Donald W. Roberts

M.D.

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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!

 

TESTIMONIALS

Finest Group of Orthopedic Professionals Around

I have had two bad knees for at least 30 years and only recently discovered a very arthritic left hip. After the hip discovery it was decided to replace hip first. This entire process from initial appointment with Dr. Sparling, hip school, hip replacement surgery, physical therapy and follow-on visits were all flawless. One of the best parts was everyone always letting me know what to expect. Very reassuring to have this knowledge to successfully move forward. This process continued very seamlessly with Dr. Roberts on my knee replacements. The education process was equally important during this knee replacement. I had one knee replacement on my left knee and a hardware removal on my right knee. Several months later I followed up with a right knee replacement.

Rebound is the finest group of orthopedic professionals around. Truly a professional, caring and very skilled team of medical specialists. Thank you to all for offering excellent care and advice during all of the procedures. I would recommend Rebound and especially Drs. Roberts and Sparling to anyone looking for excellent orthopedic care.

David

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David

I have had two bad knees for at least 30 years and only recently discovered a very arthritic left hip. After the hip discovery it was decided to replace hip first. This entire process from initial appointment with Dr. Sparling, hip school, hip replacement surgery, physical therapy and follow-on visits… Read more »

Quality Care From Dr. Gramstad and Dr. Roberts

Beyond Excellent. I have had many orthopedic surgeries over the years (9). Had my shoulder repaired on Friday and was without pain on Sunday and back to work Monday. Dr. Gramstad and Jennifer Hermes are the best. A friend at work recently had a similar surgery with less damage through a well known all inclusive medical facility/hospital and was out for 6 weeks. If you want it done right you have to go through Rebound. Dr. Roberts replaced my knee in 2012 and it has been trouble free. I can't emphasize the quality and how much they care enough.

Brad

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Brad

Beyond Excellent. I have had many orthopedic surgeries over the years (9). Had my shoulder repaired on Friday and was without pain on Sunday and back to work Monday. Dr. Gramstad and Jennifer Hermes are the best. A friend at work recently had a similar surgery with less damage through… Read more »

I would highly recommend Dr. Roberts and his team to anyone.

Dr. Roberts patient Megan

My daughter Megan is a competitive athlete she is tenuous and driven. She was nationally rank in track, And loves all things sports . She tore her ACL and Meniscus the fall of her 8th grade year.

As a parent I was heartbroken for her because of her love of sports. We searched for the right doctor and finally I had several friends recommend us to Dr. Roberts. We met him and my daughter instantly connected with him. It was hard to trust someone with my little girl, but he just made it easy. He educated us on the injury and helped us through surgery and told us what to expect. I was thinking, I just don’t want her to have pain when she gets older, my daughter on the other hand just wanted to get back to competing. With help from Steve Rocereto she thrived, and even looked forward to seeing her Athletic Trainer. He is amazing and kind.

She got back on the court received All League Honorable mention in Volleyball, and second team All-conference in Basketball (even with missing the last 4 games of basketball). While playing basketball, she had fallen on the court, my heart dropped as she looked up at me. I knew it was bad, yes she tore her ACL on her other leg…. I called Dr. Roberts. Second surgery was done without a hitch the Hospital, Surgical team, Office personnel, Physical therapist, Athletic trainer are all top notch. I have absolutely have no complaints and for this mom that's a huge compliment. She is on the road to recovery and we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Dr. Roberts, Kyle, and Steve Rocereto! You made one of the most difficult times of our lives, so much easier, due to the wonderful care you provided. I would highly recommend Dr. Roberts and his team to anyone. Megan is looking forward to competing again and wants to be an Athletic Trainer one day.

Tiffany

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Tiffany

My daughter Megan is a competitive athlete she is tenuous and driven. She was nationally rank in track, And loves all things sports . She tore her ACL and Meniscus the fall of her 8th grade year. As a parent I was heartbroken for her because of her love of… Read more »

Get your self fixed and engage life!

I had my left knee replaced at 51 due to a college soccer injury. I was told when I was 27 that I would someday need a total knee replacement. I waited many years until the process was perfected and they lasted.

