August 26, 2021
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is proud to announce the addition of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Pettit. Dr. Pettit is a highly skilled, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports-related injuries. Dr. Pettit will hold clinic at four different Beacon locations, before spearheading Beacon’s new Fort Thomas location once building is complete in January of 2022.
“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 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 (affiliated with Harvard and Tufts academic programs). During his time in Boston, he served as an assistant team physician for the Boston Celtics, New England Free Jacks (major league rugby), and the Merrimack Warriors Division 1 teams.
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 is a Cincinnati native from Anderson Township and graduated from St. Xavier High School as a member of the 2005 State Championship Football Team. His personal experience with sports-related injuries compelled him to pursue a career in Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine. He has a particular interest in helping patients get back to a functional lifestyle at any stage of life and level of competition.
During Dr. Pettit’s childhood, 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’s study and work experience have energized him to give back to his home community. Even while out of town, he volunteered with St. X’s “Career ConneXions” program (designed to help students discern their college and career goals). As he settles locally, Dr. Pettit hopes to further use his personal experiences as an athlete, a patient, a student and a physician to offer the most compassionate high-quality advice to students interested in Sports Medicine.
Dr. Pettit spends his free-time with his wife, Alison, a healthcare worker herself, and their growing family. They are excited to move back to Cincinnati with their two young boys and third child due in January 2022. They are thrilled to be surrounded by family and friends in the Cincinnati area.
Schedule an appointment today to meet with Dr. Rob Pettit at one of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine’s locations in Hyde Park (at the Cincinnati Sports Club), Anderson, Erlanger, KY and Lawrenceburg, Indiana.