Brian A. Jewett, MD
“I came to Eugene to develop a surgical practice devoted to the care of patients with arthritis of the hip and knee. I also devote time to patient and community education about diseases of the hip and knee and their surgical treatment. I've even found time to help launch a program known as Volunteers in Motion that provides surgeries to those who cannot afford them. ”
Education and Training
- Fellowship: Adult Joint Reconstruction, Anderson Orthopedic Research Institute, Alexandria, VA, 2000-2001
- Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN, 1996-2000
- Medical School: Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN, Medical Doctorate, 1995
- Post Graduate: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Master of Science, Neuropharmacology, 1991
- Undergraduate: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Bachelor of Science, Biology, 1990
- Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Licensed by the Oregon and Virginia State Boards of Medical Examiners
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons
- North Pacific Orthopaedic Society
- Western Orthopaedic Association
Hospital Staff Privileges
- Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, OR
- McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Springfield, OR
- Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physician and surgeon since 2001
In my free time, I enjoy cycling, competing in triathlons, parenting, making computerized movies, and taking digital photographs, as well as skiing and hiking with my daughters.
After several years of not being able to do any of my preferred activities---horseback riding, playing pickleball competitively, walking and hiking--without the use of a brace to stop the bones in my knee rubbing together, I decided to have a total knee replacement. I chose Dr. Brian Jewett because of recommendations of friends and reviewing his site online, and I'm so glad I did. He was very straightforward and gave me all the information I needed to make my decision. One of the things that impressed me on my first visit, was when I told him I had been told by another orthopedic surgeon that he was reluctant to do a total knee replacement on me because I might lose some of the mobility I already had. It was Dr. Jewett's response that convinced me he was the srugeon for me--he said, "No, no, no!! That's why you get a knee replacement, so that you CAN do everything you want with more mobility!"
I chose to see a physical therapist for 2 months before the surgery because I wanted to get my leg as strong as it could be to help with my recovery. I have not been able to straighten my leg for years, and this was one of the challenges during my recovery. The other challenge was to not start doing some of my activities too soon. I listened to my therapist, did the exercises, and stretches, she assigned---every day---, got my extension down to zero, and waited until Dr. Jewett gave me the ok, at 6 weeks, to start doing my activities.
So, at 7 weeks I rode one of my horses for 1 1/2 hours, started getting on the pickleball court to practice easily, then at 8 weeks rode my other horse for 2 1/2 hours! Now, at 12 weeks I have regularly played pickleball 3-4 days a week for 2-3 hours at a time, and returned to walking 3-3 1/2 miles 3-5 times a week.
All of this with no pain and Dr. Jewett says it will only get better from here! It's that positive attitude and the belief that I can do anything I want, even at the age of 65, that has made this be a positive experience for me. So, thank you Dr. Jewett!
Dr. Jewett did a Total Knee Replacement on me in January of 2012. I'm just past the third anniversary of that new right knee now.
Almost everything important to me has to do with my being able to use my legs - walking, hiking, bicycling. If I don't get out every day and move those big muscles in some way, a big part of the enjoyment of that day is missing, and I just don't feel complete or whole. For ten years before my surgery, I continued to walk and hike, but the cost was increasingly severe pain - until that cost almost overwhelmed the payoff.
Now, three years later, sometimes the sole motivation for my getting out for a walk is just to relish the sensation of walking without pain. I think about - and am grateful for - that freedom from pain every single day and it makes me happy.
I worked hard on my rehab, and in May, about 5 months post-surgery I was hiking regularly. I ventured on an overnight backpacking trip in July and in September did a multi-day trek through the Eagle Cap wilderness, climbing up (and more notably down) Eagle Cap with no pain. It was truly like magic. I've since been up South Sister (I didn't think I'd ever see that summit again before my surgery) on a good strong painless right knee. In May of the next year, I trained for and rode a hilly Century in Montana.
