E. Scott Paxton, MD

Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon


E. Scott Paxton, MD, specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery with the Lifespan Orthopedic Institute and is an associate professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Paxton treats all conditions related to the shoulder and elbow. He is a referral source for the region for complex primary conditions as well as for treatment of failed surgery of the shoulder and elbow, and he performs many revision surgeries annually.

Dr. Paxton evaluates and treats rotator cuff tears and impingement, shoulder and elbow instability and dislocations, shoulder and elbow arthritis, shoulder and elbow fractures, malunions and nonunions of these fractures, tendon injuries of the shoulder and elbow, labral tears, throwing injuries, and other sports injuries of the upper extremity.

His research interests include outcomes of shoulder and elbow procedures, both fracture related and replacements, novel technology utilization such as enhanced reality and mixed reality, biomechanics of fracture fixation and novel techniques for imaging of the shoulder.

Dr. Paxton is American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)-certified. He is vice president of the Phoenix Society, an active member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association, the New England Shoulder and Elbow Society, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the Rhode Island Orthopedic Association.

Dr. Paxton received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and completed his residency in the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training Program at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

He completed fellowship training in the treatment of problems of the shoulder and elbow at the renowned Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, where he trained with many of the world's leaders in shoulder and elbow surgery. He is actively involved in research related to shoulder and elbow disorders.

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University Orthopedics, Inc., East Providence
1 Kettle Point
East Providence, RI 02914

University Orthopedics, Inc., East Greenwich
1598 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI 02818

University Orthopedics, Inc., Providence
Medical Office Center (MOC) (directions)
2 Dudley St, 200
Providence, RI 02905


  • Medical School:  Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
  • Residency:  Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
  • Fellowship:  Rothman Institute, Philadelphia