Dr. Steve A. Petersen, MD

Dr. Steve A. Petersen, MD


Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery | Male | 62 years old

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I am committed to a comprehensive approach for the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder disorders through specialized patient care, individualized rehabilitation programs, and if necessary, advanced surgical procedures to include arthroscopic and open techniques. My practice specializes in treating common and complex shoulder disorders with patient education emphasized in my care.Read more

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A product of the Mid-West, I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and went to undergraduate school in Illinois farm...Read more

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Patient Reviews (29)
in Sparrows Point, MD |
Dr. Petersen is a special person. Accomplished in his field, kind, gentle, ready to fully explain your problem and answer your questions. Good Samaritan and Dr. Petersen made me feel safe and secure.
in Mechanicsburg, PA |
Excellent doctor, knowledge,bedside manner,and his ability in the operating room is second to none.
in Burtonsville, MD |
Terrific doctor and amazing surgeon. Tremendous results. He has my highest recommendation. Wish all doctors were as awesome!!
in Baltimore, MD |
I would recommend Dr. S. Petersen to others because of his knowledge of shoulders, his willingness to offer options besides shoulder replacement, his ability to ensure trust and his overall demeanor plus his experience and research into arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
in Pikesville |
Competent and thorough. Had me take a test my neurosurgeon overlooked resulting in a better diagnosis. Excellent patient demeanor. Consultation not rushed and he answered all my questions fully.
in Parkville, MD |
Dr Petersen performed a total shoulder replacement on me on 9/20/16. He was very up front with what my experience would be during recovery. The first week I was pretty sore but after that there was minimal pain, if any. I am 8 weeks out and I feel great. I still have some exercises I do every day at home. I would highly recommend him, he is very personable and takes the time to explain everything. His staff is very pleasant along with Alex, his P.A.
in Parkville, MD |
Dr. Petersen was very patient and concise in explaining what was involved in the procedure and what to expect afterwards and throughout rehab. I would highly recommend Dr. Petersen to anyone who is having shoulder issues
in Baltimore, MD |
Dr Petersen performed my shoulder surgery in April. I could not have been more satisfied with the entire experience. Priscilla the office manager was so helpful in preparing me for the surgical day. Dr Petersen himself was extremely professional, offering as much time as needed with each follow up visit. He answers all questions no matter how long. Alex his P.A. was always present and helpful with all requests. So greatful that Dr Petersen's name was highly recommended to me. AWESOME TEAM !
in Ellicott City, MD |
I could see that Dr. Peterson takes great pride in his profession because of the time he took with me and my wife to clearly explain the procedure with my up coming surgery. His P.A Alex is extremely considerate and knowledgeable when it comes to the patient concerns/issues during my office visit. I can't say enough about Dr. Peterson and his P.A, Alex but, thank you for your time and expertise. Also, I truly appreciate that I had the opportunity to have my physical therapy completed in my home
in Winter garden florida |
Detailed explanation of medical condition and thoroughness of examination. He answered all questions politely and is never end rushed. I leave florida to come see him in Maryland because he is so very good in his field of expertise.
in silver spring, md |
Dr. Petersen is precise in his exam and lays out testing & treatment options very clearly, letting you know what he expects to learn from a test and what treatment options exist for the possible test results.
in Baltimore, MD |
Dr. Petersen is takes a lot of pride in his profession. He clearly explains the procedure from start to finish. His assistant, Alex, is very knowledgable and helpful. I had some concerns the day after surgery. Dr. Petersen and Alex promptly came to the hospital room.
in Olney,Md |
Shelly in Olney- I had three surgeries with Dr. Petersen, I consider him to be very skilled and knowledgable. He explained everything I wanted to know and was very generous with his time. My case was complicated and he did an outstanding job. Not only is he brilliant he's also kind and compassionate. I would never consider seeing another shoulder orthopedist. I would whole heartedly recommend him to anyone in need of his services.
in Easton, MD |
He took the time to explain treatment options. Was thorough and not rushed. I had a reverse shoulder replacement five years ago with absolutely no postoperative pain! It is still perfect. So when I had a problem with the other shoulder I made an appointment with Dr. Petersen. He is a world-class surgeon. I would fly to Baltimore from anywhere in the world to have Dr. Petersen take care of me!
in Conowingo, MD |
I have already recommended Dr. Petersen to a friend of mine. Dr. Petersen was able to repair my fully torn shoulder muscle even after it had been declared irreparable by my first orthopedic surgeon. Under his care, I am now on the way to a fuller recovery than I might have otherwise achieved. Thank you, Dr. Petersen.
in Highland, MD |
I had a total shoulder replacement in 2013 and couldn't be happier. Good as new. Same total range of motion as before. Same/improved level of muscular strength.
in Timonium, MD |
Dr. Petersen is a top notch doctor. He is thorough, patient, and a good listener. With three decades of broad and specialized experience to draw upon, Dr. Petersen's plan of care has proven to be successful each time I have turned to him for help. He is a Super Doc, and I wouldn't trust my care to any other orthopedic surgeon.
Waynesboro, PA |
Dr. Petersen is generous with his time in explaining in detail the cause and remedy of your condition. A refreshing experience in today's busy world. He is impressive.
in Aberdeen, MD |
I am a (75) yr old woman who couldn't lift my arm, (6) weeks later i am with out pain and have total movement with arm and shoulder.
in Abingdon, MD |
The same excellent care year after year. One of the best!
in Owings Mills, MD |
Dr. Peterson and his staff are very professional. He was able to diagnose my issues and provide successful treatments that other doctors were unable to provide.
in New York, NY |
My experience with Dr. Petersen and his PA was refreshing. It reminded me of the way healthcare used to be. They care and it shows. You're not rushed and he's great with explaining what's going on and proactive in his method of care.
in Baltimore, MD |
Aside from Dr. Petersen's obvious professional skills, he is generous with his time and eager to answer questions.
in Baltimore, MD |
I was very happy with the care that Dr. Petersen provided me for a shoulder problem. He explained things in an understandable way. I eventually required surgery for shoulder impingement; the pre-operative instructions were very comprehensive and helpful.
in Baltimore, MD |
I would recommend Dr. Peterson because he was very kind, gentle, and descriptive. He explained my condition to me where I could understand it.
in Maryland Line, MD |
I am very satisfied with the result of the operation
in Baltimore, MD |
I have had left shoulder replacement and right reverse shoulder replacement both without complications.
in Cockeysville, MD |
Dr. Petersen is a doctor that explains things in a patient and clear manner. He makes you feel comfortable and that you are being taken care of by a true specialist in shoulder care. That is all he does. I contacted another office that was rude and not accommodating at all. I am so glad I went to see Dr. Petersen.
in Baltimore, MD |
I highly recommend Dr. Petersen to anyone who has shoulder problems. This is my second (first with Dr. Petersen) shoulder surgery and I could not be happier. He makes you feel that you are a part of the process, and is clear and concise with his explanations. He invites you to speak up and ask questions, and ensures you understand everything discussed each visit (protocols, procedures, medical terminology used, etc.). I am extremely happy with the procedure and highly recommend him.
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Dr. Petersen says...

