Orthopaedic Surgeon Neil Schwimley, DO provides comprehensive orthopaedic surgical care at Mahaska Health. Schwimley joined the Mahaska Health team in February of 2020 and brings with him over 17 years of experience in orthopaedics and a passion for treating sports-related injuries of the knee, shoulder and hip. Board certified and fellowship trained in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery, Dr. Schwimley is prepared and eager to serve the Mahaska Health community.
After completing his undergraduate degree at Southern Illinois University and earned his Doctorate at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (known today as Des Moines University) in 1998, Dr. Schwimley went on to complete his orthopedic surgery residency at Mount Clemens General Hospital in Mount Clemons, Michigan in 2005. Additionally, Schwimley completed a sports medicine fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama in 2014 and 2015.
Dr. Schwimley also has an extensive military career. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1994. By 2004, he had been promoted to the rank of Major, and between 2007 and 2014, he served as a military surgeon on deployments to Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan and Kirkuk, Iraq. He gained Flight Surgeon qualification in 2013. Dr. Schwimley was most recently promoted to the rank of Colonel of the US Air Force Reserves in May of 2019.
Dr. Schwimley is board certified by the American Osteopathic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery and holds fellowship certificates for both Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery. In addition to his military experience, Dr. Schwimley has practiced clinical and surgical orthopedics in both private practice and hospital settings and is excited to return to a critical access setting at Mahaska Health.
For Dr. Schwimley, the most fulfilling part of being a physician is developing provider/patient relationships. Over the years, many patients have become friends. He prides himself in creating surgery and treatment plans that help his patients achieve the best possible outcomes.
“Every person and every situation is different,” he said. “I take the time necessary to understand the patient’s injury and their lifestyles as an important factor in treatment. I am dedicated to helping patients and athletes of all activity levels suffering from an injury get back onto the field or back to their daily lives.”
Dr. Schwimley provides comprehensive general orthopedic surgical care including procedures for complex ligament injuries and tears, total joint replacements of the shoulder, hip, and knee, as well as treatments for ailments including arthritis, bursitis, carpal tunnel, and more. He takes special interest in treating complex rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, ligament tears of the knee, and custom-built knee replacements
In his free time, Dr. Schwimley enjoys hiking, woodworking, cooking, hunting, and fishing. He enjoys traveling to Western Ontario to fish, and he is looking forward to pheasant hunting in Iowa.
Board Status & Affiliations
American Osteopathic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery
Arthroscopy Association of North America, DAL
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons
American Osteopathic Association
Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship: American Sports Medicine Institute, Trinity/Lemak Sports Medicine – Birmingham, AL
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Mount Clemens General Hospital – Mount Clemens, MI
Internship: Davenport Medical Center – Davenport, Iowa
Medical School: Des Moines University – Des Moines Iowa
Mount Clemens General Hospital
Mount Clemens, MI