Dr. Thomas Donaldson, MD

Dr. Thomas Donaldson, MD

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61 y/o
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Dr. Thomas Donaldson, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Colton, CA and has been practicing for 32 years. He specializes in orthopedic surgery.Read his story

Empire Orthopedic Center

900 E Washington St Ste 200

Colton, CA 92324
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • CHAMPVA
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Molina Healthcare

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Top Care Areas

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

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Joint Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hip
very high
more than 99% of peers

Dr. Donaldson'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.

Dr. Donaldson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Donaldson "Dr. Donaldon is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon who has been in practice in the Inland Empire since 1991. He was born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, where his parents were active missionaries. He stayed in Puerto Rico until he was 18 and gained the ability to speak fluent Spanish, which has become a tremendous asset for his patients in Southern California. Dr. Donaldson received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1984. Closely following his graduation, he was privileged to spend a year with Dr. Merlin Hamer in Orthopedic Research at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1990 and then spent a year in specialty training in Adult Reconstruction-Joint Replacement at the University of Pittsburgh with Dr. Harry Rubash. He still continues to perform and teach orthopedic surgery at Loma Linda University and remains the Director of Joint Replacement Surgery at Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. He is also recognized around the world and has been invited to speak and perform surgeries in many countries around the world including Germany, Austria, Spain, England, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico. Dr. Donaldson and his wife Tanie have been married for over 20 years and have 3 wonderful children. They enjoy traveling and many activities such as scuba diving, snow skiing, horseback riding and water skiing,just to name a few."

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Donaldson "Empire Orthopedic Center physicians and staff are dedicated to improving our patients quality of life through compassionate care and orthopedic excellence. We strive to provide our patients with the commitment and dedication to enable them to lead active and healthy lifestyles."

1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

92  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dislocated Joint
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Injuries
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • 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
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger

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32  Procedures

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty With Robotic Assistance
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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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.

Education

  • Loma Linda University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • Loma Linda University Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Loma Linda University Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Scripps Clin
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • University Of Pittsburgh / Main Campus
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Donaldson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • International Congress for Joint Reconstruction, Member

St. Bernardine Medical Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award

Hospital Quality Award

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

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Dr. Donaldson's Reviews

3.2
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Donaldson to family and friends
38 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (38)

  • 5
    (19)
  • 4
    (2)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (2)
  • 1
    (15)

Dr. Donaldson's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well

    VERY GOOD
  • Answers questions

    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent

    VERY GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    GOOD
  • Office environment

    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness

    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time

    31 to 45 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

If there was a no chance in haide stab, I would select it. He's an arrogant jerk who needs to go back to school. He did 2 hop REVISION surgeries, Both failed. I had to go to Cedars in LA. so they could fix the hillbillies' screwup plus I contracted staph and MRSA . no I wouldn't refer him. He...more
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I WENT TO SEE DR. DONALDSON TO GET A SECOND OPIONION OF SURGEY I HAD THAT THE DOCTOR HAD CUT
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thank you again thomas donaldson , i was setting here remembering how bad i was ,..... i couldnt walk two steps without crutches , my armpits hurt from useing themj ..... im out runningt miles in under 8 minutes .... so thankful you are awesome!!!!!! karl knudson
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Saw this doctor on June 21, 2017. Had seen him 3 times in 2-3 years for knee replacement. This doctor really needs professional help when it comes to bed manners. Before 10 minutes passed while asking him relevant questions re surgery he became verbally abusive stating he has not time to babysit...more
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Dr. Donaldson has done both of my Hips. I can't believe that my the 4 weeks I was driving. After my surgery I had so little pain not enough to complain about. I did what I was told to do and it paid off. I do very thing now even after 4 years that I did before both of my surgery's. I knew...more
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