Being sports minded, I wanted a physician who worked on athletes and my research led me to Dr. Roberts.

It's been four years and the recent check up showed the knee is still in great shape, after:

3 - Seattle to Portland Bike Rides
1 - 110 Mile back packing trip with the scouts
6750 Miles total biking
1 - 11 day expedition Into the Grand Canyon

Get your self fixed and engage life!

John

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John

I had my left knee replaced at 51 due to a college soccer injury. I was told when I was 27 that I would someday need a total knee replacement. I waited many years until the process was perfected and they lasted. Being sports minded, I wanted a physician who… Read more »

Excellent Knee Replacement with Dr. Roberts

I am very pleased with my new knee and had a wonderful experience with the doctor and his staff. Dr. Roberts' name comes up nearly every day as the guy to go to for knee replacement.

Kenneth Weber

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Kenneth Weber

I am very pleased with my new knee and had a wonderful experience with the doctor and his staff. Dr. Roberts’ name comes up nearly every day as the guy to go to for knee replacement.

Thank you Dr. Roberts and Kyle Pirtle!

My knees had been in bad shape for several years. Both had been operated on 50 years ago and neither were any longer aligned properly. At 68, I could walk straight ahead but could not move laterally w/o difficulty. I could not mow my grass, golf or play catch with my grandsons. I avoided stairs as much as possible. Dr. Donald Roberts recommended both be replaced at the same time. I agreed and had surgery on 12-02-14 by Dr. Roberts and Kyle Pirtle. After two nights in the hospital and two therapy sessions, I returned home. The first day after returning home, they had me begin physical therapy. I was climbing stairs in my home by day three and driving by myself seven days later. I never had significant pain and am now fully able to do all of the above w/o even thinking about my knees. A complete, wonderful experience and, as others have said, a new life!

Thank you Dr. Roberts and Kyle Pirtle!

Keith

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Keith

My knees had been in bad shape for several years. Both had been operated on 50 years ago and neither were any longer aligned properly. At 68, I could walk straight ahead but could not move laterally w/o difficulty. I could not mow my grass, golf or play catch with… Read more »

Successful Surgery and Physical Therapy Outcome

I didn't wear my knee out by being a couch potato; I wore it out by running, skiing, hiking, water skiing, golf, horse back riding and my greatest fear before coming into this surgery was that I might not be able to do these things again. I heard about Dr. Roberts at lunch while skiing with friends at Mt Hood Meadows and during our conversation they told me about this great Doc that worked on the Portland Trail Blazers fixing up their injuries and I decided he was the man that could help me. The old bowed out leg that hurt is now straight as an arrow; nine months later I was skiing Mt Hood Meadows on the weekly ski bus and am so happy when I aggressively walk the trails, golf and work out five days a week. I am getting ready to go to a "Boot Camp" at my gym and never think I have a knee replacement unless it is to brag about my doctor and the successful surgery outcome. I did the follow up exercises faithfully and went to Rebound where Mike pushed me into a great rehab routine. I am looking at having the second knee done this next March after ski season and know Dr. Roberts will take good care of me and my knee.

Karen Hollingsworth

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Karen Hollingsworth

I didn’t wear my knee out by being a couch potato; I wore it out by running, skiing, hiking, water skiing, golf, horse back riding and my greatest fear before coming into this surgery was that I might not be able to do these things again. I heard about Dr.… Read more »

Thank you Dr. Roberts and staff!

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Dennis during Ride Around WA (RAW)



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Dennis during RAW up Hwy 20



My primary goal for both joint replacements was to get back on my bike. I reached my goals. I ride one week long and a few weekend rides during the dry season.I want to value the fine folks who assisted Dr. Roberts, like Lori, whom I always looked forward to see, and Kyle, who also provided care and directly assisted Dr. Roberts. Then there were the pre-op folks that got me ready and nursing and OT staff who took care of me while I was on the ward. And, lastly, there is that most important person who provided care before, during and after the cutting and replacements, that would be Sharon. She helped me get back to my bike. Thanks Sharon!It does take a village, doesn't it?

