First State Orthopaedics in the News

  • Job Growth in Kent County

    Central Delaware's medical field/industry appears to be undergoing rapid growth.  David Blaeuer, Executive Director of First State Orthopaedics, said their new 43,000 square-foot, two-story, "state of the art" medical facility in Dover will cause immediate job growth and opportunities for more in the future.

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  • Elliott Leitman, M.D. featured in AAOS article


    Elliott Leitman, M.D. recently interviewed Merrick Wetzler, M.D. a four-time medical chairman for the Maccabiah World Games.  During the Games, in addition to providing team coverage, Dr. Wetzler handles phone calls and questions from athletes, trainers, coaches and parents.


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  • 2017 Delaware Today Top Doc's

    Congratulations to the following FSO physicians who received a Delaware Today 2017 Top Doc award:

    Jeremie Axe, M.D.

    Michael Axe, M.D.

    Alex Bodenstab, M.D.

    Drew Brady, M.D.

    Claire Coggins, M.D.

    Evan Crain, M.D.

    Adam Ginsberg, D.O.

    Heather Gotha, M.D.

    Matthew Handling, M.D.

    Eric Johnson, M.D.

    Randeep Kahlon, M.D.

    James Moran, D.O.

    Leo Raisis, M.D.

    David Sowa, M.D.

    Joseph Straight, M.D.

    Bruce Rudin, M.D.

    James Zaslavsky, D.O.



  • FSO Physicians Elected Officers of the Medical Society of Delaware

    Effective January 1, 2018, the following First State Orthopaedics physicians have been elected officers of the Medical Society of Delaware. 

    Joseph Straight, M.D. - Vice President

    Leo Raisis, M.D. - Speaker of the Council

    Randeep Kahlon, M.D. - Treasurer

  • Elliott Leitman, M.D. speaking on Sports Radio 94.1 WIP

    Elliott Leitman, M.D. will be talking about Sports Medicine Topics regarding the Eagles game on Tuesday, 9/20/16 at 7:20 a.m. on Sports Radio 94.1 WIP

  • Sports Physicals July 27, 2016

    Dr.'s Matthew Handling, Joseph Straight and John Webb, P.A. will be doing sports physicals at the Smyrna office on July 27, 2016 from 3pm to 8pm.  The cost is $20.  Please call 302-653-5100 to schedule your physical.  Walk in's are welcome.  The Smyrna office address is 100 South Main Street, Ste. 300, Smyrna, DE  19977.

  • Elliott Leitman, M.D. featured on Sports Radio 94.1 WIP

    Elliott Leitman, M.D. will be talking about Shoulder Injuries on Wednesday, 6/15/16 at 7:40 a.m. on Sports Radio 94.1 WIP

  • Matthew Handling, M.D. was voted Readers' Choice 2015 physician finalist


  • Matthew A. Handling, M.D. - Lecture


    Matthew A. Handling, M.D. will be giving a lecture on "Evaluation and Treatment of Tendinopathy" at the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians 13th Annual Sports Medicine Symposium on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the John H. Ammon Medical Education Center at Christiana Hospital.  The event time is from 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Michael J. Axe, M.D. awarded Outstanding Original Research Manuscript 2014


    Michael J. Axe, M.D. was awarded the Outstanding Original Research Manuscript 2014 in the "International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy" titled Speed Distance-Based Classification System for Injury Prevention and Research in International and Domestic Youth Baseball.

  • Food Bank of Delaware Donation

    We are honored to have Michael J. Axe, M.D., First State Orthopaedic partner,  present Caitlyn Custer, Donor Outreach Coordinator with the Food Bank of Delaware a check for $3,000 on December, 10, 2014 as part of our annual food drive.

  • 1st Sgt. Moody's Medal - What an Honor

    Upon returning home from Afghanistan, 1st  Sgt. Moody awarded  Michael  Axe, M.D.  of First State Orthopaedics ,  his medal of teamwork.  1st Sgt.’s are able to award a medal to members of  their units who have demonstrated special service during  the deployment . The medal is  inscribed , “It takes teamwork to make the dream work .” Dr. Axe has been taking care of Sgt. Moody’s   orthopaedic  problems.  The Sgt. felt that  Dr. Axe’s  care helped him through several combat  missions.  A tearful  Dr. Axe accepted the medal with pride.






