Dr. Don Buford has been in practice in Dallas for 16 years and has been voted multiple times by Dallas area physicians as one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the annual D Magazine "Best Doctors" issue. Dr. Buford grew up in Los Angeles and attended Stanford University. While at Stanford, he was a member of the baseball team and had a double major in economics and pre-med. He then transferred to USC where he continued his athletic and academic pursuits. In 1988 he received the Woody Hayes NCAA Division I Academic All-American Award which recognized the single most outstanding NCAA Division I male student-athlete. After graduation from USC, he signed his first professional baseball contract with the Baltimore Orioles and also enrolled at UCLA Medical School.
Dr. Buford played professional baseball as a second baseman and outfielder in the Baltimore Orioles organization for 4 years. Dr. Buford's father, Don Sr., played for the Chicago White Sox ('63 -'68) and the Baltimore Orioles ('68-'72) and played in 3 World Series, winning in 1970 over the Cincinnati Reds. Don Sr. is in the Orioles Hall of Fame. Dr. Buford's younger brother, Damon, had an 8 year major league career which included 2 years as the starting center fielder for the Texas Rangers as well as time with the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, NY Mets, and Chicago Cubs.
After graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Buford completed a 5 year orthopaedic residency at the University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Buford also completed a one year sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Southern California Orthopaedic Institute (SCOI) in 1999 where he learned advanced arthroscopy techniques and started to focus on arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
Dr. Buford specializes in arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery and is very involved in surgeon education and in new product development. He has served on the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) Education and Admissions Committees. He lectures nationally and internationally on arthroscopic shoulder surgery topics and has published many articles and book chapters on shoulder surgery. Currently, he also is a reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He has also appeared on Fox News in the Dallas area and on the Good Morning Texas television show.
Dr. Buford founded the Dallas PRP and Stem Cell Institute (PASC Institute) with the goal of combining a research institute with a clinical staff that would be able to provide patients with all of the cutting edge nonsurgical and surgical options for musculoskeletal injuries under one roof. By closely following clinical results from these regenerative therapies, the clinicians at the PASC Institute hope to further refine the indications and treatments for many musculoskeletal conditions. Our ultimate goal is to maximize our patients' quality of life and minimize their disability from any musculoskeletal condition.