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Scott R. Darling, MD

Present Position

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
State University of New York at Buffalo


Primary Care Sports Medicine/UB Concussion Clinic

Practicing primary care sports medicine on a daily basis is both exciting and rewarding.  Although some of my patients are athletes, many are not. I enjoy taking care of all different types of patients who may suffer concussions, fractured bones or sprained joints and have been doing so since my fellowship in 2007.

I am proud to be part of the UB Concussion Clinic and our numerous offices that provide comprehensive concussion care and management. We use an interdisciplinary approach to treating the patient that involves physical therapists, athletic trainers and neuropsychologists as well as physicians. This cutting-edge medical team also organizes a collaborative, city-wide concussion management focus group where ideas are exchanged. Here, many physicians as well as other medical professionals who treat concussions discuss the latest research topics and advances in concussion care.  A recent research article of mine was published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine (CJSM), describing how the integration of an exercise treadmill test with computerized neuropsychological testing can best assess when an athlete is ready to return to sport. In this way, we can achieve our goal of returning an athlete his or her sport as quickly, yet as safely as possible.

Lecturing at the UB medical school on musculoskeletal examination is very rewarding and the topic seems to be a fascination to the eager first year med students.  At this stage, they have been exposed to very little hands-on musculoskeletal medicine and quickly absorb learning a new skill set.

Lastly, I am also intricately involved in the local community; I currently serve as a Clinical Director for the New York Special Olympics. In addition to serving the University at Buffalo athletes, I also am head medical physician for D’Youville College and Niagara-Wheatfield school district, and am a Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor at LECOM medical school. From my personal athletic history, family medicine training, research experience and primary care sports medicine teaching position, I feel patients will undoubtedly receive the highest level of quality care they deserve for their orthopedic injuries.

State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., 1999
State University of New York at Buffalo, M.D., 2003

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
University Sports Medicine 2006-2007

Hospital Training
Family Medicine Residency 2003-2006
State University of New York at Buffalo
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

A.C.L.S. (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
Board Certification, American Board of Family Medicine
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine

New York State


Ongoing current research – Program for Understanding Childhood Concussion and Stroke (PUCCS) Foundation, “Safety of Treadmill Exercise Testing in Acute Concussion and Recovery”;  The purpose of the project is to determine the safety of the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test in adolescent athletes with concussion

Darling, Scott M.D; Freitas, Michael MD; Leddy, John J. MD; Concussions: Return-to-Sport and Return-To-Learn Considerations, Family Doctor, A Journal of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, Summer Issue 2015

Baker, John G., PhD; Leddy, John J., MD; Darling, Scott MD et al, Gender Differences in Recovery from Sport-Related Concussion in Adolescents Clinical Pediatrics, Sept 2015

Baker, John G., PhD; Leddy, John J., MD; Darling, Scott MD et al, Factors Associated with Problems for Adolscents Returning to the Classroom After Sport-Related Concussion, Clinical Pediatrics, July 2015

Darling, Scott M.D.; Leddy, John, MD et al, Evaluation of the Zurich Guidelines and Exercise Testing for Return to Play in Adolescents Following Concussion, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 24, Number 2, March 2014

Darling, Scott M.D.; Schaubel, Doug Ph.D.; Baker, John Ph.D. et al, Intentional vs. Unintentional Contact as a Mechanism of Injury in Youth Ice Hockey, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 45, issue 6, May 2011

Willer, Barry Ph.D.; Kroetsch, Beth B.Sc.; Darling, Scott M.D. et al, Injury Rates in House League, Select and Representative Youth Ice Hockey, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise; October 2005


Current Professional Activities/Committees
Special Olympics – New York State Clinical Director
Guest Lecturer, University at Buffalo School of Medicine
Assistant Team Physician – University of Buffalo Bulls Athletic Program
Head Team Physician – D’Youville College
Team Physician, Daemen College
NYS Athletic Commission, Boxing Ringside Physician
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

American Board of Family Medicine (A.B.F.M)
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (A.M.S.S.M.)
American Academy of Family Physicians (A.A.F.P.)
A.M.A. (American Medical Association)
M.S.S.N.Y. (Medical Society, State of New York)

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