My practice philosophy, as is life, is to treat people how my family and I would like to be treated. I strive effortlessly to provide my patients with the best level of care they can receive. I believe this is accomplished first by being compassionate, caring and respectful of my patients and their injuries/pain. I recognize that each patient is different. They have different goals, aspirations and responsibilities in life. I take pride in working with my patients on an individual basis, listening to them to understand their specific situation and working with them to ensure the most appropriate treatment. I strive to clearly communicate and educate my patients on their condition, giving them the ability to better care for themselves and facilitate a quicker recovery. I treat all of my patients with a level of urgency, which has been instilled in my practice throughout my sports medicine interest and involvement with professional and collegiate athletic teams. My goal with each patient is to provide rapid access for evaluation of their injury or pain. Establishing a timely diagnosis, educating patients on the anatomy and cause of their injury and formulating a patient-specific treatment plan is the cornerstone of my practice.
I am a surgeon, however, many of the injuries I treat do not require surgery. When conservative treatment is no longer an option and surgery is recommended, I am confident that my abilities and indications are sound and will result in exceptional outcomes for my patient. My goal is to ultimately return my patients to a healthy, active lifestyle, whether that be in sports, work or home life. To ensure I am doing just that, I track my patients’ wellness throughout their treatment and can compare my patients’ results to other orthopaedic providers nationally and see how the outcomes of treatment I offer my patients consistently exceeded others.
I also believe continuing to further my education in my field is of paramount importance in providing the level of care I strive to offer my patients. I have traveled the world, gaining knowledge and expertise that I have been able to bring back to Buffalo for my patients. My work travels have taken me to Europe, Asia as well as throughout the United States and Canada. I attend Orthopaedic meetings yearly to interact with my colleagues and present my research. We discuss advanced care and cutting-edge surgical techniques for a continual self-learning process. As a full-time academic Clinical Associate Professor for the UB Department of Orthopaedics, I take great pride in passing the knowledge I have gained throughout the years onto my colleagues, fellows, residents and medical students. I have been afforded the privilege of training the physicians of tomorrow and by doing so I also keep my knowledge base current.
I recognize that my patients have a choice in who they choose to care for them and I know that they come to me because they need help and feel as if they can no longer treat their problem alone. I am thankful for the confidence and trust patients place in me and my team. I believe that office and support staff is instrumental in the overall patient care and I am fortunate to have a team, who serves as an extension of my practice and shares my level of empathy and compassion.
My team and I will continue to execute the high level of care required to meet expectations and get them back to what matters most, living life.
I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and have spent most of my life here throughout my upbringing, education and training. Strong family ties and my love for the Buffalo community and people make it easy to practice here.
In my professional life, I enjoy taking care of patients with knee and shoulder injuries. My main focus of practice is care of shoulder and rotator cuff tears and instability, as well as knee ACL tears and cartilage injuries. I have a particular interest in cartilage restoration in the knee, which involves cartilage transplant to preserve the native knee joint.
Although most of my practice involves care of the people of all ages and skill levels, another part of my practice I truly enjoy is the sports medicine aspect where I care for several professional, collegiate and high school teams. I work alongside athletic trainers and physical therapist in the care of these athletes both in the training room and on the sideline. This has translated to my family being dedicated fans of the teams I care for, as well, following along with the progress of each team.
What free time I do have, I mostly dedicate to my wife and children. I feel it’s important to achieve that delicate balance between work, family and friends. I am involved in youth sports, coaching my son’s teams and participate in other activities they enjoy. As a family, we spend a lot of our time together boating, skiing and traveling.
4949 Harlem Road
Amherst, New York 14226
6934 Williams Road, Suite 600
Niagara Falls, New York 14304
5959 Big Tree Road, Suite 108
Orchard Park, New York 14127
This physician has privileges at the following hospitals:
Catholic Health (Sisters Hospital)
Kaleida Health (Millard Fillmore Suburban, Southtowns Surgery Center)
Millard Fillmore Surgery Center
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
University at Buffalo, B.A. Biology 1993
University at Buffalo, M.D. 1997
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
University at Buffalo
Department of Orthopaedics, 1997 – 2002
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
Sports Medicine, Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery
Board Certification, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Patient Education is forthcoming …
Head Team Physician/Orthopaedic Surgeon – University at Buffalo Athletics
Head Team Physician – Rochester Americans
Assistant Team Physician – Buffalo Sabres
Head Team Physician – Niagara University Athletics
NHL Team Physician Society
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Arthroscopy Association of North America
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director – Western New York Cartilage Restoration Center
Medical Director/Chief of Orthopaedics – Kaleida Health Ambulatory Surgery Center
European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedic Sports Traveling Fellow
North American Herodicus Traveling Fellow
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Castle Connolly Top Doctor
February 2021 – What is Sports Medicine?
