Dr. Philip Downer, MD
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Dr. Philip Downer, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

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Dr. Downer enjoys seeing patients of all ages, but his special interest in joint preservation has led him to treat many younger patients with hip problems, such as hip dysplasia or hip impingement. One of only a few surgeons in the Pacific Northwest who performs hip arthroscopies for these issues, Dr. Downer has quickly become one of Seattle?s leading hip specialists.


Dr. Philip Downer, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Seattle, WA. He is 47 years old and has been practicing for 22 years. Dr. Downer is affiliated with Swedish Medical Center - Ballard Campus.

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Patient Reviews (7)
in Seattle, WA |
Poor diagnoses by gp & sports med. drs (ultrasounds and xrays...) until Dr. Downer insisted on new xray of my hip at better angle at his clinic & discovered my FAI. My case was of cam, not pincer impingement, tearing ~20 degrees of the labrum. Recovery went quite well as Dr. predicted for my case. I was off my feet for several days with only tylenol for pain after day 1. Crutches for two weeks. Age: late 40s w/ small kids, now 10mo post op, I couldn't be happier with decision/results/mobility!
in Seattle Wa |
After several years of suffering with a failed hip revision I had progressed to the point where I couldn't walk and was in constant pain. Two other surgeons had discouraged me from having another revision but Dr Downer correctly diagnosed the problem and his confidence and manner convinced me that he could fix my problem. The surgery and recovery were challenging but almost a year later I am pain free and back to enjoying life. We are fortunate to have him practicing in Seattle.
in Seattle, WA |
Very disappointed with Dr. Downer. He acted impatient throughout the appointment as if we were keeping him from something more important. Would not or could not answer our questions in detail and continually interrupted us whenever we tried to get a better understanding of what was going on. We meet plenty of arrogant people during life - I certainly don't need this from my potential surgeon. I'll be searching for someone who is able to demonstrate an actual interest in their patients.
in Seattle, WA |
Dr. Downer did my two hip replacements, anterior. Both experiences were great and recovery on both was without issue.
in Port Angeles |
Had my right hip replaced best thing I ever did water skiing 3 months later snow ski and 5 months later now I need my left hip replaced perhaps
in Seattle, WA |
Each step of the way from scheduling, to consultation, surgery, and post op, Dr Downer and his staff were informative and respectful. Great results. After 3 months my activities are nearly back to normal with biking, windsurfing, swimming, and surfing. What a life changer...
in Seattle, WA |
He is arrogant and condescending when talking to patients. We were talking about a hip replacement and since we don't do this sort of thing every day, we had a lot of questions. He kept interrupting us so we couldn't get the question out, then when we tried to ask again, he said, Why are you asking me this? I've already told you many, many times! But he hadn't, because he didn't let us speak. I hope he is a good surgeon, because he is not a nice man.
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Dr. Downer's Care Philosophy

Dr. Downer enjoys seeing patients of all ages, but his special interest in joint preservation has led him to treat many younger patients with hip problems, such as hip dysplasia or hip impingement. One of only a few surgeons in the Pacific Northwest who performs hip arthroscopies for these issues, Dr. Downer has quickly become one of Seattle?s leading hip specialists.

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

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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Washington not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


  • Medical School
    Memorial University Of Newfoundland Faculty Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1995

  • Internship Hospital
    McGill University / Faculty of Medicine

    Completed in 1998

  • Residency Hospital
    Mc Gill University Faculty Med Hospital

    Completed in 2000

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Mueller Fdn

    Completed in 2001

  • Undergraduate School
    Queens University / Faculty of Medicine

    Graduated in 1991

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Steroid Injection