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Vivian L. Lindfield, MD

William J. Belles, MD

Catherine M. Gogan, DDS, MS

Richard E. Hall, MD,
DDS, PhD





A board certified specialist in the treatment of breast disease, Dr. Lindfield is the founder and medical director of Western New York Breast Health, the region’s only comprehensive breast care facility, and member of the National Consortium of Breat Centers. She completed her surgery specialty training at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and UB-affiliated hospitals and is currently a volunteer professor of surgery at UB. Dr. Lindfield is a national speaker on the topic of genetic testing and has also lectured extensively on topics related to breast cancer and breast care. She is a member of the American Society of Breast Disease, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Buffalo Surgical Society, and the Erie County Medical Society.

Areas of Expertise

  • Breast care
  • Treatment of breast disease

Education & Training

  • B. A. - Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • M.D. - American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
  • Surgery specialty training - UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Scranton, Dr. Belles earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, received his postgraduate medical training at Allentown Affi liated Hospitals, and served as otolaryngology-head & neck surgery resident and chief resident at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. As one of the area’s prominent otolaryngology surgeons, he is a member of University Head & Neck Surgery, Inc., the practice group of the Department of Otolaryngology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Dr. Belles is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and has lectured and published widely on a variety of subjects specific to his medical and surgical specialties. He is a member of the American Society of Head & Neck Surgeons and several other medical and professional societies.

Areas of Expertise

  • Parathyroid, thyroid disorders
  • Tracheal reconstruction
  • Upper airway reconstruction
  • Facial reconstruction

Education & Training

  • B.S. - University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
  • M.D. - Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
  • General surgery residency - Allentown Affiliated Hospitals, Allentown, PA
  • Otolaryngology-head & neck surgery residency - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Chief of Dentistry and Director of the General Practice Residency at ECMC, Dr. Gogan is the former Dental Director of the Erie County Department of Health and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences at the School of Medicine of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She is an attending dentist with expertise in operating room dentistry for persons with disabilities at ECMC.

Serves on the Suragate Decision Making Committee, State appointed position.

Areas of Expertise

  • Oral care of medically compromised and developmentally disabled patients
  • Operating room dentistry for severely disabled individuals
  • Patients with complex medical histories

Education & Training

  • B.A., cum laude - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • D.D.S. - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • Residency in General Dentistry - General Practice Residency, Erie County Medical Center, University at Buffalo Graduate Medical/Dental Consortium
  • M.S. - Oral Sciences, University at Buffalo,The State University of New York
  • Diplomate with American Board of Special Care Dentistry with Proficiency in Hospital Dentistry

Dr. Hall has served at both ECMC and Buffalo General Hospital as Chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial (OMF) Surgery in their respective Departments of Dentistry and as Clinical Service Director of OMF Surgery at Erie County Medical Center. He is also Chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, where he holds positions in several departments including the Department of Microbiology and the Department of Oral Biology. Dr. Hall has lectured widely at invited presentations, seminars, and professional convocations both nationally and internationally and is the author of many medical and scientifi c articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is the recipient of several research grants designed to investigate a wide range of therapies and treatment modalities.

Areas of Expertise

  • Dental implants
  • Facial trauma
  • Impacted teeth/extractions
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Oral pathology
  • Sedation/anesthesia

Education & Training

  • B.A. - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • D.D.S. - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • M.S. - University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • Ph.D. - University of Rochester. Rochester, NY
  • M.D. - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • Internship in general surgery - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • Residency in OMF Surgery - University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital, and The Genesee Hospital

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