History

As a young surgeon, Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD, had an ambitious goal: to create an orthopaedic center of excellence that would provide communities with access to high-quality musculoskeletal care. Over his long and distinguished career, Dr. Rothman accomplished this and so much more.

It’s a story that began five decades ago in 1970, when Dr. Rothman—then a member of Pennsylvania Hospital’s surgical faculty—operated on philanthropist and businessman Walter Annenberg. Impressed by his ambition and technical skill, Mr. Annenberg gifted Dr. Rothman the funds needed to bring his dream to reality.

In 1985, Dr. Rothman was named Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and brought his entire Center of Excellence with him. He recruited a fresh team of surgeons—all of whom he had observed in training—who were dedicated to research, outcomes, and who shared his vision for the future. And he hired a CEO, Mike West, to help drive the practice’s growth and success.

Over the next three decades, Rothman Orthopaedics grew exponentially in both size and reach and stands today as the largest full-service orthopaedic practice in the world. We have more than 40 offices      in four states, offer both surgical and non-operative services, and partner with sports teams at all levels of competition—from high school to professional—to provide treatment both on and off the field.

Yet despite this growth, we stand firm in our commitment to continue to provide our patients with high-quality, compassionate, affordable treatment that is supported by the latest evidence-based medicine.

As a young surgeon, Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD, had an ambitious goal: to create an orthopaedic center of excellence that would provide communities with access to high-quality musculoskeletal care. Over his long and distinguished career, Dr. Rothman accomplished this and so much more. 

It’s a story that began five decades ago in 1970, when Dr. Rothman—then a member of Pennsylvania Hospital’s surgical faculty in Philadelphia—operated on philanthropist and media tycoon Walter Annenberg. Impressed by his ambition and technical skill, Mr. Annenberg gifted Dr. Rothman the funds needed to bring his dream to reality. 

In 1985, Dr. Rothman was named Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at nearby Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and brought his entire Center of Excellence with him. He recruited a fresh team of surgeons—all of whom he had observed in training—who were dedicated to research, outcomes, and who shared his vision for the future. And he hired a CEO to help drive the practice’s growth and success.

Over the next three decades, Rothman Orthopaedics grew exponentially in both size and reach and stands today as the largest full-service orthopaedic practice in the world. We now have more than 40 offices in four states, offer both surgical and non-operative services, and partner with sports teams at all levels of competition—from high school to professional—to provide treatment both on and off the field.

Recognizing the demand for exceptional orthopaedic care in the region, we opened our first offices in the New York metropolitan area in 2018. These included locations in Montvale, NJ, and Manhattan and Tarrytown, NY. Our footprint has grown in subsequent years to provide greater coverage for the New York Metropolitan area and by 2020, we had added offices in Rutherford and Paramus, NJ, Harrison, NY, and the Upper East Side in New York City.

To ensure patients in this region receive comprehensive care—from diagnosis to treatment— we’ve expanded to include physical therapy and orthotics in many of our offices.

Patients can rest assured that regardless of the location, every Rothman Orthopaedics’ physician proudly follows the same clinical protocols, adheres to the same mission, and stands firm in the same commitment: to provide high-quality, compassionate, affordable care that is supported by the latest evidence-based medicine.

As a young surgeon, Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD, had an ambitious goal: to create an orthopaedic center of excellence that would provide communities with access to high-quality musculoskeletal care. Over his long and distinguished career, Dr. Rothman accomplished this and so much more. 

It’s a story that began five decades ago in 1970, when Dr. Rothman—then a member of Pennsylvania Hospital’s surgical faculty in Philadelphia—operated on philanthropist and media tycoon Walter Annenberg. Impressed by his ambition and technical skill, Mr. Annenberg gifted Dr. Rothman the funds needed to bring his dream to reality. 

In 1985, Dr. Rothman was named Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at nearby Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and brought his entire Center of Excellence with him. He recruited a fresh team of surgeons—all of whom he had observed in training—who were dedicated to research, outcomes, and who shared his vision for the future. And he hired a CEO to help drive the practice’s growth and success.

Over the next three decades, Rothman Orthopaedics grew exponentially in both size and reach and stands today as the largest full-service orthopaedic practice in the world. We now have more than 40 offices in four states, offer both surgical and non-operative services, and partner with sports teams  at all levels of competition—from high school to professional—to provide treatment both on and off the field.

Recognizing the need for exceptional orthopaedic care in other parts of the country, we  partnered with AdventHealth in 2020 to expand our mission to Central Florida. Our physicians within this region follow the same clinical protocols, adhere to the same mission, and stand firm in the same commitment: to provide our patients with high-quality, compassionate, affordable treatment that is supported by the latest evidence-based medicine. 

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