Dr. Richard J. DiStefano, MD

Dr. Richard J. DiStefano, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male | 58 years old

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Dr. DiStefano specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery and practices in Syracuse, NY. He practices at 1 location.

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in Liverpool NY |
I am new to New York and am appalled at the horrible treatment I have received from the Drs in this state! The doctors in New York are so horrible that I was having an anxiety attack on my way to this see dr. Distefano. My wait time was less than 5 mins and when he came in to see me, he was warm and caring. Sweet natured man who shared a few laughs with me. I was so impressed! Thank you dr distefano for giving me hope to healthcare in this state!!!
in Canastota, NY |
Not much of a bedside manner and never saw him again after the surgery but given that I can walk without pain (most days) I consider this a success.
Syracuse, NY |
I found him to be an excellent surgeon. I enjoyed his quiet and sweet manner. I would most definitely referr friends and family to him.
in Baldwinsville, NY |
Full spectrum failure. Their PT staff refused to work per my neurologists prescription based on a belief I had an arterial dissection which could be stroke inducing. For 2 months. Yet no one said a word to me. When I finally screamed at them the info was relayed to my primary and addressed in one day. 2 months of unneeded suffering for a non existant condition. Can I have the recommended traction now? 3 appointments with distefano and not a peep. Not over yet. You will be hearing from me.
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Dr. DiStefano's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Injury
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture


  • Medical School
    Suny Upstate Medical University (Syracuse)

    Graduated in 1989

  • Residency Hospital

    Completed in 1994

  • Fellowship Hospital

    Completed in 1995

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand Surgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Knee Surgery
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate