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New Rheumatology Center Opens in Williamsville

by mmcnamara

UB graduate stays local to lessen doctor shortage

Tue, Sep 7th 2010 09:00 am
Williamsville, NY

When you're in pain, you want it to stop as soon as possible. No one wants to wait months just to get an appointment with a physician. However, for the thousands of people in Western New York with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a four-month wait is common.

 

"When I was doing my fellowship in rheumatology at a Buffalo hospital, we tried to prioritize and fast-track the most serious cases as much as possible but, unfortunately, patients still had to wait up to four months for an appointment," said Sunita Chadha, MD, now a board-certified rheumatologist. "There's a worsening shortage of physicians in Western New York and that's one of the main reasons I chose to stay local to open my own practice."

 

Dr. Chadha is pleased to announce the opening of her new practice, the Western New York Rheumatology Center, located at 1825 Maple Road (at the corner of Ayer Road), Suite 2A, in Williamsville. She is accepting new patients from across the Buffalo-Niagara region who may be suffering from chronic pain, joint inflammation, joint damage, loss of function or disability that can result from rheumatological conditions such as RA.

 

According to the Arthritis Foundation, 1.3 million Americans suffer from RA. It is a systemic disease, which means it can affect other organs in the body. Although the cause is unknown and there is no cure, RA is easier than ever to treat with new prescription drugs, exercise, joint protection techniques and self-management. 

 

"The right doctor is crucial to living well with rheumatic conditions," said Dr. Chadha. "I hope patients will feel comfortable communicating their symptoms to me so together we can make the best decisions about treatment. I want my patients to thoroughly understand their disease and what to expect
from treatment so they can lead happier, more fulfilled lives."

 

A native of India, Dr. Chadha graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and worked for six years as an internist before going back to school to specialize in rheumatology. She could
have opened a practice anywhere in the United States, but she chose to stay in Western New York where
her services are most needed.

 

"If you look in the Buffalo telephone book, you won't see many rheumatologists, especially female rheumatologists, and females suffer more from rheumatological conditions than men," said Dr Chadha. "Although many patients first see a primary care physician for their pain because appointment wait time is less, conditions like osteoporosis, lupus, osteoarthritis, gout and rheumatoid arthritis really should be treated by a specialist who is trained in the latest and most effective treatments. Early detection can improve your prognosis and may help prevent joint and bone destruction."

 

Patients are encouraged to view more information about the Western New York Rheumatology Center and its services on the Center's website at www.wnyrheumatology.com. For questions about this announcement, please call Sunita Chadha, MD, at 716-810-9292.

 

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