General Orthopaedics; General Pediatric Orthopaedics & Spinal Deformities; Orthopaedic Surgery; Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery; Pediatric Orthopaedics; Sports Medicine - Pediatrics
I have been in the practice of pediatric orthopedics since I finished my fellowship training at the DuPont Institute in 1981. I continue to find it extremely rewarding to work with children with musculoskeletal needs. The gamut of by practice is really quite broad from trauma to neuromuscular conditions to scoliosis and congenital anomalies, infections and sports medicine, etc. I continue to receive a great deal of satisfaction in helping the children with whom I am privileged to treat and find it especially rewarding to know that a potentially very serious and devastating injury or other condition can be treated and allow the patient to enjoy many decades of normal function after the intervention. As part of my practice I am involved with the medical school orthopedic residency program and have been an assistant clinical professor of orthopedics for going on 34 years now and I also tremendously enjoy tremendously watching the residents grow and in their development of their skills and of treating musculoskeletal conditions. I was trained in our local orthopedic department residency program and was one of the early residents who went on for fellowship training. and I have devoted my career here to treating the Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania pediatric population and I was for many years the only Pediatric Orthopedist in Western New York. We have an expanding program in pediatric orthopedics at Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and we are fortunate with this resource to be able to provide state of the art care for nearly or all pediatric orthopedic conditions.
Hip Arthroscopy; Pediatric Orthopaedics; Sports Medicine
As a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, my clinical expertise is the treatment of pediatric orthopaedic trauma and general pediatric orthopaedics. My aim is to ensure that all the children under my medical care are able to participate in a physically active lifestyle, because the benefits of a healthy musculoskeletal system translate into overall physical and emotional health. I am also clinically active in hip preservation through arthroscopy and reconstruction/osteotomy. I have a special interest in idiopathic and neuromuscular scoliosis as well. I perform surgery at the Women and Children’s Hospital, and I practice at the UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine clinics, on Harlem Rd. and in Orchard Park. I have active research in a number of areas. In conjunction with residents interested in pediatric orthopaedics, I am studying incidence of benign bone lesions, treatment of open fractures, tarsal coalition, treatment of pediatric femur fractures and rod bending in scoliosis surgery. I am also part of a team developing a pediatric fracture database at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. We are collecting fracture data that will allow physicians to critically evaluate treatment protocols and ultimately improve the delivery of fracture care for children. Additionally, I am developing a scoliosis surgery pathway as a quality improvement project. The goal of all my research is to examine the care of patients in order to improve outcomes. I train medical students and orthopaedics residents with an emphasis on collaborative thinking and discussion. I also welcome residents interested in pediatric orthopaedics to conduct research with me. Teaching, mentoring and conducting research with up-and-coming surgeons facilitates the development of new ideas and methods to improve medical care, not only to the children of Western New York, but to children throughout the world via our published research.
Adolescent Sports Medicine; General Pediatric Orthopaedics & Spinal Deformities; Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery; Pediatric Orthopaedics; Spine Deformities; Sports Medicine - Pediatrics
I have wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember; no other occupation was ever a consideration. I am privileged and thankful to be able to be a doctor and help people on a daily basis. Early in my education I wanted to be an eye doctor, but once I rotated through orthopaedic surgery during medical school, I knew I had found my place in medicine. Although in orthopaedic surgery we do not routinely save someone‘s life in the sense of preventing death, we do save people‘s lives on a regular daily basis. As orthopaedic surgeons, we are able to help people continue to live the life that they want to live- whether it is enjoying a sport, working, or just walking; our orthopaedic treatments frequently "save" or restore that life. I am very happy to be part of UBMD via the UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine group, a great group of doctors, physician extenders, and support staff. We work as a team to help each other provide excellent orthopaedic care for the people of WNY and beyond. We have the privilege and responsibility of teaching medical students and orthopaedic surgery residents, the next generation! One of the things I enjoy most about our profession/specialty is the constant innovation and improvement in the methods and techniques, both surgical and non-surgical, to help "save the lives" of our patients.