Dr. Thomas Kneifel, MD

Dr. Thomas Kneifel, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 55
Dr. Thomas Kneifel, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Canton, NY and has been practicing for 23 years. He graduated from University of Calgary / Faculty of Medicine in 1990 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.Read his story

6119 US-11

Canton, NY 13617

Contact Information

(315) 261-5850

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • MVP Health Care

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Top Care Areas

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

Joint Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
more than 98% of peers
Knee Disorders
very high
more than 95% of peers

Dr. Kneifel'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.

Dr. Kneifel's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kneifel "About Thomas W Kneifel MD, FRCSC Board certificationAmerican Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2017/2009 Recertified, 2009/2017 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Undergraduate Education University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.BSc 1st C , Biopsychology 1985 Medical Education University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.MD 1990 Internship McGill University Teaching Hospitals, Montreal, Quebec. Canada. Residency University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.Orthopaedic Surgery 1995 Hospital/academic Affiliations Canton-Potsdam Hospital | 50 Leroy Street, Potsdam, NY Academic SUNY Upstate Medical University, Associate Clinical Professor | 750 E Adams St., Syracuse, NY. Society membershipsSpecialty Society Orthopedic Trauma Association CanadianOrthopaedic Association American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery"


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kneifel "My goal is to offer compassionate orthopaedic care utilizing the most up-to-date non-surgical and surgical approaches.

I believe in meeting patients' individual needs through comprehensive evaluation and treatment designed to help them achieve an active, pain-free lifestyle. Many musculoskeletal conditions can be treated by non-surgical techniques--surgery is just one treatment option. I combine leading edge techniques with proven traditional methods to provide my patients with the best orthopaedic care possible.

I work to develop a partnership with my patients. On my part, this begins with listening. And one of the most important things I need to know is how the physical problem affects this patient's life. We develop a dialogue, through which my patients understand the diagnostic process, their own unique problem, their treatment choices, and the recovery process. Patients help to guide and direct the diagnostic and treatment activities."


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1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

85  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


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48  Procedures

  • ACL Surgery
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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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.


  • Univ of British Columbia
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
  • University of Calgary / Faculty of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • McGill University / Faculty of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • University of Calgary / Faculty of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kneifel has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kneifel's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kneifel to family and friends
14 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (14)

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Dr. Kneifel'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
Dr. Kneifel Says:

It is my privilege to help my patients treat their orthopedic problems. I strive to treat patients with the respect and dignity they deserve. 


Patient Comments (3)

I was referred to Dr Kneifel by the VA to check for a shoulder replacement a few years ago. He didnt want to see the mri and x-rays on disc I had brought with me but did a quick x-ray and dismissed me saying he just does shoulder repair and not replacements have a good day bye. Now I must have the...more
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I am sorry that you have been suffering and that I was unable to help you. I hope that you were able to find a shoulder replacement specialist.

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He was patient, explained everything and took the time to listen to my concerns. He was open to waiting on surgery to see if other non-invasive methods worked first - they did not. He performed by knee surgery and I have not had a problem since - awesome doctor!!
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I went to see Dr. Kneifel today for the first time for my knee. He is very professional and he gave me options on what I wanted to do today. He is very polite, efficient and caring.
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