Dr. Don Roberts is an orthopedic surgeon subspecializing 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 Trail Blazers 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 Caltech 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 the 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 Orthopaedic Surgery, he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
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.