Dr. Donald Lewis, MD

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Orthopedic Hand Surgery | Male

Muir Orthopedic Specialists 2625 Shadelands Dr Ste 210 Walnut Creek, CA 94598 Get Directions
Dr. Donald Lewis, MD
Dr. Lewis began practicing orthopedic surgery in 2000 after earning his medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. His internship and residency at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York prepared him for two successive fellowships – one in hand and elbow surgery and another in shoulder surgery, arthroscopy and sports medicine. Dr. Lewis joined MOS after completing his fellowships. Committed and focused, he has published numerous articles and given many lectures on related topics including carpal tunnel syndrome and injuries in athletes. Voted 'Top Doctor' by Castle Connolly. Dr. Lewis treats both simple and complex hand and elbow disorders, which often involve sports related issues. He has expertise in wrist arthroscopy and minimally invasive hand surgery. Common hand and elbow problems Dr. Lewis can treat are carpal tunnel syndrome and peripheral nerve disorders/injuries, fractures and ligament injuries, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, tendonitis and tendon ruptures, thumb basal joint and hand osteoarthritis, tumors/masses/ganglions, tennis and golfer's elbow (lateral and medial epicondylitis). He also has expertise in treatment of complex peripheral nerve injuries, tendon transfers, rheumatoid hand reconstruction, post-traumatic hand reconstruction, and microsurgery. Dr. Lewis thrives on overcoming the challenges faced in orthopedic medicine. His attention to detail rivals only his dedication to helping patients return to their favorite sports and activities. Meticulous skill, combined with a polite and professional bedside manner, ensures his patients receive the best orthopedic treatment available. In addition to being an avid triathlete, fly fisherman and expert skier, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids.

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Dr. Lewis' Care Philosophy

Since I completed separate fellowships in Hand/Microsurgery and Sports Medicine, I work closely with my Physician assistant Joe Torres to coordinate care in the office and assist me in surgery. I believe in using minimally invasive techniques for treatment of carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome, thumb basal joint arthritis, trigger fingers, and Dupuytren's contracture of the hand. My background in Sports Medicine allows me to participate in the care of athletes all the way from local high schools to collegiate and professional levels, with early return to activity as the goal. Returning people back to their favorite sport or activity is something I'm very proud of. Interacting with my patients and being able to use a mix of science, art, and skill to make dramatic improvements in their lives is what I like most about being an orthopedist.

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Walnut Creek Office2625 Shadelands Dr Ste 210
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Dr. Lewis' Performance
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    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    GOOD
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  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
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Dr. Lewis began practicing orthopedic surgery in 2000 after earning his medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. His internship and residency at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York prepared him for two successive fellowships – one in hand and elbow surgery and another in shoulder surgery, arthroscopy and sports medicine.

Dr. Lewis joined MOS after completing his fellowships. Committed and focused, he has published numerous articles and given many lectures on related topics including carpal tunnel syndrome and injuries in athletes. Voted 'Top Doctor' by Castle Connolly. 

Dr. Lewis treats both simple and complex hand and elbow disorders, which often involve sports related issues. He has expertise in wrist arthroscopy and minimally invasive hand surgery. Common hand and elbow problems Dr. Lewis can treat are carpal tunnel syndrome and peripheral nerve disorders/injuries, fractures and ligament injuries, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, tendonitis and tendon ruptures, thumb basal joint and hand osteoarthritis, tumors/masses/ganglions, tennis and golfer's elbow (lateral and medial epicondylitis).

He also has expertise in treatment of complex peripheral nerve injuries, tendon transfers, rheumatoid hand reconstruction, post-traumatic hand reconstruction, and microsurgery.

Dr. Lewis thrives on overcoming the challenges faced in orthopedic medicine. His attention to detail rivals only his dedication to helping patients return to their favorite sports and activities. Meticulous skill, combined with a polite and professional bedside manner, ensures his patients receive the best orthopedic treatment available.

In addition to being an avid triathlete, fly fisherman and expert skier, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids.

Dr. Lewis' Care Philosophy

Since I completed separate fellowships in Hand/Microsurgery and Sports Medicine, I work closely with my Physician assistant Joe Torres to coordinate care in the office and assist me in surgery. I believe in using minimally invasive techniques for treatment of carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome, thumb basal joint arthritis, trigger fingers, and Dupuytren's contracture of the hand.

My background in Sports Medicine allows me to participate in the care of athletes all the way from local high schools to collegiate and professional levels, with early return to activity as the goal. Returning people back to their favorite sport or activity is something I'm very proud of.

Interacting with my patients and being able to use a mix of science, art, and skill to make dramatic improvements in their lives is what I like most about being an orthopedist.

Dr. Lewis says...

Dr. Lewis practices orthopedic surgery and microsurgery with a special interest in hand, elbow and shoulder surgery and reconstruction, sports medicine, peripheral nerve surgery and arthroscopy.

Dr. Lewis' focus is on upper extremities and arthroscopic treatment of shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff tears, impingement, labral and SLAP tears, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral nerve disorders, Dupuytren's contracture , tendonitis, tennis elbow and hand osteoarthritis.

Dr. Lewis says...

Dr. Lewis is an experts in needle aponeurotomy (also known as percutaneous fasciotomy) for Dupuytren's contracture in the hand. His website, www.Dupuytrens.biz, has an explanation of this technique that is performed in the office with local anesthesia. There are many benefits to this procedure, which can dramatically improve motion and function with an office procedure using no stitches.

Dr. Lewis also uses a similar technique for treatment of trigger fingers that can spare you a trip to the operating room and allow almost immediate use of your hand.

Dr. Lewis' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  •  Board certified in Hand Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Castle Connolly 'Top Doctors', 2016
    • Castle Connolly 'Top Doctors', 2015
    • Castle Connolly 'Top Doctors', 2013
    • Castle Connolly 'Top Doctors', 2014
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  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis of the Finger
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Hand Conditions
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Trigger Finger

Education

  • Medical School
    Columbia University / College of Physicians And Surgeons

    Graduated in 1993

  • Internship Hospital
    Columbia University / College of Physicians And Surgeons

    Completed in 1994

  • Residency Hospital
    New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Columbia University

    Completed in 1998

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Lake Tahoe Sports Medicine Fellowship

    Completed in 2000

    Philadelphia Hand Center, Thomas Jefferson University

    Completed in 1999

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Virginia / Main Campus

    Graduated in 1989

  • Other Education
    Board Certified Hand Surgery

    Completed in 2003

    Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgery

    Completed in 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Arthritic Hand Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Endoscopic
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Open
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Reconstruction
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Endoscopic Hand Surgery
  • Endoscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Hand Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, and Wrist Joint Reconstruction
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Ligament Reconstruction
  • Wrist Reconstruction
  • Wrist Surgery