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Jennifer                       Gurske-dePerio

Jennifer Gurske-dePerio MD, MS, PT, CWS

Department of Orthopaedics

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Foot & Ankle Surgery; Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Summary:

I started my practice with UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine after completing my foot and ankle fellowship. My focus is on foot and ankle reconstruction, trauma surgery, wound care management, amputee care, diabetic care, women’s care/osteoporosis management and general orthopaedics. I integrate my six years of work experience in physical therapy into my daily medical practice, and I feel that this sets me apart from other physicians. I apply my physical therapist background in orthopedic care, wound care, pediatric neurologic rehabilitation and sports rehabilitation to help care for my patients, and I spend considerable time educating my patients to position them for successful recovery and self-care. My goals are to treat patients and families with compassion, educate patients and family, provide the best care available to my patients and participate in research.

While working toward my undergraduate degree in physical therapy, I was encouraged by a professor to think of medicine as a career. Spending time in the operating room at Women & Children’s Hospital and in pediatric offices opened my eyes to a career as a surgeon. I discovered a love of the operating room because of its complex and rewarding challenges. Each step resembles a puzzles that demands a solution to help restore function and get patients back on their feet.

I am currently doing research on the effects of ankle fracture pattern on peak contact pressure and contact area in the ankle. I am working with UB medical students and John Marzo, MD, an orthopaedics colleague. During my orthopaedic residency, research was an integral part of my practice. I performed studies involving joint replacement, sports medicine topics, arthroscopy, tendon and meniscus repair and dermatology journals regarding psoriatic arthritis.

As a daughter of a second-grade teacher, I have a passion for teaching. And as a faculty member at both UB and Daemen College, I enjoy teaching medical students and residents as well as physician assistant students and physical therapy students.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Florida Orthopaedic Institute (2011)
  • Residency, State University of New York at Buffalo (2010)
  • MD, State University of New York at Buffalo (2005)
  • MS, Physical Therapy, Daemen College (2002)
  • BS, Physical Therapy, Daemen College, Magna Cum Laude (1999)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics, State University of New York at Buffalo (2011-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Daemen College (2003-present)
  • Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo (2007)
  • Physical Therapist, McAuley Seton Home Care (2001–2005)
  • Physical Therapist, St. Joseph Hospital (1999–2005)
Awards and Honors:
  • Kenneth A. Krackow, MD Research Award (2010)
  • Robert Gillespie Annual Pediatric Orthopaedic Award (2010)
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award (2010)
  • Orthopaedic Research Foundation Resident Symposium, 3rd Place (2009)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Daemen College (2006)
  • Dr. Benjamin E, & Lila Obletz Award in Orthopaedic Surgery (2005)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2005)
  • UB Medical School Commendation for Academic Excellence (2003)
  • Business First Healthcare Heros Award (2003)
  • Catholic Health System Love Award (2003)
  • Daemen College Physical Therapy Faculty Recognition Award (1999)
  • Daemen College President's Leadership Award (1999)
  • National Dean's List 1996-1999
  • Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities 1998-1999

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Professional Memberships:
  • American Medical Association (2001–present)
  • American Student Medical Association (2001–present)
  • "The Effect of Patellar Balancing on Contact Area and Peak Contact Pressur eif the Patellofemoral Joint In Resufaced and Non-Resurfaced Patellae" AAOS Annual Meeting (2011)
  • "The Effects of Medial Meniscus Posterior Horn Avulsion and Meniscus Extrusion on Medial Compartment Tibiofemoral Contact Area And Peak Contact Pressure" AANA Annual Meeting (2009)
  • "Which Repair Methods for Distal Biceps Disruption Will Allow Early Active Flexion Following Surgery?" AANA Annual Meeting (2009)
  • "The Effects of Medial Meniscus Posterior Horn Avulsion and Meniscus Extrusion on Medial Compartment Tibiofemoral Contact Area And Peak Contact Pressure" AOSSM Annual Meeting (2008)
  • "Influence of Suture Material on Biomechanical Behavior of Suture-Tendon Specimens: A Controlled Study in Bovine Rotator Cuff" AANA Annual Meeting (2008)
  • "The Effects of Medial Meniscus Posterior Horn Avulsion and Meniscus Extrusion on Medial Compartment Tibiofemoral Contact Area And Peak Contact Pressure" Orthopaedic Residents' Graduation, State University of New York at Buffalo (2007)
  • "Female Orthopaedic Surgeon Attending Survey" University at Buffalo Residents' Graduation (2006)
  • "Female Orthopaedic Surgeon Attending Survey" Annual Resident Scholarly Exchange Day (2006)
  • "The Effects of Autotenodesis of Long Head of Biceps Brachii on PAssive Glenohumeral Range of Motion in Fresh Frozen Cadaveric Shoulders" American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting (2004)
Service Activities:
  • Orthopaedics, Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Curriculum; Member (2005)
  • Empire State Game Physician Coverage (2008)
  • Friends of the Night Soup Kitchen and Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic (2003)
  • Girl Scouts Go to Medical School (2002–2003)
  • McAuley Seton Wound Management Team (2001–2005)
  • Damen College Student Association President; President (1998–1999)
  • Daemen College Student Association Secretary; Secretary (1997–1998)

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Contact Information

5959 Big Tree Road
Suite 108
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Phone: (716) 204-3200

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