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GENERAL PHYSICIAN , P.C.
Established in 2010, General Physician, PC has grown to be one of the largest medical groups serving Western New York. But we didn't set out to be the biggest – our goal has always been to be the best. We are collective of the region's most well-respected, accomplished health care providers.
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Buffalo, New York
Lovely seasons and outdoor activities galore, look no further than Buffalo, New York. As the state’s second-largest city with a population of more than 275,000, Buffalo has big-city amenities with a close-knit community feel. It is the City of Good Neighbors, after all.
Located right on Lake Erie and not far from Lake Ontario, Buffalo has all the lake activities you’d expect, including boating and fishing. Canalside (known as the “Inner Harbor”) is a waterfront park with year-round activities for all ages. Think concerts, outdoor yoga, skating, curling and ice biking. The nearby Outer Harbor has biking, fishing, hiking, kayaking and water biking. And Niagara Falls has hiking, ziplining, sightseeing and more on both the u.s. and Canadian sides.
Buffalo also has several farmers’ markets, museums and parks. The zoo and botanical garden offer family- friendly fun. Sports fans are in good company, too. Buffalo is home to the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bandits. And for snow sport enthusiasts, there’s no shortage of skiing and snowboarding in western New York.
“The quality of life in western New York surprises people,” says Mary Lynn Candella, director of provider recruitment with General Physician, pc in Buffalo. “The schools, the sports, the beautiful landscapes, the friendly, supportive people in the community — people are pleasantly surprised at just how wonderful it is to live and practice here.”
The weather is also a pleasant surprise. Many people don’t realize the city offers four distinct seasons. “Buffalo is known for snow,” Candella acknowledges. “We might have five significant snow events in the winter, and travel is restricted for a couple of days.” But winter doesn’t represent the whole picture.
“We have nine other months of the year that are beautiful here,” she goes on. “We have amazing, beautiful summers. People travel from all over, and those who grew up here come back in the summer to enjoy all the festivals, music, boating, outdoor activities that our glorious summers allow for.”
It’s easy to see how Buffalo’s offerings entice newcomers to plant roots and compel locals to stay. The strong sense of community is the cherry on top. That’s how Richard Charles, M.D., feels. Now the chief medical officer for General Physician, PC, he’s spent most of his adult life in Buffalo. He attended the State University of New York at Buffalo for college, medical school and residency. From a young age, he knew he wanted to care for people and support his community.
“I always enjoyed helping people through life experiences like volunteering at a soup kitchen my aunt ran downtown. I had a calling to help others,” Charles says. “The social determinants of health inequities of inner- city people has been apparent to me since a young age. I wanted to help others and make the community better.”
Charles mostly practices in inner-city Buffalo. There, he’s able to care for an underserved population. In fact, his practice is just three blocks away from the soup kitchen he grew up working at. Helping those individuals access care and navigate social, environmental and financial challenges has been a rewarding part of his time with General Physician, PC.
General Physician, PC is an employed physician group for the Great Lakes Health System. The Great Lakes Health System is the largest health care network in western New York. It’s comprised of the University at Buffalo, Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo, Erie County Medical Center and Kaleida Health, which includes several state-of-the-art facilities. For example, the nationally-recognized Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute is the area leader for stroke and cardiac care.
When Charles started, General Physician, PC was a small 30-provider network. It has since grown to hundreds of providers.
“The depth and breadth of what we’ve been able to do while working with the health system has been an accomplishment of a lifetime for me,” Charles says. “I’ve enjoyed it more than I ever imagined I would. It’s been truly wonderful working to grow and provide a foundation for care here. My goal is to leave the community better.”
Charles recalls ESPN’s Chris Berman saying, “Nobody circles the wagon like the Buffalo Bills.” And Charles says it’s not just true of the team. It’s the city’s whole culture. “There’s a real sense of togetherness, working with each other,” he says. “It’s an incredible small-town city.”
General Physician, PC is currently recruiting for hematology/oncology, non-invasive cardiology, EP cardiology, primary care and OB/GYN.
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