Dr. Joseph R. Liljenquist MD
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Dr. Joseph R. Liljenquist M.D.

A native of Idaho Falls and a proud alumnus of Skyline High School, Dr. Joseph Liljenquist enjoys working and living in his hometown with his wonderful wife and two children. As an avid Spartan Race competitor, Dr. Liljenquist understands how important it is to stay active and have the ability to do the activities you enjoy. He will listen to your needs, include you in his diagnosis and treatment decisions, and welcome your input and feedback each step of the way.

Dr. Liljenquist is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon dedicated to providing you with exceptional orthopedic care. He believes in meeting patients’ needs through comprehensive evaluation and individualized treatment designed to help them achieve an active, pain-free lifestyle. He combines leading-edge techniques with proven traditional methods to provide his patients with the best orthopedic care possible.

As a graduate of George Washington University Medical School, with more than 10,000 hours of surgical experience in the operating room, you can be assured his skills are exceptional. In addition, he completed a Fellowship program in arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement to complement his broad experience in general orthopedics. Because of his knowledge, experience, and skills, he can provide his patients with top quality care.

He works to develop a partnership with his patients. On his part, this begins with listening. One of the most important things he needs to know is how the physical problem affects the patient’s life. He develops a dialogue, through which his patients understand the diagnostic process, their own unique problem, their treatment choices, and the recovery process.

He informs his patients of all the treatment options they have for an injury, and what the advantages and disadvantages are of each option. Surgery is only one of the many treatment options. Many of his patients never need to have surgery – many times rehabilitation of the injured area is all that is needed. If a patient does require surgery, he will inform the patient of why surgery is required, what will be done in the surgery, and what to expect as an eventual outcome after surgery.

Dr. Liljenquist traveled to Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. He was able to treat many orthopedic problems for the people in the city of Leogane. Leogane is about 20 miles from Port Au Prince and was at the epicenter of the earthquake. He treated many people at a make-shift orthopedic clinic set up outside of a “tent” hospital, but was also able to get out into the countryside in order to reach the people unable to travel to the clinic. He helped many of the earthquake survivors and enjoyed the time he was able to dedicate to the Haitian people when they were in such great need.

To schedule an appointment, please call (208)522-3355.

“Let us work together to get you back to living the life you want to live.” –Dr. Liljenquist

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2009



George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C. – MD 2001


University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, OH – Residency in: Orthopedic Surgery 2001-2006


Toledo Orthopedic Surgeons, Toledo, OH – Fellowship in: Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery, Joint Replacement 2006-2007

Hospital/Academic Affiliations


Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center | Idaho Falls, ID

Mountain View Hospital | Idaho Falls, ID

Society Memberships

Additional Society Memberships

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Idaho Medical Association

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