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 listens to my concerns and answers my questions.”

Sooz D. 

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

Emily K. 

“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.  

“He (Dr. Mark D. Mellinger) will try to fix the problem.”

Florence R. 

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

Donna W.

“He worked with me on the problems with function in my hand.”

Lydell H. 

“I had great care and reassurances.”

Sharon S. 

“He listened to my complaint and then talked options with me. He was terrific.”

Judy M. 

“He (Dr. Mark D. Mellinger) listened to my concerns about my son and took the time to answer all of my questions. He even took time out of his day to play with my son and help him turn on and off the lights.”

Amanda L. 

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

Jac H.