Location: Buffalo, New York, United States
John A. Repicci, Doctor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in orthopedic medicine and joint surgery.
A dentist before he became a surgeon, Dr. Repicci began his education at the University at Buffalo, earning a DDS in 1960. He completed additional coursework at the university and obtained an MD in 1963. He retired from Catholic Health in 2019, and is highly regarded in his field as a specialist in orthopedic surgery and traumatology. He has had his work featured in the American Journal of Orthopedics, including the article entitled “Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty: Past, Present, and Future,” which was published in 2009.
Although he planned to transition into plastic surgery, as was common for dentists, Dr. Repicci noticed that certain techniques overlapped with those in orthopedics, and transitioned into that field instead. With an enjoyment for the mechanical arts, he was able to apply that enthusiasm to his work, bringing him great success. Most notably, he is the inventor of the Repicci unicompartmental knee prosthesis with an all-polyurethane tibial component, an implant that is saving hospitals across the United States thousands of dollars.
Rather than performing a full knee replacement, Dr. Repicci’s method allows the patient to preserve over 80% of the body’s own knee joint structure, and therefore leave minimal scarring through a considerably less invasive procedure with short recovery time. In recognition of his great contributions to the field, Dr. Repicci was honored with the Inventor of the Year Award by the city of Buffalo, New York. Looking ahead, he plans to continue to enjoy his retirement and spend time with his family.
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