Kathryn Schabel M.D.

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Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (611 Ratings, 290 Comments)


  • Orthopaedics and rehabilitation

Special focus on

  • Adult Reconstruction Surgery
  • Complex Limb Salvage
  • Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Peri-operative Nutrition
  • Revision Joint Replacements


  • M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Wisconsin 2003
  • Residency:

    • Orthopaedic surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Fellowship:

    • Adult reconstruction, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Certifications:

    • Board certified in orthopaedic surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2011, recertified through 2031


 My goal is to improve my patients' quality of life by helping them solve their hip and knee complaints. I am dedicated to providing comprehensive operative and non-operative care. My approach is to avoid surgery when possible and provide safe, effective surgery when necessary. I want my patients to feel empowered to participate in their orthopaedic treatment plans. I want to help my patients' achieve their functional goals and restore or maintain a healthy and happy active lifestyle. Joint replacements are effective surgeries that can transform people's lives from debilitated to nearly pain-free and it is an honor to provide this service to my community.


  • English

Memberships and associations

  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (611 Ratings, 290 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 29, 2019

    Dr. K. Schabel is the BEST!!!! I rave about her to everyone! My right knee was a mess, and replacing it took longer than a normal operation, but it works perfectly now, and has no pain. She also replaced my left knee, which needed it, but wasn't as bad as the right knee. Her work makes walking effortless, and pain free (well, except my feet, which aren't fixable). I tell anyone whose knees bother them that the surgery is awesome and the best surgeon is Dr. Schabel.

  • Dec 22, 2019

    Kathryn Schabel was the best I had great surgery great recovery. I'm feeling fine. I can do everything I need to do. I hardly know I had surgery so I think she's the best highly recommend her.

  • Dec 21, 2019

    She quickly told me a few corrections to make with walking better and how to help with back pain. My meds were corrected and I left very encouraged!

  • Dec 20, 2019

    The best Doctor and hospital!

  • Dec 19, 2019

    Positive and informative.

  • Dec 13, 2019

    Everything was quality from check in to check out. Dr.schabel and her staff are very good at what they do. I felt very relaxed thru the entire visit. Everything was positive.

  • Dec 12, 2019

    Dr S was very caring and good.

  • Dec 08, 2019

    It was great. I felt very comfortable. Dr. Schabel and her resident were both extremely nice, explained everything thoroughly and took the time to answer my questions and alleviate my concerns.

  • Dec 07, 2019

    She’s extremely nice, caring and professional

  • Dec 07, 2019

    Dr. Schabel is absolutely an amazing surgeon. I not only recommend her but I've used her twice for both my left and my right hip surgery. If I ever have to have surgery again. I would not hesitate to have Dr. Schabel do surgery if necessary. I am extremely happy with Dr. Schabel.

  • Dec 05, 2019

    My three surgeries were so successful. Not only is dr Shabel a nice and engaging person, the outcome of my surgeries ( lt, rt knee, rt hip) were perfect. I have my health and life back.

  • Nov 23, 2019

    I am very pleased, and happy to have Kathryn as my doctor.

  • Nov 23, 2019

    He's always on time and extremely competent. I went to several other doctors for over 10 years to find out what was wrong wrong with my knee and she's the only one that came up with it, so and found out if there was a large tear.in my knee, I think she's great. I can't say enough good things about her.

  • Nov 21, 2019

    Dr Schabel was terrific. She took time to explain procedures and expectations to my satisfaction. My goals were met from the surgery, when other doctors felt there was nothing they could do to improve my quality of life. I’m a happy person!

  • Nov 21, 2019

    Straight shooter- answers questions

  • Nov 16, 2019

    Dr Katie is the best!She is an excellent surgeon. She provides incredibly well coordinated followup care.she is also so caring and compassionate. She honestly cares about her patients and treats me as a whole human, not just a knee replacement.

  • Nov 15, 2019

    Dr Schabel and her NA are excellent. They are professional, listen and answer all questions asked.

  • Nov 15, 2019

    She is so very caring and Gives you confidence and help in my healing and progress to get back to a normal life.

  • Nov 15, 2019

    I've had many surgeries and the only one that turned out with someone Dr. Schabel did. She did a cement knee replacement and she is amazing and she explains everything. She's an excellent doctor. And the procedure that she did didn't hurt and she told me it would it didn't even hurt. So that was cool.

  • Nov 14, 2019

    Dr. Schabel was friendly and professional. She is a good listener and explained the situation succinctly.

  • Nov 10, 2019

    Dr. Schabel was completely helpful, gave detailed information backed up with statistical information, evidence based data, she was also compassionate, she expressed a concern forthright in all the risks that's involved in surgery at the same time encouraged the possibility of success and whatever I agreed to go ahead with as far as surgical procedure. She answered our questions, was considered of my husband as well as myself. I would go back to her. with complete confidence I am very grateful that.*

  • Nov 08, 2019

    Excellent follow-up visit. My presentation of post-op difficulties was received with concern and plans for future diagnostic procedures and corrective action. Following her suggestion, I will attempt to create a log of pain events to aid the diagnostic process.

  • Nov 08, 2019

    Straight forward with genuine kindness. Knowledgeable.

  • Nov 08, 2019

    Very personal- even though she’s very busy, I feel like she understands and is interested.

  • Nov 07, 2019

    Dr. Schabel really listened to me. She was a great balance between being direct and providing hope. LOVED her. Check in process was easy, appointment was on time. Facility was beautiful and parking good.

  • Nov 05, 2019

    I have an excellent hip surgeon. She was quick in operating me, very efficient. Her bedside manner was great.

  • Nov 04, 2019

    very good

  • Nov 04, 2019

    Hi, this is regarding Kathryn Schabel and he is outstanding. She has that rare combination of expertise and skill and outstanding physical work combined with the deepest compassion and the ability to connect with her patients. I am so blessed to know her and to have been under her care. So everybody's very lucky everybody I know that had any experience with her. It's been blessed to have any experience we are fully satisfied.

  • Nov 01, 2019

    Competent and Caring Medical Services and Staffing.

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Dr Schabel listened to my concerns & was proactive with solutions & advice. I left feeling more hopeful for future care. Thank you Dr Schabel

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Wonderful care at OHSU. Amazing surgeon Dr. Schabel who did my surgery on my leftknee. My knee is healing very well. No problems so far and I am six weeks out frommy surgery date. It takes a lot of work which is quite painful in the beginning and aftersix weeks there is little pain now. I do have swelling in the evenings which I then usean ice pack and that seems to really help. I couldn’t be happier with my care.

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Yes, I appreciated Dr. Schabel advice. She was very clear and understood my concerns. Thank you.

  • Oct 24, 2019

    Had my hip replaced last Oct 22nd by Dr. Shabel. Had my one year check up. Thru this experience, I really came to trust Dr. Shabel. When she asked me if I would do it again, I told her absolutely. Also told her I would recommend her very highly to others who might be thinking it was time for a replacement.

  • Oct 24, 2019

    Dr Schabel is awesome!

  • Oct 24, 2019

    I am profoundly grateful for Dr. Schabel's skill. I am doing very well following hip-replacement surgery. I had very little pain, swelling, or bruising. I am so thankful that I chose Dr. Schabel as my surgeon.

  • Oct 24, 2019

    Dr. Schabel is a 10 in all regards--compassion, accessibility, quality of care.

  • Oct 20, 2019

    Outstanding service with her every single time I've done business with her. She's an outstanding surgeon.

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Dr. Schabel is a great knee replacement surgeon, and can explain and clarify medical situations in logical and understandable discussions that are easy to comprehend.

  • Oct 18, 2019

    She is very personable and always treats me like I am an important patient to her and makes me feel like I am in good hands medically.

  • Oct 17, 2019

    She has a positive demeanor, exchanges eye contact. She explained what to expect before surgery and how to prepare myself. After surgery, she saw me post op twice; right after surgery and before discharge. I had my discharge instructions and followed them closely. She was very excited about my progress since surgery and well and quickly I’m advancing from knee surgery.

  • Oct 17, 2019

    I have nothing but good things to say about her and the staff. I followed all of her protocols before and after. I have had the most successful hip replacement of any person I know. She was very compassionate. I was very shocked and scared. I was given reassurance and comfort. My situation was treated with kindness and care

  • Oct 17, 2019

    Having worked in health care for more than 40 years, I have interacted with many physicians. Dr. Schabel is easily within my top 5 best care providers. I wish I had something else she could fix for me. She’s that good.

  • Oct 16, 2019

    I love Dr. Schabel. I think she's very professional very competent. She got the job done. I couldn't believe that she only is in that office one day a week because she was smooth and she was calm she outline something really wonderful for me that I feel like I can look forward to instead of dreading what I might hear about my knees. I would recommend her to anyone. She is the queen anyway the most of the physical therapy places. I called several and they recommended her over anyone else in the county if you need knee surgery.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Dr Schabel was very personable and informative.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Dr. Schabel was wonderful! I liked her immediately - she is a warm, open, and direct person. She explained everything succinctly and clearly, leaving me with all the information I need to be not only comfortable with, but excited about this surgery. I know I'm in good hands and I also liked her resident.

  • Oct 14, 2019


  • Oct 14, 2019

    Excellent, very professional, confidence inspiring,

  • Oct 14, 2019

    No one likes to hear that they should consider a hip replacement, but Dr Schabel was patient and able to explain the alternatives and the process if I were to choose to move forward with the surgery. Can't ask for more.

  • Oct 04, 2019

    Compassionate, comfortable, competent

  • Oct 04, 2019

    Excellent surgeon, strong well organized team, good listener.