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Thomas Meade, MD

Department Chair Orthopedic Knee Surgery

22 Patient Stories
Thomas Meade, MD
Department Chair Orthopedic Knee Surgery
Dr. Thomas Meade is an experienced clinician in the field of knee replacements, knee ligament reconstruction, has developed... patents on several devices.

Thomas Meade, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with Coordinated Health, part of Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Dr. Meade is a 1975 graduate of Pittston Area High School. He graduated with High Distinction from Penn State, where a diving injury launched him into 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.

Because of Dr Meade’s academic background, surgical expertise, media experience, research and publications, he has been sought after from numerous orthopedic, pharmaceutical and nutritional companies to serve as a consultant, educator, surgeon mentor, and medical advisor. A complete list of active and historic companies is available upon request.

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The Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Biology (With High Distinction), 1975-1979

Medical School

Medical Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, M.D., 1979-1983


The Allentown Affiliated Hospitals, Allentown, PA, Internship, 1983-1984


Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, (Rothman Institute) Philadelphia, PA, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, 1984-1988


Advanced Knee Reconstruction and Sports Medicine, Cincinnati, OH. Dr Frank Noyes-Fellowship,-1988-1989

Services Provided

  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Sports Injuries
  • Clavicle Fractures
34 Testimonials
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! ”
J. F.
Thank You!
“ 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  ”
S. K.
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 ”
P. B.
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” ”
J. M.
Ready to Hit the Slopes
“ Dr. Meade — You’re the best! Great Job! Working my way back to the ski slopes.  ”
E. S.
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! ”
Robert F. from Scranton, PA
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. PD ”
David P. from Macungie, PA
Unlucky Triad
“ 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. ”
Race R. from Hellertown, PA
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.  ”
Colin T. from Pittston , PA
CH Experience
“ 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. ”
Karen M. from Taylor, PA
This surgery and post treatment has greatly improved my life
“ I went to Coordinated health because of Dr Meade. 6 yrs ago he replaced my right knee that had been real painful for over 15 years. It was bone on bone. That surgery and recovery went so well that when my left knee started to give me pain constantly and was affecting my life activities I call him again. After seeing him we set a date for surgery I. Feb. it was done in a Thursday and I came home on Saturday morning, using just a cane. Recovery went fast under the guidance of Cordinated health PT which started on that first Monday. 10 days after the surgery I was driving and just caring the cane around rarely using it. Within 4 weeks after the surgery I was discharged from the PT. my range of motion is 150 degrees in both knees and I can kneel on both knees. Btw on day 10 post op I was back doing my job in the pulpit as a pastor and not using even a cane. Thank you Dr Meade and the rehab team for a job well done. I would also like to mention about the new equipment that was in PT. it was a new style of bike that could be adjusted so that the knee flex ion was could be adjusted. This made that part so much easier. ”
David P. from Macungie, Pa
My visit changed my whole life
“ I have followed Dr Meade since 1995 , when my wife was in a terrible accident and Dr Meade opporated on her and put her back on the long road recovery. I was having knee problems and I made an appointment and saw Dr Meade we did orthoscopic surgery on my knees 4 times then it was time for replacements. I did my right knee in october of 2006 and my left knee in april 2007 and everthing has been fantastic since. ”
Richard C. from Macungie, Pa
Total Knee Replacement
“ Thank you Dr. Meade and your wonderful team! My total knee replacement was November 9 and by November 18 I was out socially... I still have some morning stiffness but I never had any real pain after the surgery which amazed me. The only pain was from doing physical therapy flexion while I still had swelling. Soon as swelling subsided, I could do all exercises with no pain. Thank you for everything! ”
