Dr. Richard DiStefano, MD

Dr. Richard DiStefano, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 59
(68)
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Dr. Richard DiStefano, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Syracuse, NY and has been practicing for 23 years. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse) in 1989 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery and orthopedic surgery.

5719 Widewaters Pkwy

Syracuse, NY 13214

Contact Information

(315) 251-3232

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Buckeye Community Health Plan
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
  • CorVel
  • Elderplan
  • 36 More

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. DiStefano performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Low Back Pain
very high
more than 98% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 98% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 96% of peers

Dr. DiStefano's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

26  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Back Pain
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy

10  Procedures

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.

Education

  • Yale University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1984
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse)
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • SUNY Health Science Ctr
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • SUNY Health Science Center Buffalo-Spine Fellowship
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. DiStefano has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. DiStefano's Reviews

4.1
Likelihood of recommending Dr. DiStefano to family and friends
68 total reviews (34 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (68)

  • 5
    (47)
  • 4
    (7)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (13)

Dr. DiStefano's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well

    VERY GOOD
  • Answers questions

    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent

    VERY GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (34)

I found Dr. DiStefano to be very caring, and complete when explaining my problem. He outlined my options which I will be pursuing. Since I had to travel an hour to visit SOS he even reviewed my MRI with me on the same day it was completed.
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All that happened is that I got refered Spine & wellness
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Very likely! What a place, on top of everything, running on time ,if not before... Dr.DiStefano very nice bed side manner and explains everything so that I understand.... Very pleased........
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Dr Distefano was easy to talk to, but I felt that he did not fully listen when a problem arose that I was attempting to explain to the doctor.
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I feel that Dr. DiStefano is a kind, caring, genuine person. He carefully explained my surgical options to me and suggested that I go with the less invasive one. I agreed! Later, at the hospital, immediately before the surgery, he went over the procedure with me again. His smile and calm...more
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