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University Health Service (UHS)

UHS Primary Care Physicians

The University Health Service (UHS) has physicians and nurse practitioners on its primary care staff. UHS Primary Care Physicians are board-certified in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics.

If you do not know the name of your primary care provider (PCP), the receptionist will tell you the name when you call to schedule an appointment. Call 585-275-2662 to schedule an appointment at the University Health Service.

Ralph A. Manchester

Ralph A. Manchester, MD Vice Provost and Director, University Health Service, joined UHS as a staff physician in July, 1983. Dr. Manchester served as chief of the UHS Medical Care Section until July 1994, when he was appointed Director of the University Health Service. Dr. Manchester is a Professor of Medicine in the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College Health Association (ACHA). He received his medical degree from the University of Vermont in 1979, completed his residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in 1983 and is board-certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Manchester is a past president of ACHA and the Performing Arts Medicine Association. Dr. Manchester has a special interest in the evaluation and treatment of medical problems of musicians, and serves as Editor of the Journal, Medical Problems of Performing Artists.


Elizabeth Cox

Elizabeth Cox, MD joined UHS in August 1997. Dr. Cox also holds the position of Senior Instructor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics in the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Cox earned her medical degree at the University of Rochester in 1991 and completed her residency training in the UR Primary Care Program in Internal Medicine in 1994. Since completing her residency training, Dr. Cox completed fellowships in Advanced Biopsychosocial Studies and Adolescent Medicine.


Mariesa Howe

Mariesa Howe, MD is joining the University Health Service on April 10, 2017. Dr. Howe is a graduate of the University of Maryland Medical School, completing her Family Medicine residency at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, in 2003. Dr. Howe is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is Senior Instructor in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She served as Staff Physician at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Keene/Cheshire Medical Center from 2003-2005, and in a private Family Medicine practice in Honeoye Falls for the last 10 years.


Cheryl Kodjo

Cheryl Kodjo, MD, MPH MPH joined the University Health Service on July 5, 2017. Dr. Kodjo received her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City in 1995 and completed her residency in Pediatrics with a concentration in community pediatrics from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY in 1998. Following completing her residency, she completed an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship and the Masters of Public Health with a concentration in clinical investigations from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2001. Dr. Kodjo is Board Certified in Adolescent Medicine and in Pediatrics. She is the Associate Dean of Student Advising in the Office of Medical Education and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.


Laura Obijuru

Laura Obijuru, MD joined the University Health Service on August 31, 2015. Dr. Obijuru graduated from Cornell University in 2004 and received her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine in 2008. She completed her Pediatric Residency at Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx in 2011 and an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at the Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochester in 2015.She is board certified in Pediatrics.


Scott Tripler

Scott Tripler, MD joined the University Health Service in September 2011 as a Staff Physician. Dr. Tripler received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1985. He completed his residency in the Family Medicine Residency Program, Highland Hospital/University of Rochester School of Medicine and is board certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Tripler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.


Sarah Vengal

Sarah Vengal, MD is joining the University Health Service as a Staff Physician on August 1, 2017. Dr. Vengal received her medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University (formerly Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine) in Rootstown, Ohio. She completed her residency in the University of Rochester Family Medicine Program in 2016 and the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital Sports Medicine Fellowship in 2017. Dr. Vengal is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has a Sports Medicine Certificate of Added Qualification. She has served as the team physician for sports teams at area colleges and high schools.