Donald M. Lewis, M.D.

Dr. Donald Lewis, Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

Dr. Donald Lewis

Orthopedic Surgeon

MOS Locations:
Walnut Creek

Specialties:

Dr. Lewis practices orthopedic surgery and microsurgery with a special interest in hand, elbow and shoulder surgery and reconstruction, sports medicine, peripheral nerve surgery and arthroscopy.

Dr. Lewis’ focus is on upper extremities and arthroscopic treatment of shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff tears, impingement, labral and SLAP tears, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral nerve disorders, Dupuytren's contracture , tendonitis, tennis elbow and hand osteoarthritis.

Approach to Treatment

When possible, I always start with non-surgical treatment that can return function quickly. In situations requiring surgery, I use minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to decrease pain and shorten the recovery period.

Since I completed separate fellowships in Hand/Microsurgery and Sports Medicine, I work closely with my Physician assistant Joe Torres to coordinate care in the office and assist me in surgery. I believe in using minimally invasive techniques for treatment of carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome, thumb basal joint arthritis, trigger fingers, and Dupuytren’s contracture of the hand.

My background in Sports Medicine allows me to participate in the care of athletes all the way from local high schools to collegiate and professional levels, with early return to activity as the goal. Returning people back to their favorite sport or activity is something I’m very proud of.

I have trained with several experts in needle aponeurotomy (also know as percutaneous fasciotomy) for Dupuytren’s contracture in the hand. My website dupuytrens.biz has an explanation of this technique that is performed in the office with local anesthesia. There are many benefits to this procedure, which can dramatically improve motion and function with an office procedure using no stitches.

I also use a similar technique for treatment of trigger fingers that can spare you a trip to the operating room and allow almost immediate use of your hand.

Interacting with my patients and being able to use a mix of science, art, and skill to make dramatic improvements in their lives is what I like most about being an orthopedist.

Meet Dr. Lewis

(A John Muir Health Network video)

More About the Doctor

Dr. Lewis began practicing orthopedic surgery in 2000 after earning his medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. His internship and residency at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York prepared him for two successive fellowships – one in hand and elbow surgery and another in shoulder surgery, arthroscopy and sports medicine.

Dr. Lewis joined MOS after completing his fellowships. Committed and focused, he has published numerous articles and given many lectures on related topics including carpal tunnel syndrome and injuries in athletes.

Dr. Lewis treats both simple and complex hand and elbow disorders, which often involve sports related issues. He has expertise in wrist arthroscopy and minimally invasive hand surgery. Common hand and elbow problems Dr. Lewis can treat are carpal tunnel syndrome and peripheral nerve disorders/injuries, fractures and ligament injuries, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, tendonitis and tendon ruptures, thumb basal joint and hand osteoarthritis, tumors/masses/ganglions, tennis and golfer’s elbow (lateral and medial epicondylitis).

He also has expertise in treatment of complex peripheral nerve injuries, tendon transfers, rheumatoid hand reconstruction, post-traumatic hand reconstruction, and microsurgery.

Dr. Lewis thrives on overcoming the challenges faced in orthopedic medicine. His attention to detail rivals only his dedication to helping patients return to their favorite sports and activities. Meticulous skill, combined with a polite and professional bedside manner, ensures his patients receive the best orthopedic treatment available.

In addition to being an avid triathlete, fly fisherman and expert skier, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids.

Alumni Organizations:

  • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

Curriculum Vitae

Group Affiliation:
Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

Office Locations:
2405 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

EDUCATION:
1985-1989 – University of Virginia, BA
1989-1993 – Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons – MD

INTERNSHIP
1993-1994 – New York-Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, New York, NY; General Surgery Internship

RESIDENCY
1994-1998 – Orthopedic Surgery; New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Columbia University; New York-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY

FELLOWSHIP
1998-1999  - Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery; The Philadelphia Hand Center; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

1999-2000 – Sports Medicine and Trauma; Barton Hospital, South Lake Tahoe, CA

CERTIFICATIONS
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgery  2002, renewed 2012
Board Certified Hand Surgery  2003, renewed 2012
Advanced Microsurgery, Columbia University

AWARDS
US News “Top Doctors” 2012

MEMBERSHIPS
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Jefferson Hand Society
San Francisco Bay Hand Society 

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS
John Muir Medical Center
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
Sequoia Surgical Pavilion

