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Dr. Privitera earned his medical doctorate from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He subsequently completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He has significant experience caring for high school, college and professional athletes. 

Dr. Privitera offers comprehensive treatment of all shoulder problems.  He offers advanced rotator cuff surgical care including repair of complex tears, revision surgery, and biologic augmentation with Regeneten.   He performs both arthroscopic and open surgery, including anatomic and reverse total shoulder replacements, and shoulder fractures.  He also performs hip and knee arthroscopy for sports injuries and pre-arthritic conditions.  At the pioneering forefront of biologic joint preservation for active patients with meniscus and cartilage problems, Dr. Privitera offers meniscus repair, meniscus transplant, cartilage transplant (including MACI), and corrective osteotomies.  As of March 2019, Dr. Privitera is in a select group of providers FDA certified in "Collagen Meniscal Implant" in New York State.  Dr. Privitera also treats chronic exertional compartment syndrome, Achilles and hamstring ruptures, and other sports injuries. 

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Dr. Privitera offers complete orthopaedic evaluations.  He takes the extra time to educate you about your condition.  He believes a patient who understands their condition, not only is happier, but is empowered with the tools to actively get better.  He has published multiple journal articles in orthopaedics, has presented nationally on multiple occasions, and offers current, evidence-based treatment options.  A Rochester native, Dr. Privitera is a graduate of Pittsford Sutherland H.S.  He is happily married with three wonderful boys that keep him on his feet!  He enjoys being outdoors, listening to and playing music, and spending time with family and friends.  He spent the last five years as a surgeon in Rochester and is privileged to join Dr. Paul Mason and the rest of the orthopaedic team at WCCHS.

About Dr. Privitera

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications by Dr. Privitera

2018:    Privitera DM, Sinz NJ, Miller LR, Siegel EJ, Solberg MF, Daniels SD, Higgins

             LD.  Clinical Outcomes Following the Latarjet Procedure in Contact and        

             Collision Athletes.  J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2018;100(6):459-465.       

2016:    Privitera, DM, Siegel EJ, Miller LR, Sinz NJ, Higgins LD.  Glenoid Version and

             its Relationship to Glenohumeral Instability and Labral Tears.  J Shoulder 

             Elbow Surgery.  2016;25:1056-1063.

2013:    Privitera DM, Matsumoto H, Gomez JA, Roye DP Jr, Hyman JE, Vitale MG. 

             Are Breech Rates for    Pedicle Screws Higher in the Upper Thoracic Spine? 

             Spine Deformity. 2013;1:189-195.

2012:    Privitera DM, Bisson L, Marzo J.  Minimum 10 year Follow-up of Arthroscopic

             Intra-Articular Bankart Repairs With Bioabsorbable Tacks. Am J Sports Med.


2007:    Vitale MG, Privitera DM, Matsumoto H, Gomez JA, Waters LM, Hyman JE,

             Roye DP Jr. The Efficacy of Preoperative Erythropoietin in Pediatric

             Neuromuscular Scoliosis Patients.  Spine. 2007;32:2662-2667.

Book Chapter by Dr. Privitera


2016     Privitera DM, Martin SD.  “Hip Arthroscopy:  Anatomy and Technical Pearls

             of the Procedure.”  In  Joseph McCarthy Jr, Richard Villar, Philip C.

             Noble (eds).  Hip Joint Preservation.   Worldwide Advances in Arthroscopy,

             Arthroplasty, Osteotomy, and Joint Preservation Surgery. Springer-Verlag

             New York.

Education and Training


Northwestern University, B.A. Biology 2003

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, M.D. 2007

University at Buffalo, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency 2012

Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Fellowship in Sports Medicine 2013 

Board Certified--American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery




American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine

Reviewer, American Journal of Sports Medicine

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