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Theodore A. Blaine, MD


Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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Theodore A. Blaine, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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Dr. Theodore Blaine is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in orthopedics and shoulder and elbow surgery.  Prior to joining HSS, he was the Physician in Chief of the Bone and Joint Institute and the former Interim Chairman of the Yale University Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Before then, he practiced for eight years with Columbia Orthopedics – NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and four years with University Orthopedics at Brown University. 

Dr. Blaine has authored and edited over 100 papers and textbook chapters in orthopaedic surgery, published two textbooks on minimally invasive shoulder and elbow surgery, and is currently Co-Editor in Chief and Founder of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty. He is the recipient for multiple grants and teaching awards for his commitment to academic medicine and orthopedic research.

His professional training includes fellowships in Shoulder and Sports Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Elbow Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, and Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Rochester. He is an active member of multiple orthopedic societies, including the American Orthopedic Association, the American Shoulder and Elbow Society, the American Society for Sports Medicine, and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. He has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and Castle Connolly "Top Doctors" in the New York Metro Area.

Dr. Blaine’s clinical interests and experience include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow, orthopaedic trauma, sports medicine and athletic injuries, and orthopedic research. A recognized specialist in minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder and elbow, Dr. Blaine has pioneered several new medical and surgical techniques including injectable medications for shoulder arthritis, minimally invasive shoulder replacement and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. He also lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on the latest technologies in shoulder replacement surgery, including reverse shoulder replacement, resurfacing and stemless bone-sparing designs. He is one of the few physicians in Connecticut who performs complex procedures including muscle transfer operations, superior capsule reconstruction, and revision shoulder and elbow surgery.

A former competitive athlete in swimming, football and lacrosse (Avon Old Farms School '84 and Princeton University '88), Dr. Blaine enjoys treating all athletic injuries in patients of all ages. He has significant expertise in treating shoulder and elbow instability, labral tears, and tendonitis of the shoulder and elbow (impingement syndrome and tennis elbow). He has been team physician at the collegiate and professional level including soccer, football, hockey, lacrosse, and baseball. Most recently, he was team physician for the Yale University Athletic Teams, and he is currently the Head Team Physician for the Darien and Stamford HS Football teams.

Dr. Blaine is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons with additional subspecialty accreditation by the American Society of Sports Medicine

Patient Stories

Appointments

Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery

Specialty

Special Expertise


Arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow
Minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder and elbow
Minimally invasive shoulder replacement and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
Reverse shoulder replacement and resurfacing
Muscle transfer
Superior capsule reconstruction
Revision shoulder and elbow surgery

Affiliations

American Orthopaedic Association
American Shoulder and Elbow Society
American Society for Sports Medicine
The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons

Languages

English

Insurance Information


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Dr. Blaine in the News

Education

University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT

Internship

The University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Residency

The University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Fellowship

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery/ Sports Medicine, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
Elbow Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine

State Licensure

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania

Editorial Appointments

Chief and Founder, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.