Eric M. Padegimas, MD

Dr. Eric Padegimas spent the last six years at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, the busiest shoulder and elbow reconstruction department in the country.  There, he focused on mastering advanced techniques in shoulder and elbow replacement, rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic surgery, and shoulder and elbow trauma. During his time in Philadelphia, he won a multitude of awards for clinical excellence, compassion, leadership, and academic excellence.

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I’m Doctor Eric Padegimas. I’m a Shoulder and Elbow Specialist here at Connecticut Orthopaedics. With regards to treatments that I focus on the most, things like shoulder replacement, elbow replacement, and on complex arthroscopic procedures such as rotator cuff repair, failed rotator cuff repair that needs to be redone a second time. But, in addition to all that, I also focus on Sports Medicine and getting athletes back on the field. So, my training is a little bit different than most people that do shoulder and elbow surgery. I exclusively operate on the shoulder and the elbow. All of my training was explicitly done on the upper extremity. So, that’s all I focus on and I think that that’s important. It gets you a more reproducible result when you only focus on kind of one part of the body.


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Education and Training

  • B.A. Chemistry - Dartmouth College
  • M.D. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at The Rothman Institute
  • Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship at The Rothman Institute

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center
  • Connecticut Orthopaedics Surgical Center – Branford

Team Affiliations

  • Notre Dame High School - North Haven

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" Very efficient. Short wait time. Courteous technicians. Dr. Padegimas is an outstanding, highly skilled surgeon. I could not be happier with my outcome. He has a wonderful bedside manner, clearly explains everything and displays a real care for his patients. "

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Dr. Padegimas has joined Connecticut Orthopaedics as an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow. His specific focus is shoulder and elbow replacement, rotator cuff repair, management of shoulder instability, and arthroscopy of the shoulder and elbow. Dr. Padegimas grew up in Manchester, Connecticut and completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He then completed medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honors society.

Dr. Padegimas completed his residency training at The Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, a top five nationally ranked orthopaedic department that provides care for the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and 76ers. There, Dr. Padegimas received numerous honors including the Mark Chilton MD award for outstanding kindness and compassion, the Orthopaedic In-service Training Examination award for academic excellence, and the Everett J. Gordon MD award for outstanding clinical achievement. Additionally, he held a number of leadership positions including serving as the editor in chief of the Jefferson Orthopaedic Journal, the coordinator of the Jefferson Orthopaedic Research Day, the resident representative for the Alpha Omega Alpha C. McCollister Evarts Resident Leadership Forum, and the chief resident of the department.

Following completion of his residency, Dr. Padegimas was chosen to stay on at the Rothman Institute pursuing an additional year of advanced fellowship training in shoulder and elbow reconstructive surgery. This prestigious fellowship is the highest volume shoulder replacement center in the United States. There he learned a number of advanced techniques in shoulder and elbow reconstruction and arthroscopic/sports applications to the shoulder and elbow.

Academically, Dr. Padegimas has written over forty peer reviewed publications in several orthopaedic surgery journals on shoulder replacement, arthroscopic shoulder surgery, elbow replacement, and a wide variety of general orthopaedic topics. He is also a manuscript and study reviewer for four national and international orthopaedic surgery journals including the two highest impact journals in shoulder and elbow surgery and joint reconstruction. His work has been presented over fifty times at national and international orthopaedic conferences.

Dr. Padegimas has moved back home to Connecticut with his wife, son and dog. His wife is also an accomplished physician. She is currently the chief fellow of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Their family enjoys hiking, running, and going to rock concerts.

Padegimas CV


  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
  • Mid-Atlantic Shoulder & Elbow Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)


  • The Everett J. Gordon Award- 2018
  • Orthopaedic Inservice Training Examination Award- 2017 & 2018
  • Mark Chilton MD Award – 2016