Dr. Paul N. Morton, MD



University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine – Orthopaedic Adult Reconstruction

Orthopedic Residency

St. Luke’s University and Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Medical School

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa – John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawai’i

University of Santo Tomas – Medicine and Surgery Rotation, Manila, Philippines

Hamamatsu School of Medicine – Orthopaedic Rotation, Japan


Antioch College – Chemistry and Biomedical Science

About Dr. Paul N Morton, MD – Your Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Paul Norio Morton is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon that practices on Oahu and the Big Island. He treats a broad range of orthopedic conditions including arthritis, sports injuries, hip and knee replacements, trauma, and robotic joint arthroplasty. He believes in treating his patients with a holistic approach – incorporating patient’s desires and expectations into the treatment of their musculoskeletal problems.

In his spare time, Dr. Morton enjoys covering mixed martial events. His passions include Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, traveling, biking, swimming, water sports, and hiking. Dr. Morton embraces helping patients on their healthcare journey to get back in action and deciding when to pursue nonoperative and surgical care.

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Dr. Paul N. Morton, MD Provides In-Patient Orthopedic Surgical Services, Trauma Coverage and Operates at Multiple Hospitals in the State of Hawaii on Oahu and the Big Island.

A Journey in Healthcare

A local boy who was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Dr. Morton graduated from Kea’au High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In college, he began training as a firefighter while double-majoring in Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Morton discovered his passion for medicine as a first responder at Miami Township Fire-Rescue. Working as a firefighter and emergency medical technician, he enjoyed helping his patients from car accidents, search-and-rescue, and medical emergencies. The excitement of the job and passion for helping people led him to search for a lifelong, fulfilling career.

Eventually, Dr. Morton returned to Hawaii to obtain his medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii.  He spent half of his third-year medical school clinical rotations on the Big Island. He did his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at St. Luke’s University and Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In his final year, he served as Chief Orthopedic Resident.

Before returning home to Hawaii, Dr. Morton obtained his ACGME-accredited fellowship training in Adult Reconstruction at the University of Chicago. During his fellowship, he had excellent mentors who taught him the latest technologies in robotic joint replacements and how to care for joint replacement disasters. He then went on to complete an AO Trauma Fellowship at Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany – one of the biggest hospitals in Europe.

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Providing the Latest Advancements in Hip and Knee Surgery

Dr. Morton focuses on joint replacement, preservation, sports injuries, and salvage procedures. He is an expert in minimally-invasive techniques, including the Direct Anterior Approach to hip replacement, and is well-versed in modern techniques such as partial knee replacements and robotic-assisted joint replacements. Dr. Morton pioneered robotic knee replacement at the Queen’s Medical Center, Kona Community Hospital and Honolulu Sports and Spine Surgery Center. He is the first to perform robotic hip replacement and the first perform smart knee replacements in the State of Hawaii.

His protocols allows most patients to walk unaided and leave the hospital the very same day of surgery. He performs minimally invasive techniques with his hip and knee replacements without cutting muscles, ligaments, or tendons. His rapid recovery protocols enable patients to go home taking fewer opioids and recover faster.

Dr. Morton obtained certifications in MAKO, Cori, Rosa, and Velys robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery. Talk with him about the differences between systems.

Dr. Morton also has extensive training in complex lower extremity joint revisions, including those designed to treat megaprosthesis, infections, arthrofibrosis, and periprosthetic fractures. His research has been presented at multiple national conferences, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the Orthopedic Trauma Association.

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Care Philosophy and Patient Experience

Philosophically, Dr. Morton believes everyone deserves a patient-centric and individualized approach to treatment. Not all patients with the same problem desire the same treatments. He will present to you both non-operative and surgical treatment options. He provides in providing his patients with the best that modern orthopedics has to offer, utilizing rapid-recovery techniques, robotic joint replacements, advanced analgesia, and cosmetic wound closure. By participating in research and staying on top of the latest advancements, he will provide you with the next generation in care of your musculoskeletal problem.

Committed to Servicing Hawaii’s Orthopedic Needs

Dr. Morton feels blessed to return home to Hawaii. His dream has always been to bring the advanced training and knowledge he learned back to Hawaii.

Dr. Morton works with patients facing total joint replacements, sports injuries, arthroscopy, trauma, and general orthopedic issues. He provides orthopedic trauma coverage to The Queen’s Medical Center. He is a clinical instructor, delivering lectures and training to the new generation of medical students and orthopedic residents.

Dr. Morton can be seen at his Queen’s Medical Center Physicians Office Building office. Whether the issue stems from a sports injury or a failed hip or knee replacement, Dr. Morton is happy to care for your orthopedic problems.

The Patient Experience

So what can you expect in an appointment with Dr. Morton? He is committed to making his patients and their expectations a priority. In other words, he will partner with you to make sure that he understands your orthopedic problems along with your desired outcomes. He will guide you on your journey to getting the best out of your health.

Dr. Morton’s practice focuses on evidence-based and up-to-date solutions for your musculoskeletal needs. The drive to find answers has led him to visit national and international orthopedic experts to learn about the latest in medical technology. Because of his commitment, you can expect to receive the most advanced, honest, and effective treatment.

Meet Dr. Morton and get back to your life.

Youtube Video of Dr. Morton Talking about Robots

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