Tuckahoe Orthopaedic Associates

Jason R. Hull, MD

Dr. Jason R. Hull is a member of the Joint Replacement Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. He earned his medical degree from Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 1999. After completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at VCU, he was awarded a fellowship in adult reconstruction of the hip and knee at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Hull recently joined Tuckahoe Orthopaedics after spending seven years on the faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at VCU. He was a recipient of the Kenneth Davis, MD, award for teaching excellence in the orthopaedic surgery residency program.

Dr. Hull specializes in adult reconstruction of the hip and knee, which includes:
- Treatment of hip and knee problems arising from arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, injuries and trauma, and some congenital / developmental conditions.
- Treatment of failed total hip and knee replacements.
- Treatment of infected hip and knee replacements.

Many of his patients benefit from conservative treatments and less invasive surgeries. When surgery is required, he is skilled and experienced in total hip and knee replacement, complex revision total hip and knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and joint preserving procedures such as osteotomies of the hip and knee.

Dr. Hull grew up in Richmond. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond, where he majored in chemistry and played football before suffering a career-ending knee injury that spawned his interest in orthopaedic surgery. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, coaching youth baseball and church fellowship.

Chad E. Aarons, MD, MPT

Dr. Chad E. Aarons specializes in treatment of injuries, diseases and conditions of the musculoskeletal system with orthopedic care for children and is a member of the Pediatric Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. Prior to medical school, he earned a Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. He received his medical degree from University of Miami School of Medicine. He served both his internship and residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. From there, he advanced to Atlanta Scottish Rite Hospital where he was awarded a Pediatric Orthopaedic fellowship.

Dr. Aarons devotes his practice entirely to children, ranging from newborns to 21 years. He is trained to treat any orthopedic condition involving children and is especially interested in scoliosis, hip disease and sports injuries. Many of his patients benefit from conservative treatments and less invasive surgeries. When surgery is required, he offers the most up-to-date surgical procedures. He participates in orthopedic research and has published numerous papers. Recent publications are about pediatric ACL injuries and also pediatric injuries related to Heelys (shoes).

Dr. Aarons grew up in southern New Jersey. He first lived in Richmond while pursuing his undergraduate studies at University of Richmond. He has always enjoyed sports, especially soccer and ice hockey. As a teenager, he also experienced sports from a different perspective as he served as a student athletic trainer. He was an All-State soccer player in high school and continues to play soccer recreationally. Dr. Aarons is married and has one child. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, woodworking and spending time with his family.

William R. Beach, MD

Dr. William R. Beach specializes in treatment of patients with knee, elbow and shoulder injuries. He is a member of the Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics as well as the President of Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. He received his medical degree from Ohio State University. After completing his internship and residency at Washington University School of Medicine, he was awarded a fellowship in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine at Orthopaedic Research of Virginia in Richmond.

Dr. Beach’s patients range from the younger athlete with traumatic sports injuries to the more mature patient with repetitive injuries. He also treats injured workers. Many injuries can be treated with rehabilitation and conservative therapies. When surgery is required, the majority of his patients will benefit from less invasive, arthroscopic surgery. The arthroscopic procedures that he most often performs are ACL reconstruction and meniscal surgery of the knee, as well as rotator cuff repairs and shoulder stabilizations.

Dr. Beach is actively involved with the Arthroscopy Association of North America and currently serves as 1st Vice President. He has a passion for education and now trains surgeons participating in the same fellowship program that he attended at Orthopaedic Research of Virginia. This is one of the largest Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy fellowship programs on the East Coast. Dr. Beach also participates in orthopedic research, which has resulted in numerous improvements in arthroscopic surgery.

Dr. Beach grew up in Ohio, where he loved sports, especially football. In high school, he earned 10 varsity letters and was an All-State football player. He was later inducted into his high school’s Sports Hall of Fame. He continued to excel in football while attending college at Wittenberg University. He was a Kodak All-American his senior year and an Academic All-American his junior and senior years. He received a NCAA post-graduate scholarship for medical school. He was inducted into the Wittenberg Hall of Honor in 2004. Dr. Beach is married and has four children and one grandchild. He continues to stay active and enjoys playing golf in his free time.

John Blank, MD

Dr. John E. Blank specializes in surgery of the elbow, wrist and hand. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he graduated cum laude. He served his internship and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was then awarded a fellowship for Hand and Elbow Surgery in Boston at Tufts University School of Medicine. In addition to being certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Blank also holds the Certificate for Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Blank and his medical staff treat adult and pediatric patients with musculoskeletal conditions and injuries of the hand, wrist, and elbow. Many patients benefit from conservative treatments, including medication, splinting, physical therapy and/or injections, arthroscopy and microsurgery; over 1,000 procedures performed in the last two years.

