Dr. Richard Lee Stowell, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon in Coeur d’Alene, ID

Dr. Stowell is one of the leading Orthopedic Surgeons in America specializing in shoulder and elbow treatments. He is also one of the few surgeons in North Idaho performing Superior Capsule Reconstruction and Stryker InSpace™ Balloon Implants!

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(208) 457-4211

Dr Richard Lee Stowell of Coeur dAlene ID

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Restore Your
Peak Potential

What Patients Are Saying

from John Yarno

former Seattle Seahawk | University of Idaho Hall of Fame

I was really impressed with Dr. Stowell. The way he communicated to me, and his knowledge. This guy knows what the heck he’s doing . . . I couldn’t be happier. I feel great now

from Colleen

Could not have been a better experience. Back playing tennis soon after.

from Jake

Best doctor I’ve ever been to . . . My son has not had any issues with his arm since!

from Daron

He’s on the cutting edge of everthing that’s available and explains everything he’s going to do. With the way that I’ve healed I believe in what he says and does.

Specialized Services

Dr. Richard Lee Stowell is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and elbow conditions. He provides the highest quality of musculoskeletal care by using state-of-the art, minimally-invasive arthroscopic techniques for joint reconstruction surgery. Serving north Idaho, Dr. Stowell aims to restore your peak potential with an extensive practice in trauma and fracture management, as well as general orthopedic procedures.

Next Steps

Step 1:

Call (208) 457-4211 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stowell.

Step 2:

Complete forms digitally.


Three days prior to your appointment time, you will receive a text and email from our check-in platform called Phreesia to complete your forms electronically.

Step 3:

Check-in at our front desk.


On your date of appointment, we will scan your insurance card, photo ID, and collect any copayments.

Step 4:

Consult with Dr. Stowell.


If needed, you may receive X-rays. You will meet Dr. Stowell and he will discuss your treatment plan with you.  

  • You do not need a referral, unless it is required by your insurance company.
  • If you are calling due to a workplace injury, most employers will require you to be seen at an urgent care or hospital first to start your workers compensation claim. Your employer’s workers compensation adjuster would then usually have your claim and approval information ready for you to submit to our team to begin your healing journey with Dr. Stowell.
    When you call, our Patient Scheduler will ask you for your name, phone number, date of birth, address, insurance information and a brief summary of your orthopedic problem. Our Patient Scheduler will then coordinate an appointment time with you to see Dr. Stowell.
  • We accept Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Medicare, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, Mountain Health Co-op, PacificSource, Kaiser, Tricare and other insurance providers. We advise you to call the number on the back of your insurance card to verify network participation. If still unsure, call or contact us and we would be happy to see how we can help.
Dr Richard Lee Stowell

About Dr. Stowell

Dr. Richard Lee Stowell has completed 14 years of formal education to receive the honorable designation, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is fellowship-trained in shoulder and elbow at the prestigious CORE Institute.

Although he is located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, patients seek Dr. Stowell’s care from all over the United States. He is one of the few orthopedic surgeons in north Idaho that performs Superior Capsule Reconstruction, a surgery that helps restore shoulder stability in irreparable rotator cuff tears. He is one of very few orthopedic surgeons in the nation performing the Stryker InSpace™ Balloon Implant, which was FDA-approved in July 2021 after 10 years of clinical research. This breakthrough shoulder balloon implant is a biodegradable spacer to arthroscopically treat massive irreparable rotator cuff tears.

Dr. Stowell is a naturally gifted orthopedic surgeon who is commited to bringing excellence to his skill and delivering the best in orthopedic patient care. In 2022, he was honored to be selected as the eastern Washington and northern Idaho representative for an exclusive orthopedic society called PacWest ASES. He continues to advance the profession of orthopedic surgery by designing orthopedic instruments–SIX that are patent-pending.

