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Meet Thomas Lombardo, Jr., MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon


General Orthopaedics

Dr. Thomas Lombardo, Jr. is an orthopaedic care physician with decades of experience as a surgeon, including total joint replacements. Though he no longer performs surgery, his extensive experience and expertise make him an ideal choice for a second opinion or no-pressure consultation. Learn more about him to decide if Dr. Lombardo is the right fit for you!

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About Dr. Lombardo

Dr. Lombardo is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with over 40 years of experience. His practice these days is non-surgical, but his vast experience allows him to listen carefully to his patients’ needs, answer all your questions, and objectively recommend the most appropriate treatment plan, as well as the best surgeon to perform an operation, if necessary. His passions for eliminating pain and helping people have led him to a long, rewarding career of helping thousands of patients get back to life.

As the son of a pediatrician, Dr. Lombardo spent his childhood hanging out in his father’s office, learning about medicine. He and his wife Donna have been married for over 50 years, and raised four daughters. His life today centers around his family, especially his grandchildren. After decades in the operating room, he now tries to spend as much time outside as possible, and he gets his fill of cutting from his chainsaw.

How has orthopaedic medicine changed over the course of your career?


“I was a resident before we did arthroscopy. I was a resident when a total knee replacement wasn’t a very good operation. We didn’t repair rotator cuffs - we didn’t know how to get to the rotator cuff. I’ve seen so much evolution over my career it’s mind-boggling. People used to stay in the hospital for two weeks after a joint replacement. Now they’re going home the same day. It’s just so much evolution in such a brief period of time. I wish I could live forever just to see what’s next!”

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?


“When I was 19 I worked for Buffalo Tank, which was a division of Bethlehem Steel. They made tanks that went underground for gas stations. My job was to crawl into a porthole with an oxygen mask, a grinder and a vacuum. I was claustrophobic! The crane operator used to say to me, ‘Hey you, college boy, today when no one is looking, I’m going to pick you up with my crane, take you out to the yard and turn it upside down. They’ll never find you!’ So all day I would jump out of the hole saying, ‘I’m in here!’ Of course, the guy actually liked me. So that was my worst job.”

Education

Bachelor of Arts degree, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Doctor of Medicine, University at Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY

Training

Surgery Residency, Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, NY

Orthopaedic Residency, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Accreditations & Professional Memberships

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Medical Association

New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Eastern Orthopaedic Association

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UB Medical School Admission Committee

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Medical Director of Orthopaedics, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

Where Dr. Lombardo practices Medicine

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