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Bernhard                       Rohrbacher

Bernhard J. Rohrbacher MD

Department of Orthopaedics

Clinical Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Foot & Ankle Surgery; Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Summary:

As an orthopaedic surgeon, my clinical expertise is in taking care of patients with orthopaedic foot and ankle problems. This includes both non-operative and operative care of patients with Achilles tendon disorders, posterior tibia tendon dysfunction, sports injuries, arthritis, forefoot reconstruction, bunions, toe deformities, neurologic disorders, and trauma. Presently I practice out of Erie County Medical Center, where I put forth nothing but tremendous effort into caring for my patients.

Currently I take part in research with our orthopaedic residents. One study involves radiographic stress testing and ankle fractures using cadaveric specimens, and the second study involves a retrospective clinical study of ankle blocks and hallux valgus surgery. Such research will allow us to improve our care of patients and help move the practice of orthopaedic surgery forward.

I have been a faculty member with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1990, upon completion of my medical training. I’ve enjoyed the sense of teamwork and professionalism working alongside my fellow faculty members. In particular I’ve enjoyed teaching our orthopaedic residents and medical students. All of the above have driven me to try to provide the best care I can give to my patients in an intellectually stimulating environment.

Education and Training:
  • Residency, State University of New York at Buffalo (1988)
  • Internship, General Surgery, Millard Fillmore Hospital (1984)
  • MD, State University of New York at Buffalo, Alpha Omega Alpha (1983)
  • BA, Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Magna Cum Laude (1979)
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Orthopaedics, State University of New York at Buffalo
Awards and Honors:
  • Castle Connolly's Top Doctor 2016 (2016)
  • Magna Cum Laude - University of Pennsylvania
  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Journal Articles:
  • Wind WM, Rohrbacher BJ. Peroneus longus and brevis rupture in a collegiate athlete.. Foot Ankle Int. 2001; 22(2).
  • Mihalko WM, Rohrbacher B, McGrath B. Transient peroneal nerve palsies from injuries placed in traction splints.. Am J Emerg Med. 1999; 17(2).
  • William Mihalko, Bernhard Rohrbacher, Brian McGrath. Transient Peroneal Nerve Palsies in Trauma Patients Placed in Traction Splints: A Report of Two Cases. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 1999; 17(2).
  • William Mihalko, Brian McGrath, Bernhard Rohrbacher. Peroneal Nerve Injury Following Fracture Splint Application. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 1998; 373.
  • Bone LB, Anders MJ, Rohrbacher BJ. Treatment of femoral fractures in the multiply injured patient with thoracic injury.. Clin Orthop. 1998; (347).
  • Bone LB, Sucato D, Stegemann PM, Rohrbacher BJ. Displaced isolated fractures of the tibial shaft treated with either a cast or intramedullary nailing. An outcome analysis of matched pairs of patients.. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1997; 79(9).
  • Chen F, Decristoforo C, Rohrbacher B, Riccabona G. A simple two-strip method to determine the radiochemical purity of technetium-99m mercaptoacetyltriglycine.. Eur J Nucl Med. 1993; 20(4).

Professional Memberships:
  • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society; Active Member -02/16/97 (1997–present)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Fellow - 02/24/94 (1994–present)
  • "Long-Term Follow-up of Knee Synovectomies in Rheumatoid Arthritis" Orthopaedic Residents Scientific Day (1987)
  • "Bone Response to Injury and Healing" City-Wide Orthopaedic Grand Rounds (1986)
  • "Orthodics and Prosthetics" City-Wide Orthapaedic Grand Rounds (1985)
  • "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis" City-Wide Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, V.A.M.C. (1984)
  • "Lytic Lesions of Bone and Round Cell Tumors" City -Wide Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, V.A.M.C. (1984)
Service Activities:
  • Quality Improvement Committee; ECMC, AAOS, AOFAS

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Contact Information

Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 898-4733

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