|Anne B. Curtis, MD, MACP, FACC, FHRS, FAHA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Curtis is the President and CEO of UBMD Internal Medicine. As such, she has an integral role in overseeing the administration, planning and marketing for the practice plan. As a physician, she sees patients at the Youngs Road office in Williamsville and at Buffalo General Hospital. Her specialty is clinical cardiac electrophysiology, which is the sub-specialty of cardiology dealing with arrhythmias and implantable devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Dr. Curtis is also the Charles and Mary Bauer Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. In 2013, Dr. Curtis was named a SUNY Distinguished Professor. She is involved with the education of medical residents and fellows and also conducts her own research into cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology. Dr. Curtis came to Buffalo from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2010.
|Salvatore C. Durante, MS, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Salvatore Durante joined UBMD Internal Medicine as COO in November 2016. Sal brings many years of experience in executive-level healthcare operations – including positons as President/CEO, VP of Operations, CFO, COO and Director of Strategic Planning. Sal’s expertise in the management of hospital and ambulatory-based operations, as well as strategic planning, quality improvement, project management and organizational efficiencies are a tremendous asset to UBMDIM. Sal oversees all outpatient clinic operations, hospital-based services, marketing, information systems, human resources, business development and contract negotiations.
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|Jim Nicotra, MBA
Director of Business Operations
Jim is responsible for managing the day-to-day business aspects of the practice plan. He provides leadership and the management necessary to ensure Internal Medicine has the proper operational controls and systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. Jim started with UBMD Internal Medicine in 2011 and has held multiple positions within business operations. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania and his MBA in Healthcare Administration from Niagara University.
|Eric Bachman, BS, RN
Eric oversees all outpatient clinical supervisors and office coordinators and brings over 30 years of nursing experience with him from ECMC, UB Department of Surgery, GE Healthcare Integrated IT Solutions, Millard Fillmore Gates and Eastern Niagara Health System. Prior to joining UBMDIM, Eric was the Clinical Coordinator for Excelsior Orthopaedics where he managed clinic personnel, workflows and QA projects. Eric has extensive experience in the supervision and management of clinic operations as well as a background in healthcare IT applications. He has his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and is currently pursuing his MBA.
|Thea T. Pecht
Director of Marketing and Communications
Thea joined UBMD Internal Medicine in March 2017 with impressive experience in media relations. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Journalism and external specialty in International Relations. Thea began her career in television news, working as an Anchor & Reporter at various stations in Michigan and the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, CA. She moved to Buffalo in 2007 to be a News & Traffic Reporter on the #1 rated Daybreak morning show on WGRZ Channel 2 (NBC). She then pursued a career in public relations and marketing working at Unyts, Holy Angels Academy and the Erie County Clerk’s Office. Thea is a proud Michigander turned Buffalonian.
|Tamila (Tami) Kaczmarek
Director of Revenue Cycle Administration
Tami has worked with medical practices of all sizes and specialties and provides insight with managing financial strategies and operational management. Her expertise of 24 years in the healthcare industry encompasses business management, medical billing, coding and compliance. Previous experience included working with providers, staff, healthcare defense attorneys, district attorneys, insurance payers, software vendors and physician member associations; providing education, auditing, coding, compliance, billing and management services. She is a certified professional coder (CPC) and member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) since 2003. Tami has also earned her credentials as a Certified Medical Office Manager (CMOM).