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William M. Wind, Jr., MD, FAAOS

Sports Medicine, Knee & Shoulder Arthroscopy
4.6 out of 5

Based on 1,408 Patient Ratings

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716 Health

111 North Maplemere,      Suite 100
Williamsville, NY 14221


5959 Big Tree Road,
Suite 108
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Summit Healthplex

6934 Williams Road,
Suite 600
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

With privileges at Catholic Health (Sisters Hospital), Erie County Medical Center, Kaleida Health (Millard Fillmore Suburban, Southtowns Surgery Center), Millard Fillmore Surgery Center & Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

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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, outline a mutually agreed upon treatment plan, which will facilitate a quicker recovery. (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 surgeons nationally and see how the outcomes of treatment I offer my patients consistently exceeded others.

I also believe continuing to further my own 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 University at Buffalo 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 also currently serve as the program director for the University at Buffalo Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, coordinating the educational program for the advanced level of training of sports medicine fellows. 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. 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 our patients’ expectations and get them back to what matters most, living and enjoying life.


I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. I 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 rotator cuff tears and instability of the shoulder, 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 therapists 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 four 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.


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


Top Doctor – 2018, 2020, 2022 & 2024
NY Top Doctor – 2019  


Head Team Physician/Orthopaedic Surgeon – University at Buffalo Athletics
Assistant Team Physician – Buffalo Sabres
Assistant Team Physician – Buffalo Bills
Head Team Physician – Niagara University Athletics

NHL Team Physician Society
NFL 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


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

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