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July 7, 1952 – May 25, 2014

Dr. Claudia Frances Michalek, a longtime Buffalo psychiatrist, died Sunday in her Hamburg home after a long illness. She was 61.

Born in Lackawanna, she graduated from Mount Mercy Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from D’Youville College in 1974 and a master’s degree in nursing from the University at Buffalo in 1979. She received her doctorate in medicine from UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1993.

She was an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at UB. Her medical career started as a staff nurse at Millard Fillmore Hospital from 1974 to 1978. She was a nursing instructor at Buffalo General Hospital from 1978 to 1980 and a patient care coordinator at Millard Fillmore from 1980 to 1985. She then worked part time as a staff nurse at Children’s and Millard Fillmore hospitals from 1985 to 1989 while attending school.

After receiving her doctor of medicine degree, she worked as a psychiatrist at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester from January 1996 to June 2000. She then continued her psychiatry practice at Erie County Medical Center until retiring in May 2011.

Miss Michalek was a member of the department of psychiatry policy and procedure committee, and quality assurance committee at Millard Fillmore, a member of American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and affiliated with the District 1 New York State Nurses Association.

Active in many community affairs, she was a volunteer for Camp Good Days and Special Times.

She is survived by three brothers, Dr. Leo M., Paul M. and John A.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. June 7 in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Hamburg.