Dr. Thomas Donaldson, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Colton, CA and has been practicing for 33 years. He specializes in orthopedic surgery.


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Empire Orthopedic Center

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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Donaldson's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Internal Derangement of Knee
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Donaldson treats Internal Derangement of Knee more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Donaldson treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Donaldson treats Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Donaldson treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Knee Pain
Runner's Knee
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Donaldson treats Runner's Knee more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Donaldson treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Donaldson's conditions and procedures:

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Surgery
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dislocated Joint
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Surgery
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Sprain
  • Injuries
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • 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
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • 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 Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • 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)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Still's Disease
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty With Robotic Assistance
  • Trigger Finger
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

About Me

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.

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

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

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

Memberships & Affiliations

  • International Congress for Joint Reconstruction, Member

Dr. Donaldson's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Donaldson

3.3

Based on 40 reviews

5 Stars
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1 Star
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I had both anterior hip replacement surgeries on both my hips, one may 2018 and the other October 2018. It is now March 2019 and I am walking 2 miles a day pain free! Dr. Donaldson was a blessing from God.
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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 terrorizes his staff to the point where they act like beaten dogs.
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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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I had a need replacement by Dr. Thomas Donaldson. He put in the wrong sized prothesis. It was a trial prothesis and would be deemed a 'failure' if any surgery occurred prior to 12 months following replacement. My knee couldn't straighten nor bend. After 5 months of Oxacontin (not a problem with him) I obtained three different 2nd-opinions: Kaiser Fontana, Garey Orthopedic, and Dr. Wm. Long Los Angeles. All stated I needed immediate revision. Thank you to Dr. Wm Long for saving my knee!
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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 people and to go elsewhere and mentioned his ERIN nurse assistant (?) who I went to see 2 months earlier to walk me through the surgery. I do not seriously recommend anybody to see this doctor..
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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 after my first appointment that I was in great hands. He explained every little detail of the surgery and made sure all of my questions were answered. What a wonderful and caring man.
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The office staff are hard to deal with. Don't leave a message and expect it to be delivered. Dr. Donaldson is to busy to look at the details he passes it on to his P.A. that will prescribe medication without looking at what you are taking. I became very ill due to drug interaction. I called Dr. Donaldson's office and left the message, and waited for the return call that never came. They lost my message about the drug interaction. Trying to get a script refilled is way past hard.
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Wonderful and caring. Second knee replacement, so knew what to expect. I would not go to another Dr. for any orthopedic procedure.. One caveat, problems trying to get a response from the office for appointments, refills and P.T.extensions not so good.
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sometimes the wait to is a little long when you arrive to see him but I trust only him to handle my knee issues. Had to many issues with other doctors and Dr Donaldson has finally taken away the pain and not added to it like the doctor from Beaver Medial. Thank you so much
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  • Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ (2018, 2017)

79% Patient experience rating, 10% higher than the national average

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)

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