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Dr. Frederick McAdam

Dr. Frederick  McAdam is the co-founder of Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine.  He is a recognized expert in spine and sports diagnoses and the treatment of those conditions, particularly in the field of functional exercise, spine loading and stabilization.

Dr. McAdam enjoys a wide range of activities from community work to sports and is a dedicated supporter of WNY theater and arts. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine.  He is bilingual in German and English.


M.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, School of Medicine, 1983
A.B., Magna Cum Laude, Germanic Languages and Literature, Princeton University, 1978
Junior Year in Freiburg, Albert-Ludwigs Üniversität, Freiburg im Breisgau, Federal Republic of Germany, 1976-1977

Clinical Training

Chief Resident, Rehabilitation Medicine, July,1987-June,1988
Resident, Rehabilitation Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo, July,1985-June,1988
Resident, Internal Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo, July,1984-June,1985
Resident, Family Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo, July,1983-June,1984


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Spine, Occupational and Sports Medicine Procedures
-Musculoskeletal ultrasound diagnostic imaging
-Ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections
-Peripheral Joint and Bursal Injections, with or without ultrasound guidance
-Spine: Fluoroscopic: Facet Joint/Epidural Injections: cervical, thoracic, lumbar interlaminar  
  and transforaminal/Selective Nerve Root Blocks
-SI injections /shoulder & hip regional blocks with mobilizations and manipulations. 
Peripheral Nerve Blocks
Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Manual Medicine of the Spine and Extremities
Functional Exercises for the Spine & Extremities

Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Registered in Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound - American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)

Faculty Appointments

Michigan State University - Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 
-Clinical Assistant Professor - College of Osteopathic Medicine 1993 - 2005
-Continuing Medical Education, Faculty, 1993 - 1995
Daemen College - Graduate Dept. of Physical Therapy - Adjunct Faculty - Amherst, NY 1993 - 1995
SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Family Medicine
-Outpatient Musculoskeletal Medicine for residents, Faculty, 1991 - 1994
SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
-Outpatient Musculoskeletal Medicine elective for residents
--Clinical Assistant Professor, 1989 - Present
--Clinical Instructor, 1988 - 1989
--Co-coordinator 4th Year Medical Student Elective, 1988 - 1989
--Co-coordinator Introduction to Clinical Medicine, 2nd Year Medical School Course, 1988 - 1989
--Assistant Clinical Instructor, 1983 - 1988
SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, -Department of Neurosurgery
--Clinical Assistant Professor, 1989 - 1990

Hospital Affiliations

Senior Partner, Buffalo Spine & Sports Medicine, P.C.
Co-Director, Fellowship Program in Spine and Sports Medicine, 1991 - 2000
Director, Research & Education at Buffalo Spine & Sports Medicine, 1991 - Present
Consulting Team Physician:  Nichols HS, Maryvale HS, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute,
Cardinal O'Hara HS, Eden HS, Cleveland Hill HS
Niagara Frontier Junior Varsity Hockey Association
Consultant Corporate Health, 1994 - 1998
Mercy Health Systems, 1992 - Present
Kaleida Health System - 1989 - Present
Chairman, Education Program for the Physiatric Association for Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR) / American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), Washington, DC, November 1999
Medical Co-director, AthletiCare Sports Medicine Ctr., Mercy Ambulatory Care Center, 1993 - 1996
Medical Staff, AthletiCare Sports Medicine Center, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 1992 - 1995
Volunteer Physician, World University Games, Buffalo, New York, 1993
Associate Medical Director, Back Institute of Buffalo, 1989 - 1990
Attending Physician, Erie County Medical Center, 1988 - 1989
Co-Director, Musculoskeletal Medicine Center, Erie County Medical Center, 1988 - 1989
Director, Post-Polio Center of Western New York, 1987 - 1989
Course Instructor, Introduction to Clinical Medicine: 
-Musculoskeletal System, 2nd Year Medical Students, 1988 - 1989
Medical Staff, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, 1988 - 1989
Chairperson, Buffalo House Staff Association, 1986 - 1988
Research Associate, Dept. of Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, 1978-1979

Professional Memberships

Fellow - American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1989 - present
Fellow - North American Spine Society 1993 - present
Member - Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports & Occupational Rehabilitation 1994 - present
Member - International Spinal Injection Society, 1991 - present
Member - American College of Sports Medicine, 1992 - present
Member - International Association for the Study of Pain, 1995 - present


"Functional outcome of non-operative treatment of patients with disc herniation and radiculopathy," presented at the annual meeting of the Physiatric Association for Spine, Sports & Occupational Rehabilitation, Vancouver, BC, 1996
Geraci MC, McAdam FB, Alleva JT: "The Association of Muscle Imbalances and Lumbar Shift in Patients with Lower Lumbar Central Disc Herniations, Abstract," North American Spine Society Annual Meeting proceedings, Boston, MA, July 1992
"Relationship between quadriceps muscle strength and size in subjects with Post Polio Syndrome," paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, San Antonio, Texas, 1989

Kaza H, Grisanti JM, McAdam FB, Kaplan L, Geraci MC: "Changes in Lumbar Spine Bone Density Following Use of Epidural Corticosteroid Injections."  Submitted for publication, 2004

Geraci MC, McAdam FB, Alleva JT: "Physiatric Physical Examination of the Spine and its Functional Kinetic Chain, in The Low Back Pain Handbook: A Practical Guide for the Primary Care Clinician," Cole AJ, Herring SA (Eds), 2nd ed., Hanley & Belfus/Mosby, 2002

Unpublished Data:
McAdam FB, Bagnall DL, Geraci MC, Pavell JR, Lembo N, Marczynski K: "Outcomes of patients treated non-operatively for lumbar disc herniation," submitted for presentation at the North American Spine Society, annual meeting, Chicago, October 1999
McAdam FB, Lorch F, Bagnall DL, Geraci MC:  "A prospective uncontrolled comparison between epidural corticosteroid injections and oral prednisone in the treatment of sciatica secondary to a lumbar disc herniation," unpublished data.
McAdam FB, Alleva JT, Geraci MC:  "An International Spine Injection Society Survey:  Methodologies and complications of spinal injections," unpublished data, 1999
The effect of non-fatiguing progressive quantitative exercise on quadriceps muscle function in subjects with Post Polio Syndrome, 1988 - 1989

Research Interests

Geraci MC, McAdam FB, Kaplan L, Shakir A, McGill S:  Functional Spine Exercises, Muscle Activation and Spinal Loads:  A Pilot Study completed December 8, 2003, Phase II, November 2007.
Current Research Interests
Functional exercise, spinal loading and stabilization