Donald W. Roberts


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Dr. Don Roberts is an orthopedic surgeon sub-specializing in disorders of the knee and sports medicine. Dr. Roberts has extensive experience in knee arthroscopy, including arthroscopic reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, arthroscopic meniscal repair, meniscectomy and management of disorders of articular cartilage. Dr. Roberts is interested in minimally invasive procedures and was one of the first doctors in the Northwest to perform MAKOplasty®, a robotic assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure.

In addition to his expertise in arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Roberts treats arthritic conditions of the knee, including total knee replacements and tibial osteotomies. Dr. Roberts has been the team physician and orthopedic surgeon for the Portland Trailblazers since 1994. He was the team physician for gold medal winning men’s and women’s basketball teams at the 2012 London Olympics, and has cared for Olympic athletes at the US Olympic Training Center.

The son of a Cal-Tech professor of Chemistry, Dr. Roberts grew up in Altadena, California. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1975 with a degree in Human Biology. After receiving his M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1980, Dr. Roberts served his internship in orthopedic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. The following year he taught Human Anatomy at the Stanford University School of Medicine and pursued further surgical training at Stanford University.

Dr. Roberts’ residency training in orthopedic surgery was completed at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Program in Boston, Massachusetts. After completion of his residency, he served as chief resident in orthopedic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He subsequently concluded a fellowship in sports medicine with Dr. Arthur Boland, the team physician for Harvard University. While in Boston, Dr. Roberts and his wife, Barbara, served as Resident Tutors in Cabot House at Harvard University.

Upon leaving Harvard in 1986, Dr. Roberts came to the Portland area to join Rebound. Since coming to the Northwest, Dr. Roberts has pursued the advancement of orthopedic surgery and surgery of the knee. He has taught knee anatomy at Stanford University, has served as a consultant reviewer and an associate editor of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and has initiated research projects on the technique and outcome of total knee replacements, particularly with regard to patellar resurfacing and implant wear.

Being certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.

Currently, Dr. Roberts lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, Barbara and has four children, Emily, Molly, Heather and Allen. As a family, they enjoy river rafting, fishing, tennis, hiking, traveling and reading.

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Professional Profile

Medical School: Stanford University, 1975-1980
Internship: Orthopedic Surgery, 1980-1981
University of Washington
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, 1982-1985
Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, 1986
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Massachusetts General Hospital
Started Practice: 1986
Board Certified: American Board of Orthopedic SurgeryCertificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine
Diplomate: American College of Surgeons American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Hospital Affiliations: PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital
Awards: Portland Monthly Top Doctors: 2012, 2015

Patient Education

Patient Testimonial – Total Knee Replacement
MAKOplasty® Patient Education
Patient Testimonial – Thanks for my knee!