Samuel P. Robinson, MD, FAAOS
Samuel P. Robinson, MD, FAAOS

Samuel P. Robinson, MD, FAAOS

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Robinson is committed to helping active adults achieve optimal orthopedic health so that they can continue to participate in the activities that are important to them. His experience with athletes of all levels provides him a unique perspective when diagnosing and treating both routine and complex orthopedic problems. Dr. Robinson offers patients a variety of treatment options by applying the concepts of traditional orthopedic surgery, sports medicine fundamentals, cutting edge minimally invasive technology, and innovative joint preservation/joint replacement surgery. He is passionate about patient autonomy – a guiding principle in contemporary medicine, which encourages patients to actively participate in decisions about their medical care. Dr. Robinson has conducted extensive scientific research, published multiple journal articles, and written several book chapters to advance the field of orthopedics.

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

Education

  • 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

Certification

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2010

Hospital Privileges

  • Sentara Leigh Hospital

Appointments

  • 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

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
  • Superior Capsule Reconstruction
  • Trauma surgery

Sports medicine

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

Awards & Honors

  • “Top Doctors”- 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 Coastal Virginia Magazine (Hampton Roads Magazine)
  • Vitals Top 10 Doctor-City of Virginia Beach, VA - 2014 Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Vitals On-Time Doctor Award - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Selected by patients for shorter than average wait times
  • The Leading Physicians of The World - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Awarded by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals for Doctors of Excellence
  • Most Compassionate Doctor - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 - Selected 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
  • Vitals Patients' Choice Award - 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 - Selected by patients for a physician in Virginia
  • Noticed Distinguished Professionals™ Distinguished Doctor Designation© - 2017, 2018
  • Sentara Leigh Physician Excellence Award and Physician of the Year Nomination - 2018
  • America’s Best Physician by National Consumer Advisory Board - 2017
  • Top Sports Medicine Physician Awarded by International Association of Healthcare Professionals - 2018

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

Family & Interests

Dr. Robinson lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and sons. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golfing, football, and the beach. 

Additional Information

www.facebook.com/srobinson.md

Dr. Robinson featured in Hampton Roads Physician Magazine

Past Appointments

  • Assistant Team Physician, Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Team
  • Assistant Team Physician, New York Football Giants NFL Team
  • Assistant Team Physician, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • 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

Publications

  • Boniello M, Cotter A, Bonner JM, Robinson SP, Bonner KF. Impact of Hamstring Graft Diameter on Tendon Strength: A Biomechanical Study; Arthroscopy; Vol 31 (6): April 2015; 1084-1090: Also presented at Virginia orthopedic Society April 2015.
  • Robinson SP, Bonner KF. Meniscus Transplantation. Chapter 58 in Operative Arthroscopy Textbook: 4th edition. Editor-in-Chief Donald H Johnson. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2013; 646-658.
  • Robinson SP, Bonner KF. Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation. Chapter 24: Insall and Scott Surgery of the Knee Textbook. 5th ed. Edited by W. Norman Scott; Elsevier, Churchill, & Livingstone. Philadelphia, PA. 2012.
  • Robinson SP, Shen W, and Fu F. Chapter 26: Combined Injuries of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament and the Posterolateral Corner. The Knee Joint. Springer: Lyon, France, 2012.
  • Harner CD, Robinson SP and Romanowski JR. Double Bundle Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Advanced Reconstruction: Knee. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/Knee Society. Chicago, IL. 2011.
  • Robinson SP, Bonner KF. Transtibial Single-Bundle Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Chapter 24 in AANA Advanced Arthroscopy: The Knee Textbook, edited by Hunter R., Scaglione N., Ryu R., Saunders-Elsevier, 2010; 217-227.
  • Robinson SP and Bradley JP. Anterior Shoulder Instability in Contact Athletes. Instructional Course Lectures Volume 59: Arthroscopic Management of Shoulder Instabilities: Anterior, Posterior, and Multidirectional. American Acadmey of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2010.
  • Ranawat AS, McClincy MP, Robinson SP, Bradley JP. Pediatric Elbow Fractures and Dislocations. In: DeLee JC, Drez D, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthoaedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:1279-1288.
  • Martin D, Robinson SP, Kopf S, Li K, O’Farrell M, Zhang X, Harner CD. 3D Insertion Site Anatomy of the Human Knee: A Novel Technique. The Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal. 2008;(19):119.
  • Robinson SP, Shen W, Fu F. Role of the Medial Femoral Condyle as a Secondary Restraint to Tibial Translation: A Case Report. The Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal. 2008;(19):307-309.
  • Robinson SP, Hammoud S, Sculco TP. Insufficiency Fracture of the Acetabular Medial Wall: A Case Report. Journal of Arthroplasty. 2007;22(5):768-770.
  • Kennedy JG, Robinson SP, Hodgkins C, Sculco P, Warren RF, Bohne WH. Foot and Ankle Overuse Injuries in the Adolescent Runner. International Sports Medicine Journal. 2006(2): 85-97.
  • Robinson SP, Sculco P, Deland J, Kennedy JG. Spring Ligament Reconstruction for Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency: The Y-Reconstruction Technique. Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery. 2006;5(3): 198-203.
  • Moore MM, Nguyen D, Nolan S, Robinson SP, Ryals B, Spotnitz W. Interventions to Reduce Decibel Levels on Patient Care Units. The American Surgeon. 1998;64(9):894-899.
  • Robinson SP, Hirtle M, Imbrie JZ, Moore MM. The Mechanics Underlying Laparoscopic Intra-Abdominal Surgery for Obese Patients. Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques. 1998;8(1):11-18.

