Vanessa Barnabei, MD, PhD
Dr. Vanessa M. Barnabei MD PhD is the Professor and Chair of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University at Buffalo. As Chair of the Department she is very involved with health care partners at the University at Buffalo and in the community, focusing on improving the quality and safety of women’s health care.
She has been involved with the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology on the Safe Motherhood Initiative, which seeks to lower maternal morbidity and mortality through the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage, severe hypertension in pregnancy and venous thromboembolic disease. She is interested in all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology and women’s health and practiced for many years doing general Ob/Gyn care. Dr. Barnabei’s long-time clinical focus is the care of women with menopausal and peri-menopausal problems. Menopause and hormone therapy have also been a large part of Dr. Barnabei’s research activities, and she has been an investigator with several of the large clinical trials on the impact of hormone therapy on symptoms and disease, including the Women’s Health Initiative. Currently, she is working with several multidisciplinary groups on the medical campus and the community investigating links between the microbiome of the pregnant woman and preterm birth, the effects of air pollution on birth outcomes, and strategies to reduce the incidence of adolescent pregnancy in Erie County.