Thirty-five radiologists from Great Lakes Medical Imaging are joining the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as full-time faculty, a first step toward reviving the school’s medical residency program in radiology that ended 10 years ago.
The radiologists also will treat patients through UBMD Radiology and through UBMD Radiology’s hospital partners in the Great Lakes Health System, Buffalo General Medical Center and Erie County Medical Center.
UB officials said the move wasn’t possible without the cooperation of the members of the Great Lakes system – the university, the Kaleida Health hospital network and ECMC – which was created by a state commission in 2006 to encourage regional healthcare planning.
UB has appointed Dr. Kenneth D. Pearsen, the co-founder and former president of Great Lakes Medical Imaging, chair of the Medical School’s radiology department and president of the UBMD Radiology practice plan. Dr. Angelo DelBalso, who served as chair of the department, has returned to the faculty full-time.
A key goal of the move is to restart the school’s training program in radiology. UB said it voluntarily withdrew the program from the national accreditation process conducted by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education in 2006, following the departure of several faculty members in the department.
Residency programs provide training in a medical or surgical specialty for graduates of a medical school. The programs usually run from three to seven years, according to the university.
UB officials said they plan to start the residency application process this year with a goal of enrolling the department’s first class of radiology residents in 2018.
Beyond adding more radiologists to the local pool of doctors, the new arrangement will give area patients better access to radiology services at outpatient clinics and at Buffalo General and ECMC, the university said in a statement. The new faculty also will conduct clinical research.
“The transitioning of the radiologists from Great Lakes Medical Imaging into the UB department of radiology and UBMD Radiology will re-energize radiological care, education and science in Western New York, providing UB medical students with a solid foundation in the science of imaging and how it applies to patient care,” Dr. Michael E. Cain, vice president for health sciences at UB and dean of the Medical School, said in the statement.