Presentations & Lectures

Scientific Presentations

  • Robinson SP. “Evaluation and Treatment of Common Shoulder Problems: State of the Art”. Philipino Medical Association of Tidewater Annual Meeting, Norfolk, VA. May 13, 2017.
  • Robinson SP. “Evaluation and Treatment of Common Shoulder Problems: State of the Art”. Virginia Beach General Hospital Grand Rounds. April 4, 2017.
  • Robinson SP. “Evaluation and Treatment of Common Shoulder Problems: State of the Art”. Eastern Virginia Medical School Grand Rounds. February 1, 2017.
  • Robinson, SP. “Cutting Edge Treatments for Knee Pain: Subchondroplasty.” Eastern Virginia Medical School Department of Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. April 22, 2015, Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Robinson, SP. “Cutting Edge Treatments for Knee Pain: Subchondroplasty.” Virginia Beach General Hospital Grand Rounds. January 6, 2015, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Schwingler PM, Bonner JM, Robinson SP, Cotter A, and Bonner KF. “Impact of Hamstring Graft Diameter on Tendon Strength.” Arthroscopy Association of North America, May 19, 2012, Orlando, Florida.
  • Bradley JP and Robinson SP. “Football Injuries.” Pittsburgh Football Coaches Association, July 27, 2009, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Bradley JP and Robinson SP. “Lower Extremity: Sports Knee.” Orthopaedic Review Course. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 27, 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Klapach AS, Backus SI, Craig EV, Kelly BT, Robinson SP, Warren RF, Williams RJ, Cordasco FA. “Electromyographic Patterns of Shoulder Muscle Activation in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Large Rotator Cuff Tears.” 7th Annual OREF New York Metropolitan Area Resident Research Competition and Symposium, May 2007, New York, New York.
  • Robinson SP, Henshaw R, Allen A, Altchek D, Cordasco F, O’Brien S, Rodeo S, Williams R, Lyman S, Warren R. “Results of Arthroscopic Anterior Shoulder Stabilization in Contact Athletes.” American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons 23rd Annual Closed Meeting, September 15, 2006, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Robinson SP, Henshaw R, Allen A, Altchek D, Cordasco F, O’Brien S, Rodeo S, Williams R, Lyman S, Warren R. “Results of Arthroscopic Anterior Shoulder Stabilization in Contact Athletes.” American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, June 2006, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
  • Klapach AS, Backus SI, Craig EV, Kelly BT, Robinson SP, Warren RF, Williams RJ, Cordasco FA. “Electromyographic Patterns of Shoulder Muscle Activation in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Large Rotator Cuff Tears.” American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2006 Annual Meeting, March 23, 2006, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Klapach AS, Backus SI, Pansy B, Robinson SP, Warren RF, Weiland D, Wickiewicz T, Cordasco FA. “Electromyographic Patterns of Shoulder Muscles: An evaluation of Pain Free Function in Symptomatic Patients with Large Rotator Cuff Tears.” American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2006 Annual Meeting, March 23, 2006, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Klapach AS, Backus SI, Craig EV, Kelly B, Robinson SP, Warren RF, Williams RJ, Cordasco FA. “Electromyographic Patterns of Shoulder Muscle Activation in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Large Rotator Cuff Tears.” American Shoulder and Elbow Society 22nd Annual Closed Meeting, West Palm Beach, Florida, November 9-12, 2005
  • Miller C, Robinson SP, Kelikian AS. “Arthrodesis of the First Metatarsophalangeal Joint with a Dorsal Plate: Clinical Evaluation and Outcome.” American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society 32nd Annual Winter Meeting, Dallas, Texas. February 16, 2002.
  • Robinson SP, Hirtle M, Imbrie JZ, Moore MM. “The Mechanics Underlying Laparoscopic Intra-Abdominal Surgery for Obese Patients.” University of Virginia Undergraduate Research Symposium, Charlottesville, Virginia. May 2, 1997.

