Princeton Orthopaedic Associates isn’t one of those quick pop-up clinics. We’ve been around for more than 35 years, and we’ve proudly built a reputation as a community of extraordinary care. We’ve expanded that community of care over the years from one office to six amazing locations throughout Central New Jersey.
“I think all the way back to when I came to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates,” said Dr. W. Thomas Gutowski, a hip and knee specialist with POA and one of our earliest members. “I remember going to dinner with the two guys that I joined in 1985, and saying to one of those guys, ‘Do you think someday we might have two offices?’”
“So, you can imagine when I think of POA today, the tremendous feeling of success,” he said.
That success has been cultivated over the last three decades by providing personalized, exceptional care to every patient who walks through our doors, whether that’s our main office or second office in Princeton, or our offices in Plainsboro, Monroe, Ewing, or Robbinsville.
At Princeton Orthopaedic Associates, we have spent years going beyond a collection of doctors in one building. We have created a community of extraordinary care, with doctors who have become true world-class specialists in their respective fields.
“We’ve really taken it to another level, and that level is a good thing,” said Dr. Gutowski. “I look at all these junior partners of mine, and they’re not junior partners, they are now my partners, and I think one of the key things that all of my partners believe in is that the people we bring in want to be good people, caring physicians, as opposed to just technicians.
“Good, solid, honest, hard-working people — that’s been the recipe to get good doctors.”
POA takes pride in providing personalized care for our patients. We don’t just treat an x-ray or a diagnosis — we treat people. That philosophy has made us more than a medical clinic. We are a true resource for our communities.
“People know us, they value us, and they respect us,” said Dr. Gutowski. “We believe in the community, and so we need to be solid across that. We can’t be isolated off in a corner somewhere, and I think we’re trying to change and evolve with our community, without ever losing the personal touch.”
POA does this by focusing on patients over profits. Often, modern medical communities lose sight of the patient, opting instead to maximize profits. We don’t do that here. Instead, we understand that patient-first care creates better outcomes.
“We very much want to be doctors who deliver extraordinary care,” Dr. Gutowski said, “because I think we are dealing with extraordinary people, too, who value that, who recognize that, and demand that, and so it’s up to us to deliver on that part.”
Contact us today to see how you can become a part of our community of extraordinary care!
We pride ourselves on being a community of extraordinary care. As community-based caregivers, our doctors, teams, and physical therapists exist to provide world-class care for our local community first. Our love for our community is why we are driven to provide the extraordinary care we’re known for delivering.
We strive to be true pioneers in how doctors collaborate. We don’t let egos get in the way of providing exceptional care to our patients. We believe that two heads are better than one, so we collaborate. If treatment in another POA practice area makes sense, we won’t hesitate to make that referral.
We are community orthopaedic surgeons. When our patients have a question for Dr. Lamb, they get a call from Dr. Lamb. We provide a great product that we deliver personally to the people of our community with great care.
Why is this so important to us? We’re long-time members of our communities. We live here, and we love being here. We see our patients on the sports field, grocery store, bike trails, and taking our kids to school. The people who walk through our doors are more than patients — they’re neighbors. We know you, and we want to give you the best care possible. You don’t need to drive two hours to receive the proper treatment. We can provide that here.
“You want your neighbors to be well; you want the individuals around you to be well, and the better your community is, the safer and more productive your life will be, as well as your community,” said Dr. Jeffrey S. Abrams, a shoulder specialist with POA.
We serve our neighbors just like we would serve our family. That’s part of the community of extraordinary care you’ll find at POA.
“All of our partners are so well qualified that I’m very comfortable for any one of them to take care of my family members, and they have,” said Dr. Hari P. Bezwada. “So it’s not just a practice, it’s not just a group of partners, it’s more of a family more than anything else.”
When a patient visits us with pain, we don’t just shuffle them off to the first doctor available. They meet with a physician’s assistant who will talk with them about their pain, lifestyle, and goals for their recovery.
The physician’s assistant will obtain preliminary x-rays and MRI scans to refer them to the correct orthopaedic doctor so that doctor has all the information they need to suggest the proper treatment.
These steps are just the beginning. We do more than study an x-ray. We get to know you as a patient because we want to get you to the best place possible. We want to know your goals for your treatment and recovery. Are you looking to alleviate your pain, or do you want to get back on the football field? Do you want to be able to take a simple walk, or do you have dreams of running a marathon? Whatever your activity level, whatever your goals, we want to do everything we can to get you where you want to be.
“One of the advantages of Princeton Orthopaedics is that we are specialists, so we are experts in what we do,” said Dr. Stuart Levine, a foot and ankle specialist with POA. “We have people who, if you have a shoulder problem [we have] an expert in your shoulder. We have people for your knees; they’re experts in the knees.”
We don’t treat x-rays. We don’t treat test results. We treat people.
What makes POA different is vision and purpose. So many businesses - let alone medical professionals or orthopaedic surgeons - lack vision. A motto. A guiding light around which all care is focused. Our mission guides the way we treat patients, every single day.
