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Welcome, Dr. Behr and Dr. O’Leary!

Date: October 24, 2022 Category: Community, Uncategorized

Excelsior Orthopaedics is pleased to welcome two new physicians, Dr. James Behr and Dr. Michael O’Leary.

Dr. James Behr

Dr. James Behr, an Interventional Pain Physician, specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation and treats patients with acute or chronic pain, largely including back and neck pain.

Dr. Behr’s addition to our team of physicians brings a new specialty to our practice: Interventional Pain Management. Pain therapies that Excelsior Orthopaedics now offer and that Dr. Behr performs include epidurals, radio frequency ablations, and facet joint injections.

Dr. Behr is a native Buffalonian who returns home after practicing medicine in South Carolina for 13 years. Dr. Behr received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Columbia University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and his Pain Management fellowship at the University of California in Los Angeles, CA. He is happy to be back in Western New York with his wife and two children, and he is accepting new patients.

“One of the things I like to focus on is education of what’s happening? Why is this happening? What can I do about it? What changes can I make to decrease the pain that I’m having,” Dr. Behr said. “[Patients] need someone who understands their struggles and can have empathy for what’s going on and explain what is going on so that we can start moving forward and move past the pain that they are having.”

Learn more about Dr. Behr here.


Dr. Michael O’Leary

Dr. Michael O’Leary, an orthopaedic surgeon, specializes in shoulder, arm, and elbow care. He frequently treats shoulder instability, rotator cuff tears, and arthritis.

Dr. O’Leary, who is originally from the Rochester area, is pleased to stay close to home with his wife and two children. Dr. O’Leary received his undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Rochester and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University at Buffalo. Dr. O’Leary completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Rochester and his Shoulder and Elbow Surgery fellowship at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

“I really like to see a patient between three and six months and help them do whatever they want to do. Whether it’s a young person playing baseball again or an 85-year-old that just wanted to get a plate down from the  cupboard. It’s really rewarding to see them happy,” Dr. O’Leary said.

Dr. O’Leary is also accepting new patients. Learn more about him here.



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