Samuel P. Robinson, MD, FAAOS


Dr. Robinson specializes in keeping active adults participating in the activities that are important to them.  His background with elite athletes allows him to bring a unique perspective to everyday and complex orthopedic problems.   Whether a sport enthusiast is trying to recover from a specific injury, a master athlete is trying to stay in the game, or a senior is trying to keep up with friends and family, Dr. Robinson enjoys helping people get back quickly to the activities that make them happy.

Dr. Robinson applies the concepts of sports medicine and cutting edge minimally invasive technology to provide a variety of options for patients.  Modern technology and research provides many options for both joint preservation and joint replacement.  There are times when aggressive surgical intervention is necessary, but there are times when less invasive, or even non-operative measures, can provide equal or better results.

Dr. Robinson is passionate about patient autonomy, a guiding principle in sports medicine, which allows patients to make educated decisions about their medical care.  He teaches patients about their condition and makes sure they understand all the treatment options available without unduly influencing their decisions.  He encourages patients to ask questions and select a treatment plan that allows for effective medical care that meets their individual goals.

Dr. Robinson is fellowship trained in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery from Cornell University, the nations top orthpaedic program and has conducted extensive scientific research, published multiple journal articles, and written several book chapters to advance the field of orthopedics.

Dr. Robinson, his wife, and two sons live in Virginia Beach where he enjoys time with his family, football, golf, and the beach.

Dr. Robinson is assisted by Linda H. Liebold, MHS, PA-C. and Cassandra Lipinski, ATC.


  • Undergraduate Education: University of Virginia; Charlottesville, VA
  • Medical Degree: Northwestern University Medical School; Chicago, IL
  • Internship, General Surgery: Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center; New York, NY
  • Residency, Orthopedic Surgery: Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center; New York, NY
  • Fellowship, Shoulder and Sports Medicine Specialty: University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2010

Hospital Privileges

  • Sentara Leigh Hospital


  • Director of Orthopedic Surgery Rotation, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA 2009-Present
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA 2012-Present
  • Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics, Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, VA 2012

Awards & Honors

  • “Top Doctors”, 2013, 2014, 2016 Coastal Virginia Magazine (Hampton Roads Magazine)
  • Vitals Top 10 Doctor-City of Virginia Beach, VA, 2014 Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Vitals On-Time Doctor Award, 2014 Selected by patients for shorter than average wait times
  • The Leading Physicians of The World, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Awarded by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals for Doctors of Excellence
  • Most Compassionate Doctor, 2011, 2012, 2013Selected by patients for less than 3% of the physicians in the United States
  • Top Ten Doctors Award, 2012 Northwest Virginia Beach Region, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Patient’s Choice Award, 2011 Selected by patients for a physician in Virginia

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • Virginia Orthopedic Society
  • Medical Society of Virginia

Special Medical Interests

Knee Surgery

Shoulder surgery

  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Rotator cuff repair surgery (Rotator cuff tears)
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement (Bursitis)
  • Labral repair
  • Biceps tendon disorders & surgery
  • Shoulder instability & surgery
  • Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen shoulder)
  • Partial shoulder replacements
  • Anatomic total shoulder replacements
  • Reverse total shoulder replacements    (Click link for more information)
  • Superior Capsule Reconstruction (Click link for more information)
  • Trauma surgery

Sports medicine

  • Athletic injuries/trauma
  • Rapid return to sport/activities

Past Appointments

  • Assistant Team Physician, Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Team
  • Assistant Team Physician, New York Football Giants NFL Team
  • Assistant Team Physician, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
  • Assistant Team Physician, University of Pittsburgh Football Team
  • Assistant Team Physician, St. John’s University Basketball Team
  • Assistant Team Physician, Carnegie Mellon University Athletics
  • Assistant Team Physician, Duquesne University Athletics
  • Assistant Team Physician, Iona College Athletics
  • Assistant Team Physician, Robert Morris University Athletics
  • Assistant Team Physician, Point Park University Athletics

Additional Information