First State Orthopaedics News

  • Wear a mask and practice 6 ft social distancing.

    Congratulations to Red Lion Christian Academy and Hodgson Vo Tech for marking their bleachers to better keep fans safe. Everyone can do better on the sidelines with social distancing.
    Dr. Michael Axe Founding Partner, First State Orthopaedics

  • First State Orthopedic Team Physicians include

    Jeremie Axe MD, Michael Axe MD, Drew Brady MD, Matt Handling MD, Eric Johnson MD, Elliott Leitman MD, Steve Manifold MD and Joseph Straight MD. We brave the elements, we support fundraisers and we do it for free, volunteering our expertise and our resources.
    Dr. Michael Axe Founding Partner, First State Orthopaedics

  • Dr Elliott Leitman is now the Orthopedist for the Air National Guard.

    He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army and is now a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force in quest of the status of a flight surgeon. Up, up, and away. Having won the Army Sergeants medal, I feel his pride.
    Dr. Michael Axe Founding Partner, First State Orthopaedics

  • To be the father of such a talented surgeon is so rewarding.

    Parents can open doors but children have to walk through them and perform to their capabilities. Jeremie has given our community the expertise we need in complex shoulder problems learning from the masters in Birmingham, Boston and Europe.
    Dr. Michael Axe Founding Partner, First State Orthopaedics

  • I have known Dr Matt Handling as a young boy on the Delaware sidelines with his father Keith and his brother Tom

    He was first an athlete, then an official and now a team physician and sports orthopedist in New Castle and Kent counties. He's a Top Doc on the team taking care of Delaware from the beach to the bridge and beyond.
    Dr. Michael Axe Founding Partner, First State Orthopaedics

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."