Paula V. from Swoyersville, Pennsylvania
Dr. Meade
“ Dr. Thomas Meade did total knee replacements on both of my knees, two months apart. What a wonderful difference to be able to walk & climb stairs without pain! I'm an organist and I was playing 2 weeks post op both times. Dr. Meade is the best! ”
Aletha F. from Allentown, PA
My Experience with Dr. Thomas Meade
“ Dr. Thomas Meade is the finest surgeon I've ever met during my 71 years and eight surgeries. Dr. Meade was highly recommended by several colleagues and friends and now I know why. He has a great personality and yet he is very professional. I was very impressed to hear that his surgeries are performed at a privately owned surgical center, where there are no sick patients, only surgery patients. Obviously, this type of surgical facility reduces my risks of any additional complications. Dr. Meade along with his staff of professionals have created a very defined procedure for each patient who is going to have surgery performed. All scheduling dates and times are set during your first appointment. The scheduling includes an orientation appointment a few days prior to your surgery. The one hour orientation is very detailed and the patients are free to ask questions to clear-up and confusion they may have about their procedure. The surgical facility is spotless and the staff treats you like you are the only patient in the facility. It has been 16 months since my knee was replaced and I have no pain or discomfort. I rate Dr. Meade and his staff a 10 out of 10. ”
Richard M. from Camp Hill, PA
Three Months Later
“ Dr. Meade replaced my left knee on July 2 2018. The pre and post surgery experiences were great, and removed any anxiety I had. Exactly two weeks after surgery I returned to work as a hairdresser. They didn't forget me after surgery, and called me to check on me. Thanks to you and your staff for such a personal experience. Today I am totally pain free.  ”
THOMAS R. S. N. from Slatington, PA
Back to Normal
“ Thank you, Dr. Meade. Only 3 1/2 months after my knee replacement and I feel fantastic. It's as if this is my natural knee but better.  ”
Suzanne P. from Lehighton, pa
Dr. Thomas Meade is Awesome
“ Dr. Thomas Meade was the surgeon who performed the operation on my left knee. He followed the SwiftPath procedure and my recovery was wonderful. Prior to my operation I was unable to climb staircases in a normal fashion. I would ascend one step at a time walking sideways. My use of opioids for pain management was minimal. Probably about one week the most. At my first follow up visit, I walked in an almost normal fashion without a cane or walker. I felt great having the use of my knees back so quickly. Dr. Meade is an awesome surgeon and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone and I'd do it all over again if necessary. Dr. Thomas Meade is Awesome. ”
Barbara K.
Thank you, Dr. Meade
“ I had one knee replaced end of April and the second knee replaced middle of August. Thank you Dr. Thomas Meade and staff. Recovery was excellent at home. By conditioning the second knee while exercising the first knee, I believe the recovery time second time around was quicker, easier, and less painful than the first. After hearing some horror stories, my experience had a positive outcome, and I believe as a result of new innovative thinking. Home recovery is one of them. ”
Joan T.
“ I had a knee replacement with Dr. Meade in February 2018. I personally believe that this was the best thing that I ever did. After surgery I had very little to no pain. I am 60 years old and was in the fast track, which allowed me to be released within 6 hours of surgery with no staples and no pain. I had no pain because Dr. Meade numbs your knee approx 72 hours which eliminated any pain during the first 3 crucial days following surgery. I took no pain pills after surgery or therapy which began a few days later. I would like to thank the physical therapists at the Lehighton office for their outstanding patient care with my rehabilitation. Dr. Meade and staff were great to work with and take patient care to a whole new level. At this time I am on the verge of another knee replacement in the very near future and due to the care I received from Dr. Meade and his entire staff I would highly recommend him as the best in the area in all levels of patient care. And to this date which is approx 10 mos post surgery I have no physical restrictions or limitation with the knee replacement. ”
Kerry S. from Bowmanstown, Pennsylvania
