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With OrthoNebraska since 2009, Dr. Buzzell subspecializes in shoulder problems.  He has published research articles and co-authored book chapters on the surgical and non-operative treatment of rotator cuff disorders, shoulder instability, suprascapular neuropathy, and shoulder replacement. Throughout his training and career, he has provided medicine coverage for high school, college, and professional athletes. Currently, he serves as a team orthopaedic specialist for Bellevue University, Burke High School and the Justin Boots Sports Medicine team (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association).

Hometown: Austin, TX


Biceps Tear at the Elbow, Biceps Tear at the Shoulder, Broken Collarbone, Frozen Shoulder, Labrum Tears (SLAP), Rotator Cuff Tears, Shoulder Arthritis, Shoulder Impingement, Shoulder Injuries, Shoulder Joint Tear, Separated Shoulder, and less common conditions


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Ages treated: 14+

Accepts workers comp: Yes

18 Years in Practice
Jonathan Buzzell, MD at Rodeo




  • WB Carrell Memorial Clinic | Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship, 2009
  • Vanderbilt Orthopedic Institute | Orthopedic Residency, 2008
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center | General Surgery Internship, 2004
  • Creighton University School of Medicine | MD, 2003
  • Colorado State University | BS, 1998

Memberships & Awards

  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor (2021, 2022)
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Metro Omaha Medical Society
  • Mid-America Orthopedic Association
  • Nebraska Medical Association
  • Omaha Mid-West Clinical Society

Patient Reviews

4.8 out of 5 (2,690 Ratings, 574 Comments)

4 stars
Oct 14, 2022
This is my 2nd Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery at the Ortho Nebraska Hospital and overall it was a smooth experience but this time I did notice a few things different than last time. Pre Op The Nurse, I think Michelle/Melissa was amazing and very comforting and was able to not only do her tasks but engage me in light conversation which was good to keep me relaxed and at ease during the whole pre-op process. Anesthesiologist John Peterson, MD The nerve block was offered and accepted and I at no time felt rushed to make the decision and the process was fast and easy. The Anesthesiologist John Peterson was friendly and able to answer all questions and even dropped by after my rotator cuff surgery to see how things went. It was unexpected but nice to see him briefly after the operation procedure and let him know everything was working great. Op/Post Dr Jonathan E. Buzzell, MD did a great job both during consultation, pre-op, op, and post-op. There was a bit of confusion with contacting my wife post-op but Dr Buzzell was able to take the time and meet with myself and my wife to give a rundown after the surgery prior to leaving. This typically gets done via phone or meeting in lobby after but due to my wife picking me up the staff was unable to reach my wife and when she arrived to pick me up he took the time to stop by and make sure we were aware of how things went and things to look forward to over the next few days. While I hope I won't need to see Dr Buzzell again anytime soon for an injury I will continue to refer friends and others to him for shoulder issues as he has been great to meet with and is very patient and good about taking the time to answer any and all questions and discuss treatment strategies. Never at any point did I feel pressured into surgery and was offered physical therapy and other options but in my case I selected surgery with my particular issue. A few things I might suggest I noticed from my 1st surgery. The $26.00 sling waiver I think is a bit much. Honestly the cost in the overall scheme of things is minimal and having an extra form to have it billed to insurance or paid up front is a head scratcher. This form extended the check in process, you have to create and maintain the form and honestly the shoulder sling is a walking billboard so my thought is submit with the normal billing and if for some chance it isn't covered chalk it up to a marketing expense. I'm guessing there are other orthopedic items that could be an optional upgradable item but in my case the form seemed unnecessary and with the $30k+ I'm already dropping I think a $20 sling you guys can offer as a thank you for using Ortho Nebraska. Picking up surgical soaps always feels like an awkward process. It would be nice if during the 2 weeks prior to surgery a care package could be mailed out to me or a specific time and location could be established to retrieve them. In both my surgeries it was mentioned in pre-op documents and during nursing calls it [Truncated]
5 stars
Oct 13, 2022
Everything went just fine wouldn't change Doctor
5 stars
Oct 11, 2022
You feel good going there very friendly from checking in android all the way thru.
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