285 Sills Road, Building 18, Patchogue, NY 11772
31 Main Road, Suite 3, Riverhead, NY 11901
2500 Nesconset Hwy, Building 20-A, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Phone (631) 475-1224 /  Fax (631) 475-1588

Richard A. Ritter, MD, FAAOS

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Dr. Richard Ritter is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with a special interest and expertise in athletic injuries. Dr. Ritter specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of knee and shoulder problems, sports injuries, ligament and tendon disorders, fractures and arthritic conditions.

Dr. Ritter attended Columbia University in New York where he majored in pre-med biology and played four years of college football. Injuries he experienced during high school and college motivated him to become a physician and orthopedist. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his General Surgery internship at New York University Medical Center and continued his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at New York University Medical Center/Hospital for Joint Diseases. During that time he received training in Pediatric Orthopedics at Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children in Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Ritter completed his subspecialty fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He served as an assistant Team Physician for the New York Jets, the New York Rangers, Hofstra University, Hunter College, and NYU athletic teams. He has extensive training and experience in the most innovative treatments for treating sports injuries and athletic trauma. He currently serves as a Team Physician for several Long Island high school athletic teams. Dr. Ritter draws upon his years of personal experience as a student athlete, coach, and sideline physician at the professional, collegiate and high school level to bring a unique perspective to treating elite competitive athletes as well as weekend warriors of all ages.

Dr. Ritter has expertise in minimally invasive procedures including knee and shoulder arthroscopy and ACL reconstruction. He was among the first on Long Island to perform arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and maintains a special interest in shoulder disorders. He treats all types of extremity fractures and is highly trained in all aspects of orthopedics including carpal tunnel syndrome, foot and ankle problems, and total joint replacements. Having served on the Board of Directors of the Arthritis Foundation, Dr. Ritter applies his knowledge of the most current treatments to care for patients suffering from shoulder, hip and knee arthritis. He is currently an at-large member of the Medical Board and is vice president of the medical staff of Brookhaven Memorial Hospital.

In his spare time, Dr. Ritter enjoys boating, fishing, tennis, and coaching youth sports. He is a passionate skier and a PADI certified SCUBA diver who has logged some of the world's most exotic dives including the Red Sea and Kona giant manta rays.


  • Undergraduate: Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Medical: University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL


  • General Surgery Internship: New York University Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: New York University Medical Center and Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY
  • Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship: Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Suffolk County Medical Society

Hospital Affiliations

Accepted Insurance Plans

Dr. Richard Ritter participates with the following insurance plans:

  • 1199 National Benefit Fund
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Better Health (FIDA)
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Affinity Medicare (pending)
  • Agewell (FIDA)
  • ElderPlan (pending)
  • EmblemHealth GHI (excluding Medicare/Medicaid)
  • Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (HMO, PPO, EPO)
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway Exchange
  • Fidelis
  • HealthFirst (Medicaid, Child Health Plus and HARP)
  • Island Group
  • Medicaid (No New Patients)
  • Medicare
  • No-Fault
  • Oscar
  • Railroad Medicare
  • School Insurance
  • Senior Whole Health
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Workers Compensation
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Dr. John A. Smith

Richard A. Ritter, MD, FAAOS

Dr. Ritter specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions and performs a wide range of orthopedic procedures including:

  • Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy
  • ACL and Meniscus Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Pediatric and Adult Fracture Care
  • General Orthopedics
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