Below you will find our dedicated team of corporate officers, board members and administrators. These individuals play intricate key roles for the success of GBUAHN.
Board of Directors
Dr. Raul Vazquez, MD, FAAFP
President / CEO
Dr. Raul Vazquez is a primary care physician who opened Urban Family Practice on Buffalo’s Lower West Side in 1996. In 2016, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Urban Family Practice of Buffalo had received level three NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Level three is the highest degree of recognition available.
Recognizing the need for coordinated, person-centered care for Medicaid recipients with multiple chronic medical conditions, he formed the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN). The New York State Department of Health approved the designation of GBUAHN as a provider-lead Medicaid health home in 2012.
As president of GBUAHN, Dr. Vazquez leads a team of dedicated professionals in the medical and business fields. He has set the strategy and direction for the fast-track growth of GBUAHN. Under his guidance, GBUAHN has grown to serve several thousand members and employs a staff of approximately 150 individuals. GBUAHN is one of the largest minority employers in Western New York.
In June 2009, Dr. Vazquez was nominated by Governor David Paterson, and approved by the New York State Senate, to serve as a member of the New York State Medicaid Advisory Committee. In June 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York S Senate approved Dr. Vazquez to serve on the Minority Health Council.
He has won more than 20 awards for his accomplishments in business, the medical field and advocacy groups. Dr. Vazquez has served boards for numerous organizations, including: Upstate New York Transplant Services, HEALTHeLINK and WNED-TV.
Dr. Vazquez received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University and received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dr. Kenneth L. Gayles, MD FACC
Senior Vice President
Dr. Kenneth Lee Gayles is a cardiovascular specialist who treats over 6,000 cardiac care patients annually. He is the owner of Gayles Medical practice. Dr. Gayles is board certified in cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine and brings to GBUAHN over four decades of experience diagnosing and treating congenital heart defects, heart failure, coronary artery disease, and other heart problems. He was the first African-American invasive cardiologist in Western New York.
As senior vice president of GBUAHN, Dr. Gayles’ mission is to deliver a comprehensive health care system targeting the underserved community in Western New York. His goal for GBUAHN is the elimination of disparity in health care delivery and outcomes in the Western New York community.
Dr. Gayles served as chairman of the board of Sheehan Memorial Hospital from 1990 -1991 and served as medical director until 1995. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at SUNY Buffalo.
Dr. Gayles has served as treasurer of the National Association of Black Cardiologists, and as vice president of the National Medical Association - Buffalo Chapter. His other community affiliations include the Buffalo Philharmonic Board of Directors and the Buffalo PREP Board of Directors. He is a trustee for the First Shiloh Baptist Church and has served as chief of medicine at Deaconess Hospital. He is also member of the Board of Trustees of the UB Foundation.
Dr. Dwight Lewis, MD
Dr. Dwight Lewis is an internal medicine specialist with a subspecialty in sepsis blood poisoning. He opened his medical practice, Main Primary Care, in 1994 in Buffalo’s University District. Dr. Lewis is an advocate of screenings, wellness check-ups, vaccinations and healthy living in order to prevent disease and help his patients stay well.
As secretary of GBUAHN, Dr. Lewis manages the records and administrative functions of the GBUAHN Board of Directors.
Dr. Lewis graduated in 1991 from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is admitted to Sisters of Charity Hospital and Kaleida Health - Buffalo General.
Dr. Lewis is a member of the National Medical Association (NMA).
Winston Douglas, MD
Dr. Winston Douglas is certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Dr. Douglas is well-versed in the health problems of aging populations with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, heart conditions and pulmonary diseases.
As treasurer of GBUAHN, Dr. Douglas develops strategies regarding short and long term financial vitality.
Dr. Douglas served as medical director of Waterfront Nursing Home. He is the former chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee at Sheehan Health Services, and the former medical director of N.Y. State’s Orleans Correctional facility. Dr. Douglas is a member of the National Medical Association - Buffalo Chapter and he is the current medical director at Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services.
