UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Seeks Non-Profit Applicants for $5,000 in Grant Funding

Posted on 06/29/15

 UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, the area’s largest provider of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal care with over 30 surgeons and physicians at 11 locations throughout Western New York, invites non-profit organizations to submit applications to receive grant funding through the CommunityCare program.

CommunityCare is a grant program offering up to $10,000 in funding for local non-profit 501(c) (3) agencies in the health and wellness sector. $5000 of that money has been allocated to the Roswell Park Donor Center, proudly sponsoring the 20th annual Ride for Roswell, one of Buffalo's most successful fundraisers. The other $5000 is available to eligible organizations.

“We understand the great need for funding within organizations providing these important programs in our community,” said Amanda Clark, Community Relations and Marketing Specialist for UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

A committee will choose recipients, and the $5,000 will be divided amongst the recipients if more than one is chosen. Each application will be evaluated and selected for inclusion based on economic needs, the mission of the organization and goals for utilization of the funds. Recipients of the CommunityCare program will receive grant funding to help further their programs in fields that align with the values of UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine: Compassion, Innovation & Collaboration. Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations in health and wellness, sports and fitness, activities for the mentally disabled, men's and women's health, geriatric health and other relevant industries.

The deadline to submit applications for CommunityCare is 5:00 PM, October 1st.

Organizations selected by UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to receive CommunityCare funding are scheduled to be announced October 31st.

Interested organizations can fill out the application below.


For further questions regarding the CommunityCare application contact Amanda Clark, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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Andrew Bronson: Comeback Athlete of the Year

Posted on 06/09/15

UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Prep Talk Awards, honoring over 150 local high school athletes and coaches. UBMD Ortho is proud to name Andrew Bronson, a Lockport High School varsity football and lacrosse player, as Comeback Athlete of the Year. Andrew will be honored at the Prep Talk Awards on June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Last fall, Andrew was injured during the ninth play of Lockport High School’s homecoming game against Niagara Falls High School. Andrew described how he sustained the injury: “I was playing weak side outside linebacker and they ran away from my side. While scraping over to get to the play, I hit a lineman and fell over with him on top of me. I landed on my hand with my elbow locked out and it popped out of place.”

 Greg Bronson, Andrew’s father and football coach, was concerned when his son was injured but knew that his son was in excellent hands. “Our athletic trainer, Rosealin Heinemann, was instrumental in the immediate aftermath of the injury and during the recovery and rehabilitation process,” Bronson said. He noted how Heinemann provided reassurance to his wife as she waited on the sideline with Andrew while the ambulance was en route to the game. “Her extensive knowledge of physical training and her familiarity with Andrew as a person were important factors in the speed and effectiveness of his recovery and transition back into actual athletic competition.”

An athletic trainer, commonly referred to as an ATC, is a highly trained specialist in injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries, and medical conditions that typically occur on the sidelines of athletic competition. UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine provides athletic trainers to over 25 Western New York high school athletic programs, and is looking to grow their ATC outreach program through the announcement of the ATEAM program (Athletic Training Education and Medical Program).

The Bronsons knew that UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine would provide Andrew with the care and expertise that he needed to make a full recovery. Andrew is the third in his family to have gone through surgery and/or rehabilitation with Dr. Fineberg, Scott Dinse, and Heinemann.

When Andrew’s rehabilitation was complete, he needed a strength and conditioning specialist to supervise his increased activity level and training load. “Scott Dinse recommended Jim Mollosky, who I had previously known when he was the first UBMD Ortho trainer to work at Lockport High School,” said Bronson. “Jim’s workout routine allowed Andrew to safely increase his training and be ready to participate in lacrosse as the spring sports season arrived. The teamwork demonstrated by the professionals at UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine was integral to the entire process.”

 Recovery and rehabilitation is difficult for any athlete but throughout the process Andrew was incredibly hardworking and dedicated to ensuring a full recovery. “The UBMD Ortho team helped him recognize the importance of increasing activity only as his body was able to handle the increased stress,” Bronson said. “Their encouragement was essential to his maintaining a positive attitude throughout the process.”

UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is honored to recognize Andrew Bronson as this year’s Comeback Athlete of the Year, and we look forward to all that he will accomplish next season.


Dr. George Paletta speaks at the latest Ralph & Mary Wilson Gift Lecture

Posted on 05/27/15

UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine welcomed Dr. George Paletta, MD, at the eleventh Ralph & Mary Wilson Gift Lecture, held on Thursday, May 14.

Dr. Paletta traveled from St. Louis to speak with UBMD Ortho’s physicians, residents, fellows, and other medical staff about the traditional “Tommy John” surgery and a number of related surgical techniques. As a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Paletta's specialty is shoulder and elbow surgery. He worked for the St. Louis Cardinals as the medical director and head team physician from 1998-2013. In addition, Dr. Paletta was an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and the acting chief of the Sports Medicine Service at the Washington University School of Medicine from 1998-2005.

Dr. Paletta's lecture focused primarily on “Tommy John” surgery, known in medical practices as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (UCL), a surgical operation in which a ligament in the elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. This surgery is named after LA Dodgers left-handed pitcher Tommy John, who in 1974 threw a wild pitch into the stands and injured his pitching arm. Dr. Frank Jobe performed the surgery and put John’s chances of a full recovery at 1 in 100. However, after taking the 1975 season to rehabilitate his arm, John went on to pitch for 14 more years, including three World Series.

Since 1974, “Tommy John” surgery has become a fundamental aspect of sports medicine. UCL reconstruction is most common for baseball and wrestling injuries:  Out of the standard 12 MLB pitchers on a team, one will typically need “Tommy John” surgery. Dr. Paletta discussed traditional “Tommy John” Reconstruction vs. Primary Repair, as well as SLAP Repairs in the Overhead Athlete: Rehab vs. Repair vs. Tenodesis.

The following physicians at UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine routinely perform Tommy John Surgery:

  • Dr. Robert Ablove
  • Dr. Thomas Duquin
  • Dr. Marc Fineberg
  • Dr. William Wind

This Ralph & Mary Wilson Gift Lecture was the eleventh presentation given since the series began. The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation donated $1 million to UBMD Ortho in September 2011 to support research and education, particularly for the training of five orthopaedic residents and two sports medicine fellows who rotate through the department each year.