BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Vanessa M. Barnabei, MD, PhD, the Patrick and
Margaret McMahon Endowed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and
director of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Medical
College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, has been named the
new chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the
University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical
Barnabei (pronounced Barnaby), who also will serve as medical
director of Women's Health Services at Kaleida Health, will join UB
on October 1.
The hiring of Barnabei brings to eight the number of new chairs
recruited by Michael E. Cain, MD, UB vice president for health
sciences and dean of the UB medical school, in the past four years.
These national hires, Cain says, are a critical piece of his
strategic vision for the medical school's future.
According to Cain, Barnabei rapidly emerged as the top candidate
following a comprehensive national search, possessing all the
skills needed to advance the UB department and expand its basic and
clinical research programs in service of UB's 2020 strategic goals.
Under Barnabei, Cain says, the department will enhance the
excellence of its graduate medical education and mentored research
training programs. She will help develop and align a comprehensive
clinical program at Great Lakes Health, Roswell Park Cancer
Institute, and the community.
Barnabei has been an investigator on some of the most important
clinical trials examining the effects of hormone therapy on
postmenopausal women, including the Women's Health Initiative, the
Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study (HERS) and the
Postmenopausal Estrogen/Progestin Interventions (PEPI) trial. Her
research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health,
the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and
industry. Her early research focused on the genetics of the X
chromosome as well as perinatal genetics.
Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Barnabei also is a certified menopause clinician. She provides
obstetrical care in the low-risk setting and manages the
gynecological care of women of all ages, with expertise in the care
of the midlife woman and vulvar disorders.
Barnabei has held leadership positions at both George Washington
University and The Medical College of Wisconsin in areas of women's
health and menopause. In recent years, she has been involved in
hospital- and community-based activities aimed at lowering the
infant mortality rate in inner-city African American children.
A native of Vineland, New Jersey, Barnabei received her PhD in
biology and her MD from the University of Virginia. She did her
residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University
Medical Center in Chicago. She served as an assistant professor and
associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
at George Washington University in Washington, DC. In 2010,
Barnabei received the Outstanding Faculty Award from The Medical
College of Wisconsin. She holds leadership positions in the North
American Menopause Society and the Central Association of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists.