Dr. Christopher Drinkwater, MD

Dr. Christopher Drinkwater, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 56
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Christopher Drinkwater, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Rochester, NY. He is 56 years old and has been practicing for 31 years.

601 ELMWOOD AVE Box 665

Rochester, NY 14642

Contact Information

(585) 275-5321

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Fidelis Care
  • 8 More

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Top Care Areas


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Joint Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Knee Disorders
very high
more than 98% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hip
very high
more than 97% of peers

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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Dr. Drinkwater does not have any board certifications listed.


Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Hip Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Scapular Fracture


  • Arm Surgery
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of New South Wales, Faculty Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • St. Vincent`S Medical Center-Australia
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Institute For Bone & Joint Disorders
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Washington Orthopaedic Services
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Drinkwater has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Drinkwater has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Drinkwater's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Drinkwater to family and friends
based on 38 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Drinkwater's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
Rochester,ny |
The patient needs and concerns comes after the System's, Legal liability's, the Doctor's, the cleaning staff's, and maybe his dog.. he doesn't care despite claiming ICARE values--what a joke. I have never met a more arrogant person in my life. He dismisses people when he is done listening.
in Victor, NY |
I am 8 weeks post op from total knee replacement. I am very pleased with my outcome so far. Dr. Drinkwater thoroughly explained my options with pros and cons for each option so I could make the best informed decision for my treatment. My surgery went very well He is very caring, listens and fully answered my questions and concerns. I easily recommend him to everyone with orthopedic issues. I'm very happy I chose him for my surgery. His office is very well run and pleasant to go to.
in Lyons, NY |
I cannot remember the last time a doctor sat with me and answered all my questions, and explained my options. Anytime you consider surgery, it's a big step, and you want to know what your options are. I'm happy to say that after talking with Dr. Drinkwater, I have a great outlook on the future. He did not try to push surgery, he gave me my options and explained what the pros and cons of each were. You may have to wait a while to get into see him, but it will definitely be worth it.
in Rochester NY |
Dr. Drinkwater is a wonderful doctor. Even though I had some complications, he was very compassionate and helpful in my recovery. It has almost been a year since my surgery but this past weekend I was able to do some hiking in New Hampshire. I am so much better then I was. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing hip replacement.
in Pittsford, NY |
When considering THR for my two very arthritic hips, I saw Dr. Drinkwater because of recommendations as an excellent orthopedic surgeon. He was the one to suggest the anterior approach. I had my first THR in November 2014 and the second April 2015. I experienced all of the benefits of anterior vs traditional, and wholeheartedly recommend both it as a procedure and Dr. Drinkwater as a surgeon.
in Honeoye Falls, NY |
I would highly recommend Dr Drinkwater for hip replacement surgery. He is exceptional for using the Anterior Approach which reduces the healing time by 2/3's. There are also no hip precautions afterward. His choice of Anesthesiologist was superior this second time. The spinal block worked so well that less anesthesia was necessary, and it lasted for at least 2 days afterward, making the use of narcotics and the consequences of those less of a factor. I am extremely pleased with Dr. D.'s work
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Dr. Drinkwater accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
    Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP) HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • EmblemHealth
    Emblem Health
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
    Excellus BlueCross BlueShield PPO
  • Fidelis Care
    Fidelis Care HMO
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Meritain Health
  • MultiPlan
    PHCS Network PPO
  • MVP Health Care
    MVP Health Care PPO
  • POMCO Group
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Drinkwater has admitting privileges

Highland Hospital
1000 South Ave
Rochester, NY 14620
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Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642
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