Mark D. Mellinger, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Photo: Mark D. Mellinger, M.D.

“I make a commitment to spend a great deal of one-on-one time with my patients. I believe patient education is key in returning my patients health. I try my best to make sure that they understand all aspects of their problem and treatment.”


Upper extremity injuries and disorders, Congenital disorders of the upper extremity, Rheumatoid/inflammatory arthritis, Upper extremity trauma

Dr. Mellinger is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in treating disorders of the upper extremity. His areas of interest include joint replacement, fracture care, athletic and sports related injuries, nerve disorders, congenital disorders, and arthroscopy of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Prior to becoming an Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon, Dr. Mellinger worked as an engineer. He made the decision to dedicate himself to medicine while volunteering in surgical clinics in Mexico. He joined Northern Arizona Orthopaedics in 2003.

Dr. Mellinger , his wife Dr. Kirsten Mellinger, an local optometrist, and their two children enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and photography.


  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Doctorate of Medicine University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Patient Testimonials

“He was very diligent about accommodating my request to have a procedure done on very short notice.”

Jac H. 

“He was treating me and not just the injury.  He asked me questions that showed he cared.”

Donna W.

“When I describe the problems I have with my wrist he takes the time to listen and he is very good at explaining his answers so that I understand and makes me feel very comfortable at my appointments.”

Rufena B. 

“He was very accommodating when I had questions or concerns about my surgery.”

Emily K. 

“I liked him (Dr. Mark D. Mellinger) because of his excellent care and follow up.”

Jay M. 

“He was very conceren about my wrist, and did more than the previous doctor I had seen.”

Leon A. 

“I had great care and reassurances.”

Sharon S. 

“He (Dr. Mark D. Mellinger at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics) was concerned and attentive with my pain levels, my progress, and successfull healing and rehabilitation.”

Dorothy H.  

“Mark (Dr. Mark D. Mellinger) explained what my problem is and the ways that I can get relief.”

Phil W. 

“He took into consideration what I wanted done and performed surgery on my arm and took very good care of me.”

Derek B.