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Robert                         Smolinski

Robert J. Smolinski MD

Department of Orthopaedics

Clinical Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

General Orthopaedics; Sports Medicine

 
Professional Summary:

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, University at Buffalo (1983)
  • BS, University of Notre Dame, Graduated with Honors (1979)
Employment:
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, SUNY at Buffalo (1999-present)
  • Head Team Physician and Orthopaedic Surgeon, University at Buffalo, University at Buffalo Division of Athletics (1991-present)
  • Director, University at Buffalo Sports Medicine Institute, SUNY Buffalo (1993–2013)
  • Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon, University at Buffalo Sports Medicine Institute, SUNY Buffalo (1991–2013)
  • Head Team Physician, City of Buffalo Schools Athletic Department (2009–2012)
  • Head Team Physician and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Erie Community College (2001–2010)
  • Head Team Physician, City of Buffalo Schools Athletic Department (1995–2006)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, SUNY at Buffalo (1991–1999)
  • Fellow in Sports Medicine, Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center (1990–1991)
  • Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery, SUNY at Buffalo (1988–1991)
  • Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, SUNY at Buffalo (1984–1988)
  • Resident in General Surgery, Millard Filmore Hospital (1983–1984)
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Awards and Honors:
  • Castle Connolly‘s Top Doctor (2017)
  • Pulaski Society Medical Award (2016)
  • Castle Connolly's Top Doctor (2016)
  • Castle Connolly's Top Doctor (2015)
  • Castle Connolly's Top Doctor (2014)
  • Castle Connolly's Top Doctor (2013)
  • Castle Connolly's Top Doctor (2012)
  • UB Athletics Hall Of Fame Russel J. Gugino Award (2012)
  • U.S. News & World Report's Top Doctors (2011)
  • Castle Connolly's Top Doctor (2011)
  • Hope for Tomorrow Foundation Award (2010)
  • Amherst Chamber of Commerce Alpha Awards: UB Believers Award (2009)
  • Castle Connolly's Top Doctor (2009)
  • Boston Lions Club Community Service Award (2007)
  • Castle Connolly's Top Doctor (2007)
  • UB Service Excellence Award (2005)

Research Expertise:
  • Orthopaedics andSportsmedicine
Research Centers:
  • Cartilage Restoration Center

Journal Articles:
Books and Book Chapters:
  • Robert Smolinski, John Leddy, Philip Stegemann. Rotator Cuff Disease. Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity. 1996.

