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Dr. Theodore Blaine, MD

Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist

Professional statement

Dr. Theodore Blaine joined the Yale Orthopedics staff in 2011 after practicing for eight years with Columbia Orthopaedics – New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and four years with University Orthopedics at Brown University. He brings specialized experience in minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder and elbow,and 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 both traditional and Reverse Shoulder Replacement, a new procedure for patients with shoulder arthritis and non-repairable rotator cuff tears. Dr. Blaine’s clinical interests and experience include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow, orthopaedic trauma, sport smedicine and athletic injuries, and orthopaedic research. Dr. Blaine is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons with additional subspecialty accreditation by the American Society of Sports Medicine. He has been recognized as one of the“Best Doctors in America,” an award given to only the top 5% of all physicians. A former competitive swimmer and collegiate lacrosse player, 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 syndromeand tennis elbow). He has been team physician at the collegiate and professional level including soccer, football,hockey, lacrosse, and baseball. His primary practice is in Southern Connecticut, and he is pleased to serve patients in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon

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Hospital affiliations

  • Stamford Hospital
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery)

Education and training

  • Columbia University, Fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Medical School - University of Connecticut
  • Mayo Clinic, Fellowship in Elbow Surgery
  • Columbia University, Fellowship in Sports Medicine
  • University of Rochester, Residency in Orthopedics

Professional memberships

  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons

Awards and publications

  • Levine WN, Kashyap, CP, Bak, SF, Ahmad, CS, Blaine, TA, and Bigliani, LU: Non-operative management of idiopathic adhesive capsulitis, J SHOULDER ELBOW SURG., 16 (5): 569-73, 2007. Epub 2007 May 24
  • Edwards SL, Packer JD, Lee JA, Bell JE, Ahmad CS, Levine WN, Bigliani LU, Blaine TA: Superior Results with Non-operative Management of Superior Labral Tears. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 38:1456-61, 2010
  • Voloshin I, Gelinas J, Maloney M, O’Keefe RJ, Bigliani LU, and Blaine TA: Pro-inflammatory cytokines and metalloproteases are expressed in the subacromial bursa in patients with rotator cuff disease. ARTHROSCOPY, 21(9); 1076, 2005

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  • English

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Office locations

Yale Orthopaedics

1445 Boston Post Road

Guilford, CT 06437

Yale Orthopaedics

800 Howard Avenue, 1st Floor

New Haven, CT 06519

Yale Orthopaedics

1579 Straits Turnpike

Middlebury, CT 06762

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