Richard A Wathne, MD

4.6 out of 5 
Clinics / Affiliations: 
Board Certified: 
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Education & Training: 
Fellowship: Univ of Colorado Hlth Sci Ctr
Internship: New York Univ. Medical Ctr NY
Medical School: New Jersey Medical School
Residency: NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases

Richard Wathne, MD was born and raised in New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Bucknell University and his MD from UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Wathne completed his surgical internship at New York University/Bellvue Hospital and his orthopedic surgery residency at Hospital for Joint Diseases and Orthopedic Institute. He performed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Wathne is board certified in orthopedic surgery with a current Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the Idaho Orthopedics Society, the American College of Surgeons, the Idaho Medical Association, and the Southeastern Idaho Medical Society.

Dr. Wathne enjoys the Idaho outdoors and is active in skiing, biking, running, tennis, and golf. He is married and has four children.


  • Knee arthroscopy with advanced expertise in:
    • ACL reconstruction
    • Cartilage restoration
    • Patellofemoral instability
  • Total knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • MAKO Robotic assist
  • Shoulder arthroscopy with advanced expertise in:
    • Rotator cuff repair
    • Instability procedures
  • Total shoulder replacement
    • Standard
    • Reverse
  • Total hip replacement
  • Acute upper and lower extremity injuries
  • Worker's compensation
  • Elbow and ankle arthroscopy
  • Fracture management

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Richard A Wathne, MD

Featured Reviews



Consult with Dr. W. regarding possible hip surgery. Felt comfortable with him and his knowledge.

   — Joan Briney


I walked into Dr Wathne‘s office on my last doctors appointment and gave him a high five with my right arm. Well at least as high as it would go. It’s been five months since Dr. Wathne did my rotator cuff surgery and every week it gets better. I am a mountain hiker/climber and triathlete. My shoulder is pretty important. Dr. Whatne did a great job. I would recommend Dr. Whatne if you need this surgery. He is kind, explains what is happening and he has a wonderful staff. Thanks Dr. Whatne for taking great care of me.

   — Alice Schenk


I saw Dr. Wathne for chronic shoulder pain a little over a year ago. I had tried over the counter and herbal anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, ultrasound, prolozone injections, acupuncture, and light therapy. I called his office and the staff was eager to help me and got me in right away for an evaluation. I had a thorough evaluation with imaging right there in his office. After discussing the results and treatment options, he did an injection into my shoulder and I have not had any issues since that day. I have never gone to another clinic where the service was impeccable and the treatment was in the same day. I felt heard, supported, and cared for by Dr. Wathne and all of the staff members from the phone call to checking out. Thank you and I appreciate you all!

   — Shelby Stoddard


I received excellent care before, during, and after my two knee replacements. I was concerned that I would have trouble resuming my active life style, and it's been so easy to get back to skiing, tennis, and gardening. Dr. Wathne and his staff treated me so well! I've recommended him to many of my friends and family. I felt well cared for during the whole process.

   — Susan


I did a flying superman over my dirt bike handle bars. "CRUNCH" I knew it was bad; maybe just cartilage separation. NOPE! My collar was broken in 4-5 different places. Every time I moved my arm - agonizing, grating, horrible pain. How was I going to navigate life? So, I went to see Dr Wathne. I'm cautious when it comes to medical interventions - surgery or Rx - I try to do everything natural - but my collar bone was painful. Dr Wathne examined my collar bone and reviewed the x-rays. Next day he had me scheduled for surgery. He knit my collar bone back together with a plate an 6-7 screws. Not only did my body regain a sense of control but the pain was gone. That was 10 months ago and my collar bone/shoulder is doing amazing. I had an incredible experience. I felt I had a skilled surgeon and healer. He really cared about me as a patient. Great surgery; fantastic follow up. I highly recommend. Great guy.

   — Jason West


Great doctor. He explained my shoulder issue so well. He is kind and caring doctor.

   — Connie Ugaki