Richard R. Whipple, M.D.

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Richard R. Whipple, M.D.
Verified Patient Rating: 4.99 (371 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.

“Does it get any better than Dr. Whipple?! He operated on me previously, and I never forgot how incredible he was. So happy he did not retire when I was recently injured. Very happy to have had this experience. Knowledge, kindness, compassion, and enthusiasm for his profession. All I can say is, wow!”

– Nora S.

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“My first exam for arthritis in the hand and carpal tunnel and Dr. Whipple is knowledgeable, professional, excellent patient care and potential treatment explanation.”

– Ronald D.

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“Dr. Whipple has the most fabulous bedside manner. Dr. Whipple Treats you with respect. I would recommend The Bone & Joint Center. I'm impressed with everyone we were involved with, thank you!”

– Donald S.

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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