Dr. Douglas Palma, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 52

Dr. Palma
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Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists

1096 Old Churchmans Rd Newark, DE 19713

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Dr. Douglas Palma, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Newark, DE and has over 25 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Palma has more experience with Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine medical school in 1996. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Christiana Hospital and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Palma to book an appointment.

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Great surgeon. Would recommend him to anyone.
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Alvina Ondriezek – Mar 26, 2021
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I was very dissatisfied with how long he was willing to keep me in pain with my shoulder. (one month). He decided to have me wait that long for a cortisone shot. I went to another doctor at First State Orthopaedics within the same week. He gave me the shot and I felt relief almost immediately and the pain didn't return. I won't be going back to Dr. Palma or this office.
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Feb 09, 2021
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Everyone at DOS are always very kind and professional. Of the 4 surgeons I have seen Dr. Palma was the only one that told me exactly what was wrong with my shoulder. He explained the entire process from start to finish in a manner that I understood. Dr. Palma did an amazing job repairing my shoulder. I am extremely pleased that I choose Dr. Palma and DOS for my surgery.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jun 07, 2019
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He was personable caring and accurate on his diagnosis and prognosis
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May 17, 2019
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Dr. Palma and everyone at DOS have been great. I felt confident pre-surgery due to the recommendations I received. I am absolutely pleased with the decision to have Dr. Palma perform the shoulder surgery. It has been four months and I am feeling better by the week. With his guidance, I am on schedule to be back on the golf course this summer!! Thank you doc for taking such good care of me. Murph, Newark DE
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May 14, 2019
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He is a brutal doctor, mistreated my shoulder, mistreated an infection I obtained during surgery that made me have to get more extensive surgery from another surgeon. DO NOT RECOMMEND.
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Apr 22, 2019
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I love his bedside manner. My last surgery, he wheeled me in, which made me more at ease with the major surgery I was about to have. He is attentive and a doctor who really cares about his patients;(especially their rehabilitation), I have already referred all my friends to him and will do it again and again.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jacqueline D. English in Wilmington, DE – Apr 08, 2016
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Was able to pinpoint my shoulder issues during a single visit. Projects confidence in his recommendations.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Wilmington, DE – Jan 26, 2016
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About Me

Biography

Dr. Douglas Palma, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Newark, DE and has over 25 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Palma has more experience...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Education

2003
American Sports Medicine Institute
Fellowship Hospital
2002
Albert Einstein Med Center
Residency Hospital
1996
Temple University School of Medicine
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Douglas Palma, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Palma frequently treats Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery. See all practice areas where Dr. Palma specializes.

Where is Dr. Douglas Palma, MD's office located?

Dr. Palma's office is located at 1096 Old Churchmans Rd, Newark, DE 19713. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Palma

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Palma treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Palma treats other conditions, please contact the office at (302) 655-9494.

Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery

Shoulder and upper arm conditions include arthritis, bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and dislocations, with treatment options such as surgery or physical therapy.Compare with other Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery specialists.

Dr. Palma is experienced in the area of Shoulder & Upper Arm Surgery. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
Glenoid Labrum Tear
Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
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Dr. Palma's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair
  • ACL Surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Sprain
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Torticollis
  • Unicompartmental Hip Surgery
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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Locations

Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists

Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists1096 Old Churchmans Rd Newark, DE 19713
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    • Mon: 7:30am - 4:30pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Palma is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Christiana Hospital

Newark, DE

70% Patient Experience Rating, 1% higher than the national average

23 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (2022)

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Wilmington, DE

Saint Francis Hospital

Wilmington, DE

66% Patient Experience Rating, 3% lower than the national average