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Robert O'Connell, MD

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59 Ratings
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Specialty

Sports Medicine
Orthopaedics

Locations

Short Pump Pavilion (formerly Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center)
11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233

Sports Medicine
1300 West Broad Street, Suite 113
Richmond, VA 23284

William & Mary
332 N. Henry St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Department

Orthopaedic Surgery

Education

Medical School

VCU School of Medicine

Internship

VCU School of Medicine

Residency

VCU School of Medicine

Fellowship

Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Clinic

Biography

Getting patients back to doing what they love — in sports or life

Whether it’s returning to golf or running, school sports, or playing with the grandkids, every patient with a bone, muscle, or joint conditions has a personal goal in mind. And helping patients achieve those goals is what motivates Dr. Robert O’Connell.

“I have always enjoyed being able to help get people back to doing the things that drive them,” says Dr. O’Connell. “It’s extremely gratifying and an honor to be able to help someone improve their quality of life.”

Dr. O’Connell is an orthopaedic surgeon at VCU Health and assistant professor in the VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, specializing in Sports Medicine. The surgeons and residents there practice out of five sites across greater Richmond (including the Level I trauma center at VCU Medical Center), caring for a wide range of injuries that are often related to athletic participation, with patients at all levels of competition. 

In terms of procedures, Dr. O’Connell specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic and open surgery of the shoulder, hip, and knee, with a focus on joint preservation. He handles surgeries for rotator cuff tears, cartilage injuries, knee ligament/meniscal tears, and hip tears. He also performs shoulder replacements, fracture fixations, elbow arthroscopy and many other routine procedures, such as hip, knee, and shoulder injections. For most of his procedures, patients can go home on the same day of the surgery.

To be a successful orthopaedic surgeon, however, requires more than time in the clinic, dedication to patients, and a commitment to lifelong learning in a fast-evolving field. “You have to really be involved in the community,” he says. “That’s why you see sports medicine physicians serving in important roles for many local schools and teams, because our work with them can have a significant impact on a lot of our student-athletes’ futures. I enjoy getting to take care of athletes so they can excel.” (He’s a golfer and runner himself).

It also helps, he notes, to have a good orthopaedic surgeon you can call on for advice, or in the event you’re injured.

Dr. O’Connell joined VCU Health after completing his residency here. He brings a background in biomedical engineering to his knowledge of complex arthroscopic procedures, which often require implantations to repair bones or replace missing joints. “It helps me understand the implants and devices that we use, and hopefully will position me in a place to help develop new techniques in the future,” he says.

Advice for patients: Be an advocate for yourself and find someone to help you navigate the system. Don’t settle and if you aren’t comfortable with a plan of care, speak up and be involved in the decision-making process. Despite our best efforts, the medical system can be daunting but it is our goal to make it as easy and seamless for you and your family as possible.

Professional Affiliations 

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Associate of North America
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Virginia Orthopedic Society
  • AOA Emerging Leaders Program

Professional Activity/Team Coverage

  • AANA Fellowship Committee
  • Randolph Macon- Head Team Physician
  • William and Mary- Assistant Team Physician
  • Virginia Commonwealth University- Assistant Team Physician
  • Chesterfield Public School System- Team Physician

For a list of publications, please visit PubMed.

Honors and Awards

  • Best Resident Award, VCU Orthopedic Surgery, 2019
  • Resident Leadership Forum Nominee, AOA, 2018
  • VCU Subspecialty Medical Student Teaching Award, 2016
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2013

 

Clinical Interests

Cartilage restoration
Joint preservation
Hip arthroscopy
Complex knee and shoulder reconstruction
Regenerative medicine

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Locations

Short Pump Pavilion (formerly Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center)

11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233

Sports Medicine

1300 West Broad Street, Suite 113
Richmond, VA 23284

William & Mary

332 N. Henry St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Ratings & Reviews

This was my first visit with this Dr. I was competely sattisfied with him and would gladly recommend him to everyone.
July 2021
Good.
June 2021
Dr. O'Connell has been outstanding from pre-op to surgery to post-op care.
June 2021
My care is not complete since I have a couple more appointments scheduled related to this illness. Care has been good so far; and I like this doctor so far.
June 2021