Dr. Douglas received his medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine.
Kenton Forte, MD
Dr. Kenton Forte has been practicing internal medicine at the Heart Beat Center of WNY for well over 20 years. He also specializes in cardiovascular disease. His hospital affiliations are Buffalo General Hospital and ECMC.
In addition to practicing medicine at the Heartbeat Center of WNY, Dr. Forte has been an assistant clinical professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo for more than two decades.
Dr. Forte is a member of eleven professional societies, including the American Heart Association, American Society of Internal Medicine, and the Erie County Medical Society. He has written four publications for various academic journal and presented at numerous symposiums and conventions on his expertise in cardiology.
Dr. Forte completed his residency and fellowship in internal medicine and cardiology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Jesslyn Perry, MD
Dr. Jesslyn Perry has been a physician since 1995. After working at Sheehan Hospital as an internist from 1999 -2001, she opened Ella Perry, M.D., located at 191 North Street in Buffalo, N.Y. She named her practice after her mother.
Dr. Perry specializes in family and internal medicine. She is affiliated with Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Buffalo General Hospital. She is board certified in Internal medicine. Dr. Perry is a member of the National Medical Association (NMA).
Dr. Perry is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. George Haddad, MD
Dr. George Haddad is N.Y. State licensed and board certified in internal medicine. He has been in private practice since 1994. He is affiliated with Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Catholic Medical Partners.
Dr. Haddad previously had affiliations with Sheehan Hospital and Coastal Emergency Room Services.
Dr. Haddad attended the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, where he graduated with honorable distinction.
Dr. Frances Ilozue, MD
Rapha Family Medicine
Dr. Frances Ilozue received her board certification in 2007. That same year she opened a private practice - Rapha Family Medicine, PC - located at 2200 Main St. in Buffalo, N.Y. The practice provides comprehensive primary care services with emphasis on disease prevention and optimal chronic diseases management through patient-doctor partnership.
Dr. Ilozue is an active member at Bethesda World Harvest International Church. She also works with the International Mission of the Rapha Health and Wellness Foundation, focusing on disease prevention and chronic disease management in medically underserved regions. Dr. Ilozue is active in other faith-based and health-related community outreach programs including Career Mentorship for Adolescents and Young Adults Interested in Health Care.
Dr. Ilozue completed her medical education at the State Medical Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia. Prior to settling in Buffalo, N.Y., Dr. Ilozue held positions in Enugu and Lagos in Nigeria. She completed her residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo Internal Medicine/Pediatric Residency Program and at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
As chief operating officer, Agosto is responsible for designing and implementing GBUAHN’s business strategies, plans and procedures. He oversees operations and facilitates the establishment of policies that promote the company’s culture and vision. He and his team are responsible for the care coordination and management of our Erie County Medicaid population.
Agosto has an extensive background in service. His bi-lingual and bi-cultural background, and focus on community collaboration, have led him to leadership responsibilities within GBUAHN.
He earned a BA in accounting from the University of Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico (class of 2014, cum laude).
Luis A. Santiago
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Luis “Lou” Santiago has been involved with GBUAHN since its inception in 2012. He currently serves as chief financial officer. Santiago has been charged overall with a multi-faceted involvement in the start-up and maintenance of GBUAHN, including: substantial workforce expansion, and payroll and benefit management. He reviews contracts for every aspect of the corporation, including memorandums of understanding with downstream providers.
Santiago came to GBUAHN with diverse experience in the insurance, health care and not-for-profit sectors. He is a prudent manager, working toward creating efficient operational processes since GBUAHN’S inception. He has led interactive team dialogues on workforce engagement and ethical practices and prepared initial on-boarding and training for new hires in advance of a dedicated training team.
Santiago has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Daemen College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has achieved Green Belt Six Sigma, and continues his work toward a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Designation with vertical in health care.
