Richard A Wathne, MD

Review Score:
4.5/5 (based on 20 Reviews)
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Portneuf Medical Group - OrthoIdaho
2240 E Center St
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 233-2100
Board Certified: 
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery
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



Rich is a great physician and a great person. He helped get my knee back to great working order without surgery.

   — Shaun Menchaca