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Brian Murray,
MD, FACP

Mark R. Laftavi,
MD, FACS

Oleh George Pankewycz, MD

Mandip Panesar,
MS, MD, FASN





Dr. Murray is Chief Medical Officer of ECMC, an attending physician in internal medicine and nephrology, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University at Buffalo, and the Director of the Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care. He has served as preceptor, lecturer, and supervisor of clinical research projects by renal fellows and medical residents for over 25 years. In recognition of his work and achievements, Dr. Murray has received the Gift of Life Award by the National Kidney Foundation of Western New York; the Best of the Best Award—the region’s highest healthcare honor—by the Niagara Health Quality Coalition; ECMC’s Distinguished Physician Award; and was selected for Best Doctors in America. Dr. Murray has been the principal, site, or co-investigator on more than 25 research projects to study, increase understanding, and improve treatment of all aspects of chronic kidney disease including dialysis and transplant outcomes. He is the author of countless published articles, reviews, book chapters, and abstracts on a range of renal and other medical issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Identification and management of chronic kidney disease
  • Transplant-related infections
  • Vascular access for hemodialysis patients
  • Renal bone disease

Education & Training

  • Renal Fellow – University of Minnesota Hospitals
  • Two-Year Rotation as Senior House Office in Medicine – Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital, Dublin; Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda, Co. Louth; Meath Hospital, Dublin; St. James Hospital, Dublin
  • Internship – Meath Hospital, Dublin
  • MB, BCh, BAO – Trinity College, University of Dublin
  • BA, Natural Science - Trinity College, University of Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Now Surgical Director of the transplant program at the Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care, Dr. Laftavi previously served as the Chief of Transplant Services at Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo. Dr. Laftavi has more than 20 years experience in kidney and pancreas transplantation and has performed over 1300 kidney and 350 pancreas transplants. He has published and presented more than 300 papers and abstracts in national and international transplant journals and serves as a manuscript reviewer for Clinical Transplantation, International Journal of Transplantation, and the Annals of Transplantation Journal. Dr. Laftavi received a Medal of Honor from the US Department of Health in 2007 and was selected as a Physician of the Year by the National Kidney Foundation of Western New York in 2010. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the boards of directors for many local and national transplant committees, and leads transplant research efforts at the Center of Excellence.

Areas of Expertise

  • Liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation
  • Transplant Immunology
  • Clinical and experimental microsurgery

Education & Training

  • Transplant Fellow in Liver Transplantation - Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York City
  • Transplant Fellow in Kidney, Pancreas, and Liver Transplantation - Rush Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center, Chicago
  • Transplant Research Fellow in Islet and Pancreas Transplantation – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Diploma in Experimental and Clinical Microsurgery, Claude Bernard University, Lyon, France
  • Diploma in Profound Study in Tissue and Organ Transplantation, University of Franche-Comte, Besancon, France
  • Urology and Transplant Fellow in Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation - Claude Bernard University, Lyon, France
  • MD with Honors - Shahid Beheshti Medical School, Tehran, Iran

Dr. Pankewycz, Medical Director of Nephrology, is an acclaimed nephrologist, a member of the medical and surgical team at the Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care, and Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the University at Buffalo. He is the former Medical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program at Buffalo General Hospital and at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Pankewycz has been the principal or co-investigator on many clinical trials and is the author and co-author of several journal articles, published abstracts, and book chapters. He is a sought-after teacher and lecturer and has served on medical faculties at Harvard University, the University of Virginia, MCP-Hahnemann University, and the University at Buffalo. Dr. Pankewycz is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Nephrology and is a UNOS-accredited Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Physician.

Areas of Expertise

  • Nephrology
  • Transplant Nephrology
  • Transplantation Immunology

Education & Training

  • Clinical Fellowship, Nephrology – New England Medical Center, Tufts University, Boston, MA
  • Residency, Internal Medicine – Billings Hospital, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • MD – Columbia, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
  • BA, Zoology – Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Dr. Panesar is the Medical Director of the Hemodialysis Unit at the Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University at Buffalo. In addition to his clinical practice of nephrology, he is involved in all aspects of academic life from teaching medical students, residents, and nephrology fellows to his involvement in clinical and basic science research. His extensive research activities include an ongoing collaboration to development a mouse model to better understand fibrosis in kidney disease and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. He is also involved in a clinical trial investigating a potentially new treatment for polycystic kidney disease. Dr. Panesar is a former board member of the National Kidney Foundation’s Western New York Chapter, and the recipient of multiple research and clinical awards including the Erie County Medical Center Award of Excellence. Dr. Panesar is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology and is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Nephrology and Internal Medicine
  • Dialysis
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

Education & Training

  • Nephrology Fellowship – University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AK
  • Resident, Internal Medicine – Seton Hall University, St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, NJ
  • MD – St. George’s University, Grenada
  • MS, Physiology – McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • BS, Physiology – McGill University, Montreal, Canada

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