Dr. Don Lester, MD

Dr. Don Lester, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 67
Dr. Don Lester, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Fresno, CA and has been practicing for 34 years. He graduated from University Of California, Irvine, College Of Medicine in 1979 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.

6085 N 1st St Ste 101

Fresno, CA 93710

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Joint Drainage
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 99% of peers
Bone Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Lester "Dr. Lester's philosophy and commitment is to provide a better Quality of life through high quality surgeries that take less time with faster recovery, less infections, and lower cost. He has perfected the hip and knee replacement surgery utilizing a very small incision and reducing the surgery time to less than one hour, helping to reduce the blood transfusion rate to 20%!"

1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

77  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


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35  Procedures


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

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 California At San Diego
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
  • University Of California, Irvine, College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • Usc University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Penn States Milton S Hershey Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1984
  • University Of California, San Francisco (Ucsf-Fresno)
    Other Education | Completed 2006

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Sterling Who's Who, 1995
  • Marquis Who's Who, 1995
  • West's Who's Who in Health and Medical Services, 1990
  • Who's Who in California, 1982-1994
  • Who's Who in Health Care Professionals, 1990-1993
  • Who's Who in Young Americans, 1991
  • Two Thousand Notable American Men, 1985
  • International Man of the Year, International Biographical Centre, England, 1997
  • Patent for "Easy-In Hip Fixation Device", Pending
  • Best Total Joint Practice, by Community Hospitals of Central California, 1994-1996
  • Patent for "Kirschner VectorTM - Pressfit Hip Prosthesis", 1993
Media & Publications
  • Mini-Incision Posterior Approach for Hip Arthroplasty, Dec 2001
  • Sliding Screw Fixation of 100 Intratrochanteric Hip Fractures: Ambulation and Discharge Results, 2002
  • Mini Palm Incision of Carpal Tunnel Release, June 1995
  • A Minimum 10-Year Follow-up Study of Grit-Blasted Titanium Femoral Hip Replacements, 2003
  • Mini-Incision Hip Replacement: Is there a real benefit?, 2003
  • Program on Total Hip Replacement, 1995

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Lester's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lester to family and friends
24 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (24)

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Dr. Lester's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

I was born without a hip socket and the head of the femur was deformed. Had many hip surgeries and body casts, as a child, but to no avail. I walked with pain every day until it became unbearable. I was TERRIFIED to trust another surgeon with my hip! In 1994, I went to Dr. Lester. His...more
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Dr. Lester performed hip replacement surgery on both hips during 2011. Surgery was easy and recovery was quick.
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He may be highly medically trained but he has some of the worst bed side manor I have ever experienced. Dr Lester seemed more interested in telling me a personal story about himself than listening to what my issues were. At one point he even informed me that I was not in pain. He then said and this...more
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Horrible experience treated me like I didn't even exist,.. also stated to me NEVER to come back to his office,,What a jerk he is..
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