Robert J. Nicoletta, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Robert Nicoletta
771 Albany Street


Dr. Robert J. Nicoletta has joined BMC and BU as an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine. He is a Board Certified, Fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon with specialty training in the field of Sports Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Syracuse University and completed his internship and Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the University of Buffalo. Following a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery at Boston University, he served as the Director of Sports Medicine at The Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, MA and Chief of Sports Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, MA.

Dr. Nicoletta has been the Head Team Physician for numerous local high schools, collegiate and professional athletic teams. Most recently he served as a team physician at Boston College, and as Head Team Physician for the Boston Cannons Men’s Professional Lacrosse and the Boston Breakers Women’s Professional Soccer. He has served as the Head Team Physician for Newbury College, Fisher College, Pine Manor College, Lesley University, and UMass Boston Intercollegiate Athletics. He was recently named to the national List of 65 Outstanding Shoulder Surgeons and Specialists by Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review.

Dr. Nicoletta is dedicated to teaching and education, having been a clinical instructor for Harvard Medical students and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. He has also developed and led an annual Harvard Sports Medicine Symposium bringing together leaders in the field of sports medicine from around the country. He has organized and runs a yearly sports medicine teaching rotation for international medical students and residents from the University of Nottingham in the UK.

His clinical interests include arthroscopic procedures of the knee and shoulder including anatomic and double bundle ACL reconstruction, cartilage injuries in the knee, shoulder rotator cuff injuries and instability, and injuries in the overhead athlete. He sees and treats athletes and athletic related injuries in patients of all ages and activity levels. He is seeing patients at both the Boston Medical Center Campus at the Shapiro Center, 725 Albany St and at the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at Boston University, 915 Commonwealth Avenue.


  • Stony Brook University, MD
  • University of Rochester, BA


  • Published on 9/1/2021

    Parisien RL, Henkelman ES, McCartney RE, Nicoletta R. Venous Thromboembolism Requiring Anticoagulation Following Knee Arthroscopy in a Young Woman With an Intravaginal Contraceptive Device. Orthopedics. 2021 Sep-Oct; 44(5):e687-e690. PMID: 34590952.

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  • Published on 7/1/2020

    Koehler RM, Cimbak NC, Parisien RL, Nicoletta RJ, Kalish JA. Bilateral Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome in a Young Female NCAA Division-I Collegiate Basketball Player: A Case Report. JBJS Case Connect. 2020 Jul-Sep; 10(3):e1900652. PMID: 32960010.

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  • Published on 5/11/2005

    Schepsis AA, Fitzgerald M, Nicoletta R. Revision surgery for exertional anterior compartment syndrome of the lower leg: technique, findings, and results. Am J Sports Med. 2005 Jul; 33(7):1040-7. PMID: 15888718.

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  • Published on 4/1/1997

    Mann KA, Ayers DC, Werner FW, Nicoletta RJ, Fortino MD. Tensile strength of the cement-bone interface depends on the amount of bone interdigitated with PMMA cement. J Biomech. 1997 Apr; 30(4):339-46. PMID: 9075001.

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