Professional Memberships:
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Member
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA); Member
  • Erie County Medical Center Medical Staff
  • Kaleida Health Medical Staff
  • Erie County Medical Society
  • Center For Ambulatory Surgery Medical Staff
  • American Orthopaedic Society For Sports Medicine
Presentations:
  • "Articular Cartilage Including Structure Function and Meniscus" Sports Medicine Conference (2015)
  • "Sports Medicine Billing & Coding" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds (2014)
  • "Knee: Articular cartilage including structure, function & meniscus" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds (2014)
  • "Sports Medicine Billing & Coding" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds (2013)
  • "Acute Knee Injuries-Diagnosis and Treatment" UB Department of Family Medicine Quartly Grand Rounds, University at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine (2011)
  • "Medical Offerings in WNY" Niagara Frontier Industry Council, Niagara Frontier Industry Council (2011)
  • "Basics of Arthroscopy, Meniscal Tears and ACL Injuries" Empire State Games Sports Medicine Symposium, Empire State Games Program Committee (2010)
  • "Knee Anatomy" Shoulder and Knee Injuries For The Primary Care Provider, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, University at Buffalo Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (2008)
  • "Current Trends in ACL Surgery" Lamplighters Orthopaedic Association 52nd Annual Meeting, Lamplighter Orthopaedic Association (2008)
  • "Knee Ligament Injuries" Sports Medicine and WNY Hockey Conference, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, University at Buffalo Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (2005)
  • "Acute Knee Injuries-Diagnosis and Treatment" University at Buffalo Department of Medicine City Wide Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, Department of Medicine (2005)
  • "Common Musculo-Skeletal Ailments" University at Buffalo Mini-Medical School (2004)
  • "Update in Sports Medicine" UB Department of Family Medicine Quartly Grand Rounds (2000)
  • "History and Physical Examination of ACL Injuries" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1999)
  • "Sports Injuries of the Lower Extemity" Mini Medical School, SUNY at Buffalo, School of Medicine (1999)
  • "Anti-Inflammatory Drugs" Orthopaedics Grand Rounds, Buffalo General Hospital (1999)
  • "Elbow Injuries" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1999)
  • "Rotator Cuff Disease" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1999)
  • "Shoulder and Elbow Injuries" Medical Grand Rounds, Sisters Hospital (1999)
  • "Medical Management of Chondral Disease" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1998)
  • "4th Annual Runner‘s Forum" WNY Runners Forum (1998)
  • "ACL Injuries" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1998)
  • "Sideline Sports Medicine" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1997)
  • "3rd Annual Runner‘s Forum" WNY Runners Forum, WNY Runners Forum (1997)
  • "Sports Injuries in Adolescents" Noon Rounds, Children's Hospital of Buffalo (1996)
  • "The Throwing Athlete" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1996)
  • "Articular Cartilage Transplantations" Empire State Games Sports Medicine Symposium (1996)
  • "Ligamentous Injuries about the Knee" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1996)
  • "Role of Radiographs in Acute Ankle Injuries" WNY Orthopaedic Society, WNY Orthopaedic Society (1995)
  • "Lower Extremity Clinical Correlation Conference" Second Year Medical Students, SUNY at Buffalo (1995)
  • "School Age Sports Injuries" Grand Rounds, Sisters Hospital (1995)
  • "Arthroscopy" Rehabiliatation Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo (1995)
  • "Spinal Injuries in Athletes" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1995)
  • "Office Orthopaedics and Sports Problems in Primary Care" University at Buffalo Department of Family Practice Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1994)
  • "Arthroscopy" Third Year Medical Students Selective, SUNY at Buffalo (1994)
  • "Meniscal Leisions / Arthroscopy" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1993)
  • "Office Management of Sports Medicine" Nurse Practioner Program, SUNY at Buffalo (1993)
  • "Lower Extremity" Clinical Correlation Conference, SUNY at Buffalo, Second Year Medical Students (1993)
  • "Nuclear Medicine Imaging in Sports Medicine" Department Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo, Nuclear Medicine (1993)
  • "Swimmer's Shoulders" World University Games Coach's Clinic (1993)
  • "Arthroscopy" Third Year Medical Students Selective, SUNY at Buffalo (1993)
  • "Knee Injuries in Athletes" Rehabiliatation Medicine Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1993)
  • "Bracing in Sports Medicine" Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1992)
  • "Upper Extremity" Clinical Correlation Conference, SUNY at Bufffalo, Second Year Medical Students (1992)
  • "Arthroscopy" Third Year Medical Students Selective, SUNY at Buffalo (1992)
  • "Athletics Injuries and the Physician" Third Year Medical Students Selective, SUNY @ Buffalo, Musculoskeletal Medicine (1992)
  • "Sports Orthodics" Lower Extremity Orthotics Course, Erie County Medical Center, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (1992)
  • "Shoulder Arthrscopy / Subacromial Decompresion" SUNY at Buffalo Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, SUNY at Buffalo (1992)
  • "Meniscal Allografts" WNY Orthopaedic Society Potts Day, WNY Orthopaedic Society (1991)
  • "Healing of Meniscal Allograft" Advances of the Knee and Shoulder, Cincinnati Sportsmedicine (1991)
  • "Motorcycle Trauma in Western New York" Orthopaedic Resident Day, university at Buffalo Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (1987)
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Service Activities:
  • School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Faculty Council; Member (2111)
  • School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences FPMP Governing Board; Vice Chair (2014)
  • School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Admissions Committee; Member (2010)
  • School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences FPMP Compliance; Member (2009–2011)
  • Faculty Senate; Member (2008–2012)
  • Orthopaedics, School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Executive Board; Secretary (2007)
  • School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences FPMP Audit; Member (2006–2009)
  • School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences FPMP Governing Board; Member (1999)
  • School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences FPMP Governing Board; Alternate Member (1997–1998)
  • School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Faculty Council; Member (1996–1998)
  • Volunteer physician Jericho Road Refugee Clinic; 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)
  • 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–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)
  • Physicain, JP Morgan-Chase Corporate Challange; Volunteer (1999–2008)
  • Physician, Empire State Games, Rochester, NY; Volunteer (1998)
  • Poly Clinic Empire State Games Buffalo 1996; Poly Clinic Empire State Games Buffalo 1996; Director (1998)
  • NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships Medical Team 1998; NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships Medical Team 1998; Director (1998)
  • Village Medical Office World University Games Buffalo 1993; Director (1993)

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Contact Information

BrookBridge
5959 Big Tree Road
Suite 108
Buffalo, NY 14127
Phone: (716) 204-3200
Email: smolinsk@buffalo.edu

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