I've celebrated with treks through Oregon, California, and Hawaii. Mind you, hiking gets a little harder as I get older, but my legs haven't felt so strong in 15 years. Last year, I spent three weeks hiking and backpacking in New Zealand. Again, something I thought I'd never be able to do.
Dr. Jewett really has given me my life back, and I just wanted to let him know how important that is to me and how much I appreciate his work. Thank you.
-- Wes Y.
"I had hip replacement surgery on January 20th of this year. I had trouble with pain for about ten years, and it was continuing to get worse as time went by. I made the decision to have the replacement after I started using aspirin on a regular basis and it was losing its effectiveness. Dr. Jewett said that he could fix the problem. I was worried that I would be more limited in my activities after the surgery. Dr. Jewett said it would be fine. I was pleasantly surprised by how well everything went. It started with the prep work at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend and the check-in process went very smooth.
The surgery itself was a lot less painful than I expected, and I was on my feet the evening of surgery. I used a walker the first day, and crutches the next two weeks until I went to my therapist. He then gave me a cane, and said I would not be using it very long. I used the cane for about three weeks, while doing all the therapy that was recommended. At no time was the pain anywhere near as bad as it was before the operation. My therapy went so well that the therapist didn’t really know what to do with me after the first three or four sessions.
Now nine months later, I don’t walk with a limp, can bike twenty miles with no pain afterward, have walked up Mt. Pishgah, do yard work, and do my volunteer work for the Eugene Police Department with no pain. I am most certainly pleased with the success of my operation. Also, a special thanks to Dr. Jewett and the staff at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend for making my stay a pleasant experience. Thank you!" -- Daniel M.
"In February and March, I had five injections in my knees. As an avid exerciser, it has been a delight to return to mobility, better balance, endurance, and pace. This summer, I have been able to walk, and golf 18 holes on consecutive days, bicycle 30 miles, and more in the San Juan Islands, begin to jog a bit, and think about spring triathlons! I appreciate the expertise and care that I received at Slocum, and encourage others to seek assistance." -- Catherine A.
"After 3 years of pain and financial insecurity (I couldn't do my garden/landscaping work), I finally had the opportunity to have hip surgery. I was stubborn about getting better and getting my old life back. I did my therapy like a trooper. When I woke up from the surgery on February 10th, I was amazed how much better it felt already. I know part of that were the pain pills, but it never once hurt as much as it did before the surgery. Now I am back to gardening, care giving, bicycle riding, and even dancing! I would say that it took me a good 3 weeks to be completely on my own again, but I was driving a stick shift after 2 weeks, and it really was an easier recovery than I had imagined. I still try to take it easy because of course, there's the other hip that could be a factor. I am walking without a limp and my friends say it took 15 years off my age. I can truly say that I am much happier now, and the rest of my life will be much different, in a miraculous way. I am so lucky to have found Dr. Jewett, and the amazing staff that helped me through. Thank you to the stars!" -- Michelle P.
"In February 2010, my wife Nancy, and I moved from Portland to Eugene. In February 2011, Nancy and I were on vacation at a campground near San Diego in our motor home. While walking normally from the motor home’s kitchen to the living room, Nancy’s left femur spontaneously snapped (we both heard it). I was sitting on the sofa, and she fell into my lap with extreme pain. We called the paramedics, who came to the campground, and rushed Nancy to the nearest hospital. The hospital surgeon inserted a rod and large screw, which is routine for this type of fracture. But Nancy’s recovery was far from routine….
Throughout the recovery process, Nancy was in extreme pain, and was given very high doses of pain medication. Because of the pain, she was unable to progress in her physical therapy. As it turned out, the first surgery had failed, and the large screw had come loose. Also, there were signs of serious infection. It’s a very long story but, after two surgeries and three months in three different San Diego area skilled nursing facilities, x-rays showed that the second surgery had failed also, the screw has come loose again. Because of the medication, Nancy was barely conscious, and had become under-nourished, and lost about 30 pounds. I was afraid that she was not going to make it. Fortunately for us, our daughter-in-law, Angela, was employed by Slocum. She asked Dr. Jewett if he would accept Nancy as a patient, mind you we had to get her from San Diego to Eugene/Springfield. Thank God, he said, “yes!”
