Officials at Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York are announcing the addition of obstetrician/gynecologist Saima Ashraf, M.D., to the active medical staff at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.
Dr. Ashraf is accepting patients in her office at 306 Central Ave., Dunkirk, located in the G&P Gynecare Women's Healthcare Center. New obstetric patients and women seeking general and specialized gynecologic care are invited to call Dr. Ashraf for appointments at 366-4210. Appointments are available Mondays, Tues-days, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jarrod Johnson, MBA, FACHE, Brooks Memorial Hospital Chief Operating Officer, said hospital and LERHSNY officials are pleased that area women now have another provider for their specialized health care needs.
Saima Ashraf, M.D.
"Having recently added Dr. Ashraf's husband to our team, we are now proud to announce that she is on site and delivering the same high level of quality care to our patients," Johnson ex-plained. "These services are available locally and provide women close to home care without having to travel outside the area and lose valuable work time or time away from their families."
Dr. Ashraf's spouse, obstetrician/gynecologist Tawsufe Majid, M.D., joined the practice at G&P Gynecare Women's Health-care Center in 2011.
Dr. Ashraf's interest in her area of specialization, she noted, came from her cultural background in Kashmir, India.
"In my culture, women feel more comfortable with female doctors and my parents were a big motivation in my decision," she explained. "When I went to medical school I felt drawn to the program. It really satisfied my interests, knowledge and zest for surgery."
Of particular interest for Dr. Ashraf is establishing relationships with her patients over the long term, from adolescent needs through midlife and later.
"You form a close bond with the patients," Dr. Ashraf said. "This is the only field where you can provide primary care and advanced care in the highly skilled field of laparoscopic surgeries."
Dr. Ashraf describes her community as "very beautiful and everyone's friendly. I feel very safe here."
The physician and her husband have a 3-year-old daughter, Ayat Tawsufe Majid.
The new OB/Gyn is accepting female patients with routine pregnancies to those with high-risk pregnancy issues, for C-section deliveries, vaginal deliveries and ultrasounds. She has a special interest in infertility treatment for patients and hopes to offer IUI (intrauterine insemination) in the future and currently provides patients with infertility workups.
Dr. Ashraf is available to provide primary care to female patients 11 years of age and over. The office provides services for issues ranging from annual exams, contraceptive counseling and other gynecologic problems to menopause symptom management. The new physician is available to provide gynecologic care for women with issues including fibroids and abnormal pap smears.
Through the addition of Dr. Ashraf to the Brooks Memorial Hospital staff, area women now have an additional women's health provider for their specialized surgical needs as she is trained to perform highly specialized laparoscopic surgeries, including but not limited to pelvic organ prolapse and reconstruction, as well as treatment for bladder dysfunctions. Laparoscopic surgical procedures are minimally invasive and allow patients to return to their everyday lives quicker and with less discomfort. Dr. Ashraf also provides women's health services at UPMC Hamot Women's Hospital in Erie, PA and is trained in robotic surgery.
Dr. Ashraf obtained her medical degree from Government Medical Col-lege in India. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the well-respected Hurley Med-ical Center/Michigan State University-College of Hu-man Medicine in Flint, Michigan.
The physician currently holds Junior Fellow status with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gyn-ecologists.