Boards & Committees

Medical Advisory Board

Board Chair: Mark J. Lema  ’71 MD, PhD
Chair, Anesthesiology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute/University at Buffalo

Vice Chair: James L. Budny '70 MD
Neurosurgeon, Gates Vascular Institute/UB Neurosurgery

Secretary: Dianna Civello - Ex-Officio
Interm Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Allyson D. Backstrom, PhD - Ex-Officio
Director, The Dr. George E. Schreiner ’43 Pre-Med Center

Philip J. Aliotta ’76, MD, MSHA
WNYUA-Main Urology Associates Division
David P. Kowalski '88, MD
Kowalski Family Practice
Paul M. Anain ’88, MD, FACS
Vascular & Endovascular Center of WNY
Peter F. Kowalski ’82, MD
UB Family Medicine
E. Kelly Bartels ’76, MD
Bartels, Powalski and Weissman
Joseph P. Leberer ’77, MD
Buffalo Medical Group PC
Christopher J. Bartolone ’85, MD
Gastroenterology Associates
Lori A. Lee '90, DO
Abbott Anesthesiology
Eugene L. Beltrami '47, MS '49, MD(Retired) United States Department of Veteran Affairs
Kathleen A. Lillis ’82, MD
Pediatric and Adolescent Urgent Care of WNY
Owen G. Bossman MBA ’98, MD
Thomas A. Lombardo Jr. MD
Northtown Orthopedics
Salvatore M. Calandra ’80, MD
Cardiology Group of WNY
Raquel G. Martin, DO, FACEP
Kenmore Mercy Hospital
Gregory J. Castiglia, MD
Buffalo Neurosurgery Group
Monique Mirshak '01, MD
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
John C. Corbelli ’75, MD
Buffalo Cardiology & Pulmonary Associates PC
Paul C. Nasca ’78, DPM
Office of Paul C. Nasca DPM
David J. Durante '76, MD
Office of David J. Durante, MD
Margaret W. Paroski, MD, MMM
Neurology, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine
Michael J. Edbauer MBA '12, MD
Catholic Medical Partners
Richard M. Peer ’65, MD
Immediate Past President, Medical Society of the State of New York
Buffalo Medical Group PC, Dept. of Vascular Surgery
Debra L. Ehrig '97, MD
Springville Pediatrics and Adult Care
Thomas A. Raab ’73, MD
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
Megan O’Shea Farrell, MD
Center for Hospice and Palliative Care of WNY
Elisa M. Rodriguez '00, PhD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Lorna K. Fitzpatrick '90, MDPediatrics, State University of New York at Buffalo/Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo

John M. Roehmholdt '81, MD
Western New York Urology Associates
Thomas J. Foels ’77, MD
Independent Health Association
Peter E. Shields ’75, MD
Excelsior Orthopaedics
Peter Wm. Forgach, MD
Office of Peter Wm. Forgach, MD
Sarah H. Spillman '02, DO
Primary Care of Western New York
Andrew P. Giacobbe '82, MDWestern New York Plastic Surgery
Lynn M. Steinbrenner ’76, MD
Veterans Administration Medical Center
Karen F. Giardino ’81, MD
Meadowlands Endocrinology
Jeffrey P. Steinig ’84, MD, FACS
Southtowns Surgical Associates
Nicole M. Gothgen '00, MD
Great Lakes Anesthesia Associates, PC
Keith C. Stube, MD
Knee Center of Western New York
Steven P. Herman '79, MD
Stephen P. Herman, MD Family Practice
Mary Turkiewicz ’80, MD
Southtowns Radiology Associates, LLC
Christine C. Ignaszak-Nadolny
Executive Director
Medical Society of Erie County
Jean Wactawski-Wende ’81, PhD
School of Public Health & Health Professions; School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; State University of New York at Buffalo
Ann Marie Jobes '97, MD
Wheatfield Pediatrics
Anthony J. Winkowski, MD
Abbott Anesthesiologist Associates
Gregory A. Jobes '96, MD
Buffalo Medical Group PC
Paul B. Wirth ’84, MD
Buffalo Medical Group PC

The Health Science Advisory and Recommendation Committee (HSARC) 

  • Susan M. Aronica, PhD, associate professor of biology
  • Richard H. Escobales Jr., PhD, professor of mathematics
  • Terry Mangione, PhD, dean of student affairs
  • James C. Lauffenburger, PhD, professor of physics
  • Mary C. O'Sullivan, PhD, professor of organic chemistry
  • Susan K. Putnam, PhD, professor of psychology
  • Allyson D. Backtrom, PhD, director, pre-med/pre-health program; chair, HSARC
  • Cynthia M. Travers, program coordinator, pre-med/pre-health program;

Most members have taught and observed the candidates. Additional information is solicited from science and non-science faculty and committee members carefully examine the applicants’ permanent records in order to give as complete and as balanced a report as possible.

The Committee gives a detailed analysis of the factors which determine the category of recommendation offered for each of its candidates in its letters of recommendation. The categories used by HSARC are:

  • Exceptional
  • Very Highly Recommended
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Not Recommended

The recommendation categories, while relying heavily on scholastic achievement in the undergraduate program, also take into consideration factors which are somewhat more difficult to measure, such as motivation, academic potential, leadership qualities, social adjustment and general character make-up. The committee offers favorable recommendations only for those candidates deemed academically and emotionally capable of succeeding in a health science professional school and ultimately being a credit to their chosen profession.

The recommendation category assigned a given applicant represents the best collective judgment of the committee. For many years, comparisons have been made of the outcomes of our health profession alumni with their recommendations upon leaving Canisius. As a result of these studies, the category, "Exceptional" is reserved for the student from whom we expect an exceptional performance in professional school. On the other hand, the category, "Recommended" means that the candidate is compared with other students from Canisius who have succeeded in graduating from professional school, but in some cases, with irregular progress.