E. Scott Paxton, MD

dr christopher Got, orthopedic surgery rhode island, hand pain rhode island, non surgical hand treatment rhode island, trauma surgery rhode island, upper extremity specialist rhode islandE. Scott Paxton, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship-Trained in Shoulder and Elbow

Appointment Information:

Patient Appointments & Administration
Call: 401-457-2157

E. Scott Paxton, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship-Trained in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery - Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University


E. Scott Paxton, MD is a member of the Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He completed fellowship training in the treatment of problems of the shoulder and elbow at the renowned Rothman Institute in Philadelphia where he trained with many of the world's leaders in shoulder and elbow surgery.

The typical problems that he evaluates and treats include rotator cuff tears and impingement, shoulder and elbow instability and dislocations, shoulder and elbow arthritis, shoulder fractures (humerus, glenoid, scapula, and clavicle), elbow fractures, malunions and nonunions of these fractures, tendon injuries of the shoulder and elbow, labral tears, throwing injuries and other sports injuries of the upper extremity.

Dr. Paxton is an attending surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and a consultant at the Providence V.A. Medical Center. To learn more about shoulder replacement click here.

In addition to treating patients, he is actively involved in research and the education of present and future orthopaedic surgeons, including medical students, residents, and fellows at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brown Medical School. He is also actively involved in research related to shoulder and elbow disorders and has presented and published many papers regarding disorders of the shoulder and elbow.

Dr. Paxton graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and trained as a resident in orthopaedic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis.


Dudley Office
2 Dudley St, Suite 200
Providence, RI

Kettle Point
1 Kettle Point Ave.
East Providence, RI


Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Washington University in St. Louis


Fellowship-training in Shoulder and Elbow
Rothman Institute — Philadelphia, PA

Professional Affiliations:

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery — Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Shoulder and Elbow Specialties

Dr. Paxton performs all types of shoulder, elbow and upper extremity surgery


  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Arthroscopic labral repair
  • Arthroscopic capsular shift
  • Arthroscopic acromioplasty
  • Arthroscopic capsular release
  • Arthroscopic distal clavicle resection
  • Open rotator cuff repair
  • Open Bankart, capsular shift and other instability repairs
  • Acromioclavicular joint reconstructions and repairs
  • Tendon transfer surgery
  • Nerve decompressions
  • Shoulder joint replacements including humeral head replacement, humeral head resurfacing, total shoulder replacement and reverse total shoulder replacement
  • Nonunion and malunion surgery
  • Fracture repairs for proximal humerus, glenoid, scapula, clavicle, humerus
  • Shoulder revision surgery
  • Pectoralis major repair


  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Elbow dislocations and instability
  • Nerve decompressions
  • Partial and total elbow replacements
  • Contracture releases
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Fracture repair for distal humerus, proximal ulna and radius
  • Biceps tendon repair
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Radial head replacement
  • Elbow revision surgery

Getting to Know E. Scott Paxton, MD

Dr. Scott Paxton is a shoulder and elbow specialist at University Orthopedics.



Steve Tripp Strongman Athlete and UOI Patient

Steve Tripp is a competitive Strongman Athlete. He suffered a broken elbow or Olecranon Fracture during competition. Dr. E. Scott Paxton assessed the injury and created an approach that fit Steve's active lifestyle. 3 months after surgery, Steve won the Rhode Island Strong Man Competition. Here is Steve's story.

Dr. Paxton discusses innovative techniques in shoulder surgery with Providence Business News.

Providence Business News recently asked Dr. Scott Paxton to talk about some of the new surgeries he has begun performing, including the Tornier Simpliciti shoulder implant and the allograft dermis shoulder reconstruction, and how the procedures benefit younger patients, as well as his approach to various new orthopedic procedures.

Click here to read the full article .


