Theodore A. Blaine, MD

Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Chief of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery; Director of Orthopaedic Fellowship Education

Departments & Organizations

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation: Ortho Clinical Faculty | Shoulder & Elbow Surgery | Sports Medicine

Center for Musculoskeletal Care

Faculty Research

Yale Medicine


Dr. Theodore Blaine is the Interim Chairman of the Yale University Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Before joining Yale Orthopedics in 2011, he practiced for eight years with Columbia Orthopaedics – New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and four years with University Orthopedics at Brown University. A recognized specialist in minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder and elbow, he 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.

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. Dr. Blaine is currently Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale Medical School and Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Yale New Haven Hospital. He is also Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Greenwich Hospital and Stamford Hospital, serving patients throughout Connecticut, New York, and Fairfield county.

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 selective and prestigious orthopaedic societies, including the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Shoulder and Elbow Society, the American Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. 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 is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons with additional subspecialty accreditation by the American Society of Sports Medicine. 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. He is currently Team physician for the Yale University Athletic Teams and the 2016 CT State Champion Darien HS Football team.

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 has a world renowned reputation and treats many national and international patients. His primary practice is in southern Connecticut, with offices in Stamford, Guilford, Milford, and New Haven. He is pleased to serve all patients throughout the region in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Education & Training

MBA Yale School of Management, Advanced Emerging Leaders Program Certificate (2016)
MS Brown University (2009)
MD University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1993)
Fellowship MAYO CLINIC
Residency University of Rochester
Fellowship University of Rochester School of Medicine
Board Certification AB of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (2002, recertified: 2013)
Board Certification AB of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery (2007)

Honors & Recognition

  • Top Doctors - Hartford AreaCastle Connolly (2017)

  • Best Doctors - New HavenNew Haven Magazine (2017)

  • Neer Award Nomination American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (2015)

  • NEER Award NominationAmerican Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (2011)

  • AMERICAN SWISS GERMAN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIPAmerican Orthopaedic Association (2011)

  • Aircast Award for Best PaperAmerican Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (2007)

  • Best DoctorsBest Doctors Inc.

  • Top Doctors - New York Metro AreaCastle Connolly

Professional Service

  • (2007 - 2011) Brown University

  • (2000 - 2007) Columbia University


  • 1. Packer J, Varthi A, Zhu D, Javier F, Garver J, Tommasini S, and Blaine TA: Ibuprofen impairs capsulolabral healing in a Rat Model of Anterior Glenohumeral Instability, AAOS Annual Meeting, ASES Specialty Day, Orlando, FL, March 2016. (podium presentation). Orlando, United States (2016)

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Theodore A. Blaine, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Orthopaedics - MilfordOrthopaedics - Milford
48 Wellington Road

Milford, CT 06461
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Yale Orthopaedics - New HavenYale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste 1st Floor

New Haven, CT 06519
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Yale Orthopaedics - Stamford260 Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06902
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Mailing Address
PO Box 208071
New Haven, CT 06520