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Joseph                         Kowalski

Joseph M. Kowalski MD

Department of Orthopaedics

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Spine Surgery

 
Professional Summary:

As director of the spine center at Erie County Medical Center, the areas of my clinical practice focus on spinal conditions from the upper cervical spine to the sacrum. I treat patients of all ages, shapes and sizes. I have special interests in cervical, thoracic and lumbar disc herniation, stenosis, radiculopathy, myelopathy, and deformity. My areas of interest and expertise include trauma, spinal cord injury, post-traumatic conditions, arthritic and degenerative conditions, as well as tumors, infections and revision neck and back surgery. I also maintain a busy elective clinical practice and also coordinate and participate the Spine and Orthopaedic Trauma services at ECMC.

My experience includes traditional procedures including micro discectomy, laminectomy, anterior and posterior spinal fusions, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. I also perform other minimally invasive procedures including percutaneous instrumentation and kyphoplasty/vetebroplasty augmentation. I have extensive experience in complex spinal reconstruction and instrumentation for deformities such as scoliosis, kyphosis, flat-back deformity and failed-back syndromes.

As a resident, fellow and attending physician I have presented at local, regional and national peer attended meetings. These include- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society, and WNY Orthopaedic Trauma Society. I have performed research and published these findings in the area of Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine surgery.

I am involved with daily teaching rounds at ECMC, with resident physicians, interns, and medical students. I have not only allowed high school and undergraduate students to shadow my practice, but I mentor and instruct Physician Assistant students and Doctors of Chiropractic as well.

In 1999 I joined UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, and became a full time faculty member at the University of Buffalo. I am fortunate to practice my skills in the town where I grew up, in the presence of my family, friends, and colleagues.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Emory University Spine Fellowship (1999)
  • Residency, State University of New York at Buffalo (1998)
  • Internship, State University of New York at Buffalo (1994)
  • MD, State University of New York at Buffalo, Summa Cum Laude (1993)
  • D.C., National College of Chiropractic, Cum Laude (1989)
  • BS, Human Biology, National College of Chiropractic (1987)
Employment:
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics, State University of New York at Buffalo (1999-present)
Awards and Honors:
  • Peter Casagrande, MD Award (1998)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Benjamin E. Obletz Award
  • John R. Paine Award
  • James a. Gibson Anatomical Society


Journal Articles:
Abstracts:
  • Joseph Kowalski, Lawrence Bone. Prospective Randomized Study of Reamed and Unreamed Femoral Nails. AAOS, Orthopaedic Transactions..
Books and Book Chapters:
  • Kowalski JM, Ludwig SC, Boden SO. Cervical Spondylosis- Soft Disc Herniation: The Anterior Approach. 2001.
  • Ludwig SC, Kowalski JM, Boden SO. Cervical Spondylosis- Soft Disc Herniation: The Posterior Approach. 2001.
  • Kowalski JM, Ludwig SC, Heller JG. Metastatic Disease- Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine. 2001.
  • Ludwig SC, Kowalski JM, Heller JG. Postoperative Wound Infections. 2001.

Professional Memberships:
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • Western New York Orthopaedic Trauma Society
Presentations:
  • "Current Strategies in Spine Surgery" American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2001)
  • "Alternative Treatments for Low Back Pain" Successful Management of Back and Neck Problems: A Guide to the Basics for Primary Care Physicians, Emory University School of Medicine (2000)
  • "Cervical Pedicle Screws: Comparative Accuracy of the Abumi Method versus Stealth" Cervical Spine Research Society Annual Meeting (1999)
  • "Cervical Pedicle Screws: A Biomechanical Comparison of Two Insertion Techniques" Cervical Spine Research Society Annual Meeting (1999)
  • "Cervical Pedicle Screws: Comparative Accurac of the Abumi Method versus Stealth Station" North American Spine Society Annual Meeting (1999)
  • "Occupational Low Back Pain: Malingering versus True Pathology" Annual Physician Assistant Conference of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (1999)
  • "Cervical Spine Pedicle Screws: A Biomechanical Comparison of Two Insertion Techniques" Kelly Orthopaedic Research Forum, Emory University School of Medicine (1999)
  • "Alternative Treatments for Low Back Pain" Successful Management of Back and Neck Problems: A Guide to the Basics for Primary Care Physicians, Emory University School of Medicine (1999)
  • "Accuracy of Fluoroscopically-Assisted Laser Targeting of the Cadaveric Thoracic and Lumbar Spine to Place Transpedicular Screws" Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting (1998)
  • "Reamed versus Unreamed Femoral Nailing: A Prospective Randomized Study" American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting (1997)
  • "Reliability of Roetgenogram Evaluation of Pedicle Screw Position" North American Spine Society Annual Meeting (1996)
  • "Reamed versus Unreamed Femoral Nailing: A Prospective Randomized Study" Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting (1996)
  • "Familial Predisposition for Degenerative Disc Disease: A Case Control Study" International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Annual Meeting (1994)
  • "Familial Predisposition for Degenerative Disc Disease: A Case Control Study" International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Annual Meeting (1994)
  • "The Results of Intervertebral Disc Excision Without Fusion at L4-L5 versus LSĀ­ S1" North American Spine Society Annual Meeting (1992)
  • "The Results of Intervertebral Disc Excision Without Fusion at L4-L5 versus L5-S1" Combined Meetings of the Orthopaedic Associations of the English Speaking World (1992)
  • "The Results of Surgical Treatment for Adult Scoliosis" Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Associations of the English Speaking World (1992)
  • "The Results of Surgical Treatment for Adult Scoliosis" Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Associations of the English-Speaking World (1992)
  • "The Results of Surgical Treatment for Adult Scoliosis" European Spinal Deformities Society (1992)
  • "The Results of Intervertebral Disc Excision Without Fusion at L4-L5 versus L5-S1" International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (1992)
  • "The Results of Surgical Treatment for Adult Scoliosis" International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Annual Meeting (1992)
  • "The Results of Surgical Treatment for Adult Scoliosis" Federation of Spine Associations Annual Meeting (1992)
  • "The Results of Surgical Treatment for Adult Scoliosis" Scoliosis Research Society Anniversary Meeting (1991)
  • "Disasters in Medicine (2000-present)" Honors Symposium, State University of New York at Buffalo
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Contact Information

Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 810-7999
Email: kowalski@buffalo.edu

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