Michael Githens, M.S, M.D.

Associate Professor

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Georgetown University, Washington, DC, - MS in Biophysics
Medical School
Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA (Orthopaedic Traumatology)

Michael Githens is a practicing orthopaedic traumatologist at Harbor View Medical Center and an assistant professor in the UW Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. He is an expert in treatment of both upper and lower extremity traumatic injuries, with a particular interest in peri-articular fracture management and treatment of nonunions.

He is actively engaged in multiple clinically based research endeavors with a particular interest in fracture nonunion. Additionally, he is working to better understand the psychosocial impact of trauma on a patient’s overall recovery and how various treatments may help optimize outcomes.  

Dr. Githens received his bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and then earned a M.S. in biophysics from Georgetown University. He stayed in Washington, DC to complete his M.D at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Following his time there, Dr. Githens completed his surgical internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. He then completed the Orthopaedic Traumatology Advanced Clinical Experience fellowship at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle.    

He is an active member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 

Patient Care Philosophy

To me, orthopaedic trauma is about meeting the patient where they are at- no matter the walk of life, no matter the circumstances surrounding their injury- and work together with the patient to achieve the very best outcome possible. Understanding where a person is coming from- what their job is, what their home is like, what their hobbies and enjoyments are, and what their daily life is like- is critical to the care I provide. These things matter most because, at the end of the day, the ultimate goal we’re working towards as a team is rebuilding a patient’s life after trauma. 

Clinical Interests
  • Upper and lower extremity fractures
  • Polytrauma
  • Nonunion and malunion
  • Resident and fellow education in orthopaedic trauma

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Recent Publications

For a complete list of Dr. Githens' publications please see PubMed.


Research Interests

  • Stem cell therapy for incomplete spinal cord injury
  • Identifying the optimal treatment for geriatric distal humerus fractures
  • Idenitifiyng disparities in treatment of femoral neck fractures
  • Clinical research in tibia fracture healing and nonunion
  • Clinical research in depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other psychosocial issues after trauma
  • Biomechanics in orthopaedics
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