Thomas Meade, MD
Department Chair Orthopedic Knee Surgery
Dr. Thomas Meade is a 1975 graduate of Pittston Area High School. He graduated with High Distinction from Penn State, where a diving injury launched him on a career in orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Meade graduated from the Jefferson Medical College and completed his orthopedic residency at Thomas Jefferson University. After his residency, he traveled to Cincinnati to complete a Sports Medicine and Knee Biomechanics Fellowship with Dr. Frank Noyes. He is an experienced clinician in the field of knee replacements, knee ligament reconstruction, has developed surgical techniques and instrumentation, and holds patents on several devices.
An author and educator and host of two popular cable television shows on orthopedic and medical issues, Dr. Meade has published articles and a book and produced videos. He speaks extensively on custom-fit knee replacements, kinematics, sports injuries, nutrition, and fitness related topics.
Dr. Meade presently holds academic positions at Penn State and DeSales University. The Philadelphia Eagles have retained Dr. Meade’s services as a consultant for summer camp at Lehigh University.
He is an avid cyclist and a competitive swimmer and triathlete, and has qualified for the Ironman triathlon. He has held top ten individual US Masters Swimming rankings and is a current USMS world record-holder in men’s 200-meter freestyle relay.
Dr. Meade received the 2002 Founders Award from the prestigious Medical Fitness Association for his lifetime contributions to the field of medical fitness and the Sir John Charnley Award for orthopedic achievement.
The Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Biology (With High Distinction), 1975-1979
Medical Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, M.D., 1979-1983
The Allentown Affiliated Hospitals, Allentown, PA, Internship, 1983-1984
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, General Surgery Residency, 1984-1988
Knee Rehabilitation Center, Philadelphia, PA, Fellowship, 1987
- Knee surgeries
- Sports injuries
- Joint replacements
- Clavicle fractures
There are 4 videos featuring Thomas Meade, MD
There are 16 patient stories about Thomas Meade, MD
11 Weeks and Doing Well!
Dear Molly, Dr. Meade & RJ,
Thank you all for the care you provided me with my knee surgery. You all are the very best in your field and how fortunate I am to have had your services.
It’s now 11 weeks since my surgery and I’m doing real well. Although still taking therapy, I’m actually able to walk, do all regular tasks and am no longer thinking of my knee or feeling any funny, different sensations. It’s great to not think of a knee or it’s stiffness and pain every hour or so!
All of us here in the Lehigh Valley are so very lucky to have you all and your medical services available- you are the very best!
Thank you again and stay well!
Thank you Dr. Meade for confirming what thousands of people have found out the hard way: statin drugs are not what we've been led to believe! When my husband first started taking statins 5+ years ago, he had an adverse reaction of very bad muscle aches in his arms. So the doctor switched him to another statin with the same result. He tried 4 statin drugs before ending up on Simvastatin. The aches and pains and fatigue that resulted over the next 4 years crept up so slowly it was hard to pinpoint. He then decided to stop the statin drug and within a few weeks felt 100% better. In retrospect I wish I had researched statins before my husband started taking them; we all should research the long term drugs being suggested to us.
Dr. Meade Helped Me Live My Life Pain Free
Dr. Thomas Meade: I had both knees replaced at the same time. Dr. Meade was so helpful at my first appointment, I liked him at right off the bat. Came to see me right before my surgery, and after care was great. Dr. Meade was the first Doctor I saw in the morning. Its been a little over a year now sense my surgery, I am doing very well now. I can cut grass, play golf, walk, dance, and many other things, without PAIN.
I just want to say THANK YOU Dr. Meade and your PA'S AND SURGERY TEAM.
Terrific Video of my Knee Surgery
Dear Dr. Meade,
I am amazed at the video and terrific story show you made on my knee surgery!
It’s great!-Thank you! And I can’t believe it’s on You tube!! Interestingly, my daughter, a 2nd year dental student at Temple was amazed and said she learned from it, especially watching you do stitches! So, I’m certain other medical students and others will also learn much from it! I am so fortunate, as others have been, to have been a patient of yours. I appreciate all you’ve done to help my knee scenario. I’ll continue to take 6000 mg of fish oil daily and am thinking about starting CoQ 10 after watching one of your shows- all of which are very interesting.
My physical activity has picked up since my operation and it’s great to no longer think of my knee on a regular basis! I am walking with no pain, although mornings are a little stiffer, but I’m stretching before getting out of bed and it really helps! This getting old is no fun! How you do all you do in a day- from operating to enduring long demanding hours, all while keeping such a great spirit and demeanor is simply remarkable! You are helping people immensely!
Thank you so much.
