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The University Orthopedics Trauma Team works closely together with the rest of Rhode Island Hospital’s trauma specialists, to identify bone and joint injuries and to fix them. We offer expertise and care that equals the world’s best. We also stand ready to help patients who develop complications after injury such as bones that don’t heal correctly, or bone infections. The following physicians and fellows are a part of the University Orthopedics Trauma Team:

Trauma Center Fellows

  • John Mason DePasse, MD, 401-443-4205
  • Joseph Gil, MD, 401-443-4205
  • Jonathan Hodax, MD, 401-443-4205
  • Joseph Johnson, MD, 401-443-4205
  • Seth O’Donnell, MD, 401-443-4205
  • Andrew Sobel, MD, 401-443-4205

About the Trauma Center at University Orthopedics

The sub-specialty of Orthopaedic Trauma has developed to provide expert care for patients with severe fractures (broken bones). In the past, these injuries too often caused disability, or even death. In the past 50 years, great strides have been made in treating fractures. Injuries that were previously managed with prolonged bed rest, traction, and casts are now often treated with operations that fix the broken bones, holding them together with special hardware while they heal. This usually allows a patient to be up and about, exercising and using injured legs and arms, helping to avoid prolonged stiffness and weakness.

Most Rhode Islanders with severe fractures have been injured in motor vehicle crashes, particularly motorcycle crashes, or as pedestrians struck by motor vehicles. Other causes of serious fractures are falls from high places and severe workplace injuries. With a severe fracture may come other injuries—perhaps more broken bones, or damage to other parts of the body. Expert evaluation and rapid treatment may be necessary to save life and limb. Patients with complex fractures, or with multiple injuries, need the care provided by a Trauma Center, like Rhode Island Hospital, our region’s only such institution. In a Trauma Center, teams of surgeons, other physicians, nurses, and supporting staff, all focused on treating the patient and his or her injuries are immediately ready to care for seriously injured patients. The hospital must ensure that all resources are immediately available, 24/7. Trauma Centers develop and practice routines for treating severe injuries and their complications. The University Orthopedics Trauma Center in Rhode Island is also ready to help patients who develop complications after injury such as bones that don’t heal correctly, or bone infections.


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  • Spine
    • The Spine Center are referred back and neck pain patients across the New England States.
  • Hand & Wrist
    • The Hand & Wrist center deals with both surgical and nonsurgical treatment of conditions and problems.
  • Joint Replacement
    • The Joint Replacement Center provides the most modern treatment options for knee, hip, and shoulder replacement
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
    • The Pediatric Orthopedic Center consist of three surgeons who specialize in the care of children.
  • Foot & Ankle
    • The Foot & Ankle Center involves clinical teams that specialize in foot and ankle surgery.
  • Shoulder & Elbow
    • The Shoulder & Elbow Center includes orthopedic surgeons and therapists who specialize in shoulder and elbow.
  • Sports Medicine
    • The Sports Medicine Center helps those with sports-related injuries recover quickly to return to activity.
  • Trauma & Fracture
    • The Trauma & Facture center works closesly together with Rhode Island Hospital's trauma specialists to identify injuries.
  • Oncology
    • Our orthopedic oncology center includes the expertise of a specialist in oncology and reconstructive surgery.
  • Cartilage Repair Center
    Cartilage Repair
    • The Cartilage Repair Center offers state-of-the-art treatment of joint cartilage lesions
  • Orthodirect for sprains, fractures, work accidents, sports injuries
    Ortho Direct
    • Ortho Direct treats patients with urgent orthopedic needs from sprains, fractures, work accidents & sports injuries.
Brochures & Journals
  • Back to Life Journal
    • Subscribe to our Back to Life Journal to read information on the latest advances on joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopedic problems and back and neck pain.
Home Remedy Book
  • Home Remedy Book
    • Have back or neck pain? Learn what causes symptoms and the home remedies that relieve pain. University Orthopedics mails out Home Remedy Books to residents throughout the New England area.
About Us

University Orthopedics in Providence, Rhode Island, is a regional referral center for patients with back and neck pain, joint pain, sports medicine problems, shoulder pain, hand problems, hip and knee pain, and foot and ankle injury. University Orthopedics utilizes fellowship-trained, sub-specialized physicians to treat a variety of orthopedic problems.