Daphne M. Beingessner, M.D.

Associate Professor

Director of Orthopaedic Quality Improvement, Harborview Medical Center
Surgical Director of Quality Improvement, Harborview Medical Center

Specialty: Trauma

College: Bachelor of Mathematics with Distinction, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada  1992
Bachelor of Science, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 1993

Medical School: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada 1997

Internship: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada 1998

Residency: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada 2002

Fellowship: University of Western Ontario - Hand and Upper Limb  2003
University of Washington - Harborview Medical Center -  Orthopedic Trauma ACE  2004

Board Certification: Canada: Board Certified, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC)  2002
U.S.A.: Board Certified  2006

UW Medicine Bio: http://www.uwmedicine.org/bios/daphne-beingessner

About Dr. Beingessner

Dr. Daphne Beingessner is a graduate of University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.  Following her training in orthopedic surgery at University of Western Ontario, she completed a Hand and Upper Limb Fellowship at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in London, Ontario.  She also completed a Master of Science degree in Medical Biophysics at the University of Western Ontario and a Trauma Fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA.

She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Washington.  Dr. Beingessner has presented at many national and international conferences and courses and has publications in major orthopaedic surgery journals and textbooks.  Her clinical practice includes care of all upper and lower limb fractures with particular expertise in the care of the multiple trauma patient, elbow injuries (such as simple and complex elbow fractures), and periarticular fractures of the upper and lower extremity.

Patient Stories

On the Road Again: John Chou’s Story, UW Medicine, 2012

Mudslide survivor, baby out of hospitals; still healing, The Columbian, 4/12/2014

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Read more patient stories for Dr. Beingessner at www.PatientsEncouragingPatients.com

In the News

Ask the Experts: Elbow Fracture Dislocation, Orthopedics, October 2013, Vol. 36, Issue 10


  • Dr. Beingessner received the Howard Rosen Memorial Teaching Award
  • Harborview Medical Center Service Cares Award


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Canadian Orthopedic Association
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Orthopedic Trauma Association
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Washington State Medical Board

Surgeries & Diagnosis

Common Surgeries Performed:

Dr. Beingessner treats acute fractures as well as subacute fractures and fractures that have problems healing (nonunion) and also care for the multiply injured patient.

• IM Nails (Rod)
• Plates and Screws
• External Fixation

Common Injuries Treated:

Shoulder Fractures
• Clavicle (Collarbone)
• Proximal Humerus
• Scapula

Arm Fractures
• Humerus Shaft Fracture

Elbow Fractures And Dislocations
• Radial Head Fracture
• Coronoid Fracture
• Terrible Triad
• Olecranon Fracture
• Monteggia Fracture
• Distal Humerus Fracture
• Complex Fracture Dislocations

Forearm Fractures
• Radius And Ulna Shaft Fractures
• Galeazzi Fractures

Hip Fractures
• Femoral Neck Fractures
• Intertrochanteric/Pertrochanteric/Subtrochanteric Femur Fractures

Thigh Fractures
• Femur Fractures
• Supracondylar Femur Fractures
• Periprosthetic Femur Fractures (fractures around hip and knee replacements)

Knee Fractures
• Tibial Plateau Fractures

Leg Fractures
• Tibia Shaft Fractures

Ankle Fractures
• Lateral Malleolus Fractures
• Bimalleolar Ankle Fractures
• Trimalleolar Ankle Fractures
• Tibial Pilon Fractures

Foot Fractures
• Lisfranc Injuries
• Talus Fractures
• Calcaneus Fractures (Heel Bone)
• Metatarsal Fractures
• Tarsal Fractures


Scientific Publications: (PubMed Listing)


February 3, 2016: Terrible Triad Injuries and the Complex Elbow: Current Concepts

Presented by:
Daphne M. Beingessner, M.D., Associate Professor
Douglas Hanel, M.D., Professor
Neil S. Tarabadkar, Orthopaedic Surgery Resident

September 1, 2010 Grand Rounds Video: Injuries to Long Bones and Lungs

Lungs and Long Bones: The Treatment of the Orthopaedic Trauma Patient

Daphne M. Beingessner, M.D., Associate Professor
Joshua Lindsey, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery Resident
Margaret Neff, M.D.

The treatment of the orthopedic trauma patient is complex and the potential for adverse events are high. In this episode of Grand Rounds, UW Medicine's Dr. Joshua Lindsey moderates a panel reviewing the evolution of trauma patient treatment of femur bone fractures. The panel, including Dr. Margaret Neff of UW Medicine, and Dr. Daphne Beingessner, Associate Professor at UW Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, also discusses pulmonary complications in treatment. They focus on a multi-pronged approach to improve recovery rates for patients with multiple injuries. They also take a look at how to manage the timing of multiple operations and the variety of treatment techniques available for these complex injuries.

March 7, 2012 Grand Rounds Video: Complex Distal Humerus Fractures, Current Concepts

Douglas P. Hanel, MD, Professor
Daphne M. Beingessner, MD, Associate Professor
Jerry I. Huang, MD, Assistant Professor
Emily R. Squyer, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Resident

UW attendees Daphne Beingessner and Jerry Huang along with resident physician Emily Squyer take us through a discussion of Distal Humerus Fractures. The lecture covers anatomy, historical treatments, early surgical outcomes, and modern treatment with maximized recovery. The discussion concludes with complex elbow reconstruction and salvage options for patients whose initial treatments failed.

Summit in Seattle 2011

Complex Elbow Fractures

Dr. Daphne Beingessner, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington
Dr. David Barei, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington

Injuries around the elbow have frustrated patients and treatment providers alike since the onset of recorded time. The elbow is an incredibly strong yet mobile joint. Fractures and ligament tears to the elbow are notoriously associated with loss of motion and pain and may result in chronic functional limitations. In this program two outstanding experts review their considerable experience in treating these injuries. Dr. Beingessner discusses injuries to the forearm side of the elbow joint while Dr. Barei discusses fractures above the elbow joint. Ranging from simple to complex fractures the principles of appropriately assessing and understanding the injuries at hand and the value of experience and exacting technique in treating these fractures is underscored in this presentation.

Summit in Seattle 2011

Complex Forearm Fractures

Dr. Doug Hanel, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington
Dr. Daphne Beingessner, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington

The injuries to the forearm have for a long time been underappreciated. Since the two bones of the forearm are important connectors of elbow to wrist and hand, undertreatment will lead to substantial functional loss or pain for affected patients. Drs. Beingessner and Hanel provide an authoritative review of the various injuries around the forearm and the state of the art assessment and treatment approaches for injuries around the forearm.


Treatment methods and techniques to improve care for patients with multiple traumas and traumatic injuries of both the lower and upper extremity. The effects of injury on the biomechanics extremities, particularly around the elbow.