Scientific Poster Presentations

  • Roh S, Battaglia CM, Podder A, Robinson SP. “Economic Burden of Unnecessary Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Knees in Elderly Patients with Advanced Osteoarthritis. Virginia Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting, Charlottesville, Virginia, April 21, 2017.
  • Ranawat AS, Henry BS, Bonci GA, Robinson SP, Irrgang JJ, and Harner CD. All-Polyethylene Tibial Component Unicompartmental Arthroplasty. American Orthopaedic Association, Annual Meeting 2008, Quebec City, Canada.
  • Ranawat AS, Henry BS, Bonci GA, Robinson SP, Irrgang JJ, and Harner CD. All-Polyethylene Tibial Component Unicompartmental Arthroplasty. 13th ESSKA 2000 Congress, Porto Portugal, May 21-25, 2008.
  • Siebold R, Axes J, Irrgang J, Tashman S, Shen W, Robinson SP, Li K, Fu F. A computerized analysis of femoral condyle radii in 37 ACL reconstructed and 37 contralateral intact knees using 3D CT reconstructions. 13th ESSKA 2000 Congress, Porto Portugal, May 21-25, 2008.
  • Brophy RH, Hillstrom H, Robinson SP, Barnes RP, Rodeo SA, Warren RF. “Dynamic foot function among professional American football players related to player performance and injury.” National Football League Physician’s Society Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana. February 22, 2008.
  • Robinson SP, Henshaw R, Allen A, Altchek D, Cordasco F, O’Brien S, Rodeo S, Williams R, Lyman S, Warren R. “Results of Arthroscopic Anterior Shoulder Stabilization in Contact Athletes.” American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2007 Annual Meeting, San Diego, California. February 14-18, 2007.
  • Moore MM, Nguyen D, Nolan S, Robinson SP, Ryals B, Spotnitz W. ”Interventions to Reduce Decibel Levels on Patient Care Units.” Southeastern Surgical Congress, Atlanta, Georgia. February, 1998.
  • Robinson SP, Hirtle M, Imbrie JZ, Moore MM. “The Mechanics Underlying Laparoscopic Intra-Abdominal Surgery for Obese Patients.” Southeastern Surgical Congress, Atlanta, Georgia. February, 1998.

