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

Florence R. 

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

Emily K. 

“He explained my options and what procedures I would be undergoing ahead of time.”

Richard R. 

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

Derek B.

“He (Dr. Mark D. Mellinger at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics) paid attention to me.”

Michael H. 

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

Phil W. 

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

Lydell H. 

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

Jay M. 

“He had each of his coworkers (at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics) also look at my hand to determine if surgery was necessary and it wasn't.”

Karen K.   

“He took his time in explaining the surgery very well. He also called me the next morning to see how I was doing.”

Jan G.