Dr. Thomas McKenzie
Orthopedic surgeon specializing in total joint replacement
Dr. McKenzie is an orthopedic surgeon practicing at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1973 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. After seven years as an officer, airborne ranger, platoon leader and company commander in the United States Army, he completed his service and went on to earn his doctor of medicine degree, internship, residency and chief residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.
Returning home to his native town of Lodi, where he is the fourth generation of a farming family, Dr. McKenzie opened his orthopedic and sports medicine private practice in 1990. He offers community members general orthopedic services, including arthroscopy, sports medicine and total shoulder, hip and knee replacements. Dr. McKenzie has strong interest and expertise in sports medicine, having designed, developed, patented, produced and marketed an arthroscopic meniscus instrument used worldwide in arthroscopic knee surgery. He currently specializes in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Experienced in Joint Replacement Surgery
Dr. McKenzie is an innovator in the area of total joint replacement. He coordinated the development of Adventist Health Lodi Memorial’s comprehensive bundled payment program, leading administrative, operative, nursing care and financial teams to ensure its success. The bundled payment program offers patients coordinated, comprehensive total hip and knee replacement care, ensuring measured quality outcomes and financial value to all patients.
Since 2013, Dr. McKenzie has offered the innovative anterior total hip surgical approach, which provides patients with shorter hospital stays, a smaller incision, less muscle trauma and reduced risk for pain, blood loss and risk of dislocation along with a quicker return to function.
Community Involvement & Personal Life
Dr. McKenzie has been an active with Lodi Memorial since 1990, having served in various leadership positions including chief of surgery and chief of staff. For almost a decade, he served on the board of directors of the San Joaquin County Medical Society, including positions of treasurer, vice president and president. He is also an active member of the following professional organizations:
- American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
- Western Orthopedic Association
- California Orthopedic Association
- California Medical Association
- San Joaquin Medical Society Member
When not at work, Dr. McKenzie is active in the community and continues to be active in agriculture, helping to manage McKenzie Vineyards and McKenzie Vineyards Winery. He enjoys running, golfing and spending time with his wife, Meg and their grown children.