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Vanessa                        Barnabei

Vanessa M. Barnabei MD, PhD

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professor and Chair

Specialty/Research Focus

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professional Summary:

I am interested in all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology and women’s health and practiced for many years doing general Ob/Gyn care. My long-time my clinical focus is the care of women with menopausal and peri-menopausal problems. Midlife can be a challenging time for many women and I try to take a holistic approach to their midlife health issues. I spend a lot of time counseling women about medical and non-medical treatment options, including hormone therapy. I also see women with disorders of the vulva such as chronic pain and difficult-to-treat skin disorders such as lichen sclerosus.

Menopause and hormone therapy have also been a large part of my research activities, and I have been an investigator with several of the large clinical trials on the impact of hormone therapy on symptoms and disease, including the Women’s Health Initiative. I assist my faculty with their research projects and love to do multidisciplinary projects that benefit women’s health. I have been very impressed with the friendly and collaborative spirit here in Buffalo and Western New York. Currently, I am working with several multidisciplinary groups on the medical campus and the community investigating links between the microbiome of the pregnant woman and preterm birth, the effects of air pollution on birth outcomes, and strategies to reduce the incidence of adolescent pregnancy in Erie County.

As Chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, I take very seriously my roles as mentor and facilitator. I get great pleasure in helping others reach their potential and achieve success in academic medicine, whether they are students, residents in training, or faculty. I am very involved with our health care partners at the University at Buffalo and in our community as we focus on improving the quality and safety of women’s health care. I have been involved with the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology on the Safe Motherhood Initiative which seeks to lower maternal morbidity and mortality through the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage, severe hypertension in pregnancy and venous thromboembolic disease.

Education and Training:
  • MD, Medicine, University of Virginia (1985)
  • PhD, Biology (Genetics), University of Virginia (1981)
  • Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University at Buffalo, School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2012-present)
  • Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical College of Wisconsin, School of Medicine (1998–2012)
  • Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, George Washington University, School Of Medicine (1989–1998)

Research Expertise:
  • Disorders of the Vulva
  • Menopause and Midlife Health

Journal Articles:
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Professional Memberships:
  • Central Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2000–present)
  • North American Menopause Society (1991–present)
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (1986–present)
Service Activities:
  • Millennium Collaborative Care; Millennium Collaborative Care is assisting the NY Department of Health with the reform of Medicaid care delivery and reimbursement in the 8-county region of Western New York.; Advisory Committee (2015–2020)

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Contact Information

1001 Main Street, 5th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-323-0615
Fax: 716-323-0594

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