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Manyon, first woman to head clinical department at SUNY Upstate, named chair of Family Medicine

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Andrea Manyon, M.D., associate professor of clinical family medicine and vice chair of residency education in the Department of Family Medicine at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, has been named chair of the Department of Family Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The appointment, effective Jan. 2, 2006, was announced by Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., executive vice president and dean of the College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate.

With her appointment, Manyon becomes the first woman to chair at clinical department at SUNY Upstate.

At UB, in addition to her teaching responsibilities, Manyon oversees a family residency program functioning at five family medical centers and five hospitals. She has played a major role in curricular renewal at the medical school and led the effort to develop The Clinical Practice of Medicine, the major course for first-year medical students at UB. She served as vice chair of the Department of Family Medicine for medical student education at UB from 1995 to 2003. Her research and professional interests include assessment of clinical competence in medical education, a return to bedside teaching and teaching effectiveness in office settings.

Since the mid-1990s, Manyon has served as project director on four Health Resources and Services Administration grants totaling more than $1.6 million to develop training programs in family medicine education. She is active in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and serves on its Education Committee.

In the community, Manyon serves on the Quality Improvement Board of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Health Now, and as volunteer medical director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Manyon earned a medical degree at UB in 1983 and completed her residency in family medicine at Buffalo General Hospital. She earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Skidmore College in 1979.