Community Presentations

  • Robinson SP. “Current Concepts of Shoulder Evaluation and Treatment”. Bon Secours InMotion Physical Therapy Educational Luncheon. Bon Secours Town Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia. June 05, 2019.
  • Robinson SP. “It’s Not a Total Joint – Now What Do I Do?” Sentara Leigh Orthopaedic Education Series. Sentara Leigh Hospital. Norfolk, Virginia. March 24, 2019.
  • Robinson SP. “Evaluation and Treatment of Common Shoulder Pathology”. Sentara Leigh Hospital OR Inservice. Sentara Leigh Hospital. Norfolk, Virginia. February 21, 2019.
  • Robinson SP. “Success in Orthopaedics”. Virginia Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses 2018 Annual State Conference. Virginia Beach Convention Center. Virginia Beach, Virginia. September 29, 2018.
  • Robinson SP. “Evaluation and Treatment of Common Shoulder Pathologies and Disorders”. Virginia Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses Educational Seminar. Chesapeake, Virginia. March 17, 2018
    Robinson SP. “Evaluation and Treatment of Common Knee Problems: State of the Art”. Tidewater District APTA Association Meeting. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. September 28, 2016.
  • Robinson SP. “Common Orthopaedic Problems in the Obese Patient.” Comprehensive Conference on Obesity. Chesapeake Convention Center, Chesapeake, Virginia. September 17, 2016.
  • Robinson SP. “Evaluation and Treatment of Common Shoulder Problems: State of the Art”. Community Physician Education Program, Virginia Beach, Virginia. September 13, 2016.
  • Robinson SP. “Evaluation and Treatment of Common Shoulder Problems: State of the Art”. Senior Adult Wellness Conference. Deep Creek Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Virginia. July, 20, 2016.
  • Robinson SP. “Evaluation and Treatment of Common Shoulder Problems: State of the Art”. Sentara Leigh Hospital Nursing Inservice. Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia. June 30, 2016.
  • Robinson SP. “Evaluation and Treatment of Common Shoulder Problems: State of the Art”. Sentara Leigh Hospital OR Inservice. Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia. June 9, 2016.
  • Robinson SP. “Cutting Edge Treatment for Knee Pain: Subchondroplasty.” Sentara Leigh Hospital Nursing Inservice. Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia. June 7, 2016.
  • Robinson SP. “Cutting Edge Treatment for Knee Pain: Subchondroplasty.” Senior Adult Wellness Conference. Deep Creek Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Virginia. January 17, 2015.
  • Robinson SP. “Knee Subchondroplasty.” Sentara Rehabilitation Network Grand Rounds. Sentara Health Education Center, Virginia Beach, VA. February 16, 2015.
  • Robinson SP. “Cutting Edge Treatment for Knee Pain: Subchondroplasty.” Senior Adult Wellness Conference. Deep Creek Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Virginia. January 17, 2015.
  • Robinson SP. “Orthopaedics 101.” Eastern Virginia Medical School Orthopaedic Interest Club. Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia. September 17, 2014.
  • Robinson SP. “Orthopaedics 101.” Eastern Virginia Medical School Orthopaedic Interest Club. Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia. September 18, 2013.
  • Robinson SP. “Orthopaedics 101.” Eastern Virginia Medical School Orthopaedic Interest Club. Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia. September 26, 2012.
  • Robinson SP and Bonner K. “Knee injuries in the Weekend Warrior.” Adult Injury Seminar. Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia. September 20, 2012.
  • Robinson SP. “Orthopaedics 101.” Eastern Virginia Medical School Orthopaedic Interest Club. Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia. December 12, 2011.
  • Robinson SP. “Advances in ACL Reconstruction.” Sentara Leigh Hospital Physical Therapy Inservice. Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia. September 2011.
  • Robinson SP and Bonner K. “Knee injuries in the Weekend Warrior.” Adult Injury Seminar. Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia. May 31, 2011.
  • Robinson SP. “Anatomic ACL Reconstruction.” Sentara Leigh Hospital OR Inservice. Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia. May 3, 2011.
  • Robinson SP. “What is new with shoulder arthroplasty?” Virginia Beach Medical Symposium. Virginia Beach, Virginia. January 24, 2011
  • Robinson SP. “Anatomic ACL Reconstruction.” Southeastern Physical Therapy, Virginia Beach, Virginia. September, 2010
  • Robinson SP. “Orthopaedics 101.” Eastern Virginia Medical School Orthopaedic Interest Club. Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia. February 13, 2010.