University Orthopedics Mourning Loss of Dr. Alexander Robertson

The entire University Orthopedics family was deeply saddened about the loss of our colleague and friend, Dr. Alexander Robertson, who passed away on May 24, 2023, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

“Dr. Robertson was a highly skilled and fellowship-trained spine surgeon who, since joining University Orthopedics in 2004, provided our patients with world-class care. Not only are we incredibly grateful for the amazing contributions he made over the years, but also for the nearly two decades of friendship and mentorship he brought into our practice,” said Dr. Edward Akelman, University Orthopedics president. “Alex will be deeply missed by his UOI family and patients alike. As we mourn his loss, we’d also like to extend our most heartfelt thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time.”

In addition to being a gifted spine surgeon, Alex was the beloved husband of Michelle (DeRoche) Robertson and proud father of three cherished daughters, Anna S. Robertson of Mashpee, MA, Hope K. Robertson of Boston, MA, and Katherine T. Robertson of Barrington, RI.

Born in Albany, New York in 1968, Alex spent his childhood in West Hartford, Connecticut. He was introduced to the medical profession at an early age by his father – an ear, nose, and throat surgeon at Hartford Hospital. After graduating high school, Alex earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and his medical degree at the University of Virginia. He went on to complete his residency and Trauma Fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Brown University in Providence, RI in 2002. He furthered his medical training at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, where he completed a fellowship in Spine.

Alex joined University Orthopedics in 2004 as an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon. He was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Department of Orthopedics in both 2015 and 2022, underscoring his exceptional dedication to teaching and mentorship. He was a beloved and attentive doctor and took great pride in trying to restore a better quality of life to all of his patients.

Upon hearing about his death, several of Dr. Roberton’s patients left their condolences online.

“Dr. Robertson was my surgeon for several surgeries and always got me up and running full speed. I worked with him at The Miriam Hospital as well. He was a wonderful human being loved by many and will be missed by many,” Mary M. wrote.

“Dr. Robertson was so much more than a great doctor he was also a good man, a caring friend, and a kind and gentle spirit. He did so much more than heal you when you visited him,” said patient Michael M. “I visited him more times than I could count so we did get to know each other. We always took a few minutes to talk about family and one thing he was great at was listening. As for his girls, please know that he would speak so affectionately about you all. I could tell he truly loved you all so much. That is the definition of a great man!”

A devoted father, Dr. Robertson was always there for his girls, coaching them all in numerous sports over the years and attending every one of their events and games. He was also a loving son and brother who cherished family traditions such as the annual Robertson Thanksgiving soccer tournament.

He was adventurous and had a deep love of the outdoors. As a young boy, he traveled all over the world with his father, while developing a passion for fishing. In addition, he enjoyed skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking especially with his wife Michelle and beloved dogs, Clyde and Dublin. He also enjoyed all racquet sports including tennis, paddle tennis, and squash.

It is with profound gratitude that the family would like to thank the staff at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice for their care and compassion. 

A Memorial Service will be held at the Barrington Congregational Church, 461 County Road, Barrington on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Instead, contributions can be made in Alex’s memory to the Special Olympics and the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA).

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