About Dr Blaine

Background and Experience

Dr. Theodore Blaine is the Physician in Chief of the Bone and Joint Institute and the former Interim Chairman of the Yale University Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Before joining Yale Orthopedics in 2011, he practiced for eight years with Columbia Orthopaedics – New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and four years with University Orthopedics at Brown University. 


Dr. Blaine has authored and edited over 100 papers and textbook chapters in orthopaedic surgery, published two textbooks on minimally invasive shoulder and elbow surgery, and is currently Co-Editor in Chief and Founder of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty. 


His professional training includes fellowships in Shoulder and Sports Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Elbow Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, and Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Rochester. He is an active member of multiple selective and prestigious orthopaedic societies, including the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Shoulder and Elbow Society, the American Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and Castle Connolly "Top Doctors" in the New York Metro Area

Clinical Experience

Dr. Blaine’s clinical interests and experience include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow, orthopaedic trauma, sports medicine and athletic injuries, and orthopedic research. Dr. Blaine was a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale Medical School and Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Yale New Haven Hospital. He is also Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Greenwich Hospital, Hartford Hospital, and Stamford Hospital, serving patients throughout Connecticut, New York, and Fairfield county.


Dr. Blaine is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons with additional subspecialty accreditation by the American Society of Sports Medicine. 


A former competitive athlete in swimming, football and lacrosse (Avon Old Farms School '84 and Princeton University '88), Dr. Blaine enjoys treating all athletic injuries in patients of all ages. He has significant expertise in treating shoulder and elbow instability, labral tears, and tendonitis of the shoulder and elbow (impingement syndrome and tennis elbow). 


He has been team physician at the collegiate and professional level including soccer, football, hockey, lacrosse, and baseball. He was Team physician for the Yale University Athletic Teams, Assistant to the Team Physican for the New York Yankees, and is currently the Head Team Physician for the CT State Champion Darien HS Football team.

Current Practice

Dr. Blaine has a world renowned reputation and treats many national and international patients. In 2018, he became the Physician in Chief of the Hartford Healthcare Bone and Joint Institute.  This state of the art institute is brings the most experienced orthopedic surgeons and musculoskeletal care providers together under one roof, providing elite level care to patients throughout the region.  


Dr. Blaine maintains multiple office locations throughout Connecticut (Stamford, Greenwich, Hartford, Rocky Hill.) He is pleased to serve all patients throughout New England in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.


A recognized specialist in minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder and elbow, Dr. Blaine  has pioneered several new medical and surgical techniques including injectable medications for shoulder arthritis, minimally invasive shoulder replacement and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. He also lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on the latest technologies in Shoulder Replacement Surgery, including Reverse Shoulder Replacement, Resurfacing and Stemless bone-sparing designs. He is one of the few physicians in Connecticut who performs complex procedures including muscle transfer operations, superior capsule reconstruction, and revision shoulder and elbow surgery.