Joseph Kowalski

Joseph M. Kowalski

Joseph M. Kowalski MD

UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine


Spine Surgery

Accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

As director of the spine center at Erie County Medical Center, the areas of my clinical practice focus on spinal conditions from the upper cervical spine to the sacrum. I treat patients of all ages, shapes and sizes. I have special interests in cervical, thoracic and lumbar disc herniation, stenosis, radiculopathy, myelopathy, and deformity. My areas of interest and expertise include trauma, spinal cord injury, post-traumatic conditions, arthritic and degenerative conditions, as well as tumors, infections and revision neck and back surgery. I also maintain a busy elective clinical practice and also coordinate and participate the Spine and Orthopaedic Trauma services at ECMC.

My experience includes traditional procedures including micro discectomy, laminectomy, anterior and posterior spinal fusions, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. I also perform other minimally invasive procedures including percutaneous instrumentation and kyphoplasty/vetebroplasty augmentation. I have extensive experience in complex spinal reconstruction and instrumentation for deformities such as scoliosis, kyphosis, flat-back deformity and failed-back syndromes.

As a resident, fellow and attending physician I have presented at local, regional and national peer attended meetings. These include- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society, and WNY Orthopaedic Trauma Society. I have performed research and published these findings in the area of Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine surgery.

I am involved with daily teaching rounds at ECMC, with resident physicians, interns, and medical students. I have not only allowed high school and undergraduate students to shadow my practice, but I mentor and instruct Physician Assistant students and Doctors of Chiropractic as well.

In 1999 I joined UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, and became a full time faculty member at the University of Buffalo. I am fortunate to practice my skills in the town where I grew up, in the presence of my family, friends, and colleagues.


Spine Surgery

Patients Treated:

Adolescents, Adults, Seniors/Elderly

Physician Gender:



UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Amherst Health Center
4949 Harlem Road
Amherst, NY 14226
Phone: (716) 810-7999
Contact: Sandy Rose
Accepting new patients

UBMD at Erie County Medical Center
Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 810-7999
Contact: Sandy Rose
Accepting new patients

Insurance Accepted:

  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • GHI
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Nofault
  • North American Administrators
  • Nova
  • NYS Medicaid
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Tricare
  • TriCare/Champus
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)
  • Veterans Administration
  • Workers Comp

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Emory University Spine Fellowship (1999)
  • Residency, University at Buffalo (1998)
  • Internship, University at Buffalo (1994)
  • MD, University at Buffalo, Summa Cum Laude (1993)
  • D.C., National College of Chiropractic, Cum Laude (1989)
  • BS, Human Biology, National College of Chiropractic (1987)

Awards and Honors:

  • Peter Casagrande, MD Award (1998)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Benjamin E. Obletz Award
  • John R. Paine Award
  • James a. Gibson Anatomical Society

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician’s research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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