Richard R. Whipple, M.D.
Verified Patient Rating: 4.85 (52 patient reviews and ratings)
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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 the finest Dr.! He’s very caring & patient. He explains everything in detail about your surgery & what to expect. He gives you directions on what to do and not to do the first week after surgery. On the follow-up visit, he goes over all the ways to properly heal. Very happy with the entire process. The staff is the best you will ever find! Thank you to all for making this a wonderful experience! I would never go anywhere else!”
– Linda D.
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“Dr. Whipple takes the time to listen and understand your situation. He then explained the problem I had as well as what could be done to help. He described the treatment and possible side effects before proceeding. I have been to see Dr. Whipple sometimes, and he is, in my opinion, one of the most excellent hand specialists in our region.”
– Jane Y.
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“I was extremely impressed at how quickly after my return from vacation an appointment was available. Once at the office the wait time was quite reasonable. Dr. Whipple was very thorough, professional, personable and was able to provide x-rays immediately with results right away. He also set up for an MRI that took place 24 hours later. Even though the Doctor is expected to be off for the balance of the week, the office has already followed up once with me and said they will be in touch as soon as the MRI results are in. I am extremely thankful and happy with the service provided.”
– Sandra H.
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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
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