Dr. David Dawson, MD

Dr. David Dawson, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
63 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. David Dawson, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Federal Way, WA. He is 63 years old and has been practicing for 37 years. Dr. Dawson is affiliated with St. Francis Hospital.

David R Dawson MD

720 S 320th St Ste G

Federal Way, WA 98003
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Providence Health Plans
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Regence Blue Shield of Washington
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Dr. Dawson's Experience

Dr. Dawson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tendonitis


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  • Ankle Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Foot Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Washington.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Washington School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1980
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview M C
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Union Mem Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Hospital Of Arkansas
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Dawson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Dawson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Dawson to family and friends
based on 29 total reviews (12 with comments)
Dr. Dawson's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (12)
in Federal Way, WA |
I've been to a lot of doctors in my life but Dr. Dawson is by far the best! He is a great listener, professional, kind, and very thorough. My treatment plan enabled me to return to work much faster than I anticipated. His office staff are also the best I've dealt with -- kind, helpful, & professional. I will gladly return to him when/if needed.
in Tacoma, WA |
Dr. Dawson operated on my shoulder and it is doing Great! He stayed on me to rehab it. When he examined me, he would know if I had been working hard or not. Dr. Dawson is the type of Dr. that shows you that he cares about you getting better. He's what I would call a "Throw Back Dr." Back to a time when doctors cared about there patients, when they would help them prevent illness and health issues. Dr. Dawson will not be Bullied by the System, he's going to do what is Best for his Patient!!
in Auburn, Washington |
Dr. Dawson and his staff are amazing. I had a work related injury, meaning, dealing with L&I. He has gone above and beyond to see that my injury has been properly cared for. I sincerely appreciate his amazing staff! If you need a doctor that will fight for you, and a staff that will help you with the mounds of paperwork.... Then I highly recommend Dr. Dawson. He was able to identify the source of my injury quickly, and it is an injury that is like finding a needle in a haystack! Thanks doc!
in Puyallup, WA |
Dr Dawson performed several surgeries on my knees over the years. He is a great doctor with excellent bedside manner and a great sense of humor. He works well with L&I and fought hard for me several times to get the treatment I needed approved. I have recommended him to friends and co-workers and will continue to do so. Dr Dawson's staff is excellent. They go out of their way to work with odd schedules and have never let me down. They are very friendly and professional.
in Federal Way, WA |
Dr Dawson did great work! He was friendly and informative and kept me in the loop through my entire experience. I would recommend him to anyone with joint issues. He helped me work through the L&I system and got my procedures approved and completed very quickly.
in Tacoma, WA |
Dr. Dawson did meniscus repairs on both my knees, five years apart. His office staff is amazing. Dr. Dawson cares about his patients. He takes time to explain everything. I left surgery feeling better. I am so happy I chose Dr. Dawson as my surgeon and would never go anywhere else!
in Edgewood |
Dawson has been my orthopedic surgeon since I was 18, I am now 39. He is extremely knowledgeable in his field and has gotten me back on my feet every time. He is conservative with treatment and will do everything under the sun before surgery is considered. If he can't do the surgery, he will refer you to someone of his caliber, nothing less. He is no nonsense when it comes to your treatment and recovery, yet has a good beside manner. He is a man of integrity and honor, and is great at his trade
in Seattle, WA |
Very knowledgeable, came in due to a bad car accident and was not sure what was going on with my knee and shoulder. Very helpful getting me referred to the right therapist that I needed. Office staff very friendly, wait time is not long at all, I think the most I have ever waited was 10 min. and I was late for that appointment. Easy scheduling an appointment, with not long of a wait. Very clean office.
in Federal Way, WA |
Excellent doctor and staff. Always great visits when I go there. Even when I'm in pain I can count on this office to brighten my day and help me with my injuries. Would highly recommend.
in Auburn, WA |
I had my first visit ever today with Dr. Dawson. As it is with most first visits, I was a little nervous. The office staff were awesome, easy to talk to, and very, very helpful. Also, Dr. Dawson's nurse was great, made me feel at ease, and has a wonderful sense of humor. Finally, I got to talk to Dr. Dawson. He is a very nice, very informative person. It was nice for a change, to finally meet a Dr.,that actually takes the time to explain what sort of plan we need for proper recovery. Great!!!!
in Seattle, WA |
Say one thing, then does another. We told the office to have shoulder replay, it is bone to bone, then after a few trips, and some trouble, he said he does not do complete surgery, only does SMALL surgery. You tell me what is SMALL surgery mean?? They don't even tell you up front if they can not do surgery! Totally waste our time!
in Federal way |
Thank you dr Dawson for all you have done for me You allways make me feel comfortable and at ease when I come into the office. Thank you
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Dawson accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Choice Health
    First Choice Health PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
    Health Net PPO
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Premera Blue Cross
    Heritage Plus
  • Providence Health Plans
    Personal Option EPO
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Preferred Provider Network PPN
  • Regence Blue Shield of Washington
    Preferred Provider Network
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Dawson has admitting privileges

St. Francis Hospital
34515 9th Ave S
Federal Way, WA 98003
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