Dr. Stephen Howell, MD

Dr. Stephen Howell, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  

Accepting new patients

Dr. Stephen Howell, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Sacramento, CA and has been practicing for 32 years. He specializes in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and more.

8120 Timberlake Way Ste 109

Sacramento, CA 95823
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Delta Health System
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • Medicare
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Western Health Advantage
  • Worker's Compensation

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Howell performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Knee Replacement
very high
more than 99% of peers
Knee Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Knee
very high
more than 99% of peers

Dr. Howell's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Howell "Restore highest function & normal activity after knee surgery"

3  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Howell does not have any board certifications listed.

17  Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Degenerative Disorders
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Sclerosis

10  Procedures

  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Steroid Injection

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.


  • Pennsylvania State University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
  • Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • Graduate Hospital University Of Pennsylvania
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1982
  • Orthopaedic Department At Thomas Jefferson University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1986

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Howell has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Howell has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • International Congress for Joint Reconstruction, Member

Methodist Hospital of Sacramento

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Joint Replacement Excellence Award

Hospital Quality Award

Dr. Howell is on the medical staff at our top-rated hospital.

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Dr. Howell's Reviews

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

Likelihood to Recommend (39)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Howell'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 (4)

Dr Howell is a nice person, but a terrible surgeon. Messed up my knee replacement big time.. And he & his,staff would not care much or prompt about getting anything done in a timely manner! Specially, the front staff Marshila with 4" artificial nails,The hospital rating and staff is a 3 star. I...more
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Dr Howell and his staff are excellent! I would recommend that anyone needing a knee replacement contact Dr Howell no matter how far you need to travel.
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I like the fact that Dr. Howell customizes his knee joint replacements. I have heard first hand that recovery time is very quick. I saw him 2 years ago to have my left knee done. I was very impressed with his whole operation, scheduling, completion of forms before the appointment date, wait...more
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Dr. Howell takes time to listen, explains every procedure and is is most professional. The website has videos and answers to every question a patient could possibly have. Also, a binder is given that includes all areas of the procedure and rehabilitation. It is most helpful and organized.
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