Dr. Michael Dillingham, MD

Dr. Michael Dillingham, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
71 y/o
58 reviews

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  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CompBenefits Corp.
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Delta Dental
  • Dental Network of America
  • DenteMax
  • Dominion Insurance
  • EmblemHealth

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Dr. Dillingham's Reviews

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Dr. Dillingham's Performance
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Patient Reviews (15)
San Leandro, CA |
Dr. Dillingham is great! He is the best mix of forward thinking calculated risk taker and cautious. I wouldn't be as far down the road to recovery without him.
Burlingame, CA |
experienced veteran surgeon and genuinely interested in understanding my reasons for shoulder pain and also determined to resolve them, first with non-surgical
in Menlo Park, CA |
I chose Dr. Dillingham despite his being out of my insurance network. He has been my resource for returning my knees (and shoulder) to full-functionality for over three decades.
in Santa Clara, CA. |
Dr. Dillingham was referred to me by a friend that was treated by him. He knew exactly what was wrong with my shoulder. It is now 2 weeks after my surgery and my shoulder is feeling pretty good.
San Francisco, CA |
Dr. Dillingham' s care and medical expertise have been outstanding.
in Ft Bragg, CA |
My knee surgery by Dr Dillingham was a overwhelmingly positive experience. The entire staff at both Dr. Dillingham's office and the Surgery Center was efficient and professional. The care felt personal and the environment was happy and positive. If I had realized how easy it would be, I'd have done it much sooner!
in San Francisco, CA |
Dr. Dillingham has taken care of my right knee for 15 years after I wore out my meniscus. He successfully performed arthroscopic surgery, good for about 5 years and then an osteotomy to straighten my, good for 10 more good years. Now need a full knee replacement. Without Dillingham I would have probably had knee replacement much earlier and would now be ready for a second replacement on the same leg which is much more problematic. Excellent doctor, excellent advise, wonderful to work with.
in Scotia |
in Chico, CA |
He is very thorough and an excellent surgeon. My recovery time was exactly as he described after the arthroscopic surgery. I had a very large calcified parameniscal syst removed. Dr. D. also cleaned up the tear in my lateral meniscus. I have been walking since the day of surgery and have had minimal to no pain throughout my recovery. I began riding my horse a week and a half after surgery. He is also a nice guy.
in Martinez, CA |
Outstanding orthopedic specialist, caring and extremely thorough. Two days after surgery on my left shoulder, the pain I had suffered through for over two years was gone. I have full use of my left shoulder and arm. Dr. Dillingham has treated me also for a knee injury which responded quickly and completely to his care and instructions.
Sacramento, CA |
Outstanding Surgen, listens to concerns and explains the what and why.
in San Francisco, CA |
Dr. Dillingham exudes confidence and knowledge in his abilities. I know he's passionate about getting his patients fixed up and back out doing activities they love. His approach is to take the least invasive path to fixing the body and offers very creative solutions. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to use Dr. Dillingham and and thrilled with the results!
San Jose, CA |
If you've managed to injure something, you can expect Dr. Dillingham to be thorough in his evaluation of the problem and to help you decide on the solution best suited to your needs and goals in a straightforward, realistic manner.
in Redding, CA |
Great bedside manner. Willing to take time to explain all options and do so in a thorough manner. Attempted the least invasive, conservative approach before resorting to surgery.
Oakland, CA |
Excellent bedside manner, very dedicated and determined to find the best possible outcome. Methodical with his diagnosis and not quick to cut. Considers the entire body, listens to your concerns and treats you as if you were family. I have had multiple orthopedic surgeons and Doc Dillingham is by far the best doctor I've had. I recommend him to everyone and anyone. I have a very unique and degenerative case and he has been nothing less than amazing!
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Dr. Dillingham's Care Philosophy

dedicated, intelligent, compassionate, committed, healing and reassuring

Dr. Dillingham'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 and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture


  • Medical School
    Stanford University

    Graduated in 1971

  • Internship Hospital
    Stanford University Medical Center

    Completed in 1972

  • Residency Hospital
    Stanford University Medical Center

    Completed in 1975

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Santa Clara Valley Med Center

    Completed in 1976

  • Undergraduate School
    Stanford University

    Graduated in 1971

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate