Hal Townsend, MD - Asante

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Hal Townsend, MD

Hal Townsend

Hal Townsend, MD

Patient Rating
4.89 / 5 (Based on 280 Reviews) Read Patient Experiences

Orthopedic Surgery

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Asante Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine – Ashland
269 Maple St.
Ashland, Oregon 97520
Main: 541-201-4700

About this provider

Hal Townsend, M.D. joined Ashland Orthopaedic Associates in 1990 as a general orthopedic surgeon with special training in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine.

Dr. Townsend graduated from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, with Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biological Sciences in 1980. While completing his premedical education, he received a grant from the National Science Foundation and served for thirteen months as field engineer in atmospheric research at Palmer Station, Antarctica.

He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1984. He then completed his residency in orthopedic surgery in 1989 at Stanford University Medical Center. In 1990 Dr. Townsend completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Inglewood, California.

Dr. Townsend holds medical licenses in Oregon and California. He is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery.

Patient experiences

November 24, 2021
Great service ! Keep it up.
November 24, 2021
Dr. Townsend is an absolute treasure to our community. We are so fortunate to have someone who is such an expert in his field, and who is so caring, personable and easy to talk to . We are blessed to have him.
November 14, 2021
I thought Hal Townsend was terrific. I liked him as a person and trusted him as a Dr. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
November 10, 2021
Great doctor and staff!!
November 09, 2021
Dr Townsend is such a confident, positive and happy individual that he always makes me feel like everthing will be fine. I am not worried about having surgery when he is the surgeon. I came all the way from Maui to have my knee replaced. His office, especially Martha made this happen as easily as if it were just the next town.
November 04, 2021
Dr. Townsend and staff
November 04, 2021
Dr. Townsend was exceptional, warm, and caring.
November 03, 2021
Dr Townsend has always listened and responded with care and respect.
November 01, 2021
all staff was helpful and courteous. Dr T is wonderful
November 01, 2021
Dr. Townsend's physician's assistant (can't remember his name) was outstanding!
November 01, 2021
The degree dr Townsand listened, understand and address my problem. He is one of the best practitioner I have e ever met.
October 29, 2021
Glad to meet Patterson, sorry not to see townsend
October 28, 2021
Dr. Townsend, Hal S
October 24, 2021
Dr. Townsend was always very patient and professional. He listened carefully before responding with a well-thought out analysis of the situation. Moreover, he has a great sense of humor, something this world sorely needs during these troubling times. He is an excellent medical professional.
October 24, 2021
Both the staff and the doctor treated me with great respect and care
October 23, 2021
Everyone who works there are supportive, compassionate and truly cares about your well being. I'm very blessed have these outstanding people take care of me. Dr. Townsend and Dr. Robert Patterson are exceptional men and doctors. Thank you for everything.
October 21, 2021
Dr. Townsend and Martha
October 20, 2021
Ashland Community Hospital is conveniently across the street from Dr. Hal Townsend's office.
October 20, 2021
Dr Townsend is always outstanding with his knowledge, expertise and caring.
October 08, 2021
Dr. Townsend
September 22, 2021
I have been to this office and several different Doctors there for multiple surgeries. Now I have a new issue they are addressing, great care as usual. I highly recommend them, absolutely the best care thank you all doctors and staff!
September 05, 2021
Dr Townsend and his staff have always treated Me with the upmost respect. I have shared with many people his care and concern and professional relationship we have built as my doctor. Would recommend him and their stuff to anybody who needed the type of care I had.
September 03, 2021
PA was excellent
September 01, 2021
Doctor Townsend always makes my procedures as good as they can be, he's the very best.
September 01, 2021
Appreciated the doctor giving me diagnosis and treatment options in writing and giving me clear therapy exercises
August 31, 2021
Help with insurance approvals and questions was outstanding. Overall the level of patient care provided is excellent.
August 30, 2021
Everything they do
August 23, 2021
They remembered me and Maid me feel like they honestly cared.
August 18, 2021
Everything went as good as it could
August 18, 2021
Scooter is outstanding!!!
August 17, 2021
Martha and Scooter
August 17, 2021
Dr Townson and Martha his nurse are two of the nicest people I have every had the pleasure to deal with.
August 14, 2021
Great office, great personnel. Word on the street is: Dr Tonwnsend is THE MAN
August 01, 2021
In general the entire staff does an outstanding job
July 25, 2021
Dr Townsend
July 14, 2021
Hal Townsend himself is a remarkable doctor and human being. He was kind and present in his visits before and after the operation he did on me, answered all questions, never talked down to me, was genuinely caring in every situation. (I hope your next question is about his office staff, but if it's not I'm going to put that here. When I came into the office for an appointment, the two women at the front desk were surprisingly nice--surprising because every time I spoke to anyone there on the telephone, they were abrupt and seemingly uncaring.)
July 09, 2021
Dr. Hal Townsend and his staff are top notch, both personally and professionally.
July 09, 2021
PA was excellent
July 05, 2021
This whole visit was excellent. From the MA to the Physician. Dr. Townsend was so empathetic and understanding. He answered all of my questions in a way that made sense. I could barely walk by the time I got an appointment set up. Mostly because I don't like going to the Doctor. Nothing on your side. Once I arrived I felt at ease. We reviewed the X-Rays and he explained clearly what his diagnosis was. He drained so much fluid from my knee and then gave me cortisone. I was able to walk out of there and sleep for the first time in months. Thank you Dr. Townsend!!
July 03, 2021
The PA or FNP that I met with instead of Dr Townsend
July 02, 2021
I was only there once in the last 6 months. Everyone was great.
July 01, 2021
How Townsend was exceptional. After my surgery as I got home I started bleeding heavily I called his office they told me to come right up and he met me in the parking lot and took care of my needs changed it all back up and made everything just right so my hats off to him but most doctors probably would not do that
June 26, 2021
All the staff I interacted with were excellent
June 25, 2021
Dr. Townsend
June 23, 2021
Townsend is great.
June 23, 2021
Robert [NAME] followed me through my rehabilitation and extended my rehab visits to ensure I was recuperating as needed. Dr. Townsend was always attentive during my visits to his office and concerned about my recovery.
June 22, 2021
Rob [NAME], PA-C saw me for my chronic bilateral shoulder issues. He was extremely education focussed and spent a significant amount of time explaining the mechanics (muscles, tendons rotator cuffs) and pathophysiology of my condition as well as exacerbating factors and then outlined proactive strategies. In particular, I am appreciative for his honesty in dispelling a few preconceived ideas I had about treatments. I appreciate honesty even when it means hearing things that might go against what we think we know. My sincere appreciation to Rob [ ]. for his knowledge, directness, patience and humanity. And let me not forget to acknowledge the office staff who were incredibly kind and helpful and professional.
June 21, 2021
Dr. Townsend is a caring and dedicated surgeon who truly takes the time to get you back to where you need to be. His office staff have been wonderful with one exception.
June 21, 2021
Dr. Hal Townsend
June 18, 2021
Attention to my needs was excellent
June 18, 2021
Dr Townsend, Martha and Emie.
June 17, 2021
Truly, the entire staff, from office to RN to MD.
May 27, 2021
Hal Townsend
May 27, 2021
He gave me exercises to do on my own or with a PT. Surgery was not an option for me but I hope to feel better with exercises.
May 26, 2021
Dr. Townsend spend a lot of time talking and explaining everything.
May 21, 2021
May 18, 2021
Dr. Townsend.
May 17, 2021
Both Doc Townsend and his understudy staff that I saw first were just great. I trust the folks on his team.
May 09, 2021
Rob [NAME] did an excellent job of explaining the procedure he did on my left knee.
May 07, 2021
Dr. Townsend and Martha, his LPN, are caring, knowledgeable, professional medical providers. I felt respected and safe. I left with a diagnosis and exercises, and hope for improvement with my shoulder.
May 05, 2021
Hal Townsend is an outstanding physician and care-giver. I have had two appointments with him lately but have not seen him either time, only his assistants. I prefer to see the physician with whom I have made an appointment.
May 05, 2021
Dr. Townsend is amazing! I have known him for 30+ years but this is the first time he has performed surgery on me. He is clearly at the top of his game and we are very fortunate to have him practicing in southern Oregon.
April 29, 2021
I respect and like Dr. Townsend and trust he will tell me truth.
April 29, 2021
Dr Townsend has truly been a godsend for me. The ‘ol knees aren't what they used to be... but under Dr Townsend's care, concern... and expertise... I'm regaining the ability to live a very active lifestyle once again!!! The ‘ol adage of, “it's not the age it's the mileage” definitely applies to our bodies as well as our vehicles... and Dr Townsend is the Master Mechanic in extending my active lifestyle!!! Additionally... Martha's care and concern is far superior to any nurse's care I've ever experienced. Always welcoming, concerned and providing great council when I need it. What a dynamic duo!!! Asante is fortunate to have these two in their organization... as would any medical organization!!!
April 26, 2021
Dr. Townsend is an excellent physician, and I've known him for many years. You should refer to him and all your physicians as Dr.,not by the first and last name.
April 12, 2021
Martha is amazing!
April 02, 2021
Generally speaking, everyone I had personal contact with was very positive
April 01, 2021
Everyone is always very nice and caring
April 01, 2021
I felt as if doctor and staff had my best interests in mind.
March 27, 2021
Only one visit to Dr. Townsend, it was very good, no other persons to recommend.
March 26, 2021
Everyone was very professional and helpful.
March 26, 2021
Dr. Townsend and his office staff always gives you the time you need and never makes you feel rushed. They take the time to listen to everything you have to say.
March 20, 2021
I was truly impressed with the ER staff after my trauma. Dr [ ] was professional, cool and experienced and Debra, the main RN wasinformative, compassionate: as were all the others working that day.Dr. Townsend also has an awesome team. I went from having a really bad day to having the confidence that I will eventually walk in triumph.Although my life was not in danger, the quality of my life has been supported.
March 18, 2021
The first orthopedic surgeon I was seen by NEVER told me I needed PT prior to surgery to help restore use and function of my shoulder and how much pre sugery PT would help results after surgery. I have switched to Townsend and his team for my care.
March 15, 2021
I have nothing but praise for BOTH of the knee replacement done by Dr. Townsend in 2020. Truly, from him to the Hospital staff to follow up, some of the best care I have received in my life.VERY happy.
March 15, 2021
The physicians I see are always tops!
March 15, 2021
Dr. Townsend was awesome!
March 12, 2021
Over [AGE] years I have had wide experience with orthopedic care, both for accidents and now for age deterioration. Dr. Patterson is the best among a large sample in several states. In addition to his technical skill, he is exceptional in explaining the risks and benefits in various options, carefully questioning me to understand my goals and risk level, and helping me come to a conclusion which balances medical reality with my hopes. We are lucky to have Dr Patterson in our community. Dr. Townsend's courtesy in coming in during my first visit to Dr. Patterson to introduce himself and see that we were doing well was a gracious gesture reflecting the thoroughness your outfit practices.After HealthNet rejected the claim for my first visit on a specious pretext and denied both your and my appeals , your very generous act in picking up the bill was additional proof of your excellence. We are now with Atrio.Knowing that Dr. Patterson is there is reassuring. Thank you.
March 12, 2021
March 09, 2021
Martha, who assists Dr Townsend. She is always professional, very capable and accommodating.
March 07, 2021
In addition to Scooter, Martha is as good as it gets. If only they still went down river
March 07, 2021
Everyone who works there are exceptionally outstanding and care for their patients. Excellent organization who risk everyday, during Covid 19 to help no matter. God Bless them all.
March 04, 2021
Scooter Townsend is a god among men. Asante should clone him so his clone can carry on after he retires!
March 04, 2021
Dr. Townsend shows deep concern and compassion for his patients, and Martha, his assistant, is competent and caring
March 04, 2021
Everyone I interacted with was helpful.
March 04, 2021
The provider used a lot of medical terms, luckily I am a nurse
February 25, 2021
I did not see Dr. Townsend in person--my appointment was with Rob [ ], his Physicians Assistant. Mr. Patterson was excellent--listened carefully to me, explained things clearly, answered my questions, etc.
February 22, 2021
I was impressed with all the people I saw
February 22, 2021
DR Townsend
February 18, 2021
I can't say enough good about my experiences with Dr Townsend and his staff. Dr Townsend's ability to make you feel that you are the most important person on the planet is genuine. He loves what he does and he sincerely loves his patients. To add to it... he is the very best in the Orthopedic field of medicine. Then Martha brings her care and concern to the team and you realize just how fortunate you are to be a patient with them. Additionally, when I enter the office each time, I'm greeted by name... how great is that! Certainly wish that I didn't need to undergo the surgery that needed to happen, but since it was necessary, I am so thankful to be under the care of Dr Townsend and his staff. THE BEST!!! I hope Asante knows just how fortunate you are to have this team of professionals.... really fortunate!!!!
February 15, 2021
My post op was rough, had a ton of pain and the staff made sure to get it under control. I was so happy with my experience.
