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Meet Nicholas Violante, DO

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Hip Care | Knee & Leg Care

Dr. Nick Violante is an orthopaedic surgeon who performs mainly hip and knee replacements, including Outpatient Total Joint replacements, as well as revision procedures. His training and approach is focused on minimally-invasive techniques and procedures. Learn more about Dr. Violante and his team to decide if he’s the right fit for your needs!

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About Dr. Violante

Dr. Violante is a board-certified, fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon with a focus on adult joint reconstruction, particularly hip and knee replacements and revisions. Dr. Violante and his team are experienced in complex or complicated hip and knee conditions, and considers one of his greatest strengths to be his communication skills. He strives to make sure patients feel calm while in his care, and values the opportunity to learn about his patients and hear stories about their lives.

Dr. Violante is the middle of seven children, and is now enjoying life as a father and husband. He spends most of his time outdoors with his family, looking for creative ways to get his kids away from electronics. They spend many hours on family bike rides, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, climbing - anything that allows him to indulge in the outdoors. He enjoys travelling, and looks forward to doing more as his children grow up. He likes working with his hands, and is typically found tinkering or working on something at home.

What is the philosophy of osteopathic medicine?

“As a D.O., I’m a doctor of osteopathic medicine. The early phases of osteopathic medicine were about change. I choose this path because of the philosophy It was about finding a better way, or an alternative way, than just the traditional pathways we had in the past. It means that patients won’t have one pathway to success - there are many options. When patients come to see me, I ask how I can help. I can’t solve all their problems, but I can often tell them how we can help them structurally, and suggest some of the global things they can do to improve their health.”

If you were not a physician, what else would you be doing?

“If I was not a physician, I think the ultimate job for me would be a National Geographic photographer. Travelling the world, being in nature. I took some photography classes in college and I really loved them. Given enough time, I’d love to be able to travel the world and really look at nature on a more detailed scale. There’s art and science that come together in it - the artistic ability with science to back it up. It’s a lot like what being a physician is for me. My wife thinks I should be a bicycle wine tour guide when I retire.”


Bachelor of Science in Biology, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA

Master of Science in Medical Education, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA

Doctor of Osteopathy, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA


Osteopathic Internship, Millcreek Community Hospital, Erie, PA

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Millcreek Community Hospital, Erie, PA

Adult Joint Reconstruction Fellowship, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

Accreditations & Professional Memberships

American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics

American Osteopathic Association

Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association

American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Violante’s Team

Dr. Violante works with a team of medical professionals who practice in tandem to provide you the best care and treatment possible. During your appointment, you may be evaluated by a member of his expert team.

Laurie Kotowski PA-C

Supports Dr. Nicholas J. Violante

Ryan Skibitsky, PA-C

Supports Dr. Nicholas J. Violante

Dr. Violante Is Part Of The Excelsior Outpatient Total Joint Team

Excelsior has helped thousands of people regain movement, eliminate pain, and get back to living life at their best through hospital-free joint replacement. Our team consists of the most skilled and experienced orthopaedic surgeons in the country. If outpatient joint replacement surgery is right for you, this incredible team will make it happen.

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