Richard J. DiStefano, MD

Patient Satisfaction Rating: 4.3 4.3

Specializing In

General Orthopedics & Trauma

Neck & Back

Practicing Locations

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P:(315) 251-3232

Dr. DiStefano is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery and also practices general orthopedic surgery, including trauma fracture care, joint reconstruction and replacements, arthroscopic surgeries of the shoulders and knees, and hand surgery.  He received his medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse School of Medicine and a degree in chemical engineering from Yale University. 

Dr. DiStefano has also participated in a humanitarian medical expedition providing surgical services in Lima, Peru.

Richard J. DiStefano, MD 4.3 4.3

Friendliness/Courtesy of Care Provider: 4.5 4.5

Care Provider explanations of problem/condition: 4.3 4.3

Care Provider concern for questions/worries: 4.2 4.2

Care Provider efforts to include in decisions: 4.3 4.3

Care Provider information about medications: 4.0 4.0

Care Provider instructions for follow-up care: 4.2 4.2

Care Provider spoke using clear language: 4.5 4.5

Time Care provider spent with patient: 4.1 4.1

Patient's confidence in Care Provider: 4.2 4.2

Likelihood of recommending Care Provider: 4.3 4.3

"I have recommended Dr. DiStefano to many people I know. I have complete faith in him and appreciate everything he has helped me with and done for me up to this point. My back issues will be ongoing, and I am confident in any decisions made in regard to my care. Thank you for everything!"

"I would send people or patients to Dr. DiStefano. He's a very caring Dr. He remembers your name when you come in to his office. He doesn't make you feel that your just a number. His concern about how you feel."

"This was the first time seeing this doctor. He was great. He went though everything and took his time and answer all the question I had. I would recommend him highly."

"Thank you for honoring our choice of provider. We have great confidence in Dr. DiStefano and wish to see him if at all possible."

 

 

About Our Survey

EDUCATION

Tupper Lake Central High School, 1972-1976
Regents High School Diploma, June 1976

Yale University, Engineering and Applied Science/ Chemical Engineer, 1983-1984
BS Degree, May 1980 

St. Lawrence University, Pre Med Course Work, 1983-1984

SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, School of Medicine, 1985-1989
Medical Doctorate Degree, May 1989

ORTHOPEDIC RESIDENCY TRAINING

SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship Residency Program, 1990-1994
SUNY Health Science Center at Buffalo, Spine Surgery Fellowship, 1994-1995

General Surgical Training

SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, General Surgery Internship, 1989-1990

The Clinical Experience

Specializes in spinal surgery and also practices general orthopedic surgery including trauma fracture care, joint reconstruction and replacements, arthroscopic surgeries of the shoulders and knees, and hand surgery.

Licensure

State of New York, 1991

Publications

Presentations/Publications
Simmons, Ed, DiStefano R.J.; Thirty- six years of experience of cervical extension osteotomy in ankylosing spondylitis. Spine 2006; 31:3006-3012

Spadaro, J.A; DiStefano, R.J.; Chase S.E.; Evaluation of Dense and Porous Antimicrobial hydroxyapatite materials. Orthopedic research Society; Washington, D.C. February 1992

Spadaro, J.A; DiStefano, R.J.; Chase S.E.: An antibacterial hydroxyapatite- In- vitro and In vivo Studies. Society for Biomaterials Transactions; Scottsdale, AZ May 1991

Spadaro, J.A; DiStefano, R.J.; Chase S.E.: demineralized Bone Alloimplants- Effects of PMF stimulation on ossification. Bioelectrochemical Society Transactions; Pont- A- Mousson, France. September 1989

Spadaro, J.A; DiStefano, R.J.; Chase S.E. Effect of PEMF on early phase of bone induction. Bioelectrical Repair and Growth Society Transactions; Cleveland, OH. September 1989

 

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