Dr. Edward Paxton, MD Comments Would Recommend

The entire staff was amazing!!!!!  I have had several surgeries in the past and this was the only time I can say i had a phenomenal experience. Thank you all and I have already referred people to Dr. Paxton and his team


Dr. Paxton is a wondetful dr I will be happy to refer anyone to him

I liked Dr. Paxton very much.  My injury was such that rushing in to treat it was not to my benefit and I liked his recommendation on how to proceed going forward.




I have a high regard for his skill and knowledge. 


After X-rays and an mri I was referred to Dr Paxton who correctly diagnosed my health issue. Once that was done my frozen shoulder has improved tremendously with the right physical therapy treatment. I’m very happy with my outcome so far. 


Excellent doctor


Dr Paxton was extremely consideratepatient and knowledgeable about my condition. He gave me answers that i did not get from the surgical doctor who did my operation. He gave me two options to consider and offered his services should i need them. In short i wish i had done my procedure with Dr. Paxton in the first place.


He is a very knowledgeable and personal doctor. 


Dr Paxton is very trustworthy and attentive to my particular medical condition.  He is very easy to talk to and makes sure you know what the next steps are.


Dr. Paxton was very kind and explained everything. I feel so much better after he gave a me shot of Cortisone and feel much better. Thanks! [commented on 7/12/2018 9:18:43 AM Eastern Standard Time]




The lady physician and Dr Paxton were very knowledgeable they examined me in places jay weren't before touched by other physicians I had seen thereby highlighting areas of my shoulder injuries more precisely.


This is my second surgery with Dr Paxton and would not go anywhere else. Because of him and his care I would always go to University Orthopedics with any issue I have


No questions.

Had full faith in dr paxton performing the procedure...dad was out of the building as the surgery was completed but i contacted dr paxton through the portal and he said all went well...pain has been surprisingly minimal ..thank you dr paxton... the 2 pre-surgery nurses were awesome.. made me at ease and worked very well with each other..the anesthesiologist was thorough... and your exit nurse was outstanding... very pleased with th procedure and how everything transpired that day... thank you 100%

The two nurses I had I believe their names were Jackie and Denielle were great. They went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. Dr Paxton was awesome as usual but those 2 nurses made a stressful day great. I actually enjoyed those two they were great I cannot say enough about them


Dr. Paxton as in the past was excellent he easily communicated with me.  My only issue was the excessive wait time.  A staff could have come out and stated he was running about an hour late rather than having me seat there not knowing if they forgot about my appointment


Dr Paxton’s very attentive and extremely helpful. 


Would like to have received a more thorough explanation regarding a second surgical option.  I bear some responsibility for this as I was not prepared for a ‘reverse shoulder’ conversation. Follow up appointments are very very brief. 


great on time frame


Doctor Paxton took the time to listen to my concerns and answer my questions. This is the second time I have visited the doctor for injuries and I have the highest regard for him.


I am very happy that I was assigned to him. He is very personable and knowledgeable. 


I will follow up with him in the very near future.  


University Orthopedics is my first choice in care and has been for several injuries since 2006. I won't see anyone but Dr. Paxton for my severe tendonitis.


I am very happy with Dr. Paxton 


Dr. Henry was also excellent!


I love dr Paxton. He is always warm and very clear and is interested in what I have to say. So far I have never been disappointed in my visits.  I would absolutely refer him to anyone who needs shoulder work. Unequivocally. 


Dr Paxton was very thorough in his examination and explained his recommended process going forward. I feel confident that my condition will be resolved once Dr Paxton has all the test results.

Dr. Paxton was highly recommended by my sister Lynne Gavrillen 100%
Very nice 80%
What can be better than seeing an awesome doctor and a beautiful view of the upper bay! No high blood pressure for sure that day!!! 100%
"Dr Paxton is the best!!!" 100%

"Dr Paxton is a very understanding doctor he listens to what you say about aches and pains and won’t quit until he finds an answer that you feel comfortable with. I have referred him to many friends and family."

