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.

Francine Spinella
Director of Clinical Systems, Privacy Officer

As Director of Clinical Systems and UBMD Internal Medicine’s Privacy Officer, Francine is responsible for managing the information technology infrastructure of the practice plan’s clinical and administrative locations to ensure technical and clinical security policies and procedures are compliant with federal and state standards.  A Buffalo native, Francine started her medical career over 20 years ago at Buffalo General Hospital and since then has worked diligently to increase both her medical and administrative knowledge in the healthcare field.

Debbie Hengst, PHR
Director of Human Resources

Debbie Hengst is the Director of Human Resources splitting her time between UBMD Internal Medicine and UBMD Family Medicine.  She is responsible for the development of the practices’ administrative and clinical staff.  She joined the company in 2009 and manages employee recruitment, new physician onboarding, employee benefits, concerns and issues, as well as payroll and training opportunities.  Debbie is also responsible for performance management, policy development, strategic planning and compliance with all federal and state HR laws.  Debbie earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2012, SHRM-CP certification in 2015 and is a native and resident of Niagara Falls, NY.

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.

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.