Richard A. Wathne, MD Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Fellowship Trained in Sports Medicine

Dr. Wathne was born and raised in New Jersey and did his orthopaedic training at the renowned Hospital for Joint Diseases — Orthopaedic Institute in New York City. He subsequently moved west and completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado in Denver and Boulder, where he provided orthopaedic care for athletes at the University of Colorado and University of Denver. He then started an orthopaedic private practice in Pocatello, Idaho, in 1995. His orthopaedic practice now primarily focuses on the treatment of shoulder, knee and sports medicine conditions both non-operatively and operatively. He has stayed at the forefront of surgery in these areas and enjoys caring for the people and athletes of eastern Idaho.

He loves living in Idaho with the easy access to the outdoors and its many beautiful areas. He participates in a variety of sports and is an avid biker and skier.


  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Degree – Biology, and Minor – International Relations, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
  • Medical: M.D., UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ


  • Surgical Internship: NYU/Bellevue, New York, NY
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Hospital for Joint Diseases – Orthopaedic Institute, New York, NY
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship: University of Colorado, Denver and Aspen, CO

Certifications / Licensure

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Idaho State Medical Licence
  • National Board of Medical Examiners – Parts I, II, III
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Basic Life Support

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Northwest Pacific Orthopaedic Society
  • Idaho Orthopaedic Society
  • Idaho Medical Association
  • Southeast Idaho Medical Society