Robert Tomlinson Jr., MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, Fayetteville, AR


Orthopaedic Surgery Fayetteville, AR

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Medical Director, Advanced Medical Specialists, Suboxone Recovery Center of Arkansas. Founder, ReadySplints.

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  • Dr. Robert Tomlinson is a native of Los Angeles, graduating in Biochemistry at Occidental College before studying exercise physiology at Hahneman University in Philadelphia. He received his Doctorate degree in Medicine at Tulane University in 1986 and then attended residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Tulane, becoming Chief Orthopedic Surgeon at the famous Charity Hospital. As part of the Tulane orthopedic program, he mentored under the tutelage of Dr. Jack Hughston, the founder of sports medicine and the definitive expert on knee injuires. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe Cliinic in Los Angeles working with world famous orthopedic surgeon and shoulder pioneer Dr. Frank Jobe.
    In Los Angeles, Dr. Tomlinson provided orthopedic care for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Lakers, Kings, Rams, Angels, and the University of Southern California Trojans. He then joined the Southern California Orthopedic Institute as a private practioner and lecturer, treating the whos who of hollywood actors and providing care for the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills.
    In 1993 he relocated to northwest Arkansas, working with the University of Arkansas Womens Athletic Department treating regional, national, and Olympic gold medal winning athletes. He was then selected to participated in a worldwide clinical trial performing a revolutionary chondral transplant procedure proprietized by Zimmer Corporation, Warsaw IN. Additionally, he was chosen as a regional provider for workmans compensation injuries for Walmart Corporation for his efficiency/best practice techniques for maximum employee/employer benefit.
    He is the author of numerous national research publications and has given both national and international lectures on knee and shoulder injuries.
    Dr. Tomlinson is the inventor and founder of ReadySplints LLC, an innovative first aid splinting technology for surgeon and layperson alike.
    He currently resides in Fayetteville Arkansas.

Education & Training

  • Tulane University
    Tulane UniversityResidency, Orthopedic Surgery, 1988 - 1992
  • Tulane University
    Tulane UniversityInternship, Transitional Year, 1987 - 1988
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
    Tulane University School of MedicineClass of 1986
  • Hahnemann University School of MedicineMasters, Applied Human Physiology, 1981 - 1983
  • Occidental CollegeBachelors, Biochemistry, With Honors, 1977 - 1981
  • Harvard University
    Harvard UniversityNo Degree, 1979

Certifications & Licensure

  • AR State Medical License
    AR State Medical License 2011 - 2021
  • GA State Medical License
    GA State Medical License 1991 - 1993
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1990 - Present
  • LA State Medical License
    LA State Medical License 1987 - 1991

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • One of 10 Worldwide Surgeons chosen to perform DeNovo NT Natural Tissue Graft in Clinical Trial 2009
  • Outstanding Resident Research Award Ray J. Haddad, Jr., M.D. Memorial Lectureship, 1992
  • Chief Resident Charity Hospital, 1992
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Fracture  
    Turner, L. W. Faile, P.A. Tomlinson, R., Orthopedic Nursing, 9/1/1999
  • Arthroscopic Debridement of Glenoid Labral Tears in Athletes  
    Tomlinson, R., Glousman, R., Arthroscopy, The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, 2/1/1995
  • Scoliosis and Syringomyelia: the Effect of Syrinx Decompression on the Scoliotic Curve  
    Tomlinson, R., Wolf, M., Nadell, J., Bennett, J., MacEwen, G., Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 9/1/1994
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  • "Diagnosis and Treatment of the Painful Shoulder"
    Tomlinson, R., Industrial Injuries Education Symposium, Valley Presbyterian Hospital Health Education Center, 6/9/1994
  • "Shoulder Lesions in Throwing Athletes."
    Tomlinson, R., 1994 Update, New Perspectives in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine, Palm Springs, CA, 3/17/1994
  • "Arthroscopic Removal of Loose Bodies in the Glenohumeral Joint."
    Tomlinson, R.: Snyder, S.J., 1994 Update, New Perspectives in Arthroscopoy and Sports Medicine, Palm Springs, CA, 3/16/1994
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  • "Evaluation of Shoulder Injuries" 
  • "Shoulder Injuries in the Workplace" 
    Springdale, AR - 12/19/1995
  • "Case Study Shoulder Injuries" 
    Southern California Orthopaedic Institute, Health Education Center, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Va - 6/9/1994
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  • "Ankle Arthroplasty", Instructional Video 
    Tomlinson, R., Kvitne, R., Gambardella, R., Kwong, P., American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • The Opsonization of Encapsulated and Unencapsulated Staphylococcus Aureus in the Presence of Immunoglobin and Heat-Labile Factor Deficient Sera. 
    Tomlinson, R., Tulane University Department of Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • The Passive Immunization of 30-Day Old Broiler Chickens Against Encapsulated Staphylococcus Aureus Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis. 
    Daum, R., Davis, H., Tomlinson, R., Tulane University Department of Infectious Disease
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Press Mentions

  • Chemo Care Continues Through COVID
    Chemo Care Continues Through COVIDJuly 25th, 2020

Other Languages

  • Spanish