Sisters of Charity Hospital
Founded in 1848, Sisters of Charity Hospital was the first hospital in Buffalo and is the oldest hospital in continuous operation in upstate New York. It is a fully accredited, non-profit general hospital dedicated to excellence in medical care and education. With the consolidation of Buffalo’s Catholic hospitals into one system – Catholic Health – Sisters Hospital merged with St. Joseph Hospital. Sisters now has two campuses.
The Main Street Campus is located in central Buffalo about four miles from the city's downtown, and the St. Joseph Campus is about five miles to the east in nearby Cheektowaga. The Ob/Gyn residents spend the majority (90%) of their time at the Main Street Campus, which has 310 certified beds, a modern emergency department (2016), a brand new 42-bed NICU with private rooms that allow parents to room in (2018), and a newly remodeled L&D with a new triage area and physician work stations (2019).
The residents’ continuity clinic is conducted at the Sisters Ob/Gyn Center on the first floor of the hospital. The Main Street Campus also includes the M. Steven Piver, M.D. Center for Women’s Health & Wellness. Named after Dr. Piver, a world-renowned physician and former Senior Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Sisters Hospital, the Piver Center brings together a variety of women’s health services and wellness programs in one convenient location. This warm and inviting setting provides specialized services in Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology, Infertility, Natural Family Planning, Diagnostic Radiology including Digital Mammography, Bone Densitometry, Ultrasound, Nutrition, Physical Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.
Sisters Hospital St. Joseph Campus is where the residents operate during their PGY-II and IV years with Dr. Adam Griffin, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Dr. Ali Ghomi, Female Medicine and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery.
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
Located in south Buffalo about eight miles from Sisters, Mercy Hospital is a 470-bed acute care hospital specializing in cardiac and advanced stroke care. Although the hospital delivers approximately 1500 babies per year and contains a Level II NICU, the senior-level residents focus on the gynecology service. There is no call at this site. Mercy provides an opportunity for residents to gain additional surgical training during their third year. Because the private groups that practice at Mercy are distinct from the groups at Sisters, the resident’s experience is broadened by being exposed to different surgical approaches and practice patterns. The second-year residents gain hands-on experience with ultrasound in the Perinatal Testing Unit at Mercy under the tutelage of experienced sonographers and MFM specialists. This focused time allows the PGY-II resident to gain the experience and confidence needed to competently perform u/s while covering labor and delivery.
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
PGY-III residents spend eight weeks at this world-renowned cancer center. This demanding rotation advances the resident’s ability to care for sick patients and deal with perioperative complications. The rotation also expands the resident’s understanding of the standards of care in gynecologic oncology, which is critical in preparation for their written board exam. The exposure to board-certified gynecologic oncologists who are conducting clinical research and adept at surgery provides a wonderful opportunity for residents and opens the door to research and fellowship opportunities.