February 7, 2022
FORT THOMAS, KY – Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine as announced that Dr. Robert Pettit – a highly skilled, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports-related injuries – will lead Beacon’s Fort Thomas location, which is scheduled to open in late February.
Pettit is a Cincinnati native from Anderson Township who played on St. Xavier High School’s 2005 state championship football team and who served as an assistant team physician for The Boston Celtics.
“We’re very excited to welcome Dr. Pettit home to Cincinnati and into the Beacon family,” said Andy Blankemeyer, CEO of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. “He is another fellowship-trained expert in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine that we’ll be able to add to our already fantastic and rapidly growing Beacon team of physicians.”
Dr. Pettit trained with leaders in the fields of ACL reconstruction, cartilage restoration, meniscal allograft transplantation, knee osteotomies, mako robotic knee arthroplasty, arthroscopic shoulder surgery, and shoulder arthroplasty. He has a special interest in knee and shoulder preservation utilizing techniques to prolong joint health and delay or avoid joint replacement in young active patients. For those patients that could benefit from joint replacement, he is certified in Mako robotic-assisted knee and partial knee replacements.
Dr. Pettit completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at The Ohio State University, medical degree at the University of Cincinnati, and Orthopaedic residency at The OSU Wexner Medical Center. He completed his fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the prestigious Beth Israel New England Baptist Hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard and Tufts academic programs.
During his time in Boston, Dr. Pettit served as an assistant team physician for the Celtics as well as the New England Free Jacks major league rugby team and the Merrimack Warriors Division 1 teams.
As a child, Dr. Pettit’s physical activity and especially sports meant everything to him. He played baseball, basketball, football and soccer. At 12 years old, he was diagnosed with a rare disorder of the subchondral (the bone underneath cartilage) in both knees called Juvenile Osteochondritis Dissecans (JOCD). It is a condition that can lead to cartilage damage and early arthritis. He says he decided then that he wanted to become a surgeon.
“It was my first introduction to orthopaedic surgery,” said Pettit. “After several surgeries and phenomenal care, I was cleared to play football for Saint X.” He even was part of the school’s first state championship team.
Dr. Pettit spends his free time with his wife, Alison, a healthcare worker herself, and their growing family.
The new Fort Thomas location – Beacon’s 25th office in the Greater Cincinnati area – is being developed at 775 Alexandria Pike by Northern Kentucky based-Ashley Development Group just off of the entrance to the Highland County Club. Beacon also has Northern Kentucky locations at 600 Rodeo Drive in Erlanger and 2900 Chancellor Drive (Building 40) in Crestview Hills.
With the new office, Beacon patients will have access to enhanced services that include comprehensive orthopedic care, including orthopaedic urgent care, sports medicine, pain management, physical therapy, athletic training, imaging services, orthobiologics and surgeries at three dedicated surgery centers.
Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, is Ohio’s largest orthopaedic practice. Since 1996, Beacon Orthopaedics has helped thousands of patients overcome injuries and improve their quality of life. Beacon Orthopaedics provides medical direction and coverage for over 30 local high schools, five college athletics programs, and professional teams including the Cincinnati Reds.