New faculty spotlight: Richard Amendola, MD

Richard Amendola, MD

Richard Amendola, MD

Richard Amendola, MD, is a new faculty member at UNMC.

  • Name: Richard Amendola, MD
  • Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
  • Current positions: Assistant professor, UNMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation; orthopaedics physician, Nebraska Medicine

Professional and medical interests: My practice consists of treating active patients with hip, knee, shoulder and elbow problems. I enjoy treating patients of all ages including younger patients with sports-related injuries or the older weekend warrior. In addition, I see patients for shoulder arthritis and perform shoulder arthroplasty.  

How I fell in love with my specialty: My father was an orthopaedic surgeon, so I was introduced to this career path very early. In school, I loved engineering. When I decided to go to medical school, I found that orthopaedics was a great crossover between medicine and engineering with all the mechanics and physics principles that are used. Orthopaedics also is a great fit because the specialty is all about keeping patients moving. Whether you are an Olympic athlete looking to get back to sports at the highest level or a patient with severe arthritis contemplating joint replacement, I love treating these patients and helping them meet their goals.  


  • Medical school at the University of Iowa College of Medicine
  • Residency in orthopaedic surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Sports medicine fellowship at Steadman Philippon Research Institute

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

Three things people may not know about me:

  • I was born in Canada.
  • I’m an Iowa Hawkeye football season ticket holder.
  • Ragbrai is my favorite week of the year.

Clinic locations: Orthopaedics at Lauritzen Outpatient Center, Village Pointe Health Center and Bellevue Medical Center.

For appointments and referrals: 402-559-8000

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