Robert Galpin

Robert D. Galpin

Robert D. Galpin MD, FRCSC

UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine


Adolescent Sports Medicine; General Pediatric Orthopaedics & Spinal Deformities; Orthopaedic Surgery; Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery; Spine Deformities; Sports Medicine - Pediatrics

Accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

I chose the field of children‘s orthopaedics as my specialty because of my strong interest in helping children, the most vulnerable members of our society. I completed a fellowship in children‘s orthopaedics and scoliosis surgery; my expertise includes scoliosis surgery, hip and lower extremity reconstructive surgery, foot surgery and all aspects of pediatric trauma. I care for children and adolescents at the Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB) and at the UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine clinic on Harlem Road in Amherst. My approach is to involve parents in the decision-making for their child’s medical care and, whenever appropriate, I involve the child as well. Doing so helps teach children responsibility for their own health. It may also improve their treatment outcomes and enhance their sense of control, particularly for children and adolescents with chronic health issues or those who have sustained traumatic injury. I care for my young patients in the same way I would treat my own child: with sensitivity and compassion.

My research interests include pediatric trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction. I’m currently working on research that addresses femoral fracture management in young children. My goal is to determine whether operative treatment is better than spica cast treatment. I welcome residents to collaborate with me on research projects.

I am keenly interested in resident education and take an active role in teaching, training and mentoring trainees. Residents have selected me as "Teacher of the Year" three times during the course of my career. I teach in small groups, at the bedside, in clinic and in the operating room. My goals are to promote independent thinking in my residents, guide them to assume greater independence as they progress through their residencies and, ultimately, take on the mantle of professional orthopaedic surgeons.


Adolescent Sports Medicine, General Pediatric Orthopaedics & Spinal Deformities, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Deformities, Sports Medicine - Pediatrics

Patients Treated:

Children, Adolescents

Physician Gender:



UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Amherst Health Center
4949 Harlem Road
Amherst, NY 14226
Phone: (716) 204-3251
Contact: Rosalie Fassl
Accepting new patients

UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
5959 Big Tree Road
Suite 108
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Hospital Locations (for inpatients only):

  • John R. Oishei Children's Hospital

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

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital (1987)
  • Fellowship, Harbor View Medical Center (1984)
  • MB, BCh, BAO, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, Fellow (1982)
  • Residency, University of Western Ontario (1982)
  • Internship, Toronto East General and Orthopaedic Hospital (1978)
  • MD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, Graduating Class President (1977)
  • BA, Faculty of Science, University of Western Ontario (1973)

Awards and Honors:

  • Castle Connolly's Top Doctor 2016 (2016)
  • Outstanding Orthopaedic Attending (2007)
  • Samson Award (2001)
  • HS Cameron Award for Teaching Excellence (2000)
  • Dr. George Pennel Award - 1st Prize (1982)
  • Honour Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honour Medical 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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