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Robert J. Nascimento, MD

  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Chief of Sports Medicine
  • Head Team Physician & Medical Director, Boston College Athletics
  • Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine


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Clinical Interests
  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries
  • Shoulder instability/dislocation/subluxation (Latarjet)
  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • Biceps repair
  • Cartilage restoration / cartilage repair
  • Meniscus tear
  • Complex knee reconstruction (ACL, PCL, LCL)
  • Labral injuries and shoulder instability (SLAP, Bankart)
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Revision ACL reconstruction
  • Revision shoulder reconstruction
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Sports injuries
  • Shoulder replacement
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Residency, UMASS Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Boston Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. Robert Nascimento is Chief of Sports Medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Head Team Physician for Boston College Athletics. Dr. Nascimento received his master’s of science degree in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California Los Angeles and his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He went on to complete his orthopedic surgery residency training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and his fellowship in sports medicine at Boston University.

Dr. Nascimento is Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine and Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has served as Head Team Physician for several professional sports teams, and has been a team physician for Boston College Athletics since 2011. Dr. Nascimento has been Head Team Physician & Medical Director of Sports Medicine at Boston College since 2015. He is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and has a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine.

Dr. Nascimento is a member of the New England Shoulder & Elbow Society, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and a fellow member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Nascimento has a research interest in novel techniques to decrease patient pain and narcotic medication use follow open and arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery. He is helping to pioneer new standards of care for addressing these issues.

Dr. Nascimento also has interest in the biomechanics of ACL tears and the post reconstructed knee, as well as optimum return to play criteria following shoulder and knee surgery.

  • Nascimento RJ and Schepsis AA. Patellofemoral Disorders. In: ACSM’s Sports Medicine: A Comprehensive Review. 3rd Ed. New York: Lippicott Williams &Wilkins; Spring 2012.
  • Nascimento RJ and Connolly PJ. Factors Affecting Surgical Decision-Making. In: Lin, VW, ed. Spinal Cord Medicine: Principles and Practice. 2nd Ed. New York: Demos; 2010.
  • Nascimento RJ, and DeAngelis NA. Acute Knee Injuries in the Athlete. In: Busconi BD, Stevenson JH, eds. Sports Medicine Consult. Philadelphia: LLW; 2009.
  • Eskander M, McPhee E, Eskander J, Nascimento RJ, McCormick J, Hao S, Shepro D, Johnson, K. A Left Knee Wound Complication by Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in Bilateral Total Knee Arthroplasties. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2008 Jan 23.
  • Nascimento RJ, Varney TE, Kasparyan NG, Warhold LG. Intracortical Osteoid Osteoma of the Scaphoid. Orthopedics. 2007;30 (7):573-4.


Newton-Wellesley Sports Medicine
2000 Washington Street
Blue 423
Newton, MA 02462
Phone: 617-219-1280

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