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Donald Coburn Fithian, MD

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My specialty:
Orthopedics

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English, French, Spanish

My gender: Male

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About me

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Biography

I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in New Hampshire, and spent 10 years in New York City during medical school and my residency training in orthopedic surgery. I came to Kaiser Permanente in San Diego in 1990 to do a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine with an emphasis on knee and shoulder injuries. I liked it so much I stayed. Later, I became the program director.

About my practice

I specialize in the treatment of knee and shoulder problems. I’m also involved in many activities intended to improve the care of patients across the United States, as well as within Kaiser Permanente. These activities make it difficult for me to see members or to operate more than one day per week. However, I’m fortunate to be a member of an excellent team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and staff who provide high-quality care. Medicine in the United States, and orthopedic surgery in particular, is going through major changes. Incorporating the Internet and other digital information to improve communication and member care is one of our goals at Kaiser Permanente. If you need to contact us with routine questions, please call or email our office.

How I thrive

I exercise regularly and try to eat right. My wife—a vegetarian—is a very good influence, but I’m afraid she hasn’t converted me yet. Our three children are physically active and fit, and we encourage them to continue this lifestyle now that they’re adults.

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My Provider type

Physicians and Surgeons

Medical groups and plans

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

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  • Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO)
  • HMO
  • Medi-Cal Managed Care
  • Point-of-Service Plan (POS)
  • Senior Advantage/Medicare Cost
Orthopedics Department
250 Travelodge Dr, El Cajon, CA 92020

Contact information

  • Advice/appointments/cancellations/messages
  • 1-800-290-5000 (toll free)
  • After-hours advice
  • 1-888-576-6225 (1-888-KPONCALL) (toll free)
  • California Relay Service
  • 711 (TTY for the hearing/speech impaired)
  • Information
  • 619-528-5000
  • Pharmacy information/refills by phone
  • 1-866-385-2634 (toll free)

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My training, certifications and licensing

Medical school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York , NY

Board certification

Orthopedic Surgery

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical training

Internship

General Surgery

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
New York , NY

Residency

General Surgery

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
New York , NY

Residency

Orthopedic Medicine

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
New York , NY

Fellowship

Sports Medicine

Kaiser Foundation Hospital
San Diego , CA

Joined Permanente Medical Group

1990

Active license information

License number

G68319

License type

PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON

License issuing state

CALIFORNIA

National Provider Identifier (NPI)

1225105125
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This page was last updated on:

11/14/2018