"It was a good experience with dr. Paxton. Wait was a bit more..but dr. Paxton explained my situation very thorough. I had a good 1st appointment experience." 90%
"This was my first visit of which I'm afraid there will be many. He was very professional and took the time to explain as much as he could with the limited information at hand. He ordered an immediate MRI to learn more. My first impression after the visit and reading his background is that he seems quick to respond to the immediate needs regarding the injury and the expertise he presented gave me some confidence. Very early in the game to to say more. I'm hopeful and anticipating a good working relationship and positive outcome." 80%
"After suffering since early 2017 with pain in my arm and shoulder I contacted Dr Paxton who became very proactive searching for answers to my problem. We did an ultra sound guided injection that only lasted a short period of time. Dr Paxton then explained the options that remained and seeing that neither PT nor the injection did the trick that surgery would be the answer. An Answer I knew was coming. I am looking forward to getting all the pre surgery stuff taken care of and then falling asleep (lol) as Dr Paxton fixes me up. I am the second member of my family to see Dr Paxton. My dad being the first and he too was pleased though did not need surgery. Looking forward to June 15th when the healing process will begin...Thank You Dr Paxton and Thank You Dr Akleman..... jim farley." 100%
"Very pleased with my visit." 100%
"I feel that Dr Paxton wasn’t to provide the best service need for you to have a speedy recovery." 100%
"I had i great visit with Dr Paxton he did listen to all of my questions great experience." 100%
"Your doing fine don't change anything." 100%
"Great!" 100%
"Dr. Paxton did a great job explaining what was going on with me and was very professional." 100%
"I really like Dr. Paxton and find Kettle Point beautiful however it is too far for people coming from Northern Rhode Island. It would be great if you considered having a satellite in this area. North Smithfield would be wonderful. We would love to have quality orthopaedic surgeons in this area!" 100%
"He was very understanding with my problem and was very accommodating." 100%
"I was very impressed with Dr. Paxton as well with his assistant. " 90%
"He is a great Doctor." 100%
"I find Dr. Paxton very patient and extremely good at explaining treatment and Procedures. This was my second surgery by him. Also, on the 2 occasions I had to use the portal for messages I received a reply within 24 hours." 100%
"Made me feel comfortable right away. felt trust within the first five minutes of meeting Dr. Paxton. Understood all that was going to happen to me. would use Dr. Paxton again if needed. Hopefully I won't need him after this." 100%
"Explained options in such an easy manner. I chose surgery. He was very low key about it. Explained as much as I wanted to know. Just great experience as could going into surgery." 100%
"Dr. Paxton is wonderful! Always explains clearly, makes me feel st ease, and most importantly is an excellent surgeon." 100%
"Every single person I interacted with was extremely pleasant and helpful. The process is very organized. I appreciate this immensely." 100%
"The Staff was all very sweet and nice but one of girls had way too much perfume on and it smelled nice but towards the end of spending time with her it was nauseating. It was during the X-ray time not the actual doctors visit." 100%
"Outstanding professional persona and completely trustworthy for any anticipated treatment and or surgery." 100%
"Great awesome Doctor that knows what he is taking about...Did a REAM AND RUN surgery on my left shoulder last May and it worked out great and now going for my right shoulder soon in a few months...Definitely would recommend ppl to him and glad that I'm his patient." 100%
"Gave me a shot in my shoulder felt better immediately and feel great now."  100%
"Dr. Paxton makes you feel like you’re in good hands."   100%
"Extremely informative. Very kind." 100%
"Knowledgeable compassionate, sincere. Great Doctor." 100%
"Excellent doctor!"   100%
"Have been pleased with my care. " 100%
"Great doctor!" 100%
"Very punctual, it was a pleasure not having to wait for hours to see him, as I have done at other doctors appointments, not with this group."  100%
"I am very thankful for what Dr Paxton has done for me. The medical staff all have been fantastic, towards me and making sure I am comfortable while I am at the office, and take the time to explain information to me." 100%
"Dr Paxton is a great doctor he really knows what he is doing. Great operation minimal scaring and he has great bed side manors he really takes time to talk to you. I would recommend him."  100%