PUBLICATIONS
Scapholunate Injuries in Athletes; DM Lewis, AL Osterman; Clinics in Sports Medicine, 2001

Avulsion of the Flexor Digitorum Profundus; DM Lewis, RW Culp; Master Cases in Hand and Wrist Surgery, 2004

PRESENTATIONS AND LECTURES
Anabolic and Catabolic Markers of Human Osteoarthritis in Knee Synovial Fluids
A Ratcliffe, EJ Zahner, DM Lewis, D Carmack, F Saed-Nejad, R Grelsamer, HA Kiernan
Orthopedic Research Society 1993

Osteoarthritis in Patients Undergoing Arthroscopic Decompression for Impingement
DM Lewis, JM Glasson, K Yamaguchi, RG Pollock, EL Flatow, LU Bigliani
American Orthopedic Association Resident’s Conference 1996

Acute Perilunate and Lunate Dislocations- a Single Center Study
DM Lewis, RJ Strauch, MP Rosenwasser, MK Abouzahr, SA Grantham, HM Dick
American Orthopedic Association Resident’s Conference 1996

Acute Perilunate and Lunate Dislocations- a Single Center Study
DM Lewis, RJ Strauch, MP Rosenwasser, MK Abouzahr, SA Grantham, HM Dick
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 1997

Early Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis Simulating Impingement Syndrome
DM Lewis, K Yamaguchi, RG Pollock, EL Flatow, LU Bigliani
Arthroscopy Association of North America National Meeting 1997

Early Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis Diagnosed at Arthroscopy for Impingement Syndrome
DM Lewis. D Marra, J Arroyo, RG Pollock, EL Flatow, LU Bigliani
American Orthopedic Association Resident’s Conference 1998

Early Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis Diagnosed at Arthroscopy for Impingement Syndrome
DM Lewis, D Marra, J Arroyo, RG Pollock, EL Flatow, LU Bigliani
Arthroscopy Association of North America Specialty Day
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 1998

Understanding Wrist X-rays
PC Amadio, JS Raphael, DM Lewis
Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand, National Meeting
Philadelphia 1999

Treatment of Distal Phalanx Non-Union with a Mini-Herbert Screw
DM Lewis, JS Vanichkachorn, RW Culp
Philadelphia Hand Society 1999

Acute Perilunate and Lunate Dislocations- Outcome of Trans-scaphoid Cases vs. Scapholunate Ligament Ruptures
DM Lewis, RW Culp, JS Raphael
American Association of Hand Surgeons National Meeting 2000

Skier’s Thumb Injury; Canadian Medical Update 2003

Carpal Tunnel and Repetitive Stress Syndrome; Worker’s Compensation Symposium 2003

Carpal Tunnel and Repetitive Stress Syndrome; Worker’s Compensation Symposium 2004

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; John Muir Medical Center Grand Rounds 2005

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome; John Muir Medical Center Grand Rounds 2005

Injuries to the Rotator Cuff; Worker’s Compensation Symposium 2005

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; John Muir Orthopedic Symposium 2005

Skier’s Thumb Injury; Canadian Medical Update 2006

Thumb Basilar Osteoarthritis;  John Muir Orthopedic Symposium 2006

Dupuytren’s Disease; John Muir Orthopedic Symposium 2007

Shoulder Rotator Cuff Injuries; Brentwood Orthopedic Symposium  2007

Wrist Arthroscopy;  John Muir Orthopedic Update 2008

Rotator Cuff Injuries; John Muir Orthopedic Symposium 2008

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Common Cause of Hand Pain; Women’s Health Center Symposia 2009

Needle Aponeurotomy – Office Treatment of Dupuytren’s Contracture of the Hand; John Muir Orthopedic Update 2009

Xiaflex Treatment of Dupuytren’s Contractures; Fremont, CA 2012

Xiaflex Treatment and Administration; Danville, CA 2012; Lafayette, CA 2012

ABSTRACTS AND POSTERS
Anabolic and Catabolic Markers of Human Osteoarthritis in Knee Synovial Fluids
A Ratcliffe, EJ Zahner, DM Lewis, D Carmack, F Saed-Nejad, R Grelsamer, HA Kiernan
Poster Gordon Research Conference, Proctor Academy 1992
Abstract published Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica Suppl. 1995

Osteoarthritis in Patients Undergoing Arthroscopic Decompression for Impingement
DM Lewis, JM Glasson, K Yamaguchi, RG Pollock, EL Flatow, LU Bigliani
Poster, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 1996