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David J. Ciufo, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 273-4865

Fax: (585) 756-4725

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Patient Care Settings

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance, Surgery


I am a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the surgical and non-surgical care of the foot and ankle. I have a special interest in the management of complex foot deformities and total ankle replacement. The problems I take care of include sports injuries, ligament/tendon tears, arthritis, flat feet, cavus feet, deformity after trauma, and bunions/hammertoes. This includes some arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques. Additionally, I provide general orthopaedic care for traumatic injuries and fractures, with a focus on lower extremity fractures.

My goals are to help patients return to activities they enjoy, improve function, and reduce pain to improve patient quality of life. Even when surgery isn’t needed, I work closely with our team of physical therapists, expert orthotists/prosthetists, and other physicians to help patients meet their recovery goals. I take pride in my role educating residents to be the next generation of physicians, and in my collaborative work with our team of researchers to help further understand the problems we see every day.


I am active in both clinical and basic science research, with a focus on better understanding lower extremity anatomy and function to improve reconstructive surgical outcomes. My work has included biomechanical studies on reconstruction of flatfoot deformity, outcomes research on fracture treatment, and the development of Achilles tendinitis. I look forward to continue working to answer questions that affect patients and orthopaedic surgeons every day. I see research as an excellent opportunity for an orthopaedic surgeon to stay up to date with innovation, and also a chance to help even more patients outside of our own practice.



MD | University at Buffalo

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2019 - 07/31/2020
Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery at Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak

06/26/2015 - 06/25/2019
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/26/2014 - 06/25/2015
Internship in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Carl M Harris Award – Commitment to Patient Care and Education
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

Kenneth DeHaven Award – Outstanding Graduation Thesis Presentation
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

C. McCollister Evarts Resident Leadership Forum Nominee
Location: Boston, MA

AOFAS Resident Scholar
Sponsor: American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
Location: Seattle, WA

Louis Goldstein Orthopaedic Research Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

Summa Cum Laude
Sponsor: University at Buffalo School of Medicine

Obletz Award in Orthopaedics
Sponsor: University at Buffalo School of Medicine

Alpha Omega Alpha

Summa Cum Laude
Sponsor: University of Rochester

Phi Beta Kappa
Sponsor: University of Rochester

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Sponsor: University of Rochester

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Journal Articles

Ciufo DJ, Baker EA, Gehrke CK, Vaupel ZM, Fortin PT. "Tibial torsion correlates with talar morphology." Foot and ankle surgery : official journal of the European Society of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.. 2021 Apr 18; Epub 2021 Apr 18.

Ciufo DJ, Ketz JP. "Proximal Femoral Shortening and Varus Collapse After Fixation of "Stable" Pertrochanteric Femur Fractures." Journal of orthopaedic trauma.. 2021 Feb 1; 35(2):87-91.

Ciufo DJ. "In response." Journal of orthopaedic trauma.. 2020 Sep 4; Epub 2020 Sep 04.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Staged Treatment of Pilon Fracture – Posterior to Anterior
Book Title: AO Manual of Fracture Management – Foot and Ankle
Author List: Ciufo D, Ketz J.
Edited By: Rammelt, Swords, Dhillon, and Sands
Published By: Thieme 2020

Chapter Title: How to Remove a Tight Ring
Book Title: Orthopaedic Hand Trauma
Author List: Ciufo D, Elfar JC
Edited By: Adam Eltorai, MD and Edward Akelman, MD
Published By: WoltersKluwer 2019