Dr. Blank is well respected in the medical community and holds the honor of being named one of Richmond magazine’s “Top Docs” in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012. He enjoys teaching and is an upper extremity/hand anatomy instructor to sports medicine fellows at Orthopaedic Research of Virginia. He is married and has four children. He appreciates running and participates in many half and full marathons.

Paul E. Caldwell, MD

Dr. Paul E. Caldwell specializes in treatment of patients with knee, elbow and shoulder injuries. He is a member of the Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. He is a Richmond native and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. After completing his internship and residency, he was selected to attend a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Jackson, MS.

Dr. Caldwell’s patients range from the younger athlete with traumatic sports injuries to the more mature patient with repetitive injuries. He also treats injured workers. The majority of injuries can be treated with rehabilitation, but will occasionally require minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery. The arthroscopic procedures that he most often performs are ACL reconstruction and meniscal surgery of the knee, as well as rotator cuff and labral repairs of the shoulder.

Dr. Caldwell has a passion for education and takes an active role in training the next generation of sports medicine and arthroscopic surgeons. On the local level, he is an integral part of the Orthopaedic Research of Virginia fellowship, which is one of the largest Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy fellowship programs on the East Coast. On the national and international level, he also serves as a Master Instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America at the AANA Learning Center in Chicago.

Dr. Caldwell was a member of the tennis team while attending Wake Forest University. He enjoys working with student athletes and is pleased to provide medical coverage to Collegiate School, St. Christopher’s School and Hermitage High School. He understands how important it is to stay active as the body ages, and he continues to enjoy tennis, biking, weight lifting and playing with his children.

Matthew A. Dobzyniak, MD

Dr. Matthew A. Dobzyniak specializes in joint replacement of the hip and knee and is a member of the Joint Replacement Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his internship and residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan. He was then awarded a fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at Charlotte Orthopaedic Specialists.

Dr. Dobzyniak and his medical staff treat adult patients with hip and knee problems resulting from arthritis, injuries, and trauma. He has a special interest in treating younger adults with arthritis and helping manage their symptoms without the use of surgical intervention. If surgery is required, he is skilled and experienced in minimally invasive procedures such as anterior hip replacement, hip arthroscopy, computer-guided surgery, and partial knee replacement. Dr. Dobzyniak performs over 600 joint replacement surgeries a year and continually strives to be knowledgeable in the most up-to-date procedures.

Dr. Dobzyniak is very focused on his family as a result of growing up in Detroit, Michigan, in a tightly knit Polish community. He is married and has three children. In his free time, he is often found at the river with his family. He enjoys fishing, hunting and water sports. He is also a skilled carpenter and is actively renovating his home.

Fred J. McGlynn, MD

Dr. Fred J. McGlynn specializes in joint replacement of the shoulder, hip and knee and is a member of the Joint Replacement Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. After completing his internship and residency at University of Iowa, he was awarded a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Children’s Orthopaedics, also at University of Iowa.

Dr. McGlynn and his medical staff treat adult patients with hip, knee and shoulder problems resulting from arthritis, injuries and trauma. He performs over 400 total joint replacements of the knee, hip, and shoulder each year. He serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at Medical College of Virginia. He also teaches orthopaedic physicians participating in the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Program at MCV.

Dr. McGlynn has a passion for mission work and has traveled all over the world to help children and adults in need. He’s the cofounder of Salva Vida Medical Foundation. This foundation is devoted to saving lives through mission trips to impoverished countries. More recently, he’s organized and participated in numerous trips to Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake.

Sports have always been important to Dr. McGlynn. He played soccer while attending the University of Virginia. He continues to play competitive tennis. He also enjoys hiking and spending time with his family, which now includes three grandchildren.

John F. Meyers, MD

Dr. John F. Meyers specializes in treatment of patients with knee, elbow and shoulder injuries. He is a member of the Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. He received his medical degree from Ohio State University. He completed both his internship and residency at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Meyers’ patients range from the younger athlete with traumatic sports injuries to the more mature patient with repetitive injuries. He also treats injured workers. The majority of injuries can be treated with rehabilitation, but will occasionally require minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery.

Dr. Meyers is active in the Arthroscopy Association of North America and previously served as President. He has devoted much time to research that has resulted in numerous improvements in treatments and surgical techniques, especially for shoulder arthroscopy.

Dr. Meyers has a passion for sports and supporting young athletes. He served as Head Physician for the XVII Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. He is an active member of the Virginia Special Olympics and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He has been the Team Physician at Randolph Macon College for over 30 years. Dr. Meyers also enjoys training the next generation of surgeons. He serves as the Fellowship Director of the Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship with Orthopaedic Research of Virginia. He has helped over 100 physicians improve their surgical and diagnostic skills. Dr. Meyers is married and has three children and five grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, fishing and hanging out with his grandchildren.

Walter N. Rabhan, MD

Dr. Walter N. Rabhan specializes in all types of general orthopedic problems and has a special interest in spine problems. He received his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia and was a member of Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society. Dr. Rabhan served in Vietnam as an Orthopedic Surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service.

Dr. Rabhan has been with Tuckahoe Orthopaedic Associates for 40 years and works part-time as a non-operating orthopedist. He grew up in Savannah, GA, and enjoyed playing sports in his youth. His basketball talent later earned him a scholarship to University of Florida. He was inducted into the Savannah Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. He is married and has three children and eight grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, reading, traveling, and visiting with his grandchildren.

Chester H. Sharps, MD

Dr. Chester H. Sharps specializes in treatment of injuries, diseases and conditions of the musculoskeletal system with orthopedic care for children and is a member of the Pediatric Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. He received his degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA, where he also served his internship and orthopedic residency. During his training, he spent one year at the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Dr. Howard Steel. He was then awarded a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery fellowship at Alfred I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, DE.

After his training, Dr. Sharps began his practice in Richmond, VA, where he has been since 1986. He devotes his practice entirely to children, ranging from newborns to 21 years. He continues to follow his existing patients beyond age 21. He is trained to treat any orthopedic condition and is especially interested in congenital and developmental hip issues, scoliosis, club feet, and sports fractures and injuries. He is also dedicated to helping children with neuromuscular diseases such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

Dr. Sharps helped develop and attends the Spasticity Clinic at Children’s Hospital. He also attends clinic at Children’s Hospital for cerebral palsy and spina bifida. He has been on staff for VCU Orthopaedics as Assistant Professor for over 20 years. He trains their orthopedic residents in pediatric orthopedics.Dr. Sharps’ ongoing, in-depth orthopedic research has resulted in numerous landmark improvements in scoliosis surgery. Most recently, he’s worked with a team to develop Kryptonite, a breakthrough bone adhesive that allows bone growth and provides stability. He and Dr. Robert Tuten have developed unique spinal correction instrumentation, which not only straightens the scoliosis but also de-rotates the three-dimensional deformity.

Dr. Sharps holds the honor of being named one of Richmond magazine’s “Top Docs” numerous times. He has been recognized in two categories for 2013: Pediatric Surgical Specialist and also Pediatric Sports Medicine. He is actively involved with World Pediatric Project (previously known as International Hospital for Children) by volunteering his time to lead international surgical missions to St. Vincent. Dr. Sharps is married and has four children and one grandchild. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf.

Michael Simpson, MD

Dr. J. Michael Simpson specializes in the treatment of numerous pathologic conditions affecting the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, including spinal stenosis, scoliosis and other deformities, trauma, infections and tumors. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. After completing his internship and residency, he was awarded a Spine fellowship at the Rothman Institute and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. This fellowship offered him the unique opportunity to receive both orthopedic and neurosurgical training.

Dr. Simpson has over 20 years of extensive spine experience and currently performs between 500-600 surgeries a year. He has operated on over 10,000 patients in his career. Each patient is different so his goal is to develop an individualized treatment plan which takes into consideration the patient’s needs, expectations and general health. The majority of his patients will not require surgery and can benefit from nonsurgical treatments.

Dr. Simpson has a special interest in minimally invasive techniques, degenerative conditions, spinal deformities, and patients who have had previous surgeries. His training in orthopedics and neurosurgery allows him to combine his expertise of both specialty fields in treating complex spinal disorders. He has an appreciation of neurological anatomy and proper decompressive techniques, along with complete comprehension of spinal structure and biomechanics.

Dr. Simpson is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society. He is also a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society, which is a special society for a select number of surgeons in the world. He is actively engaged in research and the development of various spinal instrumentation implants. Dr. Simpson believes that patient expectations have changed over the course of the last few decades. Many of his elderly patients now have a stronger desire to remain active and stay independent. This change in attitude has encouraged him to refine surgical techniques and instrumentation to deal with the complex spine issues that can accompany the “aging spine.”

Dr. Simpson has co-authored two textbooks related to spinal surgery: Surgery of Spine Trauma and Surgery of the Cervical Spine with his best friend and associate, Dr. Howard An at Rush Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago. He has also authored over 20 articles related to orthopedic and spine conditions and contributed to several chapters in various textbooks related to spine surgery. He holds the honor of being named one of Richmond magazine’s “Top Docs” numerous times, most recently in 2013 for Spine Surgery.

Dr. Simpson grew up in La Plata, MD. He loved playing baseball as a child and he played on his high school and college baseball teams. In his free time, Dr. Simpson enjoys spending time with his four daughters, as well as boating, fishing and woodworking.

