Our Pediatricians will collaborate with a Specialty Provider and make an appropriate referral if your child needs care beyond the Pediatrician’s expertise.  Please contact us prior to seeing a Specialty Provider. Always call us first before going to urgent care or ER unless the situation is life threatening.

Our Providers


Robert E. Kaplan, MD, FAAP

Robert E. Kaplan, MD, FAAP

Dr. Kaplan grew up on Long Island and received his undergraduate degree from Brown University.

He received his medical training at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine where he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Kaplan is a Board Certified Pediatrician. His professional interests include determining optimal pediatric care, teaching and child neurology. Dr. Kaplan and his wife, Jean, live in the City of Buffalo. They have two adult daughters: Anna and Leah. They have over 20 nieces and nephews and half a dozen great nieces and nephews. They greatly enjoy their wonderfully large extended family. Dr. Kaplan enjoys jazz, politics, and reading.

Dr. Kaplan is a recipient of the Robert S. Berkson, M.D. Memorial Award. “This annual award recognizes outstanding performance in the art of medicine, as a volunteer member of the UB faculty, for excellence in patient care and teaching.”

Dr Kaplan states, “One is very fortunate to have a meaningful passion in life. For me it is my family and pediatrics.”


Pamela V. London, MD, FAAP

 

Dr. London is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and The Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of The American Academy of Pediatrics. Her professional interests include Sports Medicine, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Epidemiology. Her hobbies include Ironman Triathlons, running marathons, photography, reading, playing with her dog, and spending time with family and friends.


Rachel B. Kaufman, MD, FAAP

Rachel B. Kaufman, MD, FAAP

Dr. Kaufman is a native of Buffalo who received her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College and her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. After postgraduate training at the University of Rochester Golisano Children’s Hospital, she returned to her home town to practice pediatrics.  Dr. Kaufman has a particular interest in pediatric psychiatry and adolescent medicine. 

Dr. Kaufman lives in Snyder with her adorable rescue dog. Her interests include knitting, hiking, reading, and home canning.


Susan M. Trzaska, CPNP

Susan M. Trzaska, CPNP

Susan Trzaska joined Buffalo Pediatric Associates in 1995. She received her undergraduate degrees from Trocaire College and SUNY at Buffalo, and her Masters Degree of Science from SUNY at Buffalo. Susan is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner through the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She is also a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, as well as the WNY Chapter. Susan is married and has a son. Her personal interests include spending time with family, enjoying the great outdoors such as hiking, swimming, snow shoeing, walks with the family dog and reading.


James H. Raber, MSN, FNP-BC

James H. Raber, MSRN, FNP-BC

After serving 4 years in the United State Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and a Pilot Rescue Swimmer, Jim moved from San Jose California in 1996 to attend Niagara University where he obtained his Masters in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Degree.

Jim has 13 years of experience in Pediatrics and specializes in General Pediatrics and the management of ADHD.

On his time off he enjoys motorcycle riding and spending time with his two kids. He also has become a big Buffalo sports fan. He enjoys skiing, camping, kayaking, hiking. During football season you will find him at all the Buffalo Bills’ home games.


Courtney Mercer, MSN, FNP-BC

Courtney Raber, MSN, FNP-BC

Courtney is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who joined the Buffalo Pediatric team in 2017 after graduating with Honors from the D’Youville College Master of Science in Nursing program.  She began her nursing career in 2004 at Drexel University in Philadelphia and spent the majority of her RN years in Cardiology and Gastroenterology. She is excited for her NP career in Pediatrics and is passionate about breastfeeding support, childhood wellness/nutrition and adolescent medicine.  

In her free time, you will find her cooking and baking healthfully, adventuring around the city with her husband and two children, working on their old house, practicing yoga and doing Crossfit.

Courtney is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).  She also holds a Baccalaureate degree in Health Administration from SUNY Fredonia.


Candace K. Hines, CPNP

Candace K. Hines, CPNP

Candace Hines graduated from Niagara University and SUNY at Buffalo with a degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and became nationally certified soon after.  She is also a Certified Asthma Educator as well as long-time Lactation Consultant.

Most days will find her in the garden, weather permitting.  She also enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and kayaking in the little state of Vermont.  But best of all, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, Owen and Asher.