February 11, 2021
The receptionist, Amanda, is always very helpful, caring, and professional. I needed specific employer related paperwork completed by Dr. Townsend; Amanda, allowed me to email my forms and she ensured they were completed and forwarded to employee health in a timely manner.
February 11, 2021
Everything excellent
February 08, 2021
The MA and front deck admin ladies are polite, caring, friendly, and just add so much warmth to the office. The staff is amazing!
January 30, 2021
Scooter Townsend is and has always been the most attentive, helpful medical provider I've ever seen--35 years.
January 22, 2021
Dr. Townsend has just completed my second total knee replacement in 8 months. So very happy with his sole an the entire experience at the Ashland Hospital. First experience was a 9.5 out of 10 and the second one was a 8.5.
January 18, 2021
Satisfied with services provided.
January 15, 2021
Dr. Townsend. Rob [ ]. Their medical assistant whose name I can't recall
January 15, 2021
Dr Townsend is the best in his field. I hope Asante knows how fortunate you are to have someone of his knowledge, expertise and compassion. In addition, Martha has be exceptional in her care and communication during my visits.
January 14, 2021
Based on the issues that are challenging all medical practitioners during COVID-19, I feel that Asante Orthopedics is addressing my health issue to the best of their ability. The office staff is helpful, and I feel confident that my upcoming surgery will be handled safely and efficiently.
January 12, 2021
I feel the whole staff was awesome, they really care about my concerns and answered all my questions with the information I needed to make my decision. Office staff was great and very friendly fit me into a time that worked for me. Thank you
January 10, 2021
Dr. Townsend, his office staff and support staff were all excellent.
January 10, 2021
Dr Townsend was outstanding! He is very caring , compassionate and knowledgeable. When I leave his office, I always feel like I'm in good hands
January 07, 2021
All the 2020 newbies are totally awesome. Thanks to Dr. [ ], Rob, Jay, Amanda, Emie, Heather and Blair. And the x-ray tech (I don't remember her name, something like Jose) is still awesome after many years.
December 24, 2020
The careful, slow and, when needed, repetition of my assessment was beautifully explained to me by Rob [ ]
December 22, 2020
Nurse Alison at the Orthopedic hospital in Ashland, OR. Rob [ ], PA-C orthopedics services in Ashland, OR
December 17, 2020
Very quick and thorough
December 17, 2020
Hal Townsend
November 30, 2020
Last time I was in the office was for a pre-op appointment, and I met with the PA, a young man whose name I can't recall. I must say, however, that he was very patient and caring, answering all my questions and encouraging me to ask anything I wanted to ask about. I felt very good about the visit.
November 30, 2020
Dr Townsend it the BEST. He could have gone to any market, anywhere in the world, but chose to come... and stay... in Ashland, Oregon. I wonder if people really know just how fortunate we are to have him here. His surgical skills are tops! And his care and concern match his surgical ability. You just don't find many highly skilled surgeons with those qualities. I will add that Martha, medical assistant - I thin that is the title, is a great additions in making this a top notch one-two punch. She is always on top of everything. She listens and follows-up with great detail. Very kind and compassionate as well. You having it going with these two!!!!
November 23, 2020
Everyone and everything was great!
November 17, 2020
Went to see Hal Townsend for extreme shoulder pain due to a pinched nerve. He was very personable and listened to what I had to say. He then gave me two options that he thought would be helpful. I chose a cortisone shot. Miracles!!! I have zero pain and can now move freely and repetitive movement is fine! Thank you Scoot!!!Sincerely, [NAME]
November 16, 2020
Dr. Townsend is true pro.
November 15, 2020
Dr. Townsend and the staff at Ashland Ortho always show care and professionalism.
November 12, 2020
Dr Townsend is a fantastic doctor and human being, very knowledgeable and helpful! He reassured Me, a first time surgical patient that everything was going to work out great, and so far it has!!
November 08, 2020
the doctor
November 08, 2020
Dr. Townsend and his nurse.
November 05, 2020
The entire staff was exceptional.
November 05, 2020
DR. Townsend
November 05, 2020
Dr. Townsend took the time to check out my 15 year old re[placement knees as I wanted to make sure , using my new orthotic, that I wasn't doing anything that was going to damage these old knees. He spent the time to check them out thoroughly.
October 29, 2020
Dr. Townsend is the best!
October 29, 2020
Dr. and staff were all very efficient and thorough andAnswered any questions and showed caring and concern very prompt and no waiting time. Very pleased with visit at this facility.
October 27, 2020
