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. Currently, I see patients at Jericho Road Community Health Center, and the ECMC Orthopaedic Clinic. 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)
Delay BS, Smolinski RJ, Wind WM, Bowman DS. (2001) 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 (Jan), 14(2): 85-91.
Brahmabhatt V, Robert Smolinski, McGlowan J, Jacek Dmochowski, Israel Ziv. (1999) Double-stranded hamstring tendons for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Am J Knee Surg (Jan), 12(3): 141-145.
Fisher NM, White SC, Yack HJ, Smolinski RJ, Pendergast DR. (1997) Muscle function and gait in patients with knee osteoarthritis before and after muscle rehabilitation. Disabil Rehabil (Feb), 19(2): 47-55.
John Leddy, Fisher, NM, Robert Smolinski, Barodawala, YK, Pandya, P., David Pendergast. (1996) Effects of exercise rehabilitation on muscle function, activity and joint spaces in patients with osteoarthritis. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc (Jan), S26(5): S142.
UB Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group; Guest Lecturer (2016)
Unqualified Promotions; Member (2016–present)
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 Appeals Committee; Member (2014–2016)
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)
UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Finance Committee; Member (2014–present)
Hope for Tomorrow Foundation Surgical Mission to Ghana; Volunteer (2014)
Physician and Sportsmedicine; Reviewer (2014–2016)
FPMP Governing Board; Vice Chair (2014–present)
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)
UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Community Relations Committee; Member (2013–present)
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)
UBA Board of Directors; Member (2011–2013)
FPNP Policy Committee; Member (2011–2012)
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)
Admissions Committee; Member (2010–present)
FPMP Compliance; Member (2009–2011)
Rielly Athletic Training Room Committee Spearheaded committee raising money for Alumni Arena Training Room renovation; Chair (2009–2010)
Faculty Senate; Member (2008–2012)
Physician, Empire State Games, Binghamton, NY; Volunteer (2008)
June and Jean Mindell Chair of Orthopedic Surgery Committee; Member (2008–2010)
Continuing Medical Education Coordinator, University at Buffalo Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Coordinator (2007–present)
Executive Board; Secretary (2007–present)
FPMP Audit; Member (2006–2009)
Empire State Games Medical Committee; Advisory Committee (2006–2010)
Physician, Empire State Games, Rochester, NY; Volunteer (2006)
Compliance Officer, University at Buffalo Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Coordinator (2005–present)
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)
Executive Committee James Platt White Society; Chair (1999–2000)