Sean D. Ghidella, MD For an appointment call: 253.582.7257


  • Orthopedic


  • Hand, Wrist & Elbow
  • Shoulder

Care Center:

Puget Sound Orthopaedics

Clinic Locations:

  • Gig Harbor
  • Lakewood
  • Tacoma

Sean D. Ghidella, MD, is a board-certified general orthopedic surgeon who 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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Education & Fellowship

BS, United States Military Academy at West Point, Distinguished Cadet (Honors)
MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Orthopedic surgery, University of Rochester

Hand surgery, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Union Memorial Hospital

Board certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Chief of Hand Surgery (former), Madigan Army Medical Center
Chief of Orthopedic Surgery (former), Madigan Army Medical Center

Surgical Facilities

Lakewood Surgery Center
Franciscan Health System
MultiCare Health System