“ Today, December 27th 2018 is my one year anniversary! I would like to thank everyone one involved. From everyone from top to bottom. I can't say enough about how well I was treated. Everyone went out of their way to get me where I am today. Which is thankful! I wasn't treated like a patient but a friend. Thanks again and keep up the great work. ”
Paul Z. from Exeter, PA
My knee surgeries
“ After attending one of Dr. Meade's seminars, I decided to have him do my knee surgery. It was the best decision I ever made! In October 2017 and again in January 2019 Dr. Meade did both knee surgeries, and both were successful. Within three weeks of my recent surgery I was driving, and walking without pain, and not needing a walker or cane! I absolutely recommend Dr. made as a first choice for a knee surgery. Not only is he caring and compassionate with an outstanding bedside manner, but his staff is professional, kind and caring too. Special shout out to Tom, R J and Cheryl! To those of you who are undecided, look no further. Definitely go with Dr. Meade! ”
Carole B. from Jessup, PA
Total knee replacement surgery
“ I had two total knee replacement surgeries done by Meade 9 and 10 years ago. I could not be more satisfied with my decision to have total knee replacement surgery. It has greatly increased my quality of living. When people see me doing my daily activities and very active lifestyle, they are astonished when I tell them I gave 2 total knee replacements. Dr Meade is the best in the business. My husband is now a patient of Dr Meade’s and is looking at knee replacement surgery. I would not have him are anyone else!! ”
Sandra K. from Jim Thorpe , Pa
Look no further
“ I you are looking for a complete team to perform your knee surgery, look no further and join Dr. Meade and his special team. They exceeded my expectations - always accessible, supportive and kind. I never felt rushed as they provided information in a calm, patient, and caring manner. The team functions as a smooth-running unit. I have resumed a pain-free, active, higher quality of life. Thank you, Dr. Meade, RJ, Molly and all those I met during this process. ”
Bette Lou H. from Bethlehem, PA
My wonderful experience
“ Approaching the age of 68, how many gals get to feel like Wonderwoman? Dr. Thomas Meade and his phenomenal A Team staff made that happen. Out of fear, I waited 15 years to even consider surgery, after being told that both knees were bone on bone. In January and again in May, I underwent opioid free Total Knee Replacement and was home before noon each time. From my very first appointment, until my last, Dr. Meade has always been empathetic, understanding, compassionate and encouraging. Dr. Meade, R.J., Melissa and Molly thoroughly answered all my questions during these past 8 months, even the tough ones. Now, I am pretty much back to normal and beyond. I am extremely grateful and feel so very blessed to have been in such competent caring hands; the very best! ”
Marlene M. from Easton, PA
Total knee replacement
“ Dr. Thomas Mead performed total knee replacement----thrilled with results--back to doing everything that I did pre-surgery but without pain. Speaking of pain--absolutely NO PAIN post surgery. Only took two oxycodone--nights 1 and 2 to sleep--could not find a place to put my leg. Did exercises and icing as instructed. Did not use walker after day 5, drove one week after surgery and was off of work for only 14 days. Back to walking 1 1/2 miles day after a month and to yoga after 10 weeks. I have nothing but the highest praise for Dr. Mead and his team. He is not only an outstanding Dr. but a kind and caring individual. I am so glad that I chose him as my surgeon and the Swithpath method for my journey. ”
Barbara R. from Clarks Summit, pa
Best Choice
“ I am a nurse practitioner and one of my patients recommended Dr. Meade for my knee replacement. I researched his procedure and decided this was the way to go. At five weeks now , and having done all my own therapy at home, I can say that the results are fantastic. Full range of motion and no pain. Dr. Meade is a superb surgeon, his team is terrific and complement the experience. ”
Jeanne K. from Nicholson, PA
The Best Choice
“ Dr Meade and his staff make you feel like you are the most important patient he has. The day of the operation he spoke with me before and after the procedure. He also saw me at my followup visits even though Tom and completed his review of how recovery was preceding. I followed Doctors Swift path method to the tee and doing so did not have to take any prescribed pain killers. I could not have made a better choice. ”
Michael B. from Tresckow, United States of America
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