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Robert N. Steensen, M.D.

Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.” -Al McGuire, former Marquette University basketball coach

Named one of America’s Top Doctors®, Dr. Robert Steensen specializes in all aspects of the knee, from sports injuries to knees worn out with arthritis. He is uniquely qualified as a result of his fellowship training with one of the pioneers of knee surgery that included cartilage transplantation and work with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

He is recognized internationally for the development of a surgical technique to prevent recurring dislocations of the patella. Through research efforts, Dr. Steensen helped define the anatomy of the Medial Patellafemoral Ligament (MPFL), and developed a procedure based on this information with results published in several orthopedic journals, including Orthopedics. The procedure takes a portion of the large quadriceps tendon and re-routes it to the same position as the MPFL to duplicate the function of the ligament. Respected surgeons throughout the world have adopted this new approach to treatment of ongoing patellar dislocation and instability.

His research on patellar dislocation, ACL surgery, meniscus transplantation and total knee replacement (including simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasty) has been featured in several, prominent orthopedic and medical journals, such as: Arthroscopy, Orthopaedic Review, Orthopedics, The American Journal of Sports Medicine, American Journal of Knee SurgeryJournal of Orthopaedic Research, and more.

His work has also earned him several awards from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Orthopedic Research Society, and Columbus Orthopaedic Society.

Associate Program Director of the Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Mount Carmel Health, Dr. Steensen was recently voted “Teacher of the Year.” In 2015, 2017, and 2018 he was also included in the list of America’s Top Doctors®, published by Columbus Monthly. 

Active in the orthopedic community, Dr. Steensen is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Ohio Orthopaedic Society and the Columbus Orthopaedic Society. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Steensen has practiced in Columbus since 1989 and was a founding member of Orthopedic ONE. He practices at Orthopedic ONE's Hilliard location, which has been recognized for its outstanding patient service and care with the APEX National Quality Award and Angie’s List Super Service Award. He also recently opened office hours at our new Grove City location.

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More About Dr. Steensen

  • Mount Carmel East Hospital
  • Surgery Center at Easton
  • Mount Carmel Grove City
Medical School:
Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, Rootstown, Ohio
Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
Resurgens Orthopaedics, Atlanta, Georgia
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