LUMBERTON — Eric A. Breitbart, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, has joined the medical staff of Southeastern Health and will provide care at Southeastern Orthopedics and oversee Southeastern Health’s athletic training program.
Breitbart was a high school athlete who participated in soccer and ran track until an injury during his senior year forced him to have knee scopes on both knees. That was his first introduction into orthopedics and sports medicine, which set the stage for his career as an orthopedic surgeon. Additionally, it sparked his interest in helping athletes, which helped bring him to Lumberton.
A native of Northern New Jersey, Breitbart earned a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark in 2009. He completed an orthopedic residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in June 2014 and a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in July, where he received specialized training in both adult sports medicine and pediatric sports medicine through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Breitbart’s specialized pediatric and adult sports medicine training is a new addition to the services now offered at Southeastern Orthopedics.
“Children are not just small adults in terms of orthopedics. Pediatric injuries are treated differently and in sports medicine it is the same thing,” Breitbarts aid. “Kids have different injury patterns. Treatment options and surgical procedures require modified techniques depending on the kid’s size.”
Breitbart will also work with Southeaster Health’s athletic training program, which expanded in 2011 to include a partnership with the Public Schools of Robeson County. Southeastern Health hired six licensed athletic trainers for each of Robeson County’s high schools. The trainers provide assistance during practices and games for student athletes to help prevent and care for injuries.
Working with Southeasterm Health’s athletic trainers, Breitbart will provide care to local high school athletes as well as work alongside the trainers with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Breitbart will be in direct communication with the trainers, and together they will assist athletes in getting diagnosed and treated as safely and efficiently as possible.
“Trainers are the eyes and ears on the field and are great physician extenders. It is important to have them,” Breitbart said.
He plans to assist with the UNCP athletic training program and will offer a weekly clinic to give college athletes the opportunity to have more access to care. He will also provide coverage at home UNCP football games and some other UNCP sporting events.
In addition to overseeing the athletic training program, Breitbart will be joining the faculty of Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine as an assistant professor and actively participate in the education of medical students and residents.
“I’m excited to join the hospital and provide a service that hasn’t been here in a long time and to work alongside coaches, trainers and students in the area,” Breitbart said. “Also this is a great opportunity to help educate medical students with Campbell.”
Breitbart, who lives in Hope Mills, is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has published 15 peer-reviewed articles in the field of orthopedics and holds two U.S. patents with several pending.
Southeastern Orthopedics is located at Southeastern Health Park, 4901 Dawn Drive, Suite 2300, in Lumberton. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 910-738-1065.