Buffalo Medical Group has expanded its ear-nose-throat practice division with the addition of four physicians.
Buffalo Otolaryngology Group, a 45-year-old private practice, has merged into BMG's existing otolaryngology department, effective Dec. 2.
Joining BMG are: Dr. Steven Buck; Dr. Stephen Sobie; Dr. Keun Lee; and Dr. Gustavo Diaz-Reyes. The addition brings the department to seven specialists, supplementing a staff that includes Dr. Peter Campione; Dr. Gerald Jeyapalan; and Dr. Robert Williams.
BMG is among the region's largest private medical practice groups, with more than 100 physicians and nearly 700 staff. Last year, the group had 475,767 patient visits.
Buck said the merger relieves administrative challenges for the smaller practice.
"With the increasing complexity of regulation and mandates, we found that the administrative burden was onerous on our small practice," he said. "Buffalo Medical Group was a natural progression for us because our non-clinical responsibilities will be assumed by BMG and our providers will be freed to concentrate on treating our patients."
The department provides all aspects of ENT care, including head and neck surgery; and videostroboscopy, a procedure used to examine the larynx and diagnose speech problems.
The merger adds providers as well as a practice location on Youngs Road in Williamsville, which will become a BMG satellite office. The practice closed its office at 897 Delaware, merging it into BMG's High Street facility on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Services will also be provided at BMG's Southtowns site on Abbott Road; and its Williamsville site on Essjay.