Dr. Stephen Cowley, MD

Dr. Stephen Cowley, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 67
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Stephen Cowley, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Birmingham, AL. He is 67 years old and has been practicing for 40 years.

4600 Highway 280 Ste 200

Birmingham, AL 35242

Contact Information

(205) 971-5000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


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Shoulder Fracture Treatment
very high
more than 99% of peers
Knee Arthroscopy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Fracture Care
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Cowley "As an orthopedic sports medicine physician, I believe that the whole body cannot be healthy unless each part is healthy. I provide surgical musculoskeletal care to athletes at every level of competition as well as non-athlete patients."


  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tendonitis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger


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  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Surgery
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University Of Alabama
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1972
  • University Of South Alabama / College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Univ Of South Alabama Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • Univ Of South Alabama Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1982

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Cowley has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Cowley's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cowley to family and friends
based on 32 total reviews (13 with comments)
Dr. Cowley's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (13)
in Birmingham, AL |
My entire family and I have been Dr. Cowley's patients for several years. We have followed him during all of his office moves. He is professional, knowledgeable and a very intelligent physician. He knows his craft. He also is very honest, but unlike some, I want to hear the truth. I have only seen kindness from him. I would recommend him to anyone having orthopedic problems.
in Joppa al |
Could not imagine a better pro!he replaced my right hip 5 days ago and based on everything I've experienced my condition will be great! He's a no nonsense straight shooter!Believe me ,I'm not easily impressed.
in Birmingham,AL |
Worst doctor ever! He walks in not knowing me & says well it says your here for your knee & nothing I can do for you because your so overweight & need aleast 150 lbs. he says your too young & need a knee replacement but no one will do it due to your weight. He gives me a shot in knee walks out never says anything else. Next day I can't even walk or put any pressure on my leg he has messed it up. Called him & was told to go to my primary, he couldn't do anything for me!! Worst Doctor Ever
in Birmingham, AL |
I've had pain and swelling in my foot for @ 6 week, my primary referred to Dr Cowley . I've had a knee problem for a few years. Dr Cowley pressed behind my knee and asked if it hurt. I said yes, and he didn't mention my knee again. He reviewed my X-rays and said he didn't see anything. He said I should wear tennis shoes and take aleve. He was rude and condescending during the visit. This is all after waiting 2 hours. I went to AFC Tuesday and my my foot is actually broken. Dr Cowley is terrible
Birmingham, AL |
Dr. Cowley is the best orthopedic physician!!! Kind, very knowledgeable, and sincere!! Has his patients best interest as priority.
Newark, NJ |
Had a minor office procedure. Don't know if he was having a bad day or experiencing job burn out. Excessively brutal with injection with extensive bruising weeks after. I have had this procedure x 2 over years with other md. And 100% results. This result now at best is 80%. Would not recommend.
in Trussville, AL |
Dr. Cowley was professional and helped me thru Christmas with my knee pain. Scheduled knee surgery for Feb 20th. He has been professional and honest and I respect that.
in Leeds, Alabama |
Dr Cowley has always been caring and understanding every time I have visited him. His treatment methods are right on and he has always followed up with me to be sure I was doing alright. He has been available to me personally when I had a question about my therapy and prognosis. I would gladly recommend him to any one needing treatment or surgery for an orthopedic problem.
in Birmingham, AL |
I have gone to Dr Cowley for pain in both knee's. Each time I visited I found him to be professional, competent and skilled. He spent time explaining answering all questions. His office staff were kind, and professional as well! I highly recommend Dr Cowley!
in Birmingham, AL |
Very knowledgeable, treats you as a human instead of a number or dollar sign, very respectful, tells the truth instead of sugar coating diagnosis/pain levels, and has a sense of humor.
in Birmingham Alabama |
Waited for two hours to be seen dr. spent all of five minutes with me never even looked at my injury and decided to give me another patient's prescription and send me on my way . By far one of the worst doctor visits I have ever had I would never recommend this doctor to anyone total waste of time
in Birmingham AL |
I had terrible knee pain and have been over weight several years. Others would tell me to lose weight. Of course I knew this. Dr. Cowley treated me with respect and loosing weight would not change my bone issues. Had a total knee and I have a quality of life I have not had in years!!!! I can jog. ...yay. awesome experience for me!!! Ty ty ty
in Birmingham, AL |
Thumb surgery to remove last bone in thumb due to arthritis. Cowley indicated bone was fused to palm bones and he could not remove but attempted to create some space between the bone on bone contact. Hand swelling was intense with a 2 month recovery. Pain continued and I went to a hand specialist. She said she had no problem in removing bone and swelling was gone in a few weeks. She further said bone removal was normal for the procedure and first procedure should not have occurred as it did.
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Dr. Cowley accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO

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Grandview Medical Center
3690 Grandview Pkwy
Birmingham, AL 35243
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