Donald E. Ellingsen, M.D.

Dr. Ellingsen is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in all aspects of orthopaedic surgery, with special emphasis on the shoulder, hip, and knee. He also specializes in total joint replacement surgery, adult joint reconstruction, sports injuries, and general orthopaedics. Dr. Ellingsen began practicing at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists in 1993.

After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, Dr. Ellingsen earned his medical degree at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Following medical school, he underwent an orthopaedic surgery internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. While at the same institution, Dr. Ellingsen completed his orthopaedic surgery residency.

Dr. Ellingsen is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

When he is not seeing patients for shoulder, hip, knee, sports medicine, joint, or trauma-related injuries, Dr. Ellingsen enjoys bow hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Ellingsen serves as a team doctor for Lewis and Clark High School.



Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1983

Medical School

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX, 1988


Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1988 - 1989


Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1989 - 1993


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1995

Team Affiliations

  • Lewis and Clark High School

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Spokane County Medical Society
  • Spokane Surgical Society
  • Washington State Medical Association

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

  • MultiCare Deaconess Hospital
  • Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center
  • Providence Holy Family Hospital
  • The Orthopaedic Surgery Center

Medical Interests

  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Knee Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Sports Injuries
  • General Orthopaedics


  • Ellingsen, D.E., Rand, J.A. (1994). "Intramedullary Arthrodesis of the Knee after Failed Knee Arthroplasty." Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 76A:870-877