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Adolph S. Flemister, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 273-5366

Fax: (585) 756-4725

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Orthopaedics & Physical Performance, Surgery


I am a board-certified fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle disorders. I have extensive surgical experience with sports injuries, trauma, and complex reconstruction of foot and ankle deformities. I have developed a special interest in Total Ankle Replacements.

I offer both operative and non-operative care. My goal is to create an individualized treatment plan that will allow patients to maximize their functional outcome. I am currently the Chief of our Foot and Ankle division at the University of Rochester. I have been practicing orthopedics for more than 25 years and have been working at the University of Rochester since 2002.


I have been involved in research for my entire career. Research is extremely important to develop new and innovative treatments as well as to promote critical thinking. My research focuses on the operative and nonoperative treatment of tendon disorders about the foot and ankle. I have received NIH grants to study these disease processes. I have authored numerous medical journal articles and textbook chapters on various aspects of foot and ankle surgery. I am a past chairman of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society Research Committee.



  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


MD | Howard University College of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

8/1/1996 - 7/31/97
Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at Florida Orthopaedic Institute/Tampa General Hosp.

7/1/1991 - 6/30/1992
Internship in General Surgery/Orthopaedic surgery at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse

07/01/1992 - 6/30/1996
Residency in General Surgery/Orthopaedic surgery at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse

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Duthie-Evarts Resident Education Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Achievement Award

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Achievement Award

Duthie-Evarts Resident Education Award
Sponsor: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Location: Rochester NY

Dr. Charles H. Epps, Jr. Surgical Prize in Orthopaedic Surgery

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Sponsor: Howard University College of Medicine

1988 - 1991
Outstanding Scholar Awards in Pathology, Epidemiology, Patient Care, Anatomy, Microbiology, Pharmacology, OB-GYN, Peds, & Psych
Sponsor: Howard University College of Medicine

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Journal Articles

Behrend C, Baumhauer J, Flemister A. "Arthroscopic Ankle Arthrodesis." Tech. Foot Ankle Surg. 2012; 11(2): 91-95.

DiGiovanni, C.W.; Baumhauer, J.F.; Lin, S.S.; Berberian, W.S.; Flemister, A.S; Enna, M.E; Evangelista, P.; Newman, J. "Prospective, Randomized, Multi-Center Feasibility Trial of rhPDgf-BB Versus Autologous Bone Graft in a Foot and Ankle Fusion Model." Foot Ankle Int. 2011; 32(4): 344-354.

Patel A, Rao S, Nawoczenski D, Flemister AS, Digiovanni B, Baumhauer JF. "Midfoot Arthritis." J Am Acad Ortho Surg. 2010; 18(7): 417-425.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Angular Deformity of the Lesser Toes
Book Title: Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery
Author List: Flemister AS, Giordano BD
Edited By: In Wiesel SW(ed)
Published By: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2010

Chapter Title: Hindfoot Osteoarthritis and Fusion
Book Title: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 4: Foot and Ankle
Author List: Flemister AS
Edited By: In Pinzur MS(ed)
Published By: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2009

Chapter Title: Midfoot and Forefoot Fractures
Book Title: Core Knowledge in Orthopaedics:Trauma
Author List: Flemister, AS
Edited By: Sanders RW
Published By: Mosby Elsevier 2008




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