  • APTA Press Release: Michael J Axe M.D. of First State Orthopedics and University of Delaware Physical Therapy has received honorary membership to the American Physical Therapy Association

    Michael J Axe M.D. of First State Orthopedics and University of Delaware Physical Therapy  has  received unanimous  approval  from its 404 voting members  for  honorary membership to the American Physical Therapy Association joining a very exclusive group of  only 41 since 1936.  18 physicians have been awarded honorary membership including polio scientists Drs. Sabin and Salk, JFK’s physician Dr. Janet Travell, AI du Pont Children’s Hospital’s  Albert Shands Jr.  and woman orthopedic  pioneer , Dr. Jacqueline Perry.

    Dr. Axe’s  other  recent national recognitions include:  AOSS M’s  Mr. Sports Medicine 2012, the Jack C Hughston   Award for contributions in Sports Physical Therapy, the James R Andrews Award  for Excellence in Baseball Research,  and the Stephen J Rose Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Research.


  • Medical Society of Delaware Names Dr. Kahlon for Annual Young Physician Award 2005

    Wilmington - October 22, 2005 - At the dinner for the 216th Annual Meeting of the Medical Society of Delaware, outgoing President James Marvel, Jr., MD announced this year's Annual Young Physician Award recipient as Randeep Kahlon MD. First State Orthopaedics press release about Dr. Kahlon (pdf). Read more about Dr. Kahlon in article "Delaware Doc Continues to Wow Peers."

  • Drs. Johnson, Raisis, and Sowa Top Docs in 2006

    In the annual Delaware Today survey of physicians, Drs. Eric Johnson, Leo Raisis and David Sowa were selected by their peers as “Top Docs” in orthopaedics for 2006. Delaware Today asked physicians which doctors they would recommend to friends and family. Our practice is very pleased with this important recognition and congratulates Drs. Johnson, Raisis and Sowa.

  • Youth in Sports

    Dr. Axe is a host on the "Youth in Sports" television program each week. Tune in to see Dr. Axe on Tuesdays, at 7:30 pm on Channel 28.

  • First State Orthopaedics Welcomes New Physician

    First State Orthopaedics was happy to welcome Dr. Matthew Handling who joined them in practice on August 29, 2008. Dr. Handling is a native of the State of Delaware. He attended high school at The Tatnall School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Delaware.

    Dr. Handling’s special interests include Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery (including hip arthroscopy), Fracture Care and Orthopaedic Trauma, Joint Cartilage Repair and Replacement and Treatment of Arthritis.

    He is accepting new patients at the Newark, Middletown and Smyrna locations.

    Dr. Handling finished medical school at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, followed by an orthopaedic residency at UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York. Dr. Handling completed a sports medicine fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital, Boston Mass., with World Champion Boston Celtics.

    See more about Dr. Handling in the Physicians section.

    Drs. Axe, Bodenstab, Crain, Johnson, Kahlon, Katz, Raisis, Rudin and Sowa Top Docs in 2007

    In the annual Delaware Today survey of physicians, Drs. Michael Axe, Alex Bodenstab, Evan Crain, Eric Johnson, Randeep Kahlon, Bruce Katz, Leo Raisis, Bruce Rudin and David Sowa were the most recommended by their professional peers, as determined by a Delaware Today survey of licensed physicians in Delaware.
  • Elliott H. Leitman, MD featured on Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team

    Listen to Elliott H. Leitman, MD speak to Angelo Cataldi about local sports figures and their injuries. Listen Below.

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  • Delaware Sports Medicine Surgeon, Michael J. Axe, MD Receives AOSSM's Highest Award.

    BALTIMORE, MD – Michael J. Axe, MD of First State Orthopaedics in Newark, Delaware was presented with the 2012 Robert E. Leach Mr. Sports Medicine award during the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, July 14th.
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