Message from the Program Director

Our program give you unfettered clinical access to Division I athletes playing at the top of their game,” says Michael Freitas. “From the moment you step in here, you’re busy.”

In UB’s primary care sports medicine fellowship, we believe competition should only take place on the field.

That’s why our fellows don’t have to compete with anyone — not orthopaedic residents, not team physicians and not each other — to care for UB’s Division I athletes.

Train at a university with a higher-profile athletics program, and you may score points for name recognition.

But if you have to wait in line behind attending physicians and other trainees just to evaluate a patient, is it worth the trade-off?

At UB, you enjoy all the benefits of training in a Division I school with none of the compromise.

Each year, we accept two fellows into our fully accredited, one-year program. We alternate your clinical schedules, giving each of you unopposed clinical access to athletes playing at the highest level in the NCAA.

You don't even have to share game coverage with an orthopaedic resident, a common practice in some fellowships.

On the playing field and in the training room, you respond to all cases.

What’s more, your patient base extends well beyond UB’s Division I athletes.

During your sports medicine clinic, you’ll help everyone from casual exercisers to elite competitors return to form.

In your orthopaedic clinic, you’ll gain expertise caring for a general patient population with a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

Throughout your year with us, you’ll conduct hundreds of preparticipation physicals on college and high school athletes alike.

Every step of the way, you can count on us to mentor you. We’ll guide your clinical progress, sharpen your primary care skills and ready you for the boards. We’ll help you complete and publish a research project, perhaps by participating in one of our innovative concussion studies.

Training in New York State’s largest flagship university center, you’ll gain invaluable experience from this region’s recognized sports medicine authorities.

Speaking of which, our faculty have a broad rage of interests and subspecialty expertise. We regularly collaborate with our UB colleagues in fields related to sports medicine – physiology, nutrition and exercise science, to name a few.

We staff nine orthopaedic/sports medicine practices throughout the area, serving thousands of Western New Yorkers each year.

In addition to caring for athletes at area high schools and colleges, we’re the team physicians for the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bills.

Of course, your probably already know that Buffalo is a great sports town.

Now, I invite you to learn more about UB’s first-rate sports medicine fellowship.

Spend time on our website. Explore our curriculum and our clinical sites in-depth.

And if you have any questions about how UB can help you reach your goals, don’t hesitate to contact me.


Mike Freitas, MD
Program Director
Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics