Joseph R. Lynch, MD

Joseph R. Lynch, MD
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Dr. Lynch is a partner at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho and a graduate of Harvard University.  He completed medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University graduating first in his class.  His post-graduate training in orthopedic surgery, as well as his fellowship in shoulder & elbow surgery, were completed at the University of Washington in Seattle.

In addition to being a fellowship-trained, board-certified shoulder & elbow subspecialist, Dr. Lynch also maintains a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.  He is an Affiliate Faculty member at Idaho State University and brings a wealth of expertise and experience to Idaho and the surrounding region.  His passion outside of his professional career includes his family and the outdoors.


Dr. Lynch has been an actively practicing shoulder surgeon since 2008.  His practice is devoted exclusively to treating problems of the shoulder and elbow.  Prior to joining The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho, Dr. Lynch was a Commander in the United States Navy and Associate Professor of Surgery responsible for both orthopedic resident and medical student education.  He served as the Director of the Division of Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery for the Navy’s ACGME-accredited orthopedic residency program in San Diego, California.  He has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles concerning the shoulder and elbow, has presented at regional and national meetings, and is an active reviewer for several peer-review journals dedicated to the practice of orthopedic surgery.  His career as a military orthopedic surgeon afforded the opportunity to practice throughout various areas in our country as well as abroad.

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by Dennis Rinehart on Joseph R. Lynch, MD
Shoulder Injury

Dr. Lynch and his staff did an incredible job helping me with a severely injured shoulder. My Shoulder was a total mess. It's been six months and my shoulder is perfect. The care and compassion shown by him and his staff are second to none.
Thank you Dr Lynch, Michael and April. You are the best!

by Russ Poole on Joseph R. Lynch, MD
Fantastic Doctor

I went from tears of pain to tears of joy!!! Wonderful treatment by the entire staff. Dr. Lynch is so caring and compassionate - he genuinely cares about you as a person. Cannot thank him enough!

by Janet Bolich on Joseph R. Lynch, MD
Greatest Ever

Perfection is the word to describe my shoulder replacement. Dr Lynch, and his staff are remarkable. I never felt anxious, pain or not cared about. The Treasure Valley Hospital associated is also remarkable. Shoulder replace was such a breeze for me as a patient. No pain, great and perfect after care, wonderful use of my arm and shoulder. I can't praise The Idaho Shoulder Clinic enough. I just wish they did knees.

by Larry Ward on Joseph R. Lynch, MD

Terrific surgeon! Could not have received better care and service any where. I would recommend Dr. Lynch to any one for shoulder surgery. Also his nursing staff and the office staff are extremely helpful and caring. Dr. Lynch has done surgery for myself and my wife and all the staff are great.

by Norman Cook on Joseph R. Lynch, MD
A problem with an amazing ending!

I fell off a ladder and was in extreme pain. After doing research and talking to others in the medical field I was directed to the Shoulder Clinic of Idaho and to Dr. Lynch. He was an answer to a prayer. During my first visit, his PA and his nurse made me feel assured and comfortable and that the doctor would help me make a correct choice of the type of surgery I needed. I found Dr. Lynch to be a most professional and caring physician and he calmly explained my injury and what needed to be done to fix the problem. He reassured me that the surgery would be as good as it could possibly be. The night before the operation Dr. Lynch called me and calmed my fears and answered my questions. He reassured me that I was in good hands and that call was a true answer to my prayers. Needless to say, the operation went extremely well and I was given excellent care and attention both before and after the surgery. I started PT approximately 3 weeks after the surgery and by 3 months I had full rotation in my shoulder which was a total replacement surgery. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Lynch, his staff, the clinic and Treasure Valley Hospital. They all deserve and A++ in my book. I am grateful and value their professional friendship. Norm Cook

by Aytree on Joseph R. Lynch, MD

Highly recommend Dr Lynch and his staff.
I had one of the worst injuries of my life,
and they put me back together! As a PT,
I valued the professionalism and personal care
I received each and every visit! April and Mike were
available and responsive after surgery with any concerns.
Thank you Dr. Lynch for making me whole again!

by Mary Ivory Smith on Joseph R. Lynch, MD
Fixed a shoulder no one else could fix

I fell. Went to ER and was told I’d pulled muscles, went to my regular ortho who said there was a slight fracture....after 18 months of pain and limited mobility, my PCP sent me to Dr Lynch. A second MRI showed extensive damage & Dr Lynch said replace it..but... may not be enough bone left. I suggested arthroscopy to clean out debris, fix bone spurs, etc & then he could see if there was enough bone for replacement later. He said..Good idea! Arthroscopy so pain and much more movement within days of surgery, I may not need replacement at all! Thanks for my life back!

by Rodger Kynaston on Joseph R. Lynch, MD
by far the finest

Doctor Lynch and his staff are by far the finest I've ever met. Dr. Lynch said he would make my shoulder like new again, and so for after 5 months it feels great. I'm able to swing my golf clubs again with no pain in the shoulder. I'm 73 years of age and have had multiple surgeries in my life time. Never, Have I had a Doctor call me at home before surgery to make sure I was okay, but Doctor Lynch did before and after surgery. There concern for there patience is impeccable.
Thank You Doctor Lynch and staff.

by Bill Heischeler on Joseph R. Lynch, MD
Recommend to anyone.

I had a difficult time with joint replacement--problems with rotator cuff as well as the joint. I had yo have the operation redone and reversed and I had an ordeal with pain and swelling in between surgeries. Going back for the "redo" I had no question about going back to Joe, as he likes to be called. The reverse operation was way tricky--taking out the hardware inside and putting the socket on the top of the femur and the ball on the shoulder. Beautifully done. The best thing about Joe (and his sidekick PA) Mike and April the nurse, the best thing is their friendly and upfront manor. I was one of their family and they took care of me so well since the very first visit. Recommend to anyone.

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by Ed Mumford on Joseph R. Lynch, MD

Dr. Lynch is a very caring and skillful physician, his team replaced my left shoulder joint. I expected to loose some of my range of motion, but to my surprise, it is very good, and no pain which I had suffered from for many years. THANK YOU Dr. Lynch, Michael, and April.

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