Orthopaedic Surgeon Robert Ablove Added to UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Staff
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has added Robert Ablove, MD, to their group at UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.
Ablove, an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in both shoulder and elbow reconstruction and replacement, is returning to his native Buffalo after spending 10 years as Chief of Upper Extremity Surgery at the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he developed educational programs for microsurgery and was the first orthopaedic surgeon to ever participate in hand and microsurgery at UW.
While at the University of Wisconsin, Ablove also developed programs for total and reverse shoulder replacement, elbow ligament reconstruction including “Tommy John” surgery for high velocity throwing athletes, as well as muscle and tendon transfer for patients with irreparable rotator cuff tears.
As the medical director of the UW Orthopedic Clinic, Ablove directed a transition to electronic medical records, installing tools and templates to improve patient care, making clinical data more accessible and helping to fulfill meaningful use standards. He also revamped their staffing model, where under his leadership, mid-level providers like nurse practitioners and physician assistants now run independent subspecialty clinics and staff a daily orthopaedic urgent care clinic resulting in increased patient access, improved patient satisfaction, decreased overhead, and significantly improved job satisfaction.
Additionally, Ablove served as a lecturer for Pathology, Gross Anatomy, Musculoskeletal Medicine, and a third year medical student in surgery clerkship. He serves as a faculty mentor for resident and medical student research and has numerous active projects. Nationally, he was selected as a Young Leader by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and he serves on the ASSH resident education committee, developing educational content for the Hand Society website. He is also a member of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS) Joint Committee on Surgery of Hand Question Writing Task Force and an examiner for the Part II ABOS Certification Examination.
Beyond his orthopaedic career, Ablove has held numerous community leadership roles. He was chair of the Jewish Board of Education in Albany, NY and a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York. Because of his strong commitment to education and faith, he established the first Hebrew Day School in Madison, WI history, where he served as Board Chair for four years.