February 2021 – Research being done in sports medicine
February 2021 – What type of injuries do sports medicine specialists treat
September 2020 – Niagara Frontier Publications: Memorial names Wind head of sports medicine services
August 2020 – Niagara Frontier Publications: UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Niagara Falls Memorial team up to support Niagara University athletics
August 2020 – UBMD Ortho News: UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Niagara Falls Memorial team up to support Niagara University Athletics
February 2020 – UBMD Ortho News: UBMDOSM Residents Participate in Surgical Skills Study
January 2020 – UBMD Ortho News: 14 UBMD Ortho Physicians Selected as 2020 Buffalo Spree’s Top Docs
November 2019 – NY Top Docs: NY Top Docs and NY Top Dentists Proudly Present November 2019 Approved Providers
March 2018 – The American Journal of Sports Medicine: Chondral lesions can hinder recovery from partial meniscectomy
February 2018 – University at Buffalo: Weight Not a Factor in Outcome of Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy
January 2018 – UBMD Ortho News: Seventeen UBMD Ortho Physicians Selected as Castle Connolly’s Top Docs
January 2018 – UBMD Ortho News: New Study Shows Effects of BMI on Knee Meniscus Surgery
July 2017 – University at Buffalo: Orthopaedics Chair and Former Trainees Honored for Best Paper
July 2017 – University at Buffalo: Knee surgery: Have we been doing it wrong?
August 2016 – WGRZ: Knee and Shoulder Injuries
Pediatric Orthopaedics, Scoliosis & Sports Medicine, Hip Arthroscopy & Reconstruction
"Thank you Tara Richards for your attentiveness in closely hearing out my health issues and deep concern or my well being. I am seeing results as the days go by with your recommendations on how to take care of my medical concerns. Physical therapy was the answer not drugs, and you immediately understood my cry or the right way to help me heal. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
I had an appointment to see Dr. Wind yesterday. I have never had such a pleasant experience when seeing a physician. The staff, from making my appointment, to reception, to imaging, to physical exam, were exceptional! Getting an appointment quickly and being seen on time are just about unheard of these days. It was great to have both happen.
I am very happy we chose the team of doctors, therapists, trainers and staff at UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine when our son, Ben, tore his ACL and meniscus. Dr. Wind and his professional staff treated Ben with care and compassion, and their experience in dealing with athletes was evident. After surgery, Ben began his long road of physical therapy and rehabilitation at NFMMC’s Summit Physical Therapy, working with Maragaux and Ken. They knew the protocols and expectations that Dr. Wind had, and they consulted with him when necessary to ensure Ben was recovering as expected. Ben completed physical therapy with a completely “functional” knee, but as an athlete that hadn’t played sports in several months, he wasn’t ready to “return to play” at the higher physical level. The NFMMC’s Competitive Edge’s ACL Bridge Program was the perfect transition to get Ben back on the field. Working one-on-one with athletic trainer, Fernando, provided Ben with the physical and strength training he needed to prepare him for his return. Now that Ben is cleared and back at Lew-Port playing sports again, he is under the watch and care of our athletic trainer, Jason, from NFMMC/UBMD Ortho. Knowing that Jason is there and aware of Ben’s prior injury is reassuring; his knowledge and care for the athletes is second to none. If a problem arises, Jason is there to evaluate and contact Dr. Wind, if necessary. The team at UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has provided Ben with a complete, comprehensive, all-encompassing recovery; they work together for the successful “return to play” of the athlete.
I saw Dr. Wind back in 2007 after I had injured my shoulder at work and could no longer lift. He tried several therapies before surgery was the only option. He performed arthroscopic surgery on my shoulder, removing bone spurs that were fraying my rotator cuff and arthritis from my collar bone. Here, 7 years later I still have full range of motion and use of that arm. I am going to try and return to him for the elbow on that arm, as well. His rapport with his patients is excellent. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing shoulder treatment.
Dr. Wind reconstructed my daughter’s ACL after a basketball injury. Once she completed PT, they recommended the ACL Bridge program to transition her back to sports. Fernando was amazing and this program made a HUGE difference in her strength and, more importantly, her confidence. Prior to completing it, she was very afraid of re-injury and was apprehensive about returning to school sports. After about the 6th session – she told me her knee felt GREAT and there was no discernible difference between the knees. Great program and Fernando was a great trainer.