Richard R. Whipple, M.D.
Average Rating: 4.8 (47 reviews)
Elbow, General Orthopaedics, Hand, Hip, Shoulder, Trauma, Wrist

Dr. Richard Whipple is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who is well-known for his work in the hand and upper extremity. His interests include endoscopic carpal tunnel release, trigger fingers, fractures, thumb reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy, rotator cuff repairs, and shoulder replacements.

His outside interests include skiing, sailing, hiking, and traveling.

"Dr. Whipple is personable with a great patient rapport. He gave me a complete idea of how a tendon graft works and what I could expect from start to finish.  I appreciated that he was thorough and told me the pros and cons of the surgery.  The person who put the hard cast on me was very nice as was the person who took the cast off.  I don't recall their names but everyone was attentive and reassuring. I also liked how the staff kept my appointments on track so that I always left with my follow up appointment scheduled.  I've had other orthopedic experiences at other places and the difference in approach is significant." – Jane R.
"Dr. Whipple and all the people I interacted with at the Bone & Joint Center were exceptional. The level of experience and professional care is outstanding. Scheduling was easy. The wait times were short and the whole process was very streamlined. Everyone worked proficiently to keep the stress level down and impart a strong sense of confidence during a time that is very stressful for most people. The Bone and Joint Center staff, and professionals have earned a highly respected reputation for being the best at what they do. We are blessed to have such an important specialty healthcare resource in our region. Thank you for all that you are doing in your field and for the exceptional care I received!" – Vincent L.
"I had bilateral carpal tunnel wrist release with excellent results. I am very happy to have my pain gone." – Margaret S.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science: Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
  • General Surgery Internship: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons


  • Named "Best Doctors, America's Top Surgeons"
  • Superintendent's List, U.S. Naval Academy Top 1% in Academics and Leadership

Staff Appointments

  • Albany Medical College: Clinical Assistant Professor

Hospital Affiliations

  • Albany Medical Center
  • Capital Region Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • St. Peter’s Hospital


(518) 489-2666


(518) 289-2171
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