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 Medical Center. 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/Chief Financial Officer

Salvatore Durante joined UBMD Internal Medicine as COO in November 2016.  Sal brings many years of experience in executive-level healthcare operations – including positions 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, accounting, business development, finance, revenue cycle management and contract negotiations.

Francine Spinella
Director of Clinical Operations, Privacy Officer

Francine has been with Internal Medicine since January 1991 where she worked for all Internal Medicine specialties previously housed at Buffalo General Medical Center. She has become well-versed in multiple facets of the organization and acquired technical infrastructure expertise, which led to her managing and overseeing IT operations. Over the last several years, she has worked diligently to increase both her medical and administrative knowledge in the healthcare field. As Director of Clinical Operations and Internal Medicine’s Privacy Officer, Fran focuses on organizing, developing and strategizing efforts to build a strong foundation to constantly improve the clinical operations of our outpatient locations.

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.