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Don Buford, MD

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Don Buford, MD is a board certified, sports medicine fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who has been practice in Dallas for over 20 years. He is a sought after lecturer nationally and internationally on orthopedic surgery and regenerative medicine subjects.  

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Dr. Don Buford founded The Texas Orthobiologics Institute as a research institute where patients can benefit from the latest evidence based orthobiologic orthopedic treatments.  The most common conditions treated are arthritis pain, back pain, tendon injuries, and sports injuries.

Our Institute’s goal is to maximize our patients’ quality of life and minimize their disability from any musculoskeletal condition without surgery whenever possible.  We typically perform our orthobiologic therapies in an office based procedures that takes less than an 1 hour.  In some cases,  we use these PRP and bone marrow concentrate/cellular injections to assist, accelerate or augment the healing response after a surgical procedure.

Dr. Buford has been in an established orthopedic surgery practice in Dallas for over 20 years and has been voted multiple times by Dallas area physicians as one of the best orthopedic surgeons.  He has been board certified by the American Board Of Orthopedic Surgery twice and is a sought after lecturer nationally and internationally on orthopedic surgery and regenerative medicine subjects.

Dr. Buford attended Stanford University for the first half of his college career. While at Stanford, he was a member of the baseball team and had a double major in economics and Human Biology. He then transferred to USC where he continued to play baseball and study economics and the pre-med curriculum.

In 1988 he received the Woody Hayes NCAA Division I Academic All-American Award for being the single most outstanding NCAA Division I male student-athlete.

After graduation from USC, he signed his first professional baseball contract with the Baltimore Orioles and also enrolled at UCLA Medical School.

Dr. Buford played professional baseball as a second baseman and outfielder in the Baltimore Orioles professional organization for 4 years.  Dr. Buford’s father, Don Sr., played for the Chicago White Sox (’63 -’68) and the Baltimore Orioles (’68-’72) and played in 3 World Series, winning in 1970 over the Cincinnati Reds.  Don Sr. is in the Orioles Hall of Fame.  Dr. Buford’s younger brother, Damon, had an 8 year major league career which included 2 years as the starting center fielder for the Texas Rangers.

After graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Buford completed a 5 year orthopaedic surgery residency at  the University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Buford also completed a one year sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Southern California Orthopaedic Institute (SCOI) in 1999 where he learned advanced arthroscopy techniques.

Dr. Buford’s interest in orthobiologics was a natural outgrowth of his training in minimally invasive surgery…..both are designed to help patients in the simplest, safest way possible.

Since 2008, Dr. Buford has been training clinicians on MSK ultrasound and now orthobiologics  as the Director of the  MSK Ultrasound and Orthobiologics Course.  The course is held twice a year in various locations.  Dr. Buford and his course faculty have trained over 1600 clinicians in MSK ultrasound.


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United States


Practice Type

Private Practice

Practice Name

The Texas Orthobiologics Institute


Orthopaedic Surgery

Other Specialty

Regenerative Medicine