Dr. Derek Johnson, MD

Dr. Derek Johnson, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 43
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Dr. Derek Johnson, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Parker, CO and has been practicing for 9 years. He graduated from Michigan State University College - Human Medicine in 2003 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, joint replacement orthopedic surgery, and more.Read his story

9949 S Oswego St Ste 200

Parker, CO 80134

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Enterprise Group
  • American Republic
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
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Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hip
very high
more than 99% of peers
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Johnson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Johnson "Dr. Derek Johnson is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of hip and knee disorders. He has an outstanding reputation for providing the highest quality of care with an emphasis on rapid recovery and early return to function. He has a special interest in performing outpatient joint replacement, allowing patients to return home within hours of their surgery. Dr. Johnson has extensive experience performing total joint replacement and revision joint replacement, with a special interest in arthritis and hip and knee preservation surgery. He is skilled in using innovative techniques such as patient-specific custom knee replacement, computer assisted hip and knee replacement and anterior minimally invasive hip replacement. Dr. Johnson is a strong advocate for evidence-based medicine and believes in a multidisciplinary approach to support each patient's treatment and rapid recovery. He is active in clinical research and has presented and published widely on the topic of joint replacement. Dr. Johnson actively pursues ongoing continuing education to stay informed about the latest, most advanced treatment options. He frequently has surgeons visit his operating room to observe him operate and travels the country lecturing on joint replacement. Graduating with the highest distinction, Dr. Johnson received a medical degree from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was a member of the Honor Medical Society. He completed a residency at Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan before continuing on to complete fellowship training at Rocky Mountain Joint Replacement in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Johnson is married with two sons and two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors and coaching his sons in football and wrestling. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Johnson "Dr. Johnson focuses in the treatment of hip and knee disorders with a special interest in arthritis treatment, joint preservation, and joint replacement. Conservative non-operative treatment modalities that improve quality of life and function are always utilized prior to proceeding to surgical intervention. This conservative approach allows Dr. Johnson to form long-term relationships with his patients. 

When surgical intervention is necessary, Dr. Johnson focuses on excellent non-narcotic pain control and rapid recovery. He has an interest in outpatient joint replacement, allowing many patients to return home within hours of surgery. Dr. Johnson utilizes techniques such as custom patient specific knee replacement, computer assisted knee replacement, and muscle sparing less invasive anterior hip replacement. 

Patient and physician education, research, and development of new products and techniques are a priority in Dr. Johnson's practice. "


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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Reconstruction Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Joint Replacement Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Flexor Strain
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Muscle Strain
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Limb Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


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Background Check

1 Malpractice Claim
  • Settlement : 2015
    State: Colorado
0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Central Michigan University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1998
  • Michigan State University College - Human Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Grand Rapids Medical Education & Research Center for Health Professions/Michigan State University
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Grand Rapids Medical Education & Research Center for Health Professions/Michigan State University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2008
  • Colorado Joint Replacement
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Johnson has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications
  • Numerous publications and presentation regarding hip and knee replacement.,

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Johnson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Johnson to family and friends
based on 41 total reviews (23 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (41)

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Average wait time
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Patient Comments (23)

Dr. Johnson is one of the finest doctors I’ve ever been to. He listens and my knee replacement went extremely well. Highly recommend him.
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Dr, Derek Johnson replaced my knee, TKR. I am at 6 weeks today and doing excellent. The scar is minimal, the knee looks fantastic through the recent xray, 3 days ago. I am doing my PT and eating correctly, like I was instructed. Each day I feel better and am anxious for the days ahead. Dr....more
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I met Dr. Johnson at a Joint Replacement seminar at Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker, CO. I was impressed by Dr. Johnson's no nonsense approach to joint replacement & the processes he uses to minimize the hospital stay & pain during recovery. I am now into week 7 post-op & am pain free with a...more
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Having known Dr. Johnson since my wife's hip replacement 4 years ago, when my hip began hurting I knew who to call. Dr. Johnson and I progressed through the cortisone injections to the recommendation for surgery. All went well and I was home the same afternoon. My new hip and I will thank Dr....more
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My husband and I have been in Dr. Johnson's care for hip replacement surgeries and follow-up care intermittently since my surgery in 2013, and now my husband's hip replacement surgery this November of 2017. Dr. Johnson's skill and keen attention to all the details of our treatment have been...more
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