Chief Systems Officer (CSO)
Toni Vazquez is the chief systems officer (CSO) of GBUAHN. She is also the co-owner and practice administrator of Urban Family Practice (UFP). UFP is a state-of-the art’ medical facility located on the West Side of Buffalo that serves over 14,000 patients annually.
Vazquez is a philanthropist, and has served on various committees and boards. She co-founded The Raul and Toni Vazquez Foundation. She is an elected member, and current president, of the Williamsville Central School District Board of Education. She is a lifetime member of The National Black MBA Association. Vazquez is a member of the Higher Heights’ Founders’ Circle. The Higher Heights Organization works to build, expand and sustain a national political infrastructure to strengthen black women’s political power and leadership capacity. She also serves on the Buffalo Zoo Board of Directors, Amherst Diversity Commission, Visit Buffalo Niagara Board of Directors, and the Buffalo/Niagara Convention Center Board of Directors.
Vazquez earned her Six Sigma certification from Villanova University. She is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. She earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Medaille College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Chet Fox, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
Dr. Fox is chief medical officer (CMO) for the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Health Network (GBUAHN). Dr. Fox started as a solo rural family physician in a small village near Canandaigua, New York. After practicing there for 12 years, he went into academic medicine in 1993 as associate program director for the Deaconess Family Medicine program, run in conjunction with Buffalo General Hospital.
After successfully rebuilding the program from eight to 20 residents, and increasing the faculty complement from two full-time faculty to six full-time faculty, he began a career in primary care research. His area of interest is improving care at the doctor’s office level and translating evidence-based medicine into practice utilizing practice-based research networks. He is considered an expert in the field of practice-based research.
Dr. Fox is recognized in both the United States and Canada for his expertise in chronic kidney disease. He is a Fellow of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and became the first primary care physician ever to serve on the national board of the NKF.
Dr. Fox was a principal investigator of a $3.7 million National Institute of Health study using computer decision support to improve the early recognition and treatment of chronic kidney disease. In 2015, his research work earned him a university award in recognition of outstanding achievement in scholarly activity.
In 2001, Dr. Fox founded the Lighthouse, a free clinic run by medical students. He also founded the Forensic Medical Unit for the Family Justice Center, a one-stop shop for domestic violence victims. In 2003, Dr. Fox became a charter member of the Richard Sarkin Chapter of the Gold Humanism Society.
Senior Vice President of Outreach
White began her journey at GBUAHN in October 2013. Her previous experience as a life skills coach equipped her with the skillset necessary to grasp the needs of GBUAHN’s member population.
White previously worked as an administrative assistant in a faith-based organization. This experience gave her valuable insight into the availability of resources for GBUAHN’s most needy population. She also worked with the Women for Human Rights and Dignity organization, which was designed to assist victims of domestic violence, post-incarcerated women, and their children. At GROUP Ministries, White continued her advocacy work with HIV/AIDS patients, child bearing women, and the mental health community.
White received a Bachelor of Arts from Daemen College.
Director of Provider Relations
As the account executive/provider relations director for GBUAHN, Isbrandt serves as the liaison between GBUAHN and our partnering affiliates. He contributes to the continued growth of our provider base. Isbrandt fosters current provider relationships and is responsible for expanding and improving GBUAHN as a recognizable brand.
Isbrandt has 18 years of outside sales experience in sports team sales, advertising and pharmaceuticals.
Isbrandt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in sports management from Medaille College.
Sanchez began her career at GBUAHN as a member services representative. In that role, she recognized the great potential, and the greater need, for marketing and media outreach. In a few months, she doubled followers on all GBUAHN social media websites and actively advocated for more organized marketing for GBUAHN. She established a distinct marketing department and team and is working diligently to make GBUAHN a house-hold name in Erie County.
As director of marketing, Sanchez facilitates and incorporates different marketing strategies to ensure that GBUAHN continues to expand its reach and success.