Our son Tim and daughter Heidi flew to San Diego to accompany us to Sacred Heart Hospital at Riverbend in the motor home. First, paramedics transferred Nancy from the nursing home to the motor home on a stretcher. Then, we drove straight through to Riverbend, which was 1,000 miles, in less than 24 hours. Angela had hospital staff waiting to unload Nancy and get her to a room. Dr. Jewett took x-rays and found severe bone and muscle destruction in the left hip area. He performed a complete left hip replacement. We found out much later that he didn’t think Nancy would ever walk again. After two months in a Eugene skilled nursing facility, Nancy finally came home. It had been over five months since the fracture in San Diego. Over the next six months, Nancy received outstanding physical therapy from Camilla Fortune in Slocum’s physical therapy department. Camilla provided physical and emotional support during Nancy’s recovery. Nancy is now able to walk on her own with a slight limp. Nancy and I both feel that Dr. Jewett probably saved Nancy’s life, and he certainly gave her back her mobility. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Jewett, Camilla, Angela, Heidi, Tim, Slocum and Riverbend Hospital." -- Nancy and Dave S.
"Dr. Jewett replaced my left hip eight years ago, and because of that great experience, I choose him for my recent total knee replacement. Dr. Jewett explained every aspect of the operation, and what to expect after, as well as the rehab and physical therapy. I've have recommended Slocum to many people who have had hip and knee problems, and have heard good reviews from them as to their experiences. I can't thank the staff and nurses enough for their kindness and understanding of a patient’s condition when they first see them. Keep up the great work you all do." -- Bryon N.
"I had bi-lateral knee replacements in Jan. 2013. Dr. Jewett was absolutely the best doctor! I did everything he set down for me to do, did my therapy as instructed, kept my pain under control, and am totally pleased with my knees today, Sept. 2014. I swim three days a week, ride an "Aerodyne" bike twice daily, and still do the exercises prescribed by Dr. Jewett and my physical therapist. My knee pain is gone! I commend Dr. Jewett and his staff as well as Riverbend Hospital and their staff. I am well pleased with the results!" -- Valerie H.
"I am very grateful for the treatment and kindness of Dr. Brian Jewett, and some of his staff, whose names I do not know for sure. Everyone at Slocum is amazing. The professionalism, kindness, and devotion are totally amazing. I feel it is a gift of kindness and professionalism to be a patient of Dr. Jewett and his team. It is a miracle. My thought is that Slocum should be a teaching program for other physicians in Eugene as to how to treat their patients, and how it is that physicians might learn to be with their clients, almost like a school if you will, for doctors that do not know what their oath means, and thus those other doctors ignore and insult their clients. Slocum doctors HONOR that oath. I have recommended several people to Dr. Jewett, and they have been very happy in meeting and being a patient of his. Thank you for the opportunity to send my thanks and devotion to a great team and doctor, as is Dr. Jewett." -- Fern R.
"I have been a patient off and on with Slocum doctors since 1986. I had a bicycle injury that caused damage to tendons in my right knee. Dr. Straub was my attending doctor before the Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine was formed. Arthroscopic surgery was needed. He was a great doctor and his staff was professional and knowledgeable. Move forward to 2006. My right hip replacement was performed in 2007 and then my left hip replacement was in 2009. Dr. Jewett performed both surgeries. I was treated also by Slocum Center physical therapy. Very knowledgeable, helpful, and all the staff really care about your progress.
In 2010, Dr. Tavakolian saw me for right wrist pain. Then by 2013, it needed surgery, thumb arthroplasty. No complications after surgery and it healed up quickly. The Slocum Center has top notch, state-of-the-art procedures that give you your livelihood back, performed by excellently trained surgeons. Thank you, Slocum Center for making my life more active and for taking away the pain!" -- Gail C.