Dennis

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Dennis

My primary goal for both joint replacements was to get back on my bike. I reached my goals. I ride one week long and a few weekend rides during the dry season.I want to value the fine folks who assisted Dr. Roberts, like Lori, whom I always looked forward to… Read more »

Thank you Dr. Roberts!

Hello Dr. Roberts,

We just want to thank you again for the incredible care you gave CJ and let you know the knee held up! CJ's team won the 6A state basketball championship this year.  We are so grateful that he was able to contribute and be part of his team again.  It is an experience he will remember for the rest of his life.

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Hello Dr. Roberts, We just want to thank you again for the incredible care you gave CJ and let you know the knee held up! CJ’s team won the 6A state basketball championship this year.  We are so grateful that he was able to contribute and be part of his… Read more »

Thanks for my knee!

Dr. Roberts,

Thanks for the great work on my knee last fall. Here I am, doing my best in upper White River Canyon on Mt. Hood, April 26, 2013.  The old knee didn't complain!

Dr. Roberts' Patient

Richard Iverson

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Richard Iverson

Dr. Roberts, Thanks for the great work on my knee last fall. Here I am, doing my best in upper White River Canyon on Mt. Hood, April 26, 2013.  The old knee didn’t complain!

New Knees – One Couple’s Story

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Carol and Dennis with Dr. Roberts after surgery.



Carol and Dennis, patients of Donald Roberts, M.D., split their time between Portland, OR and Sun Valley, ID. After watching Dennis recover from bilateral knee replacements, Carol decided to undergo the same procedure the following year. These enthusiastic patients share their stories as encouragement to others considering knee replacement surgery.

Carol's Testimonial

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Carol standing victoriously on her two new knees over Hell Roaring Lake near Sun Valley, ID



I have suffered from osteoarthritis in my knees for several years. I stopped running in my twenties, and in recent years cut back on hiking and biking. I stopped skiing in 2009. My knees just couldn't take the pain any more.Four years ago I met Rebound's Dr. Don Roberts, who replaced both of my husband Dennis's knees in 2008. We knew the minute we met Dr. Roberts that we had found the best surgeon for the job. Once Dennis' recovery was complete, and I saw my husband able to pursue his passion, skiing, I knew there was hope for me.Following in Dennis' footsteps, I, too, had both knees replaced. I just celebrated my one-year anniversary since my bi-lateral total joint replacement surgery. I can't believe the strength I've gained with my new knees- I'm even dancing again -in Zumba class! Of course I modify the bouncing a little, but I truly feel like I've gotten a second shot at living my life fully, actively and happily.Thanks to Dr. Roberts and his amazing Rebound team, I look forward to standing on top of the mountain and skiing down with my husband. Our new knees are four reasons to believe there's hope for anyone whose knees have aged sooner than their spirits.

Dennis' Testimonial

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I wouldn't recommend this any more than Dr. Roberts would. But, I had bi-lateral total knee replacement surgery in 2008. Last year I skied more than one hundred days! I also mountain biked for another thirty or forty days.

My wife, Carol, participated throughout the planning and preparation as well as the recovery from surgery, which was crucial. We both developed enormous respect for Dr. Roberts as a person and as a surgeon. His integrity and wisdom were evidenced throughout the process and was reflected by the attitudes and standards of his staff.

Miracles happened twice with Dr. Roberts in our lives. One year ago my wife had bilateral total knee replacement surgery. And with her drive and the inspiration of Dr. Roberts and his staff, she is raring to go too. She will be back skiing with me this year.

I would absolutely recommend Dr. Roberts for total knee replacement. I encourage anyone wanting to reclaim their life to make a commitment to themselves to come back strong to do the things they love.

Carol and Dennis

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Carol and Dennis

Carol and Dennis, patients of Donald Roberts, M.D., split their time between Portland, OR and Sun Valley, ID. After watching Dennis recover from bilateral knee replacements, Carol decided to undergo the same procedure the following year. These enthusiastic patients share their stories as encouragement to others considering knee replacement surgery.… Read more »

Dr. Roberts, you are our hero!

