Dr. Dennison is a native of upstate New York, where he attended Hamilton College and graduated with magna cum laude honors. After completing his undergraduate education, he attended Upstate Medical Center and graduated with AOA honors. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty training and board certification in sports medicine. He was selected to train at the prestigious American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL with two of the founding fathers of orthopedic sports medicine, Dr. James Andrews and Dr. William Clancy. He was the head team physician at the University of Western Alabama and involved in the care of professional athletes from the NFL, NHL and MLB. He also participated as a team physician with the US Olympic Team at its training center.
While in private practice, Dr. Dennison served as a team physician at multiple levels including the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, CO. He also served at Division 1 universities and multiple Division 3 colleges. He has established an extensive network providing care for the local high schools, as well. Today, Dr. Dennison’s private practice employs an integrated team approach that incorporates physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists and certified athletic trainers in the evaluation and treatment of all patients.
Board-Certified: Orthopedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery; Subspecialty in Sports Medicine
Fellowship-Trained: Sports Medicine, American Sports Medicine Institute (Dr. James Andrews and Dr. William Clancy)
Internship: General Surgery, Upstate Medical Center
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Upstate Medical Center
MD: SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY
Member: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society, American Society of Wilderness Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine
Awards: Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Hamilton College Medical; AOA Honor Society; Head Team Physician at University of Western Alabama; Team Physician at United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO
Clinical Instructor: LeMoyne College, Physician Assistant Program
“I chose orthopedic surgery in general and sports medicine in particular due to my strong athletic background. The care of patients with orthopedic injuries dovetailed nicely into this background. Also, I was attracted to the surgical field as I have always had a desire and natural ability to work with my hands. I have good hand-eye coordination. The challenging procedures that we perform allow me to use this skill set on a daily basis. The most gratifying aspect of my practice is helping patients of all ages to regain or maintain an active lifestyle.
“My practice philosophy centers around the patients, their needs and developing a partnership with them. To that end I have adopted the stance that the patients we treat at all levels deserve a timely evaluation of their injuries and an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan so that we can get them back to their previous level of function or competition as soon as possible. This philosophy is applied not only to athletes but also to patients of all ages seeking to maintain an active lifestyle.
“I’m hoping to provide my patients a caring environment that allows us to partner together and identify the nature of their injuries, their goals for treatment and an outline of the risks and benefits for surgical and nonsurgical management of their problems, including a comprehensive evaluation and treatment approach that helps them maintain an active lifestyle.
“We most enjoy performing sports-related surgeries such as anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, labral repairs, rotator cuff repairs, elbow reconstruction, general orthopedic-related surgeries such as total joint shoulder replacement surgery, knee replacement surgery and hip replacement plus providing stem cell therapy and treatments.
“In my free time, I enjoy my wife and three children plus multiple athletic activities including running, swimming, water skiing, wake boarding, snowboarding and hiking in the Adirondacks.”