Dr. Eberhart with patient from Columbia.

Dr. Robert Eberhart Retires After 36 Years at AOSM

Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has officially announced the retirement of Dr. Eberhart, after thirty-six years as an orthopedic hand surgeon in the New Hampshire Seacoast community. As one of the original founders of Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, and its leader for over 35 years, Dr. Eberhart’s impact on the practice cannot be overstated.  

“We would not be one of the premiere medical providers in the Seacoast without him. Dr. Eberhart’s leadership and example will continue to inspire us even after his departure,” said Matt Lane, Executive Director at Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.  

Dr. H. Matthew Quitkin, a board certified, fellowship trained hand surgeon, who joined the practice in 2019,  is available to treat current and new patients facing a variety of hand and wrist ailments ranging from arthritis and fractures to tendonitis and nerve issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome. The entire staff at AOSM will be available to help patients during this transition.  

In a letter to his patients, Dr. Eberhart said, “I have enjoyed my career tremendously. I have taken great pride and have received great joy in doing my best to help all of my patients. I also have been fortunate to work with a group of outstanding healthcare professionals to build Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine into the excellent orthopedic practice that it is today. Thank you for your trust and loyalty for all these years. It has been a great honor and a privilege to be an orthopedic provider on the Seacoast.” 

The practice recently held a holiday event at The Outlook in Berwick, Maine during which they honored and paid tribute to Dr. Eberhart with speeches and a farewell video with messages from current and past staff, colleagues, and patients. His impact on all those he worked with and cared for was evident through the laughter and the tears of this special farewell. Dr. Eberhart is an avid athlete and boating enthusiast and has many plans to keep moving and doing what he loves.

Dr. Robert Eberhart with Marc Shepcaro of Rye during a follow-up visit at Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine’s new location at 1900 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth. Suzanne Laurent photo. Taken in 2016.

Hand in Hand: Doctor Treats Colombian man’s Rare Disease

This is an excerpt from an article written by Suzanne Laurent for seacoastonline.com. You can read the full article here.

PORTSMOUTH – Luis Guillermo Fernandez was all smiles as he played a game of pick-up soccer with his 13-year-old son Luciano Fernandez in the parking lot of Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, just off Route 1.

Fernandez, 57, suffers from Dupuytren’s contracture, a disease that leads to limited use of the hand when tissues in the palm thicken forming a cord, eventually making it unable to straighten the fingers.

Usually a slowly progressing disease, Fernandez first noticed the symptoms about seven years ago, but they became more pronounced over the last couple of years, leading him to do some research on the disease and treatment through the Internet.

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