Douglas A. Palma, M.D.


Dr. Douglas Palma began his education at the University of Delaware, where he competed for the Men's Varsity Swim Team. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.

Following college, he attended Temple University's School of Medicine. There he continued his interest in sports as a member of the Temple Med Rugby Football Club and received his Doctorate of Medicine in May 1996.

After completing medical school, Dr. Palma remained in Philadelphia and entered a surgical internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center. After completion, he entered the Orthopaedic Residency program at the same institution.  He completed his residency training in July 2002 receiving the Mary Ann E. Keenan, M.D. Resident Research Award and Herman Ostrum Memorial Award.

Continuing his education, Dr. Palma accepted a one-year Fellowship position in Sports Medicine with the American Sports Medicine Institute located in Birmingham, Alabama. While there, he received advanced training in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle.

Dr. Palma joined Orthopaedic Specialists in September 2003. He is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in sports-related injuries. He has a special interest in treating athletes of all ages and skill levels, including weekend warriors. He currently serves as a team physician for University of Delaware Athletics, First State FC, and multiple local high schools.


  • Top Doctor by Delaware Today: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

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Friendly & Knowledgeable

Dr. Palma was friendly and knowledgeable. He took his time and explained my diagnosis and treatment plan. The whole office was friendly. Overall the atmosphere was excellent and the office was bright and clean.

- Christina F.

Great Group!

Dr. Palma and his staff did an amazing job handling my care. When I tore my biceps tendon I was a little lost. I wasn’t sure where to turn. DOS worked hard to get me in right away and I ended up having surgery in the same week. They have also provided excellent care for me throughout my recovery. I will be making sure to recommend DOS and Dr. Palma to all of my friends and clients in the future. Great group!

- Josh H.