Dr. Robert Palumbo, MD

Dr. Robert Palumbo, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  

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Dr. Robert Palumbo, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Allentown, PA and has been practicing for 25 years. He specializes in orthopedic surgery, orthopedic trauma surgery, and more.Read his story

OAA Orthopaedic Specialists

250 Cetronia Rd Fl 2

Allentown, PA 18104
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Insurance Accepted

  • 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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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Palumbo performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 96% of peers
Knee Disorders
very high
more than 94% of peers
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
more than 90% of peers

Dr. Palumbo's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Palumbo's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Palumbo "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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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Palumbo "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."

7  Specialties

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

3  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*

36  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
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • 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 and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • 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
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • 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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16  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • 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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Dr. Palumbo's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Palumbo to family and friends
20 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (20)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Palumbo's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

Super personable and patiently answered all my questions. Highly recommend
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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...more
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