Richard J. Ruh, MD, MBA, SVP, Service Lines for Catholic Health System of Buffalo
Appointed to his role at Catholic Health in 2010, Dr. Ruh is a Family Physician with a private practice, and is an assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at SUNY at Buffalo. Dr. Ruh previously was a member of Catholic Health’s Board of Directors, and served as VPMA and VP of the Medical Staff at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. A member and past chairman of the Catholic Independent Practice Association, he holds membership in several professional societies, including the American Academy of Family Medicine, the New York State Medical Society and the Medical Society of Erie County. Dr. Ruh received his MD degree from UB, an MBA from St. Bonaventure University and a BA in English from Amherst College. He continues to see patients at Orchard Park Family Practice and resides in Orchard Park, NY with his wife and 4 children.
Thomas E. DeGrave, DO
Dr. DeGrave received his B.S. in Microbiology at the University of Notre Dame in 1982. After receiving his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed his residency in Family Practice at the University of Buffalo. Dr. DeGrave is currently Board Certified in Family Practice and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Along with his role at OPFP, Dr DeGrave is the Vice Chairman of the Catholic IPA, an 800 member, physician run network responsible for numerous quality of care initiatives taking place in Western NY. His hospital affiliation is Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.
Julie A. Thomas, DO
Dr. Thomas graduated from Saint Bonaventure University with a BS in psychology and a minor in biology in 2003. In 2005, she received her Masters Degree from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Thomas graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009 and completed her residency training in Family Practice at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY in 2012. She was Chief Resident from July 2010 to June 2011. Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Jacqueline Shanahan, DO
After receiving her Bachelor of Science from SUNY Geneseo in 2004, Dr. Jacqueline Shanahan completed medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, earning her degree of Doctor of Osteopathy. She then pursued further training with the United States Army, completing residency in family medicine at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon Georgia. During this time she served as chief resident and was also honored to receive the award for most outstanding family medicine graduate. Dr. Shanahan served 11 years with the United States Army, most recently at Ft Sill, Oklahoma, where she was the Primary Care Physician for the Warrior Transition Unit. Dr. Shanahan is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is a member of the American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians. She enjoys spending time laughing with her husband, two young children, and Labradoodle.
"Never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe
Amy Pohlman, RPA-C
Amy Pohlman is a summa cum laude graduate of the Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree program in Physician Assistant Studies from Daemen College. Her clinical career includes experience as a primary care provider for adult and pediatric patients in the areas of preventive medicine, chronic and acute illness management and women's health. Ms. Pohlman began her career at Orchard Park Family Practice and continues after 6 years. Amy is licensed in the State of New York and she is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Breanna Voigt, RPA-C
Breanna Voigt has earned both her Bachelors of Health Science and Masters of Physician Assistant Studies through Gannon University. Her professional career includes experience in the fields of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and general surgery. Ms. Voigt is a New York State Registered Physician Assistant and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Western New York Physician Assistant Association, and the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants.
Leah Speciale, FNP
Leah Speciale earned her Master of Science degree and certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University at Buffalo in 2012. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Nursing from the University at Buffalo. After receiving her license in nursing, she worked as an intensive care nurse at the open heart unit at Buffalo General Hospital. Leah is a member of the Nurse Practitioner's Association and Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society. She enjoys spending time with her 8-month-old daughter and looks forward to her career in the Primary Care setting.
Susan Patronik, MPAS, PA-C
Susan Patronik has earned both her Bachelors of Health Services and Masters of Physician Assistant Studies through Gannon University. Her professional career includes 5 years of experience in family practice and 2 years of experience in urgent care. She also has experience in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, general surgery, and cardiology. Susan is a New York State Registered Physician Assistant and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants. Outside of the office, Susan enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Deborah Sleeper, MA, PA-C
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Geneseo, Debbie earned a Masters degree in Exercise physiology from Ball State University and a degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Daemen College. Debbie’s professional career includes coordination of the Cardiac Stress lab and Cardiac Rehabilitation department at Buffalo’s Sister’s Hospital and 17 years practicing family medicine. Debbie is registered as a Physician Assistant in the state of Illinois and New York and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants. When outside the clinic, Debbie enjoys running and spending time with her husband and two grown children