James G. DiStefano, MD

James G. DiStefano, MDDr. DiStefano grew up in Syracuse, New York and attended college at the University of Notre Dame where he graduated cum laude. He then returned to Syracuse where he attended SUNY Upstate Medical University. Afterword, he completed residency in orthopaedic surgery at the San Francisco Orthopeadic Residency Program centered at St Mary’s Hospital. This was followed by a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

His expertise includes minimally invasive arthroscopy as well as open surgery to treat conditions of the shoulder, hip and knee in both adult and pediatric populations. He has a particular interest in shoulder instability, rotator cuff disease, biceps pathology and knee ligament and cartilage derangements. During fellowship, he had the opportunity to study cartilage repair techniques and joint preserving surgery with Dr. Tom Minas at the Cartilage Repair Center in Boston.

Through residency and fellowship, he also has extensive training and experience managing general orthopaedic problems, including treatment of fractures and degenerative joint disease of the shoulder, hip and knee. Dr. DiStefano is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. DiStefano enjoys treating patients both young and old who strive to return to healthy and active lifestyle. He believes that it is important to maximize the benefits from comprehensive conservative treatment before exploring surgical options. Personally, he has been active with martial arts for more than 15 years and competed in club level gymnastics in college.


Park, AY, DiStefano, JG, “Congruency of Scapula Locking Plates: Implications for Implant Design.” American Journal of Orthopaedics. April 2012. 41(4): E53-6

DiStefano, JG, Pinney, S, “Ankle Arthritis: Etiology and Epidemiology.” Rush: Seminars in Arthroplasty. December 2011.

DiStefano, JG, Park, AY, Nguyen, TQ, Diedrichs, G, Buckley, JM, Montgomery, WH. “Optimal Screw Placement for Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.” Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2011 March; 20(3): 467-76.

Dowthwaite, JN, DiStefano, JG, Ploutz-Snyder, RJ, Kanaley, JA, Scerpella, TA. “Maturity and activity-related differences in bone mineral density: Tanner I vs II and gymnasts vs. non-gymnasts.” Bone. 2006 October; 39 (4): 895-900. Epub June 2006.