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Meet Dr. Greenbacher

Hello. My name is Darius Greenbacher, Program Director of Sports Medicine at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. I am board certified in both emergency and sports medicine. I completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at University of Massachusetts. Since that time, I have cared for athletes of all levels, from grade school to professional. Prior to Sports Medicine I practiced emergency medicine at both Baystate Medical Center and Baystate Franklin Medical Center where I taught residents, and held the positions of Assistant Director of the Emergency Department at Baystate Franklin and Medical Director of Baystate Health Ambulance Service. ALT

 

Our new Sports Medicine Program in Greenfield, MA specializes in the most current non-surgical treatment of sports and activity related issues. We offer a program that combines Sports Medicine and surgery, sports physical therapy, specialized musculoskeletal imagine that includes MRI, ultrasound and CT. Our focus is on treating each patient as a whole person, providing individualized care.

 

I have been an athlete my whole life, participating in a wide range of sports from soccer and hockey to bike racing and white water kayaking. These personal experiences with sports help me understand the importance of each patient’s athletic pursuits. Our Sports Medicine Program is about athletes caring for athletes. It is my goal to provide the best care for athletes and active individuals in the region. What I can offer you is:

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  • Specialist care for all sports injuries and illnesses
  • Concussion care
  • Training and nutritional consultation
  • In-school sports clinics and game coverage
  • Lectures and seminars of a wide variety of Sports Medicine topics
  • Individualized care for each patient by a provider who understand athletes and sports
  • Coordination of care with primary care physicians, specialists, coaches and athletic trainers

 

 

Organizations & Affiliations

 

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Member

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Member

University of Massachusetts Medical School - Adjunct Clinical Faculty-Instructor

American College of Emergency Physicians

American Association of Cycling Team Doctors

Tufts University Medical School - Assistant Clinical Professor

Massachusetts Medical Society

Wilderness Medical Society

National Athletic Trainers' Association

 

 

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Sports Medicine Program
48 Sanderson Street
Greenfield MA, 01301
Phone: 1-413-387-4125 or 1-413-773-2220

Frequently Asked Questions


Why did you choose the field of medicine and this particular specialty?


What special interests do you have that you are comfortable sharing?


What do you like best about caring for patients and what is your patient care philosophy?


Do you live locally? Where and please let us know if you have a family and their names.


What is success for you and your patients?


What is attractive to you about being a part of the Baystate Franklin community?


Why did you choose the field of medicine and this particular specialty?

I have always been interested in medicine but decided to pursue it as a career while living in Sierra Leone, West Africa. I saw that even basic medical care would have improved the people lives. I decided that I wanted to have a skill with which I can fully contribute to my community. 

I started thinking about sports medicine when my wife said in passing "wouldn't it be great if there was a way to combine your two passions: medicine and athletics". It just clicked at that moment and I never looked back.

 

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What special interests do you have that you are comfortable sharing?

I have traveled extensively, living in Kenya and Sierra Leone and spending time in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, Puerto Rico among others. I love traveling and want to give my daughters my passion for travel and adventuring.

 

I spent my 19th birthday on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

 

I am passionate about music and play multiple instruments: Guitar, irish accordion, dobro. 

 

Before starting in medicine I was a timber frame carpenter and still love building and woodworking.

 

Sports are an integral part of my life. I have bicycle raced for the past 10 years. I am play hockey regularly, participate in triathlons, marathons, jujitsu, rock climbing, hiking, cross-country skiing. Sports medicine is just an extension of this. I have been hurt so many times I feel I can empathize with more patients who come to see me.

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What do you like best about caring for patients and what is your patient care philosophy?

It is an honor to be a doctor. I am allowed in to people's lives in such an personal way. In the ER I was allowed to be a part of pivotal and often hard experiences in my patients lives. In Sports Medicine I get to help people do what they love to do. I get to see their passion and dedication. Seeing the smile on someone's face who has been able to get back to their sport after an injury is a gift.

 

I work to help my patients health themselves. It is important to meet my patients where they are, to understand what they need and expect. I give them a lot of responsibility in their healing process.

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Do you live locally? Where and please let us know if you have a family and their names.

I have lived in Northampton for the past 10 years. I am married to Alisa Greenbacher and the father to Bella 8 and Annika (Anni) 3. We also have a Golden Retriever puppy named Buddy. 

 

I am originally from Minneapolis.

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What is success for you and your patients?

I feel successful when my patients feel like they are talking to a friend, when they feel they have been heard and understood. I feel successful when I can start my patients on the path of healing and when I am able to help them realize their goals. I feel successful when I can help the people I work with, when I can make their job a bit easier.

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What is attractive to you about being a part of the Baystate Franklin community?

BFMC is a growing, dynamic, supportive medical center. There have been so many positive changes in the last 10 years. It has become something that we can be very proud of as a medical center and as a community. BFMC is a commitment to the community. The administration is responsive to the staff and are working to make BFMC the best community medical center in the region.

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