Thomas Greenwald, MD

Thomas Greenwald
Primary Clinic
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Dr. Thomas Greenwald - Practice Information

Joined McFarland Clinic

August 1992

Medical Interests

Co-Director of Orthopedic Sports Medicine, McFarland Clinic

Medical Interests

  • Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy
  • Consultant to Iowa State Athletic teams

Education & Professional Certification


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine


Luther College, Decorah, IA

  • BA (Summa Cum Laude), 1979-1983

University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

  • MD (Alpha Omega Alpha), 1983-1987


University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

  • Orthopedic Surgery, 1987-1988


University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

  • Orthopedic Surgery, 1988-1992

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Arthoscopic Association of North America
  • Christian Medical/Dental Society
  • Iowa Medical Society
  • Iowa Orthopedic Society
  • Story County Medical Society

Professional & Personal Interests

Leadership Roles

McFarland Clinic Board of Directors, 2005-2010

Hobbies and Personal Interests

Snowboarding, Kiteboarding, Tennis

Patient Testimonials

Patient feedback is important in helping us improve our service. It also gives us opportunities to recognize our providers and staff for excellent customer service. Here are a few patient comments showing this provider's commitment to Extraordinary Care, Every Day.

March 6, 2024

We always have a good experience and get the treatment explained to us very thoroughly. He has a great attitude and is very caring about his patients.

February 15, 2024

Dr. Greenwald explained my test results very well and I felt he took the time I needed to get my questions answered

February 5, 2024

Very personal and prompt!

January 6, 2024

Very good! Professional, Courteous, Knowledgeable, Listened to what you said and if you had any questions!

January 3, 2024

Dr. Greenwald is always awesome and very personable. Staff and nurses were excellent.

December 5, 2023

Always friendly, professional, and takes the time necessary to listen to the patient.

November 17, 2023

Dr. Greenwald is wonderful. Very knowledgeable. Takes time to explain things about your ortho needs. Absolutely will stay with him and recommend him.

October 3, 2023

Good communicator. Puts patient at ease. Takes time to answer questions. Provides good care.

September 8, 2023

He is very personable and a great doctor. We have had several family members use his services. I trust him with my medical needs.

September 6, 2023

Very compassionate and was able to give us “data” on which ACL strategy we would choose for our HS freshman son.

August 18, 2023

Dr. Greenwald is highly experienced but also very kind and encouraging.

August 16, 2023

Always down to earth and I feel very comfortable and confident in him.

July 8, 2023

Dr and technicians were very knowledgeable, nice and I felt they actually cared about fixing my knee problem.

July 6, 2023

I’ve never had anyone that hasn’t gone above & beyond! I’m thankful God brought me to Dr. Greenwald and McFarland!!!

June 6, 2023

Doctor was very cordial & understanding of what I was dealing with. He had a GREAT action plan to avoid unnecessary surgery

May 19, 2023

Dr. Greenwald is great. He gets straight to the point/offers options for treatment and listens to what I want to do. He also gives the least painless steroid injections!!! He will always be my go to guy for ortho needs.

April 11, 2023

Besides his amazing skills as a surgeon Dr Greenwald is an advocate for his patients concerns and needs. His staff if also first rate and very companionate and professional.

April 4, 2023

Dr. Greenwald is very kind and thorough. Was prompt and did not keep me waiting. Explained his reasoning on treatment. Did a near painless knee injection. I would recommend.

March 22, 2023

Dr. Greenwald is a caring practitioner. He tells you everything about your diagnosis and plan. He is humorous and a good people person. Just what patients need to put them at ease. I have the utmost confidence in him.

March 1, 2023

I felt he explained everything very well and was not pushing to have anything done. I was worried going into the appointment that I would just hear you need to have surgery on it and have the joint replaced and instead I feel he explained my situation to me and that was wonderful.

February 28, 2023

excellent surgeon done the very best thing to fix my shoulder ! experience )knowledge and very kind and caring ! would highly recommend him!

February 24, 2023

He is accommodating, kind, straight forward. To the point no long medical talk. Awesome with a laymen's terms. Great doctor.

January 9, 2023

Caring, knowledgeable, professional

December 20, 2022

Staff and doctor were all kind, compassionate and professional.

December 8, 2022

Dr Greenwald is a fantastic physician and human being! He’s very easy to talk to, down to earth and friendly. Highly recommend him to anyone needing an Ortho physician.

November 23, 2022

Very friendly by all staff. All around happy with my appoint. Waiting time was short. Dr. Greenwald is very much to the point and tells it like it is. That's exactly what we want. Gives options to solve the issue. Again all around happy with my visit.

November 2, 2022

Good bedside manners and very personable! Will definitely go back when needed and/or refer others to Dr Greenwald.

November 2, 2022

I appreciate his positive and energetic personality; it makes it easy to interact with him and encourages me to adopt a positive mindset. I also appreciate how he personalizes my care; it makes me feel valued. I am confident that my journey toward health will maintain forward momentum while I am in Dr. Greenwald's care.

