Top Docs 2014 Guide

Olson, Eric J.

  • Orthopedic Surgery

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Address 1211 West Main St.
Waterbury, CT 06708
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DR. ERIC J. OLSON graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his internship in general surgery, residency in orthopaedic surgery and fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He was chief of sports medicine in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Dr. Olson says he is passionate about orthopaedics because “it combines my mind, my great training, my hands, technology and visual thinking and allows me to change people’s life for the better.” He likes the puzzle of repairing tendons and bones in the shoulder, knees and hips.
While arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs remain his most common operation, as his patients have been aging, many have sought his care for knee, hip and shoulder replacements. For knee replacements, he sends an MRI of each patient’s knee to individually engineer how their new knee will be optimally sized and positioned. Using 3-D printer technology, a personalized cutting block is created for the operating room to help him position the knee components accurately, predictably and less invasively.
Dr. Olson is excited about the newest generation of implants and techniques to repair shoulders that have worn out. For older patients with arthritis whose rotator cuffs have failed, he performs reverse shoulder replacements. “For people who are in pain and have lost their ability to get their arm over their head, this can be life-transforming surgery.” A new device for shoulder fractures is an intramedullary nail, which allows him to secure the humeral head and put the shaft back in place with a smaller incision.
Along with physical therapy, Dr. Olson works with complementary medicine practitioners to reduce pain and enhance healing. He and his wife, Beatriz, an endocrinologist, co-teach “The Healer’s Art” at Yale Medical School. He is team physician for Naugatuck High School.

Additional Information


Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations: Waterbury Hospital
Saint Mary’s Hospital
Naugatuck Valley Surgical Center
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Organizations: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
New England Shoulder & Elbow Society
Arthroscopy Association of North America

Olson, Eric J. - Waterbury, CT

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