Dr. Richard J. DiStefano, MD

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Dr. Richard J. DiStefano, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists 5719 Widewaters Pkwy Ste 3, Syracuse, NY 13214 Get Directions
(315) 251-3232

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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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  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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  • Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
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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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    Specialties

    • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
    • Orthopedic Surgery

    Board Certifications

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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

    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

    Background Check

    • 0
      Malpractice Claims

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      Sanctions

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      Board Actions

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    Education

    • Medical School
      Suny Upstate Medical University (Syracuse)

      Graduated in 1989

    • Residency Hospital
      SUNY

      Completed in 1994

    • Fellowship Hospital
      SUNY

      Completed in 1995

    Awards & Recognition

    • Awards & Honors
      • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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    • Media & Publications

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    Languages Spoken

    • English

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    Dr. DiStefano's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    • 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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    Dr. DiStefano's Office & Staff

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    Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
    10 – 15 minutes

    Experience with Dr. DiStefano

    Level of trust in provider's decisions
    How well provider explains medical condition(s)
    How well provider listens and answers questions
    Spends appropriate amount of time with patients