About Robert D. Santrock, MD
Dr. Santrock has been instrumental in developing and refining the Lapiplasty® system, a groundbreaking approach that addresses bunions as complex three-dimensional problems rather than mere bumps.
Expert experience in bunion care and foot and ankle orthopedic surgery
At Dovetail Orthopedics, we offer a comprehensive range of orthopedic surgical services dedicated to enhancing the well-being of our patients in the realm of foot and ankle care. Our commitment spans the entire spectrum, addressing conditions from toenails to total ankle care. As an integral part of our community, we take pride in serving our neighbors and fostering trust through compassionate care. Our specialized expertise in the field of foot and ankle orthopedics has led us to become nationally recognized leaders in bunion surgery. We strive to provide a boutique experience, focusing on convenience and delivering expert care that helps our patients regain mobility, alleviate discomfort, and achieve optimal foot and ankle health.
Robert D. Santrock, MD
Dr. Santrock, an esteemed orthopedic surgeon, is renowned as the co-inventor of the revolutionary Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction System. With a remarkable career spanning over twenty years, Dr. Santrock’s participation in academics, research and industry innovation has played an integral role in advancing the field of bunion correction. In addition to sharing his expertise with Treace Medical Concepts, Inc., Dr. Santrock instructs other physicians nationwide and provides personalized patient care at Dovetail Orthopedics. Based in Amelia Island, Florida, Dr. Santrock has been instrumental in developing and refining the Lapiplasty® system, a groundbreaking approach that addresses bunions as complex three-dimensional problems rather than mere bumps. His expertise and commitment to innovation has significantly impacted the field of orthopedics, offering patients a comprehensive solution for long-lasting bunion relief. Dr. Santrock remains at the forefront of cutting-edge techniques and continues to enhance the lives of individuals suffering from bunions, helping them regain mobility, eliminate discomfort, and achieve optimal foot health.
Dr. Santrock is an Elite Center Lapiplasty® surgeon who has performed over four hundred Lapiplasty® Procedures. This is the highest designation of Lapiplasty® experienced surgeons. Dr. Santrock is a co-inventor of the Lapiplasty® system, and is a surgeon trainer as well.
Clinic Manager/Lead Medical Assistant
Financial Specialist/Medical Assistant
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Embark on a virtual journey through Dovetail Orthopedics, where cutting-edge technology harmonizes with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our meticulously designed facility reflects our commitment to delivering unparalleled orthopedic care. Specializing in innovative procedures like Lapiplasty®, we offer a holistic approach to foot and ankle care that transcends aesthetics. At Dovetail Orthopedics, we prioritize addressing the root causes of various conditions, ensuring enduring results and empowering patients to regain mobility and confidence. From modern surgical suites to a welcoming waiting area, every corner is crafted to enhance your experience. As you explore, discover the fusion of expertise and empathy that defines our practice, ensuring you feel at home while on the path to improved orthopedic health.
Board Certified through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
Clinical Associate Professor at Duke University Department of Orthopaedics Division of Foot & Ankle Surgery
Active Medical Licenses in FL, OH, WV (pending activation for NC, PA, and SC)
B.A. (Biology) – West Virginia University, 1989-1993
M.D. – West Virginia University, 1993-1997
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency – West Virginia University, 1997-2002
Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship – Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center (Columbus, OH), 2002
Clinical Assistant Professor – University of South Carolina, Department of Orthopaedics, 2006-2011
Associate Professor / Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery – West Virginia University, Department of Orthopaedics, 2011-2020
Director of Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship (MD/DO) – Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center (Columbus, OH), 2021-2022
Clinical Associate Professor – Duke University Department of Orthopaedics Division of Foot & Ankle Surgery, 2023-Present
Former Examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and former Reviewer for Foot & Ankle International
Former Owner and original Design Team member for Epic Extremity (now Exactech, Inc.)
Current Owner and Content Creator for OREdMasters.com
Consultant for Exactech, Inc., Villex, Inc., OXOS, Inc.