Since joining UB’s Department of Orthopaedics in 1991, my passion has been caring for athletes. This passion continues today providing medical and orthopeadic care to the UB Bulls as their head team physician. Though I am now focused on the nonoperative care of competitive and recreational athletes, I also care for the orthopaedic injuries of adolescent, adult and elderly patients. My specific expertise is in shoulder and knee injuries. I see patients at UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine at BrookBridge in Orchard Park. I also see patients and perform surgery at the Buffalo VA Medical Center (Buffalo VAMC). Here, I typically care for our injured veterans who selflessly served our country.
My philosophy in caring for patients is this: whether on the athletic field or battlefield, or in the arena of daily life, patients of every age should feel that they are being cared for by a physician that wants to get them back in the game of life, fully functional, as quickly as possible. I strive to deliver this kind of high quality, patient-focused medical care to every patient I see.
Teaching, mentoring and volunteering are also passions of mine. I continue to volunteer with The Hope For Tommorrow Foundation traveling yearly to impoverished countries on surgical missions. At UB, I lecture on the musculoskeletal system, and I work with orthopaedic residents and fellows, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students during their clinical rotations. I believe that training the doctors of tomorrow is a significant way I can give back to the community I was raised in.
Education and Training:
Fellowship, Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center (1991)
Residency, University at Buffalo (1988)
Internship, General Surgery, Millard Fillmore Hospitals (1984)
MD, Medicne, University at Buffalo School of Medicine (1983)
BS, University of Notre Dame, Graduated with Honors (1979)
Delay BS, Smolinski RJ, Wind WM, Bowman DS. Current practices and opinions in ACL reconstruction and rehabilitation: results of a survey of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.. Am J Knee Surg. 2001; 14(2).
Brahmabhatt V, Robert Smolinski, McGlowan J, Jacek Dmochowski, Israel Ziv. Double-stranded hamstring tendons for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.. Am J Knee Surg. 1999; 12(3).
Fisher NM, White SC, Yack HJ, Smolinski RJ, Pendergast DR. Muscle function and gait in patients with knee osteoarthritis before and after muscle rehabilitation.. Disabil Rehabil. 1997; 19(2).
John Leddy, Fisher, NM, Robert Smolinski, Barodawala, YK, Pandya, P., David Pendergast. Effects of exercise rehabilitation on muscle function, activity and joint spaces in patients with osteoarthritis. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 1996; S26(5).
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Faculty Council; Member (2111)
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Unqualified Promotions; Member (2016)
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences FPMP Governing Board; Vice Chair (2014)
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Admissions Committee; Member (2010)
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences FPMP Compliance; Member (2009–2011)
Faculty Senate; Member (2008–2012)
Orthopaedics, Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Executive Board; Secretary (2007)
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences FPMP Audit; Member (2006–2009)
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences FPMP Governing Board; Member (1999)
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences FPMP Governing Board; Alternate Member (1997–1998)
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Faculty Council; Member (1996–1998)
UB Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group; Guest Lecturer (2016)
Volunteer Physician Jericho Road Community Health Center; Treating orthopaedic problems in immigrants and refugees; Volunteer (2016–present)
Hope for Tomorrow Foundation Surgical Mission to Viet Nam; Volunteer medical mission to Viet Nam to perform surgery on needy orthopaedic patients; Volunteer (2016)
UBMD Orthopaedics Community Charity; Charitable organization that donates $10,000 annually to local charitable organizations involved in health and wellness.; Co-Founder (2015–present)
International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships; Volunteer physician coverage; Volunteer (2015)
Medical School Student Appeals Committee; Committee to meet and evaluate medical students who have appealed dismissal from medical school and render opinion to Dean regarding reinstatement; Member (2014–2016)
Hope for Tomorrow Foundation Surgical Mission to Ghana; Volunteer (2014)
Physician and Sportsmedicine; Reviewer (2014–2016)
Safe DRivers; This is a program to educate medical students to drive safe and refrain from impaired driving and distracted driving. The organization provides free transportation to medical students who find themselves in a situation where it is unsafe for them to drive.; Co-Founder (2013–present)
Hope for Tomorrow Foundation Surgical Mission to Haiti; Volunteer (2013–2014)
UB Stadium Athletic Training Center Committee; Chaired committee to raise funds for new training room at UB Stadium; Chairman (2013–2014)
Hope for Tomorrow Foundation Surgical Mission to Nagorno-Karabakh Republic; Volunteer (2012)
Hope For Tommorow Foundation; Board of Directors (2012–present)
Hope for Tomorrow Foundation Surgical Mission to Haiti; Volunteer (2011)
Physician, Empire State Games, Buffalo, NY; Volunteer (2010)
Hope for Tomorrow Foundation Surgical Mission to Vietnam; Volunteer (2010)
Local Organizing Committee, Empire State Games, Buffalo, NY 2010; Committee Member (2010)
Rielly Athletic Training Room Committee; Spearheaded committee raising money for Alumni Arena Training Room renovation; Chair (2009–2010)
Physician, Empire State Games, Binghamton, NY; Volunteer (2008)
June and Jean Mindell Chair of Orthopedic Surgery Committee; Member (2008–2010)
Empire State Games Medical Committee; Advisory Committee (2006–2010)
Physician, Empire State Games, Rochester, NY; Volunteer (2006)
Physician, Empire State Games, Binghamton, NY; Volunteer (2004)
Physician, Empire State Games, Buffalo, NY; Volunteer (2003)
Physician, Empire State Games, Syracuse, NY; Volunteer (2002)
Physician, Empire State Games, Mohawk Valley; Volunteer (2001)
Journal of Arthroscopy; Reviewer (2001–present)
Physician, Empire State Games, Binghamton, NY; Volunteer (2000)