Dr. William Bowman, MD

Dr. William Bowman, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 72
Dr. William Bowman, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Encinitas, CA and has been practicing for 36 years. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine in 1971 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, hematology & oncology, and more.Read his story

1200 Garden View Rd

Encinitas, CA 92024

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Molina Healthcare

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Top Care Areas

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Soft Tissue Sarcoma
more than 76% of peers
more than 72% of peers
Neuroendocrine Tumors
more than 60% of peers

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Dr. Bowman's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Bowman "William E. Bowman, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the removal of bone and soft tissue tumors. His expertise involves diagnosing and treating benign and malignant lesions in bone and soft tissue of the limbs and chest, and using advanced limb salvage techniques to restore form and function following tumor resection.Dr. Bowman's clinical expertise includes adult joint reconstructive surgery of the hip, knee, and shoulder. The goal of joint reconstruction is long-term pain relief and improved mobility for people living with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other joint-related conditions and injuries. When possible, Dr. Bowman uses minimally invasive techniques, such as arthroscopic surgery, that have been shown to result in shorter recovery times. Before joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Bowman spent 30 years in private practice. Prior to that, he served as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy for three years and was stationed on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.Dr. Bowman earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and fellowship in orthopedic oncology at the Mayo Clinic.He is a member of numerous organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, California Orthopaedic Association, and Western Orthopaedic Association. He has been recognized numerous times as a Top Doctor in San Diego Magazine's “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" annual survey.Dr. Bowman and his wife have been married for over 40 years. They are both avid sailors and have clocked more than 20,000 miles. The couple has two adult children."


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3  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hematology & Oncology
  • Oncology

1  Board Certifications

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

87  Conditions Treated

  • All Lymphoma
  • Anemia
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hip Fracture
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lung Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelopathy
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Nodular Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • 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
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reticulosarcoma
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Skin Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Thrombosis
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Trigger Finger
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • von Willebrand Disease


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20  Procedures

  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture 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.


  • Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1971
  • University Michigan
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1972
  • UC San Francisco, School of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1979
  • Mayo Clinic Rochester
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1982

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Bowman has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Bowman's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Bowman to family and friends
8 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (8)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Bowman's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

He is an excellent and very experienced doctor. He did amazing surgery on my right knee a removed a large benign tumor. Comparing to my same knee surgery by other surgeon in 2011, this time I had a very minimal pain after the surgery and my recovery time was quick. Thank you and your team of expert...more
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He is a genius. A brilliant surgeon with a top notch staff. And I know from experience and the tremendous work he did on my arm.
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