Meet Our Team

The Orthopedics Institute is home to some of the most well-respected and skilled sports medicine specialists. The physicians and staff not only work to give the best care, but also the best possible recovery.

Chief, Sports Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital

Paul Fadale, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital and professor of orthopedic surgery and chief of sports medicine at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He was an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and a graduate of the SUNY at Buffalo Medical School. His orthopedic training was completed at the Brown University orthopedic residency program at Rhode Island Hospital under James Herndon, MD, chairman. His fellowship training was in sports medicine under the direction of Leslie Matthews, MD, in Baltimore and a second fellowship with AO/ASIF International in Switzerland.

Fadale moved to Pittsburgh to join the division of sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh (UPMC) Medical Center department of orthopedics. In 1989 he returned to Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University to found the division of sports medicine in the department of orthopedics. He is board certified in orthopedics and subspecialty certified in orthopedic sports medicine by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Currently he is a journal reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Journal of Sports Medicine, where he is a member of the editorial board. Fadale is the orthopedic sports medicine fellowship director at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  

Fadale is a member of University Orthopedics, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University’s academic group in Providence, Rhode Island. His clinical responsibilities include being the head team physician for the Brown University athletes since 1993 and the head team physician for the Providence Bruins professional hockey team since 1992.

Fadale has received the Excellence in Research Award and the Aircast Award for Basic Science from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has received a Brown University Medical School Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award and an Excellence in Teaching Award from the department of orthopedics. He is a Rhode Island Monthly “Top Doc” in sports medicine winner for the state of Rhode Island.

Currently, Fadale has approximately 80 peer reviewed papers, ten book chapters, more than 70 scientific papers and 50 poster exhibits presented at local, regional or national meetings. He has given more than 200 invited presentations and served as academic faculty at more than 50 scientific meetings.

Jack Goldstein, MD graduated from the University of California at Davis with a BA in Physiology in 1975. After two years of medical research, and graduate work in mechanical engineering, he received his MD from U.C. Davis in 1982.

His interest in orthopedic surgery developed because of his broad background, which included teaching woodworking and joinery at UC Davis, conducting biomedical research, as well as mechanical engineering coursework. After two years of general surgery, he completed an orthopedic surgical residency at Rutgers University in 1988. This fellowship was completed in 1989. He practiced sports medicine and general orthopedics from 1989 through 1991 in Hawaii, and then moved and continued to practice in Providence, Rhode Island.

Goldstein has extensive orthopedic sports medicine experience. He specializes in arthroscopic ligament reconstruction of the knee and shoulder, and arthroscopy of all joints. He also has extensive experience in total joint replacement, fracture care, and reconstructive treatment of deformity and length discrepancy using Ilizarov techniques. He has a very broad experience because of training and practice in several states. In addition, Hawaii presented an unusual breadth of problems and experiences, including treatment of polio patients, and severe limb deformities referred from the far East.

Sports Medicine

Michael Hulstyn, MD, completed his orthopedic training at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital, and a fellowship in sports medicine at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Hulstyn treats all types of injuries, specializing in shoulder and knee disorders. He treats patients of all ages, including professional, amateur and recreational athletes.

While he performs surgical procedures using replacement ligaments and transferring donor tissues, Hulstyn is also researching how the body can improve its ability to heal without having to replace or remove torn cartilage or ligaments. He has made numerous presentations at national research meetings and had many publications in medical literature.

Hulstyn is a member of the Rhode Island Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health and the Brown University Athletic Advisory Council. In addition, he is also the team physician for the Providence Bruins, Brown University and Bryant College.

Sports Medicine Physician

Peter Kriz, MD, is an orthopedist specializing in sports medicine. His areas of interest include musculoskeletal ultrasound, dance medicine, and sports concussion management. He is also an assistant professor (clinical) in the division of sports medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Kriz received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, and completed a pediatric and chief residency at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston in Boston, Massachusetts. His research interests include injury prevention in youth sports and sport-related concussion.

He currently has team physician responsibilities for student-athletes at Brown University and several area high schools, and provides concussion management for the Providence Bruins professional hockey team. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and has lectured at national meetings on the topic of youth sports injuries.

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Chief of Orthopedics, Newport Hospital

James O. Maher III, MD is chief of orthopedics at Newport Hospital and a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Maher specializes in the treatment of student, recreational, and professional athletes. His comprehensive approach to treatment includes medication, activity modification, physical therapy, and surgery. Dr. Maher performs minimally invasive surgery of shoulders, knees and ankles.

A graduate of New York Medical College, Dr. Maher completed his orthopedic residency at Westchester, Metropolitan, and Lincoln hospitals, the New York Medical College affiliates. He spent four years with the U.S. Navy, stationed in Newport.

Dr. Maher works with professional tennis players as the chief tournament physician for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour at the Tennis Hall of Fame. He treats professional sailors as an orthopedic consultant for the Volvo Ocean Race. He is also the team physician for Salve Regina University and the Newport Gulls collegiate baseball team.

He is a member of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Sports Medicine

Brett Owens, MD is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, specializing in arthroscopic repair of sports-related injuries as well as complex knee and shoulder reconstructions. He is a professor of orthopaedic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.

Dr. Owens earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He received further training through the John A. Feagin Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship in West Point, New York.

While serving as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, Dr. Owens was chief of orthopedics and sports medicine at Keller Army Hospital at West Point, New York, where he cared for soldiers and cadets at the United States Military Academy and was team physician for the Army lacrosse, rugby, and football teams. While deployed in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Owens served as chief of orthopedics at the 86th Combat Support Hospital.

Dr. Owens is currently team physician for the United States Lacrosse National Men’s Team USA and for Brown University.

Dr. Owens was named by fellow orthopedists in Orthopedics This Week as one of the “Top 28 North American Knee Surgeons” in 2014. He is associate editor for the American Journal of Sports Medicine, and his research has garnered five major awards from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Sports Medicine Physician
Sports Medicine

Michael P. Staebler, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He is an assistant clinical professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

His areas of interest and expertise include operative and nonoperative treatment of sports injuries in children and adults at the recreational, collegiate and professional levels. His surgical skills include minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment of shoulder, knee, and ankle injuries, but he also performs hip and knee replacement, and custom partial knee resurfacing in older athletes with arthritis.

A native Rhode Islander, he earned his medical degree from the Brown-Dartmouth Medical Program and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Rhode Island Hospital. He gained further expertise through a fellowship in orthopedic trauma at Rhode Island Hospital and a fellowship in sports medicine at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Staebler is a member of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.