Specializing in SPORTS MEDICINE

Dr. Lawrence Donato AOS Sports Medicine Surgeon


“I treat my patients the way I would want my own family to be taken care of with holistic musculoskeletal care. My goal is to return the patient to their pre-injury status as quickly as possible utilizing the latest technology in surgery and non-surgery techniques.”

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Top Conditions

  • Shoulder Pain & Weakness
  • Chronic and Acute Hip Pain
  • Sports Injury
  • Joint Pain Knees, Shoulders or Ankles Due to Injury or Overuse
  • Fractures

Dr. Lawrence Donato has been a member of Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists for 12 years as an orthopaedic sports medicine physician. He specializes in disorders of the shoulder, hip and knee in addition to fracture care. Some of his frequently performed procedures include ACL reconstruction, meniscal surgery, knee preservation surgery, rotator cuff repair, shoulder stabilization and hip arthroscopy.

During his time with the practice he has spent his time serving as the head team physician for Cox High School as well as a team physician for Old Dominion University. He has served as the chair of the department of surgery for Princess Anne Hospital and was a member of their medical executive committee.

He is originally from Philadelphia (home of the Super Bowl LII champions), received his BS from Mount Saint Mary’s College (MD) and attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Donato continued his education with his residency at the Michigan State University Garden City Campus in Orthopedic Surgery followed by a 1 year fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. His wife is a local primary care physician and they have three children, dogs and fish. In addition to Orthopedics Dr. Donato is focused on overall health and wellness. He believes with hard work, attention to detail and a positive attitude almost anything can be achieved (by the grace of God). When not focusing on Orthopedics Dr. Donato’s hobbies include sports, drums, gardening, skiing, movies, water sports and travel.

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:  Sentara Princess Anne Hospital





  • Graduate Hospital PA



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