our primary hospital partner, in the areas of clinical and operations management and quality and patient safety.

Our physicians teach UB residents and medical students, including Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine residents. Our physicians direct the ACGME accredited Ob-Gyn residency training program that trains 36 residents based at clinical sites at Kaleida Health's Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Erie County Medical Center and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The department is affiliated with the ABOG accredited Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at Roswell Park. We also have a large volunteer faculty that contributes significantly to medical student and resident education at all sites.

Our physicians and our basic and clinical scientists investigate diseases of the reproductive system. Our biomedical research laboratory at Sherman Hall in the School of Medicine studies fundamental mechanisms of disease. Areas of research include ion channel function in the myometrium, mechanisms that initiate labor, preterm labor, diabetes in pregnancy, autism, and the impact of the maternal microbiome on pregnancy outcomes. Recent publications from department investigators have appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Reproductive Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Several projects in the department are funded by the National Institutes of Health. We work collaboratively with other clinical and basic science departments to advance research in women's health and anticipate expanding these collaborative efforts as the department academic hub transitions to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in 2017.

Diversity Statement

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and quality in our clinical, educational and research missions to meet the needs of our students, faculty, staff, patients and the community we serve.

Vanessa M. Barnabei

Vanessa M. Barnabei, MD
Professor and Chair

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