Dr. Townsend, Martha, Adriana, and Victoria, all were very helpful and shown personal concern for my medical and administrative needs. Each of these people gave superior and above and beyond service and attention to my needs. There professionalism, courtesy, and experience are exemplary and exceed any standards or expectations!!!Thank you Dr. Townsend and his staff for everything!
October 25, 2020
they were all outstanding
October 23, 2020
Dr. Patterson also excellent.Feel we understand each otheer perfectly.
October 16, 2020
I was nervous so I Needed and appreciated all the support everyone gave me. From the pre-op phone calls all the way up to the surgery day prep. It was a pleasant atmosphere with professional, efficient, and empathetic staff tending to me. TJ (RN), Justin (CRNA), Carole (RN) Christy (RN) Dr. Townsend (my surgeon), I know I'm missing a few more RN's and my physical therapist. I can't remember everyone's name but I know the whole team on shift that night were great! I don't remember after surgery, but my husband said it was excellent!
October 15, 2020
Dr Townsend's care for me as a patient was, and still is, the BEST! Not only does he show his great concern for my while in-office visits, but on three occasions he has called me, unexpectedly in between office visits, to see how I was doing. He continues to be the one the most well regarded Orthopedists in the field. Highly skilled... Patient focused... and the Ultimate professional. I recommend Dr Townsend to everyone that needs an Orthopedist.
October 02, 2020
The entire staff!
October 01, 2020
Martha always is the best. Dr Townsend is the best at what he does. I would not see anyone else. He has performed two complete knee replacement and two 26055 hand surgeries always with the best results imaginable.
September 28, 2020
Rob was great!
September 25, 2020
I really appreciate the talent, warmth and carrying that is shown by everyone at Asante Orthopedic.
September 21, 2020
As always, Dr. Townsend and Martha were very professional and caring.
September 20, 2020
September 18, 2020
Dr. Townsend and his staff were excellent and very professional for my needs. I would highly recommend Dr. Townsend and his staff to others. I am very pleased.
September 17, 2020
He is one of the best that the valley has. He has also been my preferred ortho surgeon for years!
September 06, 2020
Dr. Townsend. Tell him the COS Eagles are playing football in the Spring.
September 04, 2020
Dr Townsend is one of the very BEST!!! Not only is his skill level as a surgeon at the top of the charts, but he is so considerate of me as a patient. I could NOT ask for a better person to have performed my TKR surgery. A great professional, who provides the highest care and concern for his patients!!! Additionally, Martha has been absolutely wonderful in her care as well. She is busy, but like Dr Townsend, she takes care to listen to any concerns and respond to them. She also called me out of the blue one morning, in between my office visits, just to make sure I was doing well. We are very fortunate to have a Team like this in Southern Oregon.
September 03, 2020
Martha was very helpful in answering any questions I had. Dr. Townsend was very reassuring.
August 31, 2020
The PA I saw on [DATE] was excellent in knowledge, advice, and explaining concerns regarding TKR . His first name is Robert.[NAME]
August 29, 2020
Dr. Townsend is a good listener with a great sense of humor. He puts you at ease and it feels like you are talking to a family member.
August 27, 2020
Yes. Dr. Townsend listened & gave excellent feed back even when I was concerned things w/ my surgery weren't moving along & healing as fast as I had hoped.
August 27, 2020
Both Dr.Townsend and the X-ray tec. we're great at their job.
August 20, 2020
Dr. Townsend and [ ], PA really took the time to explain all of my options and then listened to my concerns and requests. I'm a nurse, so I arrived with some specific questions and more detailed thoughts. They explained the process to me and were so thorough. I know that even if I wasn't a nurse, their approach would've been the same. I have really appreciated their explanations- not convincing or swaying my decision, but offering information so I could make the best decision for myself and my world. I feel grateful to have these professionals in my hometown!!
August 16, 2020
All staff was kind and caring! PA outstanding!! Dr Townsend wonderful!
August 14, 2020
All the staff are exceptional especially their x-ray tech! :)
August 13, 2020
I thought the PA was outstanding!
August 13, 2020
They were all outstanding.
August 13, 2020
It is an honour to have Dr Tounsand on my "medical team". He is a Stirling person. I've always benefited from my appointments him, if for no other reasons other than his kindness, thoroughness and expertise. I have complete confidence in him as a sergeant, if ever my condition my come to that.
August 08, 2020
[ ] was who I saw and he was excellent, I didn't see Dr Townsend
August 07, 2020
Kristi, my pre-surgery nurse, was excellent. Competent, kind. Her assistant was also excellent.


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