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David J. Belfie, MD
David J. Belfie, MD
Would recommend provider
4.8 out of 5 stars

91 Patient Ratings

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Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center


Hospital & Seattle Medical Center  (206) 341-3000

Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Board Certifications
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Joined Virginia Mason - January 2004

Patient Ratings
All ratings are submitted by Virginia Mason patients and are verified by an independent, national patient survey company. Ratings are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. Learn about the ratings.

Would recommend provider
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.8 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.8 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
4.7 out of 5 stars

Patient Comments
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June 2017
I have a variety of medical issues so in the past few years I have spent a lot of time going to VMMC and so far all the doctors I have met there have been good and dr Belfrie was great

May 2017
Though I didn´t have any injury requiring surgery, Dr. Belfie still took the time to walk me through all of the images and explain everything.

May 2017
It was very obvious that Dr. Belfie really wanted me to understand the physiology causing the problem.

May 2017
Dr Belfie is amazing, he takes great care in ensuring that his patients are informed and comfortable with the care they are receiving.

May 2017
The dr. used anologies that I could understand. He related it to my work - amazing.

April 2017
Dr. Belfie is by far one of the most personable, caring, physicians I have encountered. Very skilled with explanations and addressed my concerns thoroughly.

April 2017
The areas marked as "good" are only due to the fat the provider stated they had not had an opportunity to read in detail the recent letter he had received regarding an outside evaluation. I have the greatest respect for my doctor and feel privileged to be under his care. He is an excellent doctor!!

April 2017
David Belfie is an excellent physician!!

March 2017
VM is the best care I Have ever had. I´ve been through the good, bad and ugly during the 22 yrs of being HVT. Thank you.

March 2017
Overall, good experience, but would have liked more information on alternative ways of dealing with treating the problem.

February 2017
Great doctor- totally trusted him and appreciated his honesty with me.

January 2017
Dr. Belfie does thorough history before he examines you. He is conservative in treatment and does not jump right to the most invasive method for treating the problem. Includes the patient in decision of how and when to proceed to more aggressive treatment. Excellent in explaining the problem.

January 2017
Dr belfer explained everything about my problem in words that I could understand and precisely.

January 2017
I am very grateful that Dr. Belfie is willing to take me as a patient. He spent a lot of time with me as does my other VMMC doctors when I visit them. That is why I drive seven hours to VM rather than just going to the local hospital in Grants Pass or Medford. (Patient Loyalty)

January 2017
Dr. Belfie rocks and yes, I have already been recommending him to other people!

December 2016
I asked an ´extra´ question about my health and he seemed like he was inpatient/in a rush to get out of the room (even though the total visit was under 5 minutes).

December 2016
He was very friendly, and informative. We would definitely recommend him.

December 2016
Dr. Belfie is amazing. His surgeries have changed my life and he is an extremely smart, caring, and attentive doctor.

November 2016
Sometimes he explains things TOO simply - like I am not able to understand more complex language.

November 2016
I love Virginia Mason! Been a patient since 1979. Dr. David Beltic is the best ever!!!

October 2016
Dr. Belfie took the time to explain my condition in understandable time and with the knee model I felt like I was making an informed decision about surgery.

June 2016
Will choose to _____ this surgeon perform my rotator cuff procedure.

June 2016
Dr. David Belfie is truly outstanding. Hold on to him. This is a rare type of surgeon. He´s very skilled & was a unique ability to relate/make you feel at ease.

June 2016
I like him and we seem to communicate well.

May 2016
Dr.Belfie is wonderful. Even though I´m seeing him for a "shot", I thoroughly enjoy him both as a doctor and as just a very kind man.

May 2016
Dr. David Belfie treats his patients with respect and his approach is very personal. He is very thorough in explaining test results, findings on examination and offering suggested treatment options. I always feel the ultimate decision is mine with no pressure one way or the other. Dr. Belfie is approachable and willing to answer my patient questions until I have complete understanding. Appreciate his positive approach and willingness to spend the time needed to ensure I´m fully informed. Excellent physician!

May 2016
Dr. Belfie is a very nice doctor for me. He changed some trending & _____ my concerns for each time visit. He always provided excellent service for my each visit.

April 2016
I am a visual learner. Dr. Belfie took the time to show me the Rad. Pics,a couple of times. Doctor showed no impatience as I asked questions taking time to address my concerns.

January 2016
I have seen other Orthopedic surgeons at VM over the years, Dr. Belfie is the best. He works with his patients to help them achieve their goals. He is also my husbands surgeon, so we have great confidence in his skills

December 2015
Dr.Belfie is a true professional. He and his assistant, Debbie, could not have been any more helpful.

November 2015
He seemed rushed. But he was running behind and it was the day before thanksgiving

November 2015
I was hoping for a quick minor surgery to fix my knee. Which I can´t have because it would make the knee worse. He explained very well and easy to understand. He took the time to show me what was wrong and why surgery won´t help. At some point as the knee gets worse I will need a knee replacement. I now know why and understand what I need to do.

October 2015
I was very happy with all staff & Dr. Belfie - would recommend.

September 2015
He is beyond my expectations.

June 2015
Do not let this ortho doc leave your hospital´s employment! He is that good. One of the few that understands biomechanics and continuity of care at the level health care should be.

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University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, 1993

General Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, 1994

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, 1998

Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, University of Washington, Seattle, 2003
Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, 2003

On Patients
“I strive to educate my patients on their condition and the reason for a particular surgical or non-surgical treatment. This clear communication and understanding between physician and patient allows for maximum recovery in the shortest time possible.”

Professional Activities and Awards
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Arthroscopy Association of North America American Academy of Orthopedic Sports Medicine American Medical Association Voted one of Seattle's Top Doctors by Seattle Met magazine in 2009 and by Seattle magazine in 2010.