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Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Howell joins Adventist Health Lodi Memorial

Orthopedic July 31, 2017 (Lodi, CA) – World renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Howell has joined Adventist Health Lodi Memorial. With more than three decades of experience as a clinician, researcher, and innovator in total knee replacement (TKR), anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and meniscal surgery, residents of the Central Valley will no longer need to leave the community to receive internationally recognized orthopedic care.

Howell completed his medical degree at Northwestern University and went on to accomplish his orthopedic residency at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a retired military professional who served the United States during such critical times as Operation Desert Storm.

In his new practice with Adventist Health Lodi Memorial, Dr. Howell will offer complete care for the knee joint. Dr. Howell has trained physicians on five continents and worked with industry experts on his patented approach to customized knee surgery – the kinematically aligned knee.

The kinematic approach naturally aligns the knee by custom positioning the implants to the native joint line of the knee, like it was before arthritis developed. Dr. Howell performed the first kinematically aligned total knee replacement in January 2006 and now performs more than 500 per year. The approach allows for shorter lengths of stay, quicker return to prior function and consistent and reproducible outcomes for his patients.

Located at both 1235 W. Vine St, Suite 22, in Lodi and at 8120 Timberlake Way, Suite 112, in Sacramento, his practices accept most insurance plans and appointments can be scheduled by calling (209)-334-8535.

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii and Oregon. Our workforce of 32,900 includes more than 23,600 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,350 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. In addition, the Adventist Health Plan serves patients in Kings County. Visit for more information.