New Total Joint Orthopaedic Specialist

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital are happy to welcome Peter Copithorne BSc, PEng, MBA, MD, FRCSC.  Dr. Copithorne specializes in minimally invasive joint replacements.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Dr. Copithorne grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and earned his Bachelor of Science and Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta in 1994.  He subsequently completed his Master of Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 2000.  He then returned to the University of Calgary and earned his Doctor of Medicine in 2006.  In 2011 Dr. Copithorne completed his orthopedic residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and since then he has completed fellowships for trauma and arthroplasty.

With his background in engineering, Dr. Copithorne was drawn to the technical specifics of orthopaedics.  “The structure of the human body is important, just like the structure of a city, how everything connects and works together that makes a body successful at completing everyday tasks.”  That’s a big part of where his passion for orthpaedic medicine comes from, “The ability to help patients return to mobility and activity is incredibly rewarding.  Being able to move around without pain doesn’t just improve your physical health, being active and able to engage in the activities you love makes you happier and improves your emotional quality of life.”

Dr. Copithorne is relocating to Ellsworth with his wife and daughter from Belleville General Hospital in Belleville, Ontario where he has been providing orthopedic trauma coverage since 2013.  The chance to work with a dynamic team of orthopedic specialists and build a minimally invasive total joint program drew him to Hancock County.  Dr. Copithorne is a lover of the outdoors and of adventure travel, his hobbies include SCUBA diving, sailing, skiing, and snowboarding making him a perfect fit for our diverse community.

To make an appointment with Dr. Copithorne, ask your primary care physician for a referral.  For more information about his services, please call his office in Ellsworth at 664-5770, or his office in Blue Hill at 374-3943.

About Maine Coast Memorial Hospital
Located in Ellsworth, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of EMHS.  The 64-bed, full-service hospital serving Hancock and western Washington Counties. Opened in 1956, our comprehensive healthcare facility provides emergency, primary and specialty care, acute inpatient, diagnostic, and surgical services. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, reflecting our commitment to meeting the highest performance standards for patient safety and quality, and has received both national and state recognition for patient safety, outcomes, and patient satisfaction levels.  More information can be found at
About Blue Hill Memorial Hospital
Located in Blue Hill, Maine, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical-access hospital and a member of EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems).  BHMH offers primary care and specialty services including cardiology, orthopedics, women’s health, urology, general surgery, rehabilitation, transitional (skilled nursing) care, diagnostic imaging, diabetes and nutrition education, and laboratory services. This past year, BHMH received the CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid) Five Star Rating for exceptional patient care, Avatar Top National Performer in 10 categories for patient experience awards, Leap Frog Top Rural Hospital, iVantage HealthStrong Hospital, and American Hospital Association Most Wired designation. For more information, visit