Robert Tuten, MD

Dr. H. Robert Tuten specializes in treatment of injuries, diseases and conditions of the musculoskeletal system with orthopedic care for children and is a member of the Pediatric Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, where he also served his internship and residency. Dr. Tuten was awarded a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery fellowship at the world-renowned A.I. DuPont Institute Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.

Dr. Tuten devotes his practice entirely to children, ranging from newborns to 21 years. When surgery is required, he offers expertise in the most up-to-date surgical procedures. Dr. Tuten is recognized as one of the top scoliosis surgeons in the country, performing more than 60 scoliosis surgeries each year. He is also the most experienced surgeon in Virginia at treating knee injuries in children with open growth plates. Dr. Tuten performs many other specialized surgeries, including VEPTR (vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib devices) procedures on patients with thoracic insufficiency. However, Dr. Tuten is judicious when it comes to surgical procedures and many of his patients benefit from conservative treatments and less invasive surgeries.

Dr. Tuten holds the honor of being named one of Richmond magazine’s “Top Docs” numerous years. His ongoing, in-depth orthopedic research has resulted in numerous landmark improvements in scoliosis surgery. Most recently, he’s worked with a team to develop Kryptonite, a breakthrough bone adhesive that allows bone growth and provides stability. Dr. Tuten has been involved with World Pediatric Project for many years by volunteering his time to lead international surgical missions to the Eastern Caribbean. World Pediatric treats children suffering from birth defects, illness, and injury. Many of these conditions may be easily treated in the U.S., but can be life-threatening in developing countries due to the lack of medical care.

Jed S. Vanichkachorn, MD

Dr. Jed S. Vanichkachorn specializes in treatment of neck and back problems with adult patients. He is also a member of the Spine Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. He earned his medical degree from Medical College of Virginia. He received his orthopaedic training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He then went on to complete a Spine Reconstruction Fellowship at the Spine and Scoliosis Center in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Vanichkachorn’s patients benefit from conservative treatments and minimally invasive surgical procedures. If more complex surgery is required, he is skilled and experienced with the most up-to-date surgical techniques. He currently performs approximately 400 spinal surgeries a year, with 35 to 40 percent of these being minimally invasive procedures. Some of the more common procedures include spinal fusions, cervical and lumbar disc replacements, and kyphoplasty.

Dr. Vanichkachorn serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at Medical College of Virginia. He is an active member of many professional societies, including the North American Spine Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Virginia Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Vanichkachorn’s father is a retired orthopaedic surgeon. Initially, Dr. Vanichkachorn worked in his father’s practice after completing his fellowship training. He made the decision to join Tuckahoe Orthopaedics several years later so he could devote his practice entirely to the treatment of spinal conditions. Dr. Vanichkachorn is very physically active and has now completed ten Ironman Triathlons. He recently received his MBA degree from the College of William and Mary. He is married to Dr. Ann Vanichkachorn. She is an OB/GYN physician who is currently taking time off to raise their two sons.

Shannon M. Wolfe, MD

Dr. Shannon M. Wolfe specializes in the treatment of shoulder, elbow and knee injuries/disorders. He is a member of the Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Team at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. He performs total knee replacements, partial knee replacements, total shoulder replacements and reverse total shoulder replacements for patients in need. He received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. After completing his internship and residency at Akron City Hospital (now Summa Health System), he was awarded an Arthroscopic Sports Medicine fellowship at Orthopaedic Research of Virginia in Richmond.

Dr. Wolfe’s patients range from young high school athletes with traumatic sport injuries to weekend warriors with traumatic/repetitive injuries, to active seniors with degenerative conditions. The majority of orthopedic ailments can be treated without surgery through the use of physical therapy and rehabilitation. When surgery is required, a less invasive surgery called arthroscopy is often used. Surgeries such as ACL reconstruction, meniscus repair, rotator cuff repair and shoulder stabilizations are a few surgeries facilitated by arthroscopy. Some patients will require more invasive surgery in order to return to a more active lifestyle.

Dr. Wolfe is active in the Arthroscopy Association of North America. In addition to his practice, Dr. Wolfe has gladly accepted the responsibility of training young orthopedic surgeons at Orthopaedic Research of Virginia. He is the current President of this established program, which is one of the largest Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine fellowship programs on the East Coast.

Dr. Wolfe is interested in research and discovering new and improved surgical techniques. He is a member of the clinical design team for a company that manufactures an implant called the reverse total shoulder replacement. This prosthesis is designed to help patients who have pain from rotator cuff tears that cannot be repaired. Dr. Wolfe played Division 1A football for the University of Akron. He believes that the experience helped mold his personality and continues to help him with his professional life.

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