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Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon
Clinical Assistant Professor of the Brown Medical School

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Alexander Robertson, MD

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon
Clinical Assistant Professor of the Brown Medical School


Dr. Alexander Robertson treats all disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. These conditions include herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, instability, deformity, tumor, trauma, and infection. His special interests include biologic enhancement of bone fusion, minimally invasive spinal procedures, and total disc replacement. All patients who present with back or neck pain are thoroughly evaluated, given a diagnosis, and a treatment plan is initiated. Whether the patient can best be served by non-operative management or spine surgery, the goal is the same: restoration of function and a return to an active and healthy life.

Dr. Robertson joined University Orthopedics, Inc. in 2004. He has admitting privileges at The Miriam hospital, Newport Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital.

Meet Dr. Robertson:

Dr. Robertson was born in Albany, NY, his family later moved to West Hartford, CT, this is where he spent much of his childhood. He was introduced to the medical field early as his father is an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon. Dr. Robertson attended high school at Loomis Chaffee, a preparatory school in Windsor, CT. He excelled in both academics and sports. He earned cum laude honors while serving as captain of the soccer team. In addition, Dr. Robertson was ranked nationally in squash and named All-New England in lacrosse. Following high school, he completed his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth where he again earned cum laude honors while playing varsity lacrosse and squash. Before entering medical school, he spent a year perfecting his skills on the ski slopes in Telluride, CO. Dr. Robertson earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia before completing his residency and fellowship-training in Trauma at Brown University. He furthered his medical training at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia by completing a fellowship in spine.

On a personal level, Dr. Robertson and his wife have three cute and athletic young girls betweens the ages of 8 and 13 — who take after their mother. The family also has a large Bernese mountain dog. In his spare time, Dr. Robertson stays fit by playing a variety of racket sports including tennis, paddle tennis and squash. He also enjoys mountain biking, fly fishing, coaching his daughters’ soccer and lacrosse teams, traveling and being outdoors.


Kettle Point
1 Kettle Point Ave.
East Providence, RI

Undergraduate Degree:

Dartmouth College

Medical Degree:

University of Virginia School of Medicine


Orthopaedic residency at Rhode Island Hospital


Spine fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia

Professional Affiliations:

Clinical assistant professor at Brown Medical School

Physician Assistant

Jennifer (Iasiello) Pinhancos, PA-C

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Jennifer (Iasiello) Pinhancos MPAS, PA-C, is the Physician Assistant to Dr. Alexander Robertson. She has been with University Orthopedics since January 2012. In that role, she specializes in hip and knee replacement as well as disorders of the spine.

Jennifer graduated with her BS in Exercise Science in 2005 from the University of Massachusetts/ Amherst. She was a Dean’s List student while competing in both indoor and outdoor track. Jennifer received her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from James Madison University in December 2010. Prior to joining the staff at University Orthopedics, she worked in internal medicine and has prior experience working in the post-operative care and rehabilitation of patients. She is also an active member of the AAPA and PAOS organizations.

In her role of Physician Assistant, Jennifer’s responsibilities include evaluation and treatment of soft tissue disorders as well as joint issues. She orders and interprets appropriate laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging and also performs office procedures including injections, aspirations of the joints and bracing. Jennifer also assists in the OR with total joint replacements and arthroscopic procedures. She manages the pre- and post-operative care of surgical patients as well as the non-surgical care. She loves working closely with patients to help them reach their goals.

In her spare time, Jennifer loves cooking, running, learning to play golf and spending time with her husband.

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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
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    • The Cartilage Repair Center offers state-of-the-art treatment of joint cartilage lesions
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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.