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Mark D. Mellinger, M.D.

Upper Extremities - Elbow, Wrist and Hand; Trauma and Fracture Care, Arthroscopy

Dr. Mellinger is a board certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in treating injuries and disorders of the upper extremity. He is an expert in caring for conditions affecting the elbow, wrist, hand and fingers. In addition, he holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in hand, wrist and elbow surgery.

His areas of interest include joint replacement, fracture care, tendon and ligament injuries, athletic and sports-related injuries, nerve disorders and congenital disorders. He performs surgical arthroscopy, a less invasive form of surgery using small instruments with less trauma to muscle and tissue. Prior to becoming an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Mellinger worked as an optical scientist and optical and mechanical engineer. He made the decision to dedicate himself to medicine while volunteering in surgical clinics serving northern Mexico. He joined Northern Arizona Orthopaedics in 2003.

Dr. Mellinger, his wife Dr. Kirsten Mellinger, an local optometrist, and their three children enjoy all that Northern Arizona has to offer including golf, hiking, mountain biking and photography.


  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
  • 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

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“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 their treatment options.”

Patient Testimonials

”Dr. Mellinger repaired my left hand after another surgeon messed it up. His staff is very caring and gentle. I would recommend this center to anyone. Thank you, Dr. M, Amanda, Norma and JJ for the excellent care you have given me. “


”Dr. Mellinger's office was phenomenal in every aspect, which is rare in the medical field and unfortunately I have had to visit many different Dr.’s and different facilities. I always leave his office more knowledgeable since he takes the time to answer ALL my questions, he also treats me well and I can tell he genuinely cares about me my health.“


”He is an awesome doctor, family man, and surgeon.“


”My injury was in need of early intervention, but I didn't seek help immediately. Dr. Mellinger and his team were very professional and efficient with their approach to my injury. The surgical procedure was effective and appropriate. I recommend Dr. Mellinger and his team.“


”Yes, at first you will be seen by the doctors PA; who in my case is as good as the doctor; just not a surgeon. Dr. Mark Mellinger did both of my surgeries. I am so very satisfied that I made the journey to Flagstaff, Arizona - very well worth it. The staff in general are all caring and efficient professionals; front desk all the way up to the doctors. Thanks to you all!“