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!
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
Could not have been a better experience. Back playing tennis soon after.
Best doctor I’ve ever been to . . . My son has not had any issues with his arm since!
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.
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.
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.
On your date of appointment, we will scan your insurance card, photo ID, and collect any copayments.
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.
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.
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.