Dr. Meade Shares His Knowledge
Dr. Meade has been my favorite physican by far the last seven years, because he is caring, and he listens to his patients. The fact that he is one of the most knowledgeable doctors I have dealt with is very important to a patient. He is constantly educating himself in his field and beyond so he can offer the best quality of life to his patients. Dr. Meade shares his wealth of knowledge with the public through his shows and seminars and as a patient I have learned so much from him. I hope that Dr. Meade continues his mission in his field for many years to come and wish him the best. Thank you Dr. Meade for caring.
Feeling 63 Again!
Dear Dr. Meade... THANKS DOC!!! I feel 63 again, instead of 85! GREAT SURGICAL TEAM! Thanks again
Dr. Meade is the Best
Dr. Meade is the best!! He never rushes you through any appt. he listens completely, and understands your concerns with heart. Treats me like I am the only patient with this problem and not like "all the others." That about sums it up and YES, I always and DO recommend him to many people! Thank You!
Wonderful Information about Statins
Dear Dr. Meade,
Thank you for a wonderfully informative and honest assessment of statins. My late Dad took a slew of medications, and my mother swore that it was the beginning of a downhill slide to the end when he did. I believe her. I am saddened when patients come to me with their list of meds, and then state they don't have any significant past medical history. To some people popping pills isn't even a consideration for them. You have really done a wonderful public service with this editorial, thank you! I shared this on my facebook.
Thanks for your Patience and Understanding
Dear Dr. Meade,
Just a note to tell you how we all (patients and family alike) love having you for our Doctor. Not only are you highly skilled and do such a wonderful job but you instill in us such a peace of mind that we’ll get well before we know it. Thank you for being so considerate and understanding ‘cause when we come to you we’re scared out of our wits and you make us so comfortable—what a wonderful quality you have. Thank you again
You’re the Best
Dear Dr. Meade,
Words cannot express how happy I am that I selected you to perform my total knee replacement last May. My general health was very good, but walking any distance-even a short one- was a major problem. Let me say without a doubt, you have given me my life back. My recovery has been quiet and smooth and I can’t thank you enough! Also, my grandchildren and family members thank you.
You are "THE BEST”
Ready to Hit the Slopes
Dr. Meade — You’re the best! Great Job! Working my way back to the ski slopes.
Knee revision and replacement
Dr. Meade thru my search for a doctor that talks and listens is the Best,the care I received and his work,crew etc. is the best in the State.he'll keep looking til he finds what the problem is then correct it,I'm do for a surgery soon for a revision not done by CH,and I'm going in to this with more confidence then ever,because of Dr.Meade and his staff,Thanks for helping me thru my trying times!
Thank you again
Dr. Meade and staff. I am at a loss of the correct words to day THANK YOU! On feb 12 I had my second total knee replacement done by you. The first one in 2008 and the other knee on Feb 12. The first one was such a success in every way. It brought me back to activity I had not been able to do in years. Including full kneeling on it and biking. As my left knee deteriorated I never gave a second thought about going back to you. Now just a little over 3 weeks after surgery my progress is amazing.
10 days after surgery I was walking w just a cane as back up and back in the pulpit at my church. Today at PT I walked 2.5 miles and biked for 20 minutes. Not to forget my 124 degree of flexion. Your care, expertise, and attention to detail is great. I highly recommend you to everyone I meet that has knee issues. Several people at PT are amazed at my progress and want to know who did mine then saying wish we had him. Blessings from myself and my family.
In 1991, I was wrestling in the Conference wrestling tournament for Muhlenberg College when my opponent shot in and hyper-extended my knee tearing my ACL. With the ACL torn, my opponent trapped my leg and tore the MCL and meniscus as well, thus the "unlucky triad" as it was explained to me. Dr. Meade replaced ACL with a cadaver and repaired my MCL and meniscus. I was back on the mat for the next season.
Today, with the exception of some arthritis occasionally, the knee has held up. As an athlete, I abused my knee so it was a mess for Dr. Meade to work on. He is a very confident doctor, and he also shares this confidence with you, so you can get back on your feet again. I have contacted Dr. Meade again in 2015, to address some knee issues I am having in my healthy knee because I feel that he understands his patients and their needs.
Saved my sports career
The best part about my experience is how fast my knee started to feel better after my surgery. It only took a week before I was walking without crutches.
Dr. Meade did a total knee replacement 2 years ago on my right knee. The Bethlehem Hospital was and is the Cadillac of hospital care. Seven weeks ago, I had my other knee replaced and now doing my physical therapy in the new Pittston location. Class act. Anthony, Elissa and Steve have been wonderful. I recommend the facility and the staff to anyone who needs care. Way to go Dr. Mead and all of Coordinated Health. Our area welcomes and needs professionals like your team.