Testimonials

David Saad
David Saad
December 25, 2022.
We truly are lucky in North Idaho that we do have Dr. Stowell as an orthopedic surgeon in our area. Dr. Stowell operated on my shoulder a few weeks ago. Beginning with my first visit to him, I was treated with exceptional competence, care, and compassion that are truly rare today. The absolutely wonderful surgical result and post operative care he gave me, speak volumes about his surgical knowledge and skill, as well as his genuine care for his patients. Any person who is suffering from shoulder issues would be wise to trust Dr. Stowell. I could not give him a higher recommendation, and I feel blessed to be his patient. David James Saad
Alene Graham
Alene Graham
October 29, 2022.
We went to urgent care when our toddler got hurt on the trampoline. They took x-rays and told us nothing was broken and sent us home. She was in pain the entire night. In the morning I contacted Dr. Stowell and let him know our daughter couldn’t stand or walk. He pulled up her x-rays, called us back immediately to have her come in right away. Dr. Stowell and his team were amazing, they casted her leg and were able to keep her calm through the whole process. I would highly recommend going to see Dr. Stowell! Urgent care called us three days later to tell us her leg was actually broken. I suggest skip urgent care and go straight to Dr. Stowell.
Ben Brough
Ben Brough
November 19, 2021.
After years of elbow pain, Dr. Stowell got me back on the court again. He did a great job explaining my options and making sure I knew what to expect. He’s very thorough and knowledgeable.
Property Community Presbyterian
Property Community Presbyterian
November 11, 2021.
Dr Lee Stowell is a very skilled surgeon, with expertise in elbows and shoulders. He came highly recommended to us and we are grateful for his skill, knowledge and great bedside manner.
Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson
September 2, 2021.
5 Stars to the entire OSI organization. Everyone is professional, courteous, responsive, and most importantly, competent in the role they play. Dr. Lyman and Dr. Stowell are accomplished and skilled surgeons and are personal and professional in their one-on-one patient interactions. My husband and I appreciate how they explain what they have to repair, how we're going to feel after surgery and how we'll recover well if we follow their rehab protocols. They always make the time to answer every question. You feel as though you are their only patient when you're with them.
Colleen Reynolds
Colleen Reynolds
August 18, 2021.
Dr Stowell did my reverse shoulder replacement in July of 2020. Could not have been a better experience. Back playing tennis soon after. Actually have more movement than was predicted so grateful for that. Great bedside manner and just seems to be a really caring man.
Fara Putnam
Fara Putnam
August 12, 2021.
I flew to Idaho from Wyoming to have Doctor Stowell fix a meniscus tear in my knee. When you’re getting surgery there’s no reason to take risks. I wanted it to be done really well, so I came to the best. He did a perfect job. My whole experience was wonderful. My knee is awesome. I highly recommend Doctor Stowell. You can trust him to care for you like you were his own family.
Heather Moore
Heather Moore
August 11, 2021.
Dr. Lee Stowell is AMAZING!!! Best Doctor I’ve ever been to. I Brought my 2 year old son to Dr. Stowell after a horrifying swinging incident with his elbow. Dr. Stowell diagnosed him with dislocated elbow and put him in a cast for a few weeks. The staff couldn’t have been more friendly for the little guy making him feel right at home and comfortable for the casting. After his time was up and we returned to have it taken off Dr. Stowell did a great job of reassuring me that he wouldn’t be hurt or upset with the casting saw, but he warned me prior that it’s a little loud so it would be a great idea to bring ear phones and play music while he had it taken off. When it was time to come off Dr. Stowell was totally right it was super loud but my son could care less he was just listening to baby shark! My son has not had any issues with his arm since and I want to thank the office staff along with Dr. Stowell for a pleasant experience for helping out this very stressed mother! THANK YOU!
Jake Burton
Jake Burton
August 10, 2021.
Thanks to the staff and Dr Stowell for treating my sons broken wrist. I highly recommend them for any all orthopedic injuries. They managed to fit us in their already busy schedule, made my son feel comfortable and treated him promptly. By the way his wrist is doing great. Thanks Dr Stowell and OSI staff.

Fequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I need a referral to see Dr. Stowell?

No referral is necessary, unless it is required by your insurance company.

What insurance do you take?

We accept Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Medicare, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, Mountain Health Co-op, PacificSource, Kaiser, Tricare and other insurance providers. We advise you to call the number on the back of your insurance card to verify network participation. If still unsure, call us and we would be happy to navigate with you.

What if I was injured on the job?

Most employers will require you to be seen at an urgent care or hospital first to start your workers compensation claim. Your employer’s workers compensation adjuster would then usually have your claim and approval information ready for you to submit to our team to begin your healing journey with Dr. Stowell.

Where does imaging take place?

Dr. Stowell can take X-rays at his office. MRI’s or other advanced imaging can be ordered to a local facility such as Northwest Specialty Hospital.

Where will my surgery take place?

Dr. Stowell will perform your surgery at either Pleasant View Surgery Center or Northwest Specialty Hospital.

What is done at the OSI building?

Your initial consultation with Dr. Stowell is at the OSI (Orthopedic Sports Institute) building. Here, he performs basic injections, x-rays, and casting. He uses durable medical equipment (DME) and conveniently offers in-house physical therapy where OSI’s Physical Therapists work closely with Dr. Stowell to create a treatment plan specifically for you?

What are the benefits of just going downstairs to OSI’s Physical Therapy?

The Physical Therapists at OSI work closely with Dr. Stowell developing protocols, treatment plans, and actively tracking your progress. The PTs at OSI have direct access to Dr. Stowell so they can ask him questions quickly and address any concerns you might have during your recovery. This creates a cohesive, unified approach to treatment.