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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 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 UB School of Medicine. We practice at three outpatient clinical sites: two located in the city of Buffalo and one in the suburbs. 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.

Our physicians teach UB residents and medical students. 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. The department also cosponsors with Kaleida Health the Robotic Pelvic Surgery Fellowship based at Kaleida Health’s Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Our physicians and our basic and clinical scientists investigate diseases of the reproductive system. Two biomedical research laboratories in the department are located at Cary and Sherman Hall in the School of Medicine and study fundamental mechanisms of disease. We study cellular mechanisms that underlie puberty, polycystic ovary syndrome, estrogen and the brain, endometriosis, mechanisms that initiate labor, preterm labor, diabetes in pregnancy, and autism. Recent publications from departmental 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.

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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