UOI Surgeons Antoci, Owens Taking on New Leadership Roles in Total Joint, Sports Medicine Divisions

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI (July 1, 2024) — University Orthopedics, one of the region’s largest, most comprehensive orthopedic practices, announced today that two of its esteemed orthopedic surgeons are taking on new leadership roles. Dr. Brett Owens will now serve as division chief of sports medicine for at Lifespan Orthopedics Insitute and the Department of Orthopaedics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, while Dr. Valentin Antoci will take the reins as division chief of arthroplasty at Lifespan Orthopedics Insitute and the Department of Orthopaedics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

“Holding various leadership roles within UOI, Lifespan, and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Drs. Antoci and Owens have demonstrated a keen ability to lead and mentor colleagues, residents, and medical students while also providing their patients with world-class surgical care,” said Dr. Edward Akelman, president of University Orthopedics. “I have every confidence they will easily transition into their new roles seamlessly, and pick up where their predecessors left off, further elevating the cutting-edge, compassionate care patients have come to expect from University Orthopedics .”

Dr. Antoci and Dr. Owens will assume the roles previously held by Dr. John Froelich and Dr. Paul Fadale, respectively. While Drs. Fadale and Froehlich have chosen to step back from the leadership positions they have skillfully administered for many years, they remain at University Orthopedics and continue to see patients.

“Words cannot adequately thank Drs. Froehlich and Fadale for the dedication and guidance they’ve demonstrated every day over these many years. Their leadership within two key divisions has not only been crucial to the impressive growth University Orthopedics has enjoyed during their tenure but, by preparing their successors through support and mentorship, it also leaves behind an incredible legacy,” Dr. Akelman said.

About Dr. Antoci

Dr. Antoci is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult reconstruction and hip and knee joint replacement surgery. He has a special interest in unicompartmental partial knee replacement, minimally invasive surgery, complex reconstructions, failed total joints, preservation techniques, and trauma. 

“I am looking forward to continuing caring for patients in the new role as Chief of Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement in the Department of Orthopedics at Lifespan and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and also working closely with the department’s surgeons who perform arthroplasty and total joint replacements throughout Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts, including The Miriam Hospital in Providence and Newport Hospital on the East Bay,” said Dr. Antoci. “I am humbled and excited by the opportunity, have big shoes to fill after Dr. John Froehlich, and look forward to expanding the regional, national, and global outreach of the program.”

In addition to his surgical duties at University Orthopedics, Dr. Antoci has served as director of outpatient adult reconstruction at the practice. Outside of UOI, he is the medical director of Newport Hospital’s Total Joint Replacement Program and an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

About Dr. Owens

Brett D. Owens, MD is a fellowship-trained, board-certified pediatric and adult orthopedic sports medicine surgeon. He specializes in arthroscopic repair of sports-related injuries, as well as complex knee and shoulder reconstructions. 

“I am proud to work with an amazing group of clinicians to care for southern New England athletes. Our division is grateful to our emeritus chief Paul Fadale for his decades of leadership,” Dr. Owens said. 

Dr. Owens serves as director of the Rhode Island Cartilage Repair Center, the director of Sports Medicine at The Miriam Hospital, and the director of Sports Medicine Research at Brown University, where he is also a professor of orthopedic surgery.