Dr. Elisabeth Robinson Joins Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center

Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center offers high quality orthopaedic care in a comfortable, compassionate environment. For more than 40 years , Orthopaedics East has been a leader in providing operative and nonoperative orthopaedic care to eastern North Carolina.   Our services include  joint replacement, sports medicine,   and general orthopaedics for most muscular-skeletal issues.  We offer on-site physical therapy and MRI services which are  integrated with our practice and providers  to further enhance the patient experience and quality of care.  

To continue to  serve the needs of the residents of eastern North Carolina for the future,  Orthopaedics East welcomed orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Elisabeth Robinson, to the team in July 2019.

Michael Brohawn, Practice Administrator for Orthoapedics East states, “The need for Orthopaedic services continues to grow especially in the outpatient setting.  We therefore want to hire exceptional surgeons like Dr. Robinson in a variety of Orthopaedic subspecialties so that we can continue to meet the needs of the residents of eastern North Carolina for the future.  The American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons (AAOS) recently reported that only 6.5% of their membership was female.  Therefore, we are fortunate and excited to have Dr. Robinson join the practice to meet the diverse needs of the patients we serve.” 

A native of Chapel Hill, Dr. Robinson attended Medical School at the University of North Carolina, after which she completed a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

“Originally, I went into biomedical engineering, which is the mathematical, functional side of medical devices. There’s such great innovation in the engineering world, but you don’t really deal with patients. So, I went back to medical school, knowing that I was going to go into orthopaedics,” Robinson says. “Being more hands-on, I felt like I was helping people and contributing more.”

Dr. Robinson completed her Orthopaedic Surgical Residency at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine and obtained her Sports Medicine Fellowship from New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.  Dr. Robinson has received numerous Awards and Honors during her career including serving as an Assistant Team Physician for the Boston Celtics.

“One thing I love about orthopaedics is that I get to take care of such a wide variety of people,” Robinson explains, “I see little kids who fell off the playground and have broken arms and elbows. I see elderly folks who [have fallen] and have broken wrists and hips. I see middle aged [people] with rotator cuff tears who just want to get back out on the golf course, grandparents [who] just want to lift their grandkids again, and all the ages in between. I get to take care of a lot of people and it makes my job so wonderful.”

Robinson’s interest in orthopaedics and sports medicine stems from her own involvement in sports playing youth basketball and soccer; she continued to play soccer through college.

“I was lucky enough not to get injured, [but] a lot of my teammates did get injured and I would see them has to go through casting or surgery and rehab. Treating injuries and [learning] why injuries occurred fascinated me from a young age,” Robinson recalls.

With increased participation in youth and recreational sports leagues, sports injuries are more pervasive than ever. College athletes and weekend warriors are equally as likely to experience a torn ligament or sprained ankle. The surgeons at Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center have the skill and expertise to handle a wide variety of sports related injuries, from the common to the complex.

Orthopaedic care can mean the difference between a career ending injury and a season on the sidelines. 

“We have better technology and better techniques for treatment and reconstruction, so people get back on the field more reliably,” Dr. Robinson explains. 

Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center has served the East Carolina University athletic department and its athletes for more than 35 years. 

Dr. Robinson and her family recently relocated to Greenville from Virginia, where she practiced at an academic community hospital. Robinson’s husband, Will, is a vascular surgeon.

“We both started looking at the jobs here and were really excited about both the area and the opportunities—the family friendliness of Greenville and having a college in town as well. Everybody seems very friendly and we are very happy to be here,” Robinson says.

Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center is located at 810 WH Smith Boulevard in Greenville. Learn more and to schedule an appointment, please call
(252) 757-2663 or visit www.orthoeast.com.

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