Sean D. Ghidella, MD


Hand and upper extremity surgery
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Sean D. Ghidella, MD, is fellowship trained in hand surgery and specializes in the surgical management of the upper extremity. He has been practicing since 1996 and has received a CAQ subspecialty certificate in orthopedic surgery of the hand from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He brings experience rarely found outside military practice to Tacoma, Lakewood, and Gig Harbor. He is well versed in management of common sports, work-related, arthritic, and traumatic injuries and ailments. He has a wealth of experience managing severe injuries and conditions resulting from combat as well as birth defects in children.

Once management short of surgery has failed, Dr. Ghidella tries to speed recovery and improve function surgically with a combination of traditional techniques that have proven reliable and the latest techniques that depend on current technology. His goal is to restore function to his patients and get them back to their daily activities as quickly as possible by solving their orthopedic problem, big or small.

He is a graduate of West Point Military Academy and has served in the military as an orthopedic and hand surgeon with the last eight years of his career holding positions of Chief of Hand Surgery and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center. He retired from the Army as a Colonel and a combat veteran after 21 years of service in 2010 to pursue civilian practice. He has previously taught as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M, USUHS, and Swedish Medical Center.

He hails from New England, but he considers the South Sound home. He is an avid skier and enjoys water sports. His passion is assistant coaching for Gig Harbor High School Tides Varsity Football.

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Specializing in:

  • Arthritic conditions
  • Complex hand procedures
  • Elbow conditions
  • Elbow trauma
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Sports related injuries
  • Traumatic injuries and ailments
  • Work-related injuries
  • Wrist arthroscopy


7308 Bridgeport Way W. Suite 201
Lakewood, WA 98499-8000

(253) 582-1617


1724 W. Union Suite 100
Tacoma, WA 98405-2099

(253) 752-1160


2727 Hollycroft Street Suite #410
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 358-4015



Program: MD
Institution: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Program: Residency
Institution: University of Rochester School of Medicine

Program: Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery
Institution: Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Program: Board Certified
Institution: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Program: Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand
Institution: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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