Richard A Wathne, MD

Review Score:
4.6/5 (based on 18 Reviews)
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Current Patient of Provider
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



Had an awesome experience with Dr. Wathne. I had a bum knee for a few years and now it feels brand new! Each visit was very timely and effective. Would highly recommend he and his staff for any ortho needs!

   — Jarom Campos


Dr. Wathne and his team are very knowledgeable. I was seen for a knee injury and was treated very well and they seemed to have a general concern for the well being of their patients.

   — AC


Dr. Wathne did right knee 9 years ago...left knee July 1 2019. excellent surgeon with a fun personality. Boe Simmons handled all of the visits very well, a real asset to the team.

   — Jennie Sue Gutierrez


My visit was for an evaluation of my Baker’s cyst injury by Dr. Wathne’s PA Justin Pool. Not only did Justin properly evaluate the situation, but because of his exquisite training under Dr. Wathne’s program, Justin was able to drain my cysts and inject the proper medication in hopes of it not returning. What a high class operation. Because of professional staff in the front office, radiology, medical assisting and a talented physician’s assistance I was able to complete my treatment in a timely professional manner. Maybe I can meet Dr Wathne next time. Great system.

   — DC


Wonderful surgeon great bedside manner only go to him if I need an orthopedic

   — Charleena Anderson


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

   — Shaun Menchaca