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Robert                         Smolinski

Robert J. Smolinski MD

UBMD Orthopaedics


General Orthopaedics; Orthopaedic Surgery; 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.


General Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Patients Treated:

Adolescents, Adults, Seniors/Elderly

Physician Gender:


Location and Insurance

UBMD at Erie County Medical Center
Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 204-3200
Accepting new patients


Board Certifications:
  • Board Certification, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Specialty Certification, American Orthopaedic Society For Sports Medicine
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)
Awards and Honors:
  • Castle Connolly‘s Top Doctor (2017)
  • The General Pulaski Association 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 Profile:

This UBMD clinician teaches at the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Learn more about this clinician’s research and teaching activities. View credentials, publications, professional involvement and more.