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Dr. Robert M. Titelman

Dr. Robert M. Titelman, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery
Castle Connolly Top Doctor Since: 2020
About Dr. Robert M. Titelman
Professional Statement
Robert M. Titelman, MD, specializes in orthopaedic surgery at Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Titelman has special expertise in sports medicine and treating injuries and conditions of the shoulder and elbow — especially in performing arthroscopic surgery for tears and fractures.

He is a native of Atlanta, where he attended Westminster School.

Using the most sophisticated technologies and tools, Dr. Titelman performs a variety of advanced procedures, some of which are not widely offered. These include arthroscopic elbow surgery, rotator-cuff repair, shoulder replacement, and open-fracture repairs.

Dr. Titelman treats all types of shoulder and elbow conditions — from rotator-cuff injuries, tendonitis, and shoulder instability to fractures, tendon tears, stiffness, and arthritis. He performs both minimally invasive procedures and traditional open surgery, and he cares for both athletes and non-athletes. He surgically treats patients 12 and older when necessary.

Notably, surgery is a last-resort treatment for many of Dr. Titelman’s patients.

“I strive to make patients better as non-invasively as possible,” he says. “Many people come in expecting surgery, but we want to improve people’s lives as much as we can without surgery.”

He also believes in engaging patients in their own care.

“I think patients should be part of the decision-making process, so I try to give mine the information they need to make informed choices,” he says. “I tell them about the different treatment options for their particular issues, what I recommend for them, and what I would do if I were in their position.”

Whatever the problem or treatment, Dr. Titelman holds himself to a high standard of patient care.

“I expect the best of myself and am committed to doing my best to get patients back to the lives they want to live,” he says. “I love seeing my patients out in the community and knowing that I’ve changed their lives for the better.”

Dr. Titelman earned his medical degree (Alpha Omega Alpha) at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, Georgia. He completed a general surgery internship and an orthopaedic surgery residency at University of California, Davis Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in shoulder surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center and a fellowship in elbow surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Titelman is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in both orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine.

He stays on the leading edge of advances in his field by participating in research and professional development activities such as the Mayo Clinic’s "Teach the Teachers" courses. He’s currently taking part in clinical studies of shoulder-replacement implants in younger patients and arthroscopic surgery.

Dr. Titelman shares his expertise by training other practicing orthopaedic surgeons at Emory Healthcare and Northside Hospital on advanced techniques and technologies, such as intraoperative navigation, or “robotic” orthopaedic surgery.
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Board Certification
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgery
Training and Faculty Appointments
Medical School
Medical College of Georgia, 1997
UC Davis Medical Center
Orthopaedic Surgery, 1998 - 2002
Univ Washington
Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, 2002 - 2003
* Dates are self-reported data
Practice Locations
Resurgens Orthopaedics
5671 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 900, Floor 7
Atlanta, GA 30342
Q&A with the doctor

Does a torn rotator cuff always require surgery?

No, that’s a common misconception. A torn rotator cuff requires surgery in only about 50 percent of cases. With some physical therapy and MRI monitoring, the other 50 percent of patients with this injury can heal on their own, without surgery.

You take pride in delivering the most current sports medicine and shoulder and elbow care. What’s an example?

We’re working on a new arthroscopic technique for ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John surgery”) that uses better ways to fix the new elbow ligament in place and make it stronger. The goal is to help people get back sooner to throwing and using their elbows.

Can a broken shoulder heal correctly without surgery?

Every case is unique, but yes, unless the shoulder is significantly out of place, many shoulder breaks can heal well without surgery. We often treat broken shoulder bones with a brace, x-ray monitoring, and a prescription for physical therapy.
Awards and Credentials
Regional Guides
Atlanta Magazine: Top Doctors: 2020, 2021
Modern Luxury - The Atlantan Magazine: 2022
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Hospital Information
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital - Atlanta
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(678) 843-7001