Dr. Roberts, you are our hero! Three short years ago my husband and I were in dire need of knee replacements. Our quality of life was restricted. Together, our 4 new knees have been our salvation! We don't even think about them being artificial unless it comes up in conversation! It has changed our lives! Our kudos to his P. A. Kyle too. You are a fabulous TEAM!

Jan Keller

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Jan Keller

Dr. Roberts, you are our hero! Three short years ago my husband and I were in dire need of knee replacements. Our quality of life was restricted. Together, our 4 new knees have been our salvation! We don’t even think about them being artificial unless it comes up in conversation!… Read more »

Thank you, Dr. Roberts

Dr. Roberts suggested knee replacement as long ago as 10 years but finally had it done after retiring in Aug. 2014. Knee replacement is not easy but certainly made better with the care and precautions taken by Dr. Roberts and physical therapy. After 3 months I started golfing again and walking miles each day. My father and son both had Dr. Roberts do knee surgeries over the last 20 years. All were successful. I love no pain and activity is back to normal! Thank you!

Carol Bleth

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Carol Bleth

Dr. Roberts suggested knee replacement as long ago as 10 years but finally had it done after retiring in Aug. 2014. Knee replacement is not easy but certainly made better with the care and precautions taken by Dr. Roberts and physical therapy. After 3 months I started golfing again and walking… Read more »

Drs. Wei and Roberts are amazing doctors

Knee and Shoulder Replacement

Without a doubt the best results I could have ever hoped for. Both Drs. Wei and Roberts are amazing doctors. I am 100% pain free and living a very normal active life thanks to those two. And the nurses at Salmon Creek are THE BEST too! Thank you thank you thank you!

Larry Marko

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Larry Marko

Knee and Shoulder Replacement Without a doubt the best results I could have ever hoped for. Both Drs. Wei and Roberts are amazing doctors. I am 100% pain free and living a very normal active life thanks to those two. And the nurses at Salmon Creek are THE BEST too!… Read more »

Dr. Roberts changed my life!

Dr. Roberts changed my life! I had a MakOPlasty to relieve constant knee pain in 2010 and it now is pain free all the time. The recovery for me was slow, but I was probably trying to do too much too quickly. I would highly recommend the entire Rebound team for this procedure for anyone who is living through knee pain and doesn't need to!

Jan Christopherson

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Jan Christopherson

Dr. Roberts changed my life! I had a MakOPlasty to relieve constant knee pain in 2010 and it now is pain free all the time. The recovery for me was slow, but I was probably trying to do too much too quickly. I would highly recommend the entire Rebound team… Read more »

Thank you Dr. Roberts!

Thank you for giving me a pain free knee joint replacement and for improving my quality of life!  From the day after surgery, my joint pain has disappeared.  During my 2 night's stay in the hospital, the nurses kept asking my pain level, as high as I got was "2" on a scale of 1 to 10.  Two days post-op, I switched from crutches to a cane, and in 5 days I walked 2 miles on Cottonwood Beach, again, pain free.  I was amazed!

In two short months, I was hiking Hamilton and Dog Moutain in the Columbia Gorge.  Last month my wife and I summited South Sister.  On September 15th, we completed Mt. Hood's Timberline Trail in a four day backpack circuit.  We climbed from 5600 feet elevation, gaining the west Elliott moraine at 7300 feet, descending to a 2 mile traverse of Elliott Glacier, and then rejoing the Timberline Trail.  Our 4 day adventure took us over 45 miles of terrain with a total elevation gain and loss of 20,000 vertical feet.  We have plans for climbing Mt. Hood this winter and will be cross country skiing all around the Cascade Range as well.

Thank you again for you and your team's fine job.

Michael F. Johnson

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Michael F. Johnson

Thank you for giving me a pain free knee joint replacement and for improving my quality of life!  From the day after surgery, my joint pain has disappeared.  During my 2 night’s stay in the hospital, the nurses kept asking my pain level, as high as I got was “2”… Read more »
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