Our mission is simple, yet powerful. We are a Community of Extraordinary care.
One of the ways we stay true to our vision is by extensive collaboration - Princeton Orthopaedic Associates prides itself on how we work together as a collaborative, effective, laser-focused team…
Not only do we serve the community, we are a community - A community of professionals dedicated to patient-first, collaborative care that makes people feel delighted that they chose us for their orthopedic care.
We treat humans. Humans that have emotions, fears, frustrations, and concerns. We don’t just fix medical problems. How you feel about the care you received is so important to us. We never want to lose track of that guiding principle.
That means our patient doesn’t just have one doctor working on their case. We talk to each other and work with each other to provide the absolute best, most comprehensive care for our patients.
We are a collaborative community of doctors, teams, and physical therapists serving a fantastic community. We see our patients on the soccer fields, at the grocery store, or on the bike trails. That community connection in Central New Jersey drives us to provide you with the best, most extraordinary care we can.
When we say we collaborate, we don’t simply mean with one another. We collaborate with you, the patient, and take your treatment goals into account. Are you looking to get back onto the playing field, to go for a daily walk or bike ride, or to live a normal, everyday life without pain? Your goals are our goals, and we take them seriously. So our first steps are to learn more about you and collaborate with you to customize treatment oriented to your goals.
The collaboration doesn’t stop there, however. We believe the best results come by collaborating with one another. Our doctors often collaborate with each other to ensure each patient receives the best treatment.
Sometimes, one health issue can cause other health issues. Our doctors often consult with each other on our most complex cases, ensuring every course of treatment is backed up by the best thinking in the field.
It’s easy to join our collaborative care in an extraordinary community. Simply call or text us to set up an appointment. We will work with you to determine the best course of treatment, whether it’s making a few lifestyle changes, getting physical therapy, or having surgery. You will have the benefit of working with a team of doctors, nurses, assistants, and physical therapists who collaborate to meet your goals and achieve your dreams. Contact us today!
Now, on the surface, this begs the question, “Right, but aren’t ALL medical professionals outcome-focused? What makes POA special?!” This is the most important question you could ask when it comes to your medical care - let alone trying to find an orthopaedic surgeon or therapist! We welcome questions like this because they demand excellence - and we’re serious about excellence.
We don’t believe in cookie-cutter treatment plans. We know that every patient has different injuries and different goals - different desires, different bodies, different hopes for what life should look like after orthopaedic care. Maybe you simply want to return to a normal lifestyle, or perhaps you want to run a marathon!
Whatever your goal is, that’s our goal, too!
What does Outcome-focused care mean?
Outcome-focused care means listening to what you want and doing our absolute best to give it to you. Outcome-focused care means listening - closely and intently - first and foremost. Outcome-focused care means that we will never ignore how you feel and never ignore your input.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to patient care
Treating a 50-year-old patient the same as a 20-year-old patient does not help the patient. This approach doesn’t consider the patient’s age, activity level, or lifestyle. The result is often unnecessary treatments, unnecessary visits, and unnecessary COST that serve the business more than the patient.
Princeton Orthopaedic Associates has a vastly different approach to treating our patients. Our doctors take the time to get to know our patients, understand them, and recommend treatments that advance their overall objectives. That means we won’t recommend surgery or other procedures if we feel they will not benefit you.
We treat you as an individual from the moment you walk through our doors. With the help of our physician’s assistants, doctors, teams, and therapists, we will tailor a treatment that takes what you want into account. Whether you want to get back to your active lifestyle or just want a non-invasive treatment that helps manage your pain, we can create a plan that suits you best.
Providing care that is based on sound science, sound research and proven, but cutting-edge, techniques is what we’re all about. We provide world-class orthopaedic care that advances our patients’ recovery through evidence-based procedures. This means we don’t perform costly or unnecessary procedures, and we don’t perform procedures if the likelihood of success isn’t high.
We don’t experiment on our patients. We rely on proven treatments that we know will yield results. However, if new and better ways are proven to work for our patients, we will be among the first to adopt those treatments. For example, we use more non-invasive surgeries as they are perfected and become more beneficial for our patients. Our goal is to get you back to the best you possible, period.
Princeton Orthopaedic Associates exists to provide world-class care to our community, the surrounding region, and the greater northeastern United States in a highly collaborative, patient-centered environment. We get to know you not just as our patients but also as our neighbors.
You don’t have to live your life in pain. Call or text us for an appointment, and let us see what we can do for you. What makes POA different is vision. So many businesses - let alone medical professionals or orthopaedic surgeons - lack vision. A motto. A guiding light around which all care is focused.
At Princeton Orthopaedic Associates, our mission is simple. We are a Community of Extraordinary care.
One of the ways we stay true to our vision is by extensive collaboration. You see, not only do we serve the community, we ourselves are a community - A community of professionals dedicated to patient-first, collaborative care. That means our patient doesn’t just have one doctor working on their case. We talk to each other and work with each other to provide the absolute best, most comprehensive care for our patients. We can create a plan to reduce or eliminate your pain, so you can get back to living your life the way you want. Contact us today!