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Sunil K. Patel,
MBBS, MD, FRCSEd

James K. Farry, MD

James Lukan,
MD, FACS

Raphael Blochle, MD





Dr. Patel is a member of the surgical team at the Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care and is also Clinical Assistant Professor in Surgery at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Patel’s previous surgical and training appointments included the Buffalo General Hospital; the Starzl Transplant Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; the Mayo Clinic; and Lehigh Valley/Penn State University. He also served in clinical and research positions in the Netherlands and India. Active in transplantation research and the author and co-author of many published abstracts, Dr. Patel is certified in transplantation surgery by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. He also received his board certification in General Surgery from the American Board of Surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (UK), and the Medical Council of India.

Areas of Expertise

  • Multiorgan transplantation
  • Hemodialysis access surgery and peritoneal dialysis access
  • Surgical parathyroidectomies
  • General surgery

Research Interest

  • Machine perfusion in organ preservation

Education & Training

  • General Surgery Resident (PGY1) – Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Multiorgan Transplantation Fellowship – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • MS (Master of Surgery) – Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India
  • FRCSEd (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons) – Diploma awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK
  • MD – Certification by the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates, USA
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) – University of Pune, India

Dr. Farry is a leading member of the nephrology clinical staff at the Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care. He is Clinical Assistant Professor and also serves as Director of the Nephrology Clinical Service at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biological Sciences. Dr. Farry was formerly a clinical fellow in nephrology and hypertension at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weil Cornell Medical Center with clinical training performed at NY-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery, and the Rogosin Institute in New York City. Dr. Farry also served as attending physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His teaching resume includes clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and graduate teaching assistant at Cornell University. While earning his master’s degree, Dr. Farry completed a graduate research practicum in Laboratory Animal Science in the Department of Molecular Biology and Psychology at Princeton University. He is the co-author of original manuscripts and abstracts and was active in renal research at Sloan-Kettering, the University of Michigan, MCP Hahnemann University, and SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation, and the American College of Physicians and is certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Areas of Expertise

  • Nephrology
  • Dialysis
  • Hypertension
  • Internal Medicine
  • Laboratory Animal Science

Education & Training

  • Fellow in Nephrology and Hypertension – New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Resident, Internal Medicine – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • MD – State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
  • MS – MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA
  • BS – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Dr. Lukan is the Surgical Director of the Vascular Access Center at the Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care, the Medical Director of Diversified Clinical Services at the ECMC Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, and an attending staff surgeon at ECMC through the University at Buffalo Surgeons, Inc. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Formerly the Director of the Trauma Institute at the University of Louisville Hospital, Dr. Lukan has been the principal investigator on several clinical studies; the co-author of many peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, presentations, and book chapters; and an invited lecturer at grand rounds and symposia. He is certified in vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the Western New York Vascular Society.

Areas of Expertise

  • Vascular surgery
  • Surgical critical care
  • Wound care and hyperbaric medicine
  • Trauma and burn care
  • Cardiac life support

Education & Training

  • Fellowship, Vascular Surgery - University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • Fellowship, Trauma, Critical Care, Burn - University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Residency, General Surgery – State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
  • MD – State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Undergraduate Education – School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, MA
  • BS – Long Island University at Southampton, Southampton, NY

Dr. Blochle is an attending surgeon and director of the Wound Care Center at ECMC and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and German, Dr. Blochle is certified in both general surgery and vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

Areas of Expertise

  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Dialysis access
  • Wound care
  • General/trauma surgery
  • Aneurysmal disease
  • Endovascular interventions

Research Interest

  • Machine perfusion in organ preservation

Education & Training

  • Vascular Surgery Fellowship – State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • General Surgery Residency – State University of New York at Buffalo
  • MD – Universidad Autonoma

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