Dr. Thomas Donaldson, MD

Dr. Thomas Donaldson, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
60 y/o
(33)
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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.

Empire Orthopedic Center

900 E Washington St Ste 200

Colton, CA 92324
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Accepted insurance

  • 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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Care Philosophy

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.
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Dr. Donaldson's Experience

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Dr. Donaldson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
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Board Certifications

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

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • 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-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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • 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
  • 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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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 Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Donaldson to family and friends
3.4
based on 33 total reviews (5 with comments)
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
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    31 to 45 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
San Bernardino, CA |
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..
in Hemet, CA |
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.
in Wondervalley Ca |
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.
in Redlands, CA |
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.
in Redlands, ca |
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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Dr. Donaldson accepts 18 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Basic HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
    Vitalidad Plus California Con Aetna
    Whole HealthPrimeCare California HMO
    Whole HealthPrimeCare California OAMC
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Priority Select HMO
    Select Plus HMO
    Select PPO
  • Blue Shield of California
    Access Plus Savenet
    Basic PPO
    Enhanced Exclusive for Small Business HMO
    Local Access Plus HMO
  • CHAMPVA
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    LocalPlus
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Principal Life
  • TriWest Champus
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

Hospitals where Dr. Donaldson has admitting privileges

St. Bernardine Medical Center
2101 N Waterman Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92404
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Redlands Community Hospital
350 Terracina Blvd
Redlands, CA 92373
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Loma Linda University Medical Center
11234 Anderson St
Loma Linda, CA 92354
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