Avi G. Kumar, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon, Shoulder and Elbow Specialist
Shoulder and Elbow Specialist
Coastal Center (SR 64)
Dr. Avi Kumar is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in shoulder and elbow surgery. He has been performing the reverse total shoulder replacement since 2004 and has performed over 1000 total shoulders to date with a success rate of greater than 90% based on patient satisfaction and function. Dr. Kumar has been a key opinion leader for a medical device company and is a selected Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery. He has received several U.S. Patents, with another patent pending, for leading-edge medical devices which he believes will change the way bone fractures and rotator cuff tears will be treated in the future. Also, Dr. Kumar is actively involved with clinical outcomes research for reverse shoulder arthroplasty and rotator cuff tear healing using pulse electromagnetic field.
When Dr. Kumar is not treating patients, he enjoys spending time with his wife, running and traveling to far away lands with his family – new experiences and cultures feed his inspiration for innovative patent ideas. Dr. Kumar attributes his successful clinical outcomes to his patient care philosophy: shared decision treatment model that facilitates optimal healing and function by engaging patients to work together to accomplish a desired goal.
Doctor of Medicine:
Tufts University, New England Medical Center
Orthopedic Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowship at Florida Orthopaedic Institute
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
The Only Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Shoulder and Elbow expert along the Southern Gulf Coast of Florida
Whitehead Surgery Scholar
Hughes Research Scholar
Top 10 Orthopedic Surgeons – Vitals.com
Expert Medical Reviewer – the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Clinical Teaching Physician for residency training program – Blake Medical center and Manatee Memorial Hospital
- Total Shoulder
- Reverse Total Shoulder
- Total Elbow
- Radial Head
- Radial Head
- Rotator Cuff Repair
- Arthroscopic Excision of Rotator Cuff Calcium Deposit
- SLAP/Labral Repair
- Biceps Tendon Resection/Repair
So grateful to Dr. Kumar for my successful rotator cuff tear repair. I am able to enjoy equestrian competition again without pain!
Dr. Kumar is a great doctor. I have recommended him to many people/
Theresa C., Google.com
Dr. Kumar gave me a total shoulder replacement and I am thrilled with the results! I am out of pain and doing all the activities I was able to do before my shoulder went bad. Dr. Kumar is a skilled, confident surgeon and the staff at Coastal is awesome. I did my part by doing everything they told me to do and now I have full use of my shoulder without pain.
Diane M., Google.com
Dr. Kumar did an excellent repair of a large rotator cuff tear. I knew what to expect before, during and after surgery. Follow up care was excellent and timely. After my injury I wasn’t sure I would be able to continue in my passion, equestrian competition. Thanks to Dr. Kumar’s expertise I am happy to be riding again without pain!
Laura Moran, Healthgrades.com
If you need shoulder surgery, I do not think you could find a better Dr! After having reverse replacement I did not take any pain meds after leaving the hospital, only 3 days after the surgery!! Such a kind soft spoken man! I would highly recommend Dr. Kumar!
I had been living with pain in my left shoulder for a length of time. Could not lift my hand above my waist nor move it to my back side. Had to have what was a reverse shoulder replacement along with the rotor cuff. Had no pain, at all, after the surgery. With weeks of physical therapy I am now able to lift my arm above my head and behind my back. Dr. Kumar is the surgeon that you want for this type of surgery. By the way, I’m 85 years old and feel like a new man.
Dr. Kumar did a complete reverse shoulder replacement for me. My shoulder joint was disintegrating due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. After the surgery, my pain is completely gone. I am so grateful for his talent and concern.
Explains everything very clearly. Never have to wait. Very pleasant bedside manner. Am more than satisfied with the results of my shoulder surgery and would definitely return to him if I need to have the other one done.
Celia s., Healthgrades.com
Dr. Kumar is a very caring and trust worthy Orthopedic Physician. He takes the time to explain each and every option in detail. My surgery, was Rotator Cuff surgery. Before having the surgery he first tried physical therapy and a moderate exercise regiment. This helped considerably, but after about one year we decided together that the best approach to correct my problem, would be surgery. This was very successful and I am now like new.
