Orthopedist follows destiny to practice in Fairfield


Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gregory Geiger examines Laurie Gelderman in his Post Road office. (Kendra Wingate photo)

Dr. A. Gregory Geiger’s destiny as an orthopedic surgeon seemed quite certain, as a common theme shadowed him throughout his life.

As a teen he spent time in a hospital observing his older sister, Holly, who was an emergency room nurse at South Nassau Community Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y. He saw the prosthetics and rehab after his father, Arthur, lost his leg above the knee in the line of duty as a New York City police officer. He shadowed his Boston University team physician and mentor Dr. Robert Leach throughout college, all the while having his interest in the field grow.

“I went to Boston University and I was the captain and starting quarterback of the football team for four years,” Geiger said. “The team physician didn’t want me hanging out with the wrong crowd, so he would make me meet him after class and would take me on his rounds at the hospital. He was well known throughout the country for orthopedics and sports medicine. He took me under his wing and pushed me into that direction, so I headed off to orthopedics.”

Geiger attended Boston University’s undergraduate program from 1974 to 1978, followed by Boston University’s School of Medicine medical school. He served a residency at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, then completed a sports medicine fellowship, assisting the team physician for the Boston Celtics, before moving to Connecticut and specializing in sports medicine.

An orthopedic doctor since 1994, Geiger has been the team physician for Southern Connecticut State University, caring for some 500 scholarship athletes, for more than 10 years.

Geiger’s practice has consistently grown through the years, leading him to open his own practice one year ago at 1275 Post Road, continuing his work with sports medicine and physical therapy.

“I moved into a solo practice due to the fact that I want to spend time with every patient and not have to pass them off,” Geiger said.

He also performs meniscus repairs, minisectomys, knee ligament reconstruction, shoulder instability surgery, fully arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, total shoulder replacement, total knee replacement, joint replacement, hip replacement, treatment of fractures, hospital emergency room cases, pediatric care, and more, and also takes care of weekend warrior injuries.

Geiger’s Post Road office is fully equipped and includes X-ray and physical therapy.

“If someone is injured, I usually see them on the same day,” said Geiger. “Instead of going to the emergency room, you come here. I can take care of the X-rays, the injury and oversee the physical therapy right on the premises. So I can follow all my own surgeries and see their progress firsthand — one-stop shopping.”

Geiger, and a handful of other doctors, also recently purchased and are currently renovating the Surgi Center on Main Street in Trumbull, which is due to open in March.

“We are going to be able to perform about 90% of our outpatient surgeries in this beautiful facility with brand-new state-of-the-art operating rooms with new air flow systems so infection rates will be nonexistent, and the cost to society will be one-tenth of having it done at a local hospital,” Geiger said.

Geiger is on the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has full privileges at Bridgeport Hospital.

In Fairfield, he sponsors Wakeman Boys & Girls Club Pee Wee basketball teams, treats staff and athletes at Greens Farms Academy, and treats the staff at the Southport Racquet Club.

Information is available at 203-955-1202 or vitals.com.

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