October 25, 2022

Dr G explains all very well. His plan seems very thorough that thought out. Very personable.

October 6, 2022

Dr. Greenwald is very understanding and listens to my needs and concerns without hesitation!

September 29, 2022

His skills as a surgeon are amazing and his concern and follow up for his patients first rate. I would recommend him to everyone.

September 13, 2022

Very clear information on my injury and how the surgery will be done, plus what I need to do post op.

September 6, 2022

Dr Greenwald is friendly, professional, efficient and very human. (Some of the docs are just not the friendliest.) Dr Greenwald is a sweet, down to earth guy. Always takes time to answer my questions in English, rather than “medical-ese.” I greatly appreciate him!

August 26, 2022

Dr Greenwald is extremely knowledgeable, skilled, friendly & compassionate. He cares about his patients & answers all questions. I trust him & recommend him to friends. He adds a personal touch that makes me feel valued as a patient & person.

August 22, 2022

Dr. Greenwald is amazing. He is so personable, explains everything that’s happening, let’s you ask questions, and generally puts you at ease. He’s thorough, patient, and very knowledgeable. His staff is great, too—super friendly and kind. I would definitely recommend Dr. Greenwald to others!

June 15, 2022

Dr Greenwald is an amazingly thorough provider. I appreciate that he listens, and has a plan for my care for years to come.

June 8, 2022

Dr. Greenwald gave exceptional care to our son who had a complete knee reconstruction. He is an amazing surgeon and has wonderful bedside manner. He took time to answer any questions we had.

May 31, 2022

Dr Greenwald is a fantastic physician and genuinely nice guy. He’s friendly, always upbeat, encouraging, professional and efficient. I would highly recommend him to anyone requiring Ortho services. His staff is always great, as well!

May 24, 2022

Dr Greenwald was very personable. He looked at me and spoke directly to me. He seemed compassionate, knowledgeable, professional. He answered my questions, and when needing to leave, encouraged me to ask more of his nurses, assuming I may have more on my written list. When my appointment with him was done, I felt like I mattered to him. I feel like my surgery will be in good hands.

May 19, 2022

Dr. Greenwald is very caring, kind and knowledgeable. He has been my Ortho physician for years and I have always had excellent care. He cares for the physical and emotional part of injury and disability. A excellent teacher. I always walk out of the clinic after receiving his care feeling great appreciation for his help. He is the best.

April 14, 2022

Dr. Greenwald has the greatest care and compassion for his patients. I most certainly would recommend him!

February 17, 2022

Tom Greenwald is an excellent doctor. I have great confidence in his knowledge, considerable skill, and experience as a surgeon. He's easy to talk to, is a good listener and is caring & compassionate, as well. He explained what had happened to my knee & what I might expect after my procedure using terms I could understand. He answered all my questions. He really goes the extra mile in trying to accommodate for special circumstances that arise! Our family thinks he is The Best!

February 16, 2022

Dr. Greenwold was personable, knowledgeable, and shared clearly the results of the MRI and treatment going forward.

February 11, 2022

Dr Greenwald is intelligent, skilled and kind. Have much confidence in him thru a difficult hemi-arthroplasty surgery 15 years ago and again with his advice today.

January 12, 2022

Dr. Greenwald was AMAZING! Explained what was going on with my sons knee. Really appreciated him being up front & honest with us.

January 4, 2022

I was incredibly impressed by my doctor and all his staff. He did a great job explaining to me what my issues are with my knees and the best course of action and he was willing to do it immediately! I will definitely recommend this clinic!

December 20, 2021

Dr Greenwald was simply amazing today! He took time with my daughter to ask questions, talk to her about her activities & injury, and explained the next steps for surgery. I told my husband after the appt, why didn’t we have our surgeries done by Dr Greenwald?! I would recommend him and we’ve only met with him once!!

October 26, 2021

The staff and Doctor were all phenomenal. They all engaged with my young kids as well as me. They explained things so they were easy to understand and fun to listen to.

October 19, 2021

Dr Greenwald and his staff are awesome. They answer all questions, never make you feel rushed, but do make you feel like a valued patient.

October 6, 2021

Dr Greenwald is so caring, professional, encouraging,going above to make me feel like I was his only patient, totally focused & listened to my concerns and gave recommended treatment accordingly!

October 5, 2021

I had the opportunity to see Dr. Greenwald today in regard to my left knee that I'm having issues with, and he was amazing. He was exactly what I was looking for. He was thorough. He was personable. He had, I was looking for someone that was going to give me a course of action and have an action plan in place for what we needed to do to move forward. Obviously, with each new day. I'm not getting younger. So I wanted to someone that was going to have a plan and move forward with that plan and he is definitely doing that and I am highly encouraged after being with Dr. Greenwald today that it was the best choice and best plan for me.
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