Ed C., Healthgrades.com
My experience wih Dr Kumar was very satisfying. He showed a deep concern for my injuries and went into great detail on reviewing my treatment and surgical procedures. I would highly recommend Dr. Kumar. He is a real professional
Thomas S., Healthgrades.com
Dr Kumar came highly recommended by my cardiologist, Dr. Montalvo. Dr. Kumar exceeded all my expectations. My shoulder surgery (reverse rebuild) was very successful and I am very happy with the results. He is extremely thorough and never has been rushed on any of my follow up visits. He is a professional in every sense of the word. I would never hesitate to recommend Dr Kumar to anyone considering shoulder replacement surgery.
Monte “Buzz” T., Healthgrades.com
Dr Kumar did an excellent job of my total shoulder replacement. It’s been just over a year, and it’s as good as new. He is highly skilled and professional.
Dr. Kumar operated on my rotator cuff in January of 2013…I suffered no discomfort or pain after the surgery. After I finished rehab, my mobility is at 100%. I will continue to recommned Dr. Kumar to anyone needing his surgical expertise.
Marceline B., Bradenton
Dr. Kumar has been very knowledgeable and accurate in his diagnosis, completely through in his examination and treatment. We have also found Dr. Kumar to be an excellent surgeon
Elven & Judith., Vitals.com
I am very happy with my complete recovery from an 80% rotator cuff tear and frozen shoulder.
Joe W., Healthgrades.com
Let’s take a moment to salute the divinity of the greatest surgeon on earth, Dr. Avi Kumar, who has performed a miracle on my right shoulder. We met a year ago when I had a frozen shoulder after a terrible surgery with another doctor. On 1/11/2011, I was hit by a bus and have a right shoulder torn rotator cuff as well as other injuries. My Godmother, Ms. Dorothy, referred me to Dr. Kumar in hopes that he could help me move my right arm again. I remember experiencing the most excruciating pain and I had nurses coming to my home. I was prescribed Oxycontin and I couldn’t sleep, comb my hair, or bathe myself and my life was completely shattered like broken glass. The previous doctor told me I would be like this for the rest of my life, so I was extremely desperate to find a doctor who cared about me as a patient. Dr. Kumar gave me hope and the surgery was so successful that after a year of physical therapy and five surgical procedures, I can now lift my right arm with 145 degrees range of motion! I’m grateful to know Dr. Kumar and all the wonderful staff at Coastal Orthopedics. I salute you Dr. Kumar, because today I can lift my arm up, I’m not on any pain pills and you have alleviated the worst pain while caring enough to see me through!
Deshunee D., Palmetto
I was referred to Dr. Kumar by my family physician in early 2014. Upon meeting Dr. Kumar, I immediately felt comfortable with his demeanor and confidence. Dr. Kumar listened to my concerns, we talked about a plan of action, and there was never any pressure to make any immediate decisions. Subsequently, I have had 2 shoulder surgeries with Dr. Kumar and couldn’t be more pleased with the outcomes. All of the staff at his offices are very professional and go above and beyond to accommodate you.
Sally N., Bradenton
Dr. Kumar performed surgery on both my wife and I. In both cases, the surgery was needed because of accidents resulting in severe bone breaks. My wife had most of her elbow replaced and I crushed my humerus just below the shoulder joint. Dr. Kumar’s skill has restored most of our movement well beyond our expectations. Although I did not think I would ever return to the activities I did before the accident, I can once again play golf, tennis, and anything else I want to do. Thanks Doc!
Don F., Bradenton
I was referred to Dr. Kumar by another surgeon who believed that I might need a reverse shoulder replacement which he said was not even taught when he was in medical school. When asked, Dr. Kumar said he would not know which was needed until surgery was in progress. Since exercise and injections no longer relieved the pain, I was ready. My right shoulder was replaced in 2013, the left in 2015. Following recovery I did not wake up with shoulder pain and I was able to put on a shirt or jacket again without help. I could play golf again by the ninth month. I am generally neutral when it comes to recommending someone to friends or family but I do not hesitate to suggest Dr. Kumar and Coastal Orthopedics. I am grateful for significantly improved lifestyle. A word of caution, if you are not willing to complete the therapy and exercises following surgery, don’t even think about it.
Henry C., Bradenton
Dr. Kumar is very pleasant and thorough. I say the best shoulder surgeon in the area. My surgery went very smooth, I had little to no pain afterwards. Recovery process was remarkable, no issues. Went through physical therapy greatly ahead of the game in every aspect and greatly ahead of others with the same surgery, but they had used another doctor. I knew when I found out I needed the surgery, I would go to no other than Dr. Kumar. He did my mom’s surgery too, with the same fantastic results.
