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History of Practice

The Beginning - Core Orthopedic Service

Dr. John E. Spieker, M.D., established Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware (OASD) in 1990. At the time, he was practicing orthopaedics in Dover and Milford with Dr. James V. Gallagher. Dr. Gallagher was the first orthopaedic surgeon to practice in southern Delaware. Dr. Gallagher retired in 1990, and Dr. Spieker was recruited by Beebe Medical Center to help with the increasing orthopaedic volume in the Coastal Delaware area. With the tremendous growth in Sussex County, it became evident that the logical expansion of the practice would be from Dover to Lewes and the surrounding communities. Dr. Spieker closed his Dover office and started construction on the main office facility in Lewes. Additional satellite offices were later developed in Ocean View, Millsboro, and Milton. As the practice grew, additional physicians with specialty training were added.

Spine Surgery Capability Added

Dr. Ronald C. Sabbagh, M.D., was recruited in 2002 to start the spine program in Lewes. Dr. Sabbagh completed his spine fellowship training at the Scoliosis and Spine Center of Towson, Maryland. He is Board Certified and one of two fellowship-trained spine surgeons in southern Delaware at present. Dr. Abimbola Afolabi, M.D. is a Board eligible, Fellowship trained Orthopaedic surgeon specializing in non-operative management, as well as surgical treatment of different spinal disorders. Most recently, Dr. Afolabi served as an Assistant Physician Professor at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTC) in Roanoke, VA and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, VA. She was also directly affiliated with the Carillion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA. She joined Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware in 2018.


Expanding Total Joint Replacement Capacity

Dr. Edmund T. Carroll III, D.O., was recruited in 2005 to expand the total joint practice. Dr. Carroll is originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and received his fellowship training in joint replacement at the University of Chicago in 2001. He was practicing in Florida when he was recruited to join Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware. Dr. Carroll routinely performs inpatient joint replacements of the hip and knee. He has also developed the first outpatient partial knee replacement program in Delaware. He operates both at Beebe Medical Center and the Lewes Surgery Center.

Hand Surgery Capability Added

Dr. Thomas A. Otter, M.D., is a fellowship-trained hand surgeon who has been in practice in the Delmar area for more than 20 years. He joined Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware in 2009. He is the only orthopaedic fellowship-trained hand surgeon in the Coastal Delaware area. Dr. Scott M. Schulze, M.D., completed his residency as a General Surgeon, and subsequently completed his fellowships in burns/hand microsurgery. He has been in hand practice within Sussex County, Delaware for over 10 years. He joined Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware in early 2017.

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Capabilities Added

Dr. Gita Pillai, M.D., was recruited to join the practice as southern Delaware’s only fellowship-trained shoulder and elbow surgeon. She has specialty training in joint replacement surgery of the shoulder and elbow in addition to the management of complex rotator cuff and shoulder instability problems.

Pain Management Capability Added

Dr. Dale Sutherland, M.D. is a Board certified Anesthesiologist specializing in effective Pain Management techniques. He has been practicing medicine for over 26 years, with over 11 years of dedicated practice within Sussex County, Delaware. He joined Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware in late 2017.

OASD’s Orthopaedic Physician Assistant Services

Orthopaedic physician assistants have been part of the practice for years. Gerard J. Haines, A.T.C., P.A.-C., has been working with Orthopaedic Associates since 2003. He works closely with Dr. Carroll on total joint services. He also sees patients at the Lewes and Millsboro locations.

Mr. Henry N. Mensack, P.A.-C., has been with the practice for more than five years. He works closely with Dr. Spieker and Dr. Pillai in the operating room. Mr. Mensack also sees patients in the Milton and Lewes offices.

Foot and Reconstructive Ankle Surgery Services Added

Roman Orsini, D.P.M., is a Board-certified podiatrist with specialty foot and ankle training from Chicago School of Podiatry, with additional training in trauma from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has been in practice in the Coastal Delaware area since 2001. He combined services with OASD in 2008. He recruited Claire Capobianco, D.P.M., to join the practice in 2010. Dr. Capobianco has specialty training in management of the diabetic foot and reconstruction of complex foot deformities from Temple University and Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She also completed her fellowship training in diabetic foot and ankle reconstructive surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

OASD Plays an Important Role in Regional Medical Care

We are proud of the fact that as a result of our services, sophisticated surgical and medical techniques are now available for patients in southern Delaware who previously required referral to major university centers. Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware has been pivotal in Beebe Medical Center receiving five-star ratings for orthopaedic surgery. Beebe has been rated in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation, as noted in the 2011 HealthGrades® Review for orthopaedics.

Orthopaedic Associates physicians have been named on numerous occasions as a Top Doc by Delaware Today Magazine. Orthopaedic Associates is the largest orthopaedic practice in southern Delaware. So that we will always be in the best position to serve the healthcare needs of our neighbors, continued growth is expected.