George P. Boucher, MD
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4949 Harlem Road
Amherst, NY 14226
5959 Big Tree Road,
Orchard Park, NY 14127
As a Doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatrist), I diagnose and non-surgically treat a variety of conditions that ultimately affect how someone functions in their daily lives. I treat people who are experiencing neck pain, low-back pain, joint pain, muscle pain and nerve pain. I also evaluate and treat people who have suffered strokes, spinal cord injuries and head injuries.
Having been a teacher prior to pursuing a career in medicine, much the time I spend with patients focuses on education. That is, having the patient come to understand their condition, its cause(s) and what they can do to be an active participant in their own treatment plan.
It is not surprising that after medical school, I chose to specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I have always been interested in how the human body moves, functions, and performs. I received my Bachelor of Education degree in Physical Education from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. I then earned a master’s degree in Biomechanics, also at McGill. I personally recognize the benefits of physical activity and exercise and take every opportunity to educate my patients in this respect.
My objective is to have people understand how they can remain functionally active in their daily lives, despite their physical injuries, deficits, and pain. In other words, have them focus on what is functionally still possible by taking a proactive approach to achieving their goals.
Much of my clinical time is dedicated to performing electrodiagnostic (EMG) studies. These tests help other doctors, including your UBMD orthopaedist, identify the correct diagnosis that is causing your symptoms. This will help your doctor determine the best treatment plan for you; sometimes including surgery.
As with all my patient encounters, during EMG testing I try to have patients understand what exactly it is that I am testing and why. I like to think that my patients learn something from the experience and have some understanding of what is (or is not) causing their symptoms. This will help them when they follow-up with their referring doctor.
University at Buffalo, M.D. (Medicine), 2000
McGill Unviersity, M.A. (Biomechanics), 1987
McGill University, B.Ed. (Physical Education), 1984
Residency, Combined Internal Medicine/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, SUNY at Buffalo, 2000-2001
Residency, PGY2-4, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, SUNY at Buffalo, 2002-2004
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Co-Chief Resident, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, SUNY at Buffalo (GMDECB); 7/2003-3/2004
Chief Resident, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, SUNY at Buffalo (GMDECB); 3/2004-12/2004
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Association of Academic Physiatrists
American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine