Dr. Don Buford, MD

Dr. Don Buford, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 51
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Dr. Don Buford, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Dallas, TX. He is 51 years old and has been practicing for 29 years. Read his story

1015 N Carroll Ave Ste 2000

Dallas, TX 75204

Contact Information

(214) 824-7744

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  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.

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Rotator Cuff Tear
very high
more than 94% of peers
Shoulder Dislocation
very high
more than 93% of peers
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
very high
more than 92% of peers

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Dr. Buford's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Buford "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."


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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Other
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Ataxia
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Dislocated Joint
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia


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  • ACL Surgery
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Joint Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Bicep Repairs
  • Bone Marrow Aspiration
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

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 Southern California / Keck School Of Medicine
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1987
  • David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • Ut Southwestern/Parkland Hosp
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Ut Southwestern/Parkland Meml Hosp
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
  • Southern California Orthopaedic Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Southern California Orthopedic Institute Sports Medicine Fellowship
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • D magazine Best Doctors, 2010
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Buford's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Buford to family and friends
based on 22 total reviews (8 with comments)
Dr. Buford'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 (8)
Allen, TX |
On 9/1/2017 I had stem cell injections performed by Dr. Buford. My appoint was at 9:30 , we left the office at 11:30 having had stem cells harvested, prepared, and injected in both hip and knee Our entire visit was as good an experience as possible. I am 1 month, today, from having had the procedure and my level of pain is considerably less. I recommend the procedure and Dr; Buford to anyone considering stem cell treatment. Thank you to Dr. Buford and staff.
in Dallas, TX |
I recently had an appointment with Dr. Buford and in no uncertain terms, Comforting. From the time I drove up and felt secure in the gated parking lot, to the smiling, warm, compassionate receptionist all the way to Dr. Buford's exceptional bedside manner. I felt Dr. Buford took as much time needed to answer all my questions and allow me to leave there feeling like I had them all answered. Thank you Dr. Buford and your staff.
in Addison, TX |
Very poor doctor and a scammer. He will promise that PRP Stem Cells work and when they don't, he just runs off.
in Plano, TX |
Dr. Don Buford was very courteous. Also his staff are very kind and courteous. I tore my meniscus in my right knee and he discussed the treatment plan and it was very clear to me. In two weeks I was able to walk without a limp. I recommend him highly.
in Allen, Tx |
My experience was good. Nice staff on the phone and in person. Was quick to get me in for my knee. Explained things well. Had appt for exam then another one to come in for MRI. All went well.
in Plano, TX |
Went to see this Dr because of a pain in my left shoulder.It was a terrible experience, I was twice in his office, and the 2nd time he saw my shoulder said he needed to do a procedure didn't explain what and left his office. Then the nurse took me to another room and I waited for like 30 minutes,he finally came without saying a word he put a huge needle in my shoulder so painful, nobody explained what for, and did nothing to relieve my pain.of course he charge my ins 750 & 600 dlls!&me100
in Frisco, TX |
Dr. Buford Jr. is an excellent orthopedic surgeon! He and his staff are very courteous and professional. He was able to to repair my bicep tendon and rotator cuff so I was able to start working out with no problems! I would highly recommend him to anyone needing his field of expertise!
in Dallas, TX |
This guy has no respect for peoplesale family and time his nurses are incompetent and think sorry covers up gross negligence. I'mean pretty sure if theyes were paid based on service they would go broke
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Dallas, TX 75235
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