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Derek F. Ipsen, DO

Derek F. Ipsen, DO


Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

St. Luke's Health Partner
St. Luke's Health Partner

These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.


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Facilities & Clinics

    • Address
      100 Hospital Drive Suites 100 and 105 Ketchum, ID 83340
      Mon - Thu: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Phone
      (208) 726-5027
      (208) 726-8948

About Derek F. Ipsen


Derek F. Ipsen, DO specializes in hand surgery and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is retired from the Army having earned the rank of colonel, and served as an orthopedic surgeon in Germany, Afghanistan, Kuwait, as well as several posts throughout the United States, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland. 

Prior to his medical education, Dr. Ipsen earned his bachelor's degree in pre-med biology from Utah State University, graduating cum laude and earning recognition as a distinguished military graduate.

  • Medical School

    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Residency

    Tripler Army Medical Center
  • Fellowship

    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Board Certifications

    Orthopedic Surgery
    Surgery of the Hand
  • Gender

  • Languages Spoken



Union Rates and Reported Range of Motion Are Acceptable After Open Forearm
Fractures in Military Combatants.
Nappo KE, Hoyt BW, Balazs GC, Nanos GP, Ipsen DF, Tintle SM, Polfer EM.
Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2019 Feb 6. doi: 10.1097/CORR.0000000000000645

Use of a Dermal Regeneration Template Wound Dressing in the Treatment of Combat-
Related Upper Extremity Soft Tissue Injuries.
Valerio IL, Masters Z, Seavey JG, Balazs GC, Ipsen D, Tintle SM.
J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Dec;41(12):e453-e460. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2016.08.015. Epub
2016 Oct 13.

The effect of operative technique on ulnar nerve strain following surgery for cubital tunnel
Mitchell J, Dunn JC, Kusnezov N, Bader J, Ipsen DF, Forthman CL, Dykstra A.
Hand (N Y). 2015 Dec;10(4):707-11. doi: 10.1007/s11552-015-9770-y. Epub 2015 May 22.
PMID: 26568727

Outcomes of Open Dorsal Wrist Ganglion Excision in Active-Duty Military Personnel.
Balazs GC, Donohue MA, Drake ML, Ipsen D, Nanos GP 3rd, Tintle SM.
J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Sep;40(9):1739-47. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2015.05.030. Epub 2015 Jul 28.
PMID: 26228481

First-in-man demonstration of a fully implanted myoelectric sensors system to control an
advanced electromechanical prosthetic hand.
Pasquina PF, Evangelista M, Carvalho AJ, Lockhart J, Griffin S, Nanos G, McKay P, Hansen M, Ipsen D, Vandersea J, Butkus J, Miller M, Murphy I, Hankin D.
J Neurosci Methods. 2015 Apr 15;244:85-93. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2014.07.016. Epub 2014
Aug 4.