Keith R. Birchard, MD

Board Certified, Board Certified Orthopedist


Dr. Keith R. Birchard

“I am dedicated to providing quality orthopedic care in a compassionate and positive environment.”

“One of the things that attracts me to orthopedics is the challenge of analyzing my patient’s unique symptoms, determining the diagnosis, and then finding the most appropriate treatment that meets the needs of the individual patient.”

Dr. Birchard, his wife Cecilia and their children, Nathaniel, Ezra and Jane, enjoy outdoor activities including bicycling, hiking and camping. Dr. Birchard also enjoys reading and volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America with Troop 373 in Chehalis where he serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster.  He also enjoys tinkering in his workshop where he is currently rebuilding a 1952 Dodge Pilothouse pickup truck.

Dr. Birchard has always had a special interest in supporting and providing orthopedic care in developing countries. He has participated in medical mission projects in the Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, and India.

Dr. Birchard has recently taken on more leadership responsibilities in our medical community including service as the Orthopaedic Surgery Service Line Medical Director for Providence since 2015.  He is also now the President of the Washington Orthopaedic Center Board of Directors as well as the managing partner.  He has also been elected as the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Surgery at Providence Centralia Hospital.

Dr. Birchard is accepting patients at our Centralia, Olympia, and Elma clinics.

Special Orthopedic Focus

  • Upper extremity surgery including carpal and cubital tunnel release, trigger finger release, Dupuytren’s contracture release
  • General orthopaedic surgery, including arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery related to the knee & hand
  • Total joint replacement
  • Fracture and trauma surgery


  • Internship and Residency at Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio
  • Medical Degree from University of Washington, Seattle

Research and Presentations

  • “Pediatric Soft-Tissue Sarcomas at Children’s Hospital, Seattle, 1985-95.” Presented at Ohio Orthopaedic Society, 2000 and Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, 2001.
  • “Orthopaedics: The State of the Art in Papua New Guinea.” Presented at Summa Health System and Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, Ohio, 2004.
  • “Adverse Events Associated with Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery,” Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, December 2008

Society Memberships

  • Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Washington State Medical Association
  • Lewis County Medical Association
  • Washington State Orthopaedics Association
  • Diplomate American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Specialty Areas

Man flying kite with child after orthopedic surgery

Upper extremity surgery

General orthopaedic surgery

Playing golf after sports injury treatment

Total joint replacement

Fracture and trauma surgery

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