Rothman Orthopaedics to be 'up and running' in 5th state in 2022

Alan Condon -  

Fifteen months ago, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute partnered with Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based AdventHealth to ease its expansion into Florida, and now the practice plans to open in California.

Alex Vaccaro, MD, PhD, president of the Philadelphia-based group, said in an interview with Becker's Spine Review that Rothman Orthopaedics will "continue to expand our brand nationally" and aims to be "up and running in the West Coast by next year," with further expansions planned in the North and Southeast.

The expansion into Florida had been in the works for several years, with Texas and California also being considered, Dr. Vaccaro told Becker's in October 2020.

"I think you're going to see more orthopedic groups entering Florida in the future. You're going to see communities that are growing and communities with aging populations. We take care of people with aging orthopedic problems, performing total joint replacement, spinal stenosis, etc. Areas with good weather have a lot of sports-related injuries," he said. "I think you will find those areas to be battlegrounds. If you look at states like Texas, California and Florida, it makes sense."

Dr. Vaccaro added that the secret behind expanding into these areas "is to get local, great physicians, combine them with younger surgeons coming into the market, and then infuse our culture by having tenured surgeons that we work with relocate to that community."

Rothman Orthopaedics has more than 190 physicians and locations in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Florida. 

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