Dr. Goodwin retired from the surgical practice of medicine in June of 2020. He founded The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho in 2002. Known as Idaho’s first shoulder surgeon, Dr. Goodwin has built an orthopedic subspecialty clinic that provides the largest volume of shoulder care throughout the entire state of Idaho and the surrounding region of eastern Oregon, northern Nevada, and Western Wyoming. Dr. Goodwin believed in patient-focused care, and felt that “knowing the patient” was as important as “knowing the shoulder”. To this day, patients who visit our clinic are grateful, not just for the expert subspecialty shoulder care they receive from our fellowship-trained, board-certified shoulder specialists, but more importantly, they are grateful for the friendship and support they find in all of our providers who believe and embody the principles of being good doctors, not just good surgeons.

Dr. Goodwin retired from the practice of medicine in June of 2020. The principles of expert subspecialty shoulder care provided in a friendly, patient-focused, manner remain and are in the cornerstone of our mission.

Dr. Goodwin was raised in Titusville, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1974 and Tulane University School of Medicine in 1978. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in 1983. Dr. Goodwin is Board Certified in orthopedic surgery. He has practiced orthopedic surgery in the Treasure Valley since 1987, opening his clinic specializing in shoulder care in May 2002. This practice became the first in Idaho to offer exclusive treatment for the shoulder.


Dr. Goodwin performed over 10,000 shoulder surgeries in Boise, Idaho during his 32-year career. The surgeries are comprised of a wide variety of arthroscopic shoulder procedures, rotator cuff repair, surgery for the unstable shoulder, and shoulder replacement for the arthritic shoulder joint. Dr. Goodwin provided both nonoperative care and surgical intervention, if needed, for the entire spectrum of shoulder problems.

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Thomas E. Goodwin, MD
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 by Jared Hoeksema
I can attest for Dr. Goodwin

I can attest for Dr. Goodwin. He is a doctor that could be arrogant because of his unmatched talent and expertise, but he is not! I wish every surgeon was as humble as he! I had a general orthopedic surgeon attempt to fix my right shoulder several times without luck. A little over a years worth of pain and suffering went by before I to bully my surgeon at the time to refer me to Dr. Goodwin. It shall be noted that every imaging facility I went to for my MRI's all said Dr. Goodwin is the best shoulder surgeon in the valley! Dr. Goodwin not only fixed my right but has performed another partial replacement of my left. Dr. Goodwin, KC and Kim are definitely worth the wait. People would be a fool to go with another surgeon! Take it from a guy that was told by another surgeon I would potentially have to change my career because of my shoulder injury. After two titanium shoulders and a extensive labrum repair, I am back in the gym and serving the public.

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 by Cheryl Anderson
He’s the best of the best

I came to Dr. Goodwin in late February upon the recommendation of a friend. Before I met with him I experienced a great deal of pain in my left shoulder. He recommended a MRI which indicated I needed surgery. I had surgery 2 weeks ago and have had very little pain. Dr. Goodwin really focused on my care. He’s very in tune with his patients and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I have the deepest respect for him and his practice. He’s the best of the best.
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 by Kerith Crabb
Five Stars

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 by Mackenzie Deobald
I would highly recommend Dr. Goodwin!

My cousin was insistent that I schedule with Dr. Goodwin for a second opinion on my shoulder, and I am glad that she was! I had greatly injured my shoulder in a bicycle accident in August 2017, and I was initially sent to an orthopedist. He thought that the extent of my injury was a clavicular break and proceeded with surgery, without performing an MRI. I really wish he had done so because my injuries were much more than just a clavicle break; however, I feel badly for providers because I doubt insurance would have covered an MRI anyway, even if it was indicated.

My shoulder did not feel/look right after the first surgery, although my clavicle was fixed. We finally asked about a CT scan to eliminate any other injury, which was when they found that I had a grade 3+/4 ACJ separation. After speaking with my cousin, she thought I may also have a labral tear. The orthopedist I was seeing seemed a bit intimidated by my injuries and was considering 2 additional surgeries to fix my shoulder.

I finally went to Dr. Goodwin and he knew exactly what to do with me. He used models and basic resistance tests, along with an x-ray to decide how to proceed with my treatment. Not only that, but he came right into the room, without the white coat and the doctor "attitude," and sat right next to me. He shook mine and my mom's hand, and we were instantly sold. I suppose you could say he's an "old school" type of doctor, but he presents the dependable and compassionate characteristics that people expect from doctors, yet rarely see anymore.

We went in for surgery in mid-December of 2017, and everything went great. Treasure Valley Hospital was amazing and provided excellent care. Dr. Goodwin was totally comfortable with the surgery-due to experience-and ended up using the lockdown technique to secure my clavicle to the coracoid process, and hand-screwed in screws to secure the device. He also scoped other parts of my shoulder to see if I had any other issues. I had a very small labral tear and one other small tear that he debrided. He also debrided some other scar tissue in my shoulder.

My scar looks amazing and everyone can't believe how short of a time it's been since my surgery. His PA KC Colson and other staff at The Shoulder Clinic are awesome as well. I would highly recommend Dr. Goodwin!
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 by Brianna Colo
Dr. Goodwin and his staff are wonderful to work with!

One year out from my shoulder surgery and still doing amazing! Dr. Goodwin and his staff are wonderful to work with!
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