Knute Buehler, MD

“I have always had a strong desire to improve people’s lives, as a surgeon and as a civic leader. It’s wonderful to be able to give back to this community that I deeply care about.”


Board Certification: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship: Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Division of Orthopedic Surgery
Residency: Oregon Health Sciences University, Division of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate Education: Oregon State University, Corvallis


Dr. Knute Buehler is a proven innovator and problem solver. He is the author of more than a dozen published scientific research papers and is considered one of the premier surgeon developers in the world of computer assisted knee replacement. He has frequently taught these techniques to surgeons both domestically and internationally, especially China and India. Dr. Buehler has been a leading consultant for Stryker Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, designing artificial joints, developing software, and assisting with business development. He has U.S. and European patents for inventions that have worldwide sales and distribution. He continues to do medical consultant work at The Center, seeing former and new patients, as well as giving second opinions.  

Dr. Buehler, compelled by his desire to improve the lives of all Oregonians, set his eyes on public service. He was the elected to represent Bend in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019. During that time, he earned a reputation as a thoughtful, effective leader and lawmaker. Knute ran to be Oregon’s Governor in 2018, but lost a hard-fought general election. 

Dr. Buehler was born and raised in Roseburg and earned a degree in microbiology from Oregon State University. At OSU, he played varsity baseball and was the university’s first Rhodes Scholar. After attending Oxford University, where he studied politics and economics, Knute earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Buehler enjoys hiking, skiing, economics, history, and college football. He is married to Patricia Buehler, MD, who is an eye surgeon in Bend. They have two children and their dog, Ferris.

“I’m a retired anesthesiologist and I moved from Atlanta to Bend to hike, ski, and play golf. I have never been sick, but I started having problems with my knee. I went in to see Dr. Buehler and he injected me a few times, but eventually told me I had to have a knee replacement. The first thing I thought of was my good friend moved to Hilton Head to play golf and enjoy retirement. He had a knee replacement that got infected and had to have his leg amputated above the knee, so I was scared to death. Dr. Buehler made me feel confident I was doing the right thing. Everything was great and I am just so impressed with the medical care from Dr. Buehler’s team at The Center. He has replaced both knees and most recently a hip for me. It’s not slowing me down at all. I went zip lining in Costa Rica and recently returned from Asia where I did everything I wanted to, including riding elephants.” – Kittie Stuckey, MD

  • Molli, K. Anderson, K. Buehler, D. Markel, Computer Assisted Navigation Software Advancements Improve the Accuracy of TKA, Journal of Arthroplasty, 2011 Apr; 26(3):432-8.
  • Cost-effectiveness Writing Committee (Buehler, et al.)
  • Cost-effectiveness of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis with a new mobile device after total hip arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty. 2012 Sep; 27(8):1513-1517
  • Clifford W. Colwell Jr, MD; Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA; Michael A. Mont, MD; Merrill A. Ritter, MD; Robert T. Trousdale, MD; Knute C. Buehler, MD; Andrew Spitzer, MD; Thomas K. Donaldson, MD; Douglas E. Padgett, MA. Mobile Compression Device for Thrombosis Prevention in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty submitted to Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, November 2012.
  • Hozack, WJ, et al, Book Chapter by Knute Buehler, MD. Image Free Navigation in Total Knee Arthroplasty. In Minimally Invasive Total Joint Arthroplasty. 2004