Nicholas R. Slenker, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Sports Medicine

LVPG Cliniciani

Accepting New Patients


Area of focus i

  • Complex Shoulder Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • ACL Reconstruction

Languages spoken

  • English

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Philosophy of care

I am passionate about orthopedic sports medicine. Successfully caring for athletes and patients from all walks of life is extremely rewarding to me. I enjoy helping people get back to the activities and lifestyle that make them happy and give them strength. I will spend time with you to understand your problem and help you get better.

Why I entered medicine

Growing up in Allentown, I did not have a lot of exposure to orthopedics, as no one in my family worked in medicine. But I’d always loved working with my hands and began to excel in the sciences in school. Fortunately, I found orthopedics through a shadowing opportunity, fell in love and have never looked back. I feel extremely fortunate. I am team physician at Lafayette College, and was assistant team doctor for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Kings and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Medicine has offered me the great opportunity to help others while presenting exciting new challenges every day.

Personal interests

I love spending time with my wife and two children, traveling and playing sports. I grew up as a competitive swimmer, so love all things around the water. I also enjoy running, biking, hiking and basketball.

Best Hospitals
Lehigh Valley Hospital is ranked 27th in the country for orthopedic care on the 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list. Our team of more than 200 orthopedic specialists provide award-winning, nationally-recognized care with experience, expertise and leading-edge technology.


University of Arizona, BA - International Studies, 2000

Medical Training
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, MD - Doctor of Medicine, 2007


Internship 2008
Orthopaedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Residency 2012
Orthopaedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship 2013
Sports Medicine, The Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, .


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery