Richard R. Whipple, M.D.

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Richard R. Whipple, M.D.
Verified Patient Rating: 4.99 (585 patient reviews and ratings)
Hand and Upper Extremities, Wrist, Elbow, Shoulder, General Orthopaedics

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.

“Very good, very knowledgeable, and very informative. I’ve been using Dr. Wipple for many years, and I think he is very good at what he does. Thank you very much.”

– Vincent L.

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“Dr. Whipple was very kind and attentive. He took the time to discuss the next steps and her diagnosis with my daughter and me. He was very personable and dedicated to the needs of my daughter.”

– Lilianna B.

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“My visit with Dr. Whipple and the staff was a good experience. I was able to see the doctor with a minimum of waiting, and I felt I was treated with a high degree of professionalism.”

– Kurt B.

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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