Family Medicine Faculty & Staff

The Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Program at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has a proud tradition of high-quality, post-graduate medical education that dates back to mid-1970s.

The founder of the original (allopathic) Family Practice Residency Program, Dr. Melvin B. Dyster, remains active as a faculty member and preceptor.

Our faculty includes:

Jeffrey O. Burnett, D.O.  

Program Director

  • Board certified primary care physician
  • Graduate of Canisius College and the University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Clinical assistant professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo
  • In private practice since 2003, on staff at Lifetime Urgent Care since 2004
  • 2011 University at Buffalo Family Medicine Preceptor of the Year

Melvin B. Dyster, M.D.

Director Emeritus
(716) 278-4618

  • Board certified in Family Practice
  • Graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine
  • Private Practice, 1954-present
  • Founder and Director of Memorial's Family Practice Residency Program, 1976-1994, 2003-2005
  • Director Emeritus, 1994-2003, 2005-present
  • Chief, Department of Family Practice, 1975-2000, 2005-present
  • Medical Director Mount St. Mary's Nursing Home, 1969-2003
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University at New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Don McLean, M.S., M.A.

Director of Behavioral Science
(716) 278-4039

Karen Walck, CST, BS

Program Coordinator
(716) 278-4618