Krista S., HealthGrades.com
I had two tears on my rotator cuff and could not raise my arm over my head. I’m a 60 year old carpenter and need to work for few more years before retirement. I was referred to Dr. Kumar by my physician. I made an appointment and after getting a MRI we agreed to have surgery. I had surgery in Nov ’15 and 6 months later with the surgery and physical therapy I have no pain and I’m about 90-95 percent back to my old self. Dr. Kumar is a very knowledgeable and skillful surgeon.Thanks to you and staff.
Randy B., HealthGrades.com
After taking a bad fall, I was very fortunate to have Dr. Kumar do the surgery and put in a new reverse shoulder. I couldn’t have gotten a better doctor. He helped with every concern I had. I am doing very well.
Beverly C., HealthGrades.com
Dr. Kumar has performed rotator cuff surgery on both of my shoulders, one in 2001 and the second almost one month ago. He does an excellent job and the physical therapy at Coastal Orthopedics is excellent.
Dr. Kumar was researched prior to my left complete shoulder replacement in 2013 and was highly recommended in our search for a excellent surgeon. Only one pain pill was required post surgery. While in a sling I would spot another, while shopping, raise my good arm and proclaim “Kumar, KUMAR” in tribute to his skill. Had to have other shoulder replaced in 2016 and came back to Florida to have it replaced. No one but Dr. Kumar would be considered, drove back to Florida from New York to have the best surgeon “Dr. Kumar” do his magic. Both shoulders are doing FANTASTIC. Thank you so very much Dr. Kumar, we will continue to sing your praises and continue to recommend you as the greatest.
The day I came in to meet with Dr. Kumar, my mind was immediately set at ease. He was friendly, professional, kind, and knew exactly how to approach my problem with my shoulder. He and his staff are wonderful! I highly recommend Dr. Kumar at Coastal Orthopedics. I cannot thank you enough. My new shoulder, is perfect! The best part…..I have no more pain in it!
My shoulder after 3 months is like brand new. Dr. Kumar did a terrific job, little pain and good follow ups. I am really glad I had the surgery – you can barely tell where the small incisions are.
Excellent physician and surgeon. Very serious during consultation. Detailed and direct about what to expect and what I needed to do as a patient. I had a difficult and involved shoulder surgery and was very well prepared for what I faced in rehab. My personal physician said that he would go to Dr. Kumar if he needed shoulder surgery. I agree completely. He was fantastic. I also have to say that the rehab center for Coastal Orthopedics was excellent as well. Completely recommend Dr. Kumar and Coastal.
Dr. Kumar is very kind, caring and has a twinkle in his eye, that reassures you. He has perfomred two rotator surgeries within 20 months, and I am very, very pleased with my results. Therapy is also the key. Thank you for your kindness.
Dr. Kumar is a wonderful doctor. He is kind, compassionate and very professional. He took his time to explain the procedure to me and answered all of my questions. He made sure I knew what to expect from the shoulder surgery and the recovery. The follow-up care has been exceptional. I would highly recommend him to to anyone needing orthopedic care.
He was really excellent, and helped me a lot with my shoulder, and then a few years later, my broken arm. He’s very kind, patient and thorough, and explains everything so that you fully understand. He really cares.
I heard about Dr. Kumar from a coworker. He helped me with my shoulder pain that I had for over 2 years on and off. I got my brother to go see him and he is helping him now.
Dr. Kumar is an excellent surgeon. He came highly recommended by my neighbor, who also had a shoulder replacement done by him 2 years ago. She is doing great and I am recovering nicely. Look forward to playing golf again.
Sincere and caring about my situation. Offered options for me to weigh, did not push or rush me. Very good results so far.
A thorough professional who takes his role as doctor very seriously. I have had no pain, no problem with the shoulder he replaced over a year ago. If the left shoulder needs any assistance, he certainly will be the doctor I go to immediately.
Dr. Kumar is a highly skilled and professional surgeon. I am extremely pleased with his care, as well as the care that I received from his staff. I would not hesitate to use him again should the need arise. I have also recommended him to many of my friends.
Dr. Kumar has replaced both my shoulders and I feel like new again.