Howard A. Chansky M.D.

Howard A. Chansky M.D.


  • English


  • Cancer Care (Orthopaedic Oncology)
  • Orthopaedics
  • Orthopaedics (Hip)
  • Orthopaedics (Knee)
  • Orthopedic Surgery


Dr. Chansky is a UW Professor and the Chair of the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. In addition to general orthopedic surgery, he specializes in total joint replacement and is the holder of the Hansjörg Wyss Endowed Chair for Advanced Hip and Pelvis Surgery. Dr. Chansky conducts research in the biology of orthopedic tumors and on animal models of arthritis. He has also studied the potential benefits of using testosterone supplementation to help older patients recover from total joint surgery.

Dr. Chansky earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Cornell University and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. After an orthopedic residency also at Penn, he came to the University of Washington as a fellow in Dr. Ernest Conrad's orthopedic oncology fellowship.

He has been a faculty member at UW for 22 years and the UW orthopedic residents have awarded him the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award a total of three times. He has been listed in, Consumers' Checkbook, Castle and Connolly's Top Doctors and Seattle Magazine's Top Doctors.

Dr. Chansky is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Research Society and the American Orthopedic Association.

Patient Care Philosophy

To work with patients to provide the best possible personalized surgical care. If surgery is not the best option, I strive to help patients understand why and work with them to find nonsurgical resources. Regardless of a patient's problem, the key to good patient care is to always be a good listener.

Clinical Interests

Biology of bone and soft tissue tumors and using molecular biology to refine the surgical treatment of orthopedic conditions.

Research Interests

Hip and knee arthritis and fractures, joint replacement and pathological fractures.


Institution Credential Year
Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Medical education 1987
Hospital of the Univ. of Pennsylvania Internship
Hospital of the Univ. of Pennsylvania Residency

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery 1995