Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart
Orthopedics + Sports Medicine

Your premier source for orthopedic care in Sarasota, FL

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Our Focus

True care where your best interests are determined collaboratively with your doctor, not by a policy.

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Board Certified Surgeons

Combines four essential medical standards to enable risk-free diagnosis and physiotherapy assessments.

Complete Care

Comprehensive treatment, personalized rehabilitation, advanced diagnostics, patient education, and ongoing support for recovery.

Welcome to Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine

Your premier source for orthopedic care in Sarasota, FL. Our team of highly trained orthopedic surgeons and specialists offers a comprehensive range of services, from joint replacement surgery to sports medicine and minimally invasive procedures.

We use the current techniques and technologies to provide patients with the most effective and efficient care possible. If you live in Sarasota and looking for an orthopedic surgeon near you in Sarasota, you’ve come to the right place.

At Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine, we understand that every patient’s needs are unique. That’s why we take a personalized approach to treatment, working closely with each patient to create a customized plan that addresses their specific condition and goals. Whether you have joint pain, a sports injury, or a chronic condition like arthritis, we’re ready to help you get back to the activities you love.

Meet Our Doctors

Christopher R.
Sforzo, M.D.

A board certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship trained in hand and upper extremity surgery…

Christopher L.
Dillingham, M.D.

A board certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship trained in hand, shoulder, and arm surgery…

Charles E.
Stewart, M.D.

A board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult complex reconstruction of the lower extremity…

Philip A.
Meinhardt, M.D.

A board certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship trained specializing in adult spinal surgeries…

Our Physician Assistants

Jake Hlavach


Jake is a dedicated physician assistant with expertise in surgery, passionate about patient care and outreach.

Russell Aquino


Russ is an experienced orthopedic physician assistant, actively involved in clinical care and local volunteer work.



Bill brings extensive military and emergency medicine experience to his role as a physician assistant at our practice.

Emmanuel Hernandez


Manny is an orthopedic physician assistant with a strong background in sports medicine and medical missionary work.

Cameron Whitehead


Cameron is a skilled nurse practitioner with a background in musculoskeletal health and a passion for family.

Patient Testimonials


As a very busy business owner in Sarasota, having not one, but two, massive rotator cuff tears had a debilitating effect on both my personal and professional life. From my first consultation with Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine, I knew I was in good hands. The surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained, which gave me the confidence in achieving a successful outcome. More importantly, they patiently answered all of my questions and concerns. Both repairs were completely successful and I have regained full motion with absolutely no issues.

Bob Kirschner

After tearing my rotator cuff, not only was I experiencing pain but my quality of life was diminished. Playing golf and working out were painful rather than enjoyable. Graci and I sought out Fellowship trained Dr. Christopher Sforzo and the team at Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine. I was treated non-surgically and am now pain free, mobile and enjoying everything I did before.

Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy
As avid golfers and tennis enthusiasts, our rotator cuff injuries left us in pain, and unable to enjoy our sport. In researching for the most qualified surgeons, we found that Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine not only had the highest level of training and experience, but they were also highly recommended by friends and associates who had excellent results. We, too, had outstanding outcomes and are back on the court and course…pain free and better than ever.
Mike Wilton, Bud Polley and Arnie Vance

I was visiting the area looking at property and considering a full time re-location from Minnesota when I was in a traffic accident. The result was a very painful shoulder injury that would ultimately require bilateral RTC repairs. I was unable to undertake regular day-to-day activities or participate in my favorite sport – tennis. It was essential that I choose a shoulder specialist that could quickly set me on the right path of treatment. I was relieved to find Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine.

Pat Cooper

Over the years we had seen several orthopedists in town but were never impressed. They seemed to lack knowledge or compassion or both. Then when Liza was in high school, she went to Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine for a minor sports injury. They not only diagnosed her somewhat obscure problem, but explained things in a way that she understood without being patronizing or pedantic.

Liza, John and Betsy Kane-Hartnett

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to my first visit?2024-07-19T18:33:25-04:00

New patients must bring photo identification and insurance information. Patients should bring a list of medications, pertinent past medical history (prior doctor’s consultant notes & operative reports), and any prior x-rays or MRI/CT imaging. If the patient is under 18 years of age, a legal guardian must be present during the appointment.

How quickly can I get an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon in Sarasota?2024-07-19T18:34:57-04:00

Many times, at Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine we may be able to schedule you the same or next day. Please call our office at 941-378-5100 or use the online appointment request form.

What should I expect during my first visit to Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine?2024-07-19T18:35:47-04:00

During your first visit to our practice, you’ll meet with one of our orthopedic surgeons or specialists for a thorough evaluation. They will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and discuss your symptoms and concerns. Based on this evaluation, they will recommend a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals.

What is sports medicine, and how can it help me?2024-07-19T18:36:24-04:00

Sports medicine is a specialized branch of orthopedics that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries. At Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine, we offer sports medicine services to help athletes of all levels recover from injuries and get back to the sports they love.

How do I know if my orthopedic surgeon has the right training and education for my needs?2024-07-19T18:38:00-04:00

All the orthopedic surgeons at Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine are board certified, and fellowship trained in their orthopedic specialty, ensuring you will receive the best care and outcome for your injury.

What types of orthopedic services do you offer in Sarasota?2024-07-19T18:38:27-04:00

Our practice provides a comprehensive range of orthopedic services to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, including joint replacement surgery, sports medicine, and minimally invasive procedures.

Is my service animal and/or emotional support animal allowed to join me at my appointment?2024-07-19T18:39:44-04:00

At Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine, we are committed to accommodating individuals who rely on ADA Certified service animals to assist them in their daily lives. In accordance with Florida Statute 413.08(9), only service animals are recognized as permissible companions within our premises. While emotional support animals are valued for their support, they do not qualify as service animals under the law and are therefore unable to accompany individuals into our offices.

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