A product of the Mid-West, I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and went to undergraduate school in Illinois farm country, Monmouth Illinois, where I majored in Chemistry and played varsity football. I graduated from Chicago's Rush Medical School with honors in 1981 and spent the following 6 years as an orthopaedic resident and graduate student at The Mayo Graduate School of Medicine/Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I attended medical school on an Army Health Professions Scholarship and as a Major, AMC, served 4 years as the Associate Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at Letterman Army Medical Center (LAMC), Presidio of San Francisco, CA., and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. I completed a shoulder fellowship in 1991, with Dr. Richard Hawkins at the Steadman/Hawkins Clinic, Vail, CO. Since 1992, I have served in leadership positions as Associate Professor in the Orthopaedic Departments of Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI., and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. I have trained over 120 orthopaedic residents and shoulder fellows, served as interim Chair for the Wayne State Orthopaedic Department, and shoulder fellowship director and co-director for the Johns Hopkins Shoulder Division. I have been fortunate to have been awarded teacher of the year by the LAMC and Wayne State orthopaedic residents, selected in 1999 as a European Traveling Fellow by the American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES) , and by my peers as Best Doctor in America from 2002-present. I continue to remain active in clinical orthopaedic research and have authored/co-authored over 60 peer reviewed publications/chapters. I am a member in numerous othropaedic societies to include ASES, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, American Orthopaedic Society, Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, Orthopaedic Research Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Petersen's Care Philosophy

I am committed to a comprehensive approach for the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder disorders through specialized patient care, individualized rehabilitation programs, and if necessary, advanced surgical procedures to include arthroscopic and open techniques. My practice specializes in treating common and complex shoulder disorders with patient education emphasized in my care.

Dr. Petersen says...

I have had a shoulder specialty practice since 1987, with my practice based at an academic medical center the majority of my career. This has provided me the opportunity to provide care for challenging shoulder disorders and offer safe, comprehensive, "state of the art" treatments that offer predictable results/outcomes.

Dr. Petersen says...

My shoulder practice has 30 years of experience in performing open and arthroscopic procedures including shoulder replacement (total shoulder and reverse shoulder replacement), rotator cuff, shoulder instability, shoulder trauma (fracture), and complex revision shoulder surgery.

Dr. Petersen'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 Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Maryland not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)


  • Medical School
    Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ

    Graduated in 1981

  • Internship Hospital
    Mayo Clin

    Completed in 1981

  • Residency Hospital
    Mayo Grad School Med/Mayo Fndn

    Completed in 1987

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Clinic

    Completed in 1991


    Completed in 1999

  • Undergraduate School
    Monmouth Mc

    Graduated in 1976

  • Other Education
    Mayo U

    Completed in 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction

Procedures Performed

  • Arthroscopic Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision Surgery
  • Revision of Total Joint
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection