BUFFALO, N.Y. — Andrea T. Manyon, MD, clinical professor and interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, has been appointed chair of the department.
A 1983 alumna who also did her residency at the Jacobs School, Manyon came to the Jacobs School as a faculty member in 1995 to create and direct one of the country’s first clinical skills courses designed for first-year medical students, a program she continues to focus on.
Allison Brashear, MD, vice president for health sciences at UB and dean of the Jacobs School, said: “Her leadership in clinical service, education and research will be key as she works to optimize opportunities for scholarship; build the professional repertoire of our faculty, residents and medical students; and strengthen our primary care services and community needs, especially in the medically underserved areas of the region.”
Manyon has been a leader in primary care in Western New York. She is president and CEO of UBMD Family Medicine and chief of service for family medicine at Erie County Medical Center. She has held leadership roles for the family service line at Kaleida Health and the network committee with Great Lakes Integrated Network. She was medical director of DeGraff Family Medicine and spent eight years as a rural family physician in Gowanda.
After residency, Manyon completed a fellowship in academic faculty development at the Jacobs School. She has served as residency program director for the Department of Family Medicine and associate dean for student affairs in the Jacobs School.
In 2006, she was recruited to SUNY Upstate to chair the Department of Family Medicine, a position she held until 2011. She also served as a visiting professor and dissertation adviser at the University of Crete School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Social Medicine in Greece for three years.
A recipient of the Jacobs School’s Department of Family Medicine Excellence in Medical Student Education for 2003-04, Manyon oversees the Department of Family Medicine’s Primary Care Research Institute, the largest health services research group at UB.
She has conducted research as principal investigator, co-investigator, or project director in clinical operations, medical education, qualitative methods and workforce development. Her work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Manyon is a resident of Williamsville.
About University at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine:
Our department achieves high standards of education, research and patient care, all with the goal of bringing family medicine to a new level.
– Education and Training
We direct one of the oldest and most respected family medicine residency programs in the country and offer comprehensive fellowship training in addiction and sports medicine.
– Patient Care
Our faculty physicians staff four ambulatory practices and care for inpatients at our affiliated hospitals, serving primarily underserved and other vulnerable populations. We train medical students, residents and fellows at these sites, modeling exemplary care as we seek to enhance health and quality of life in families, one patient at a time.
Faculty in our transdisciplinary research unit pursue clinical and health services studies that benefit patients, inform policy and improve the health care system. Our department is ranked seventh in the medical school for external funding.
– Community Outreach
We’re deeply committed to our community, and we show that by contributing to the health and well-being of Western New Yorkers — particularly those with limited access to, or options for, medical care.
– Affiliated Hospitals
Our unique consortium of affiliated teaching hospitals and health care systems offers a wide range of clinical experiences and training opportunities.
– Employment Opportunities
We offer you the opportunity to work in a university and multi-hospital partnership in urban, suburban and rural settings.
– Support Family Medicine
We have several endowment funds which support our mission of teaching, research and community service.
About Andrea T. Manyon, MD:
“My clinical practice is family medicine. What family physicians do best is provide medical care to individuals within the context of family and community. An examination room filled with family members poses a great opportunity: I believe that patient health can vastly improve if family support augments clinical advice. Most of my patient visits include not only the patient, but family members as well, e.g., a spouse, son, daughter or caregiver. Often, these family members are my patients, too, which allows me to understand the family and provide the best, most appropriate treatment. I have cared for as many as five generations in one family, and multigenerational care gives me great satisfaction.
My practice is focused on patients with complex medical conditions and on preventive care. I like to guide patients to embrace healthier lifestyles, and I have learned a great deal from patients who have lived to advanced ages–many in their 90s–who have led healthy and happy lives. They are the role models and inspiration for me as I care for younger patients.
In addition to practicing family medicine for nearly 30 years, I have conducted research in medical education. My focus has been creating a clinical skills course for first-year medical students and developing authentic evaluation strategies. I have presented these topics and led discussion on them at many national conferences. More recently, I was an advisor to family physicians practicing in the national health system in Crete, Greece who sought advanced academic skills.
I am presently serving as the Interim Chair for the Department of Family Medicine. From this vantage we work to optimize opportunities for scholarship, building the professional repertoire of our faculty, residents and medical students. Scholar teams will advance new knowledge in the many subjects aligned with family medicine and primary care, such as assuring proper cancer screening, caring for individuals and families affected by substance use disorders as well the analysis of educational advancements.
Our Family Physicians provide care to WNY families in urban, suburban and rural communities. Our department partners with many community-based faculty who provide meaningful educational placements for our learners.”