Dr. Robert Palumbo, MD

Dr. Robert Palumbo, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine  |  
18 reviews

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OAA Orthopaedic Specialists

250 Cetronia Rd Ste 200

Allentown, PA 18104
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • Golden Rule
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Humana

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Care Philosophy

As a former college athlete, I know how it is to suffer from injuries and what it takes to go through the recovery process.  I try to approach my patients with not only my expertise but also empathy.
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Personal Bio

Dr. Palumbo is an accomplished, nationally recognized Sports Medicine physician and surgeon, specializing in sports-related injuries of the knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow, and hip.

Dr. Palumbo is a second-opinion physician for the NFL Players' Association, as well as the Head Team Physician for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, a AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Additionally, Dr. Palumbo is President and Founder of OAA's Sports Medicine Institute, a non-profit organization which is dedicated to providing medical education to sports medicine professionals. 

Before joining OAA, Dr. Palumbo practiced for eight years in Orlando, Florida, where he had the unique experience of treating all levels of athletes and performing artists. There he served as orthopaedic consultant for the world famous Cirque de Soleil, The Orlando Ballet, Sea World entertainers, and Disney World acrobats and dancers, as well as team physician for the U.S. Women's National Soccer team, which he continues today. Dr. Palumbo is also one of the original participating physicians of the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF), which is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) corporation established to provide financial assistance and coordinate social services to dire-need retired NFL players.  He is currently one of the key principals involved with the GGAF, and has helped the organization form a partnership with OAA. 

Dr. Palumbo is a firm believer in the value of lifelong education. In March 2008, he received his board certification and was awarded the 2007 Sub-Specialty Certification in Sports Medicine. He has served on the Sports Medicine Evaluation Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine. As part of Dr. Palumbo's ongoing desire to teach, he participates in training residents in orthopaedic medicine and family practice. He is also frequently sought-after to speak at national meetings, and has published numerous articles in professional journals.

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Dr. Palumbo's Experience

Dr. Palumbo's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sever's Disease
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)


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  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Pennsylvania.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Cornell University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • University of Medicine And Dentistry of New Jersey / Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry/Robert Wood Johnson Medical
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry/Robert Wood Johnson Medical
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine/Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore Maryland
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Palumbo has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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in Doylestown, PA |
Best in class. I needed pretty significant work on my ankle: arthroscopy for loose bodies, plus open-incision work to repair torn ligaments and a damaged tendon. The entire experience has been flawless, from pre-op diagnosis to the surgery to post-op. That kind of surgery isn't pleasant, but my recovery has been a close to textbook as you can get. My physical therapist (not affiliated with Palumbo) said it's one of the best ankle repairs he has ever seen. I recommend without reservation.
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Dr. Palumbo accepts 18 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerihealth
    Personal Choice PPO
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
    Coventry Health America PPO
  • EmblemHealth
    Emblem Health
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • Golden Rule
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Community Blue PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Priority Health
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

Hospitals where Dr. Palumbo has admitting priveleges

Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg
2545 Schoenersville Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18017
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Lehigh Valley Hospital - 17th Street
1627 Chew St
Allentown, PA 18102
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Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest
1200 S Cedar Crest Blvd
Allentown, PA 18103
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St. Luke's Hospital - Bethlehem Campus
801 Ostrum St
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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