Dr. Ronald Hugate Jr, MD

Dr. Ronald Hugate Jr, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 47
Dr. Ronald Hugate Jr, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Highlands Ranch, CO and has been practicing for 13 years. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School Of The Medical College Of Hampton Roads in 1998 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, oncology, and more.Read his story

1060 Plaza Dr

Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Network
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • MultiPlan
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Complications of Joint Prosthesis
very high
more than 98% of peers
Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
very high
more than 94% of peers
more than 90% of peers

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Dr. Hugate Jr's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Hugate Jr "Ronald Hugate, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in orthopedic oncology, hip preservation, complex joint reconstruction, and limb salvage. Dr. Hugate is considered a leader and innovator in the treatment of complex orthopedic problems, and recently was the driving force behind the first osseous-integrated prosthetics for amputees using porous metal technology in the United States. Dr. Hugate treats patients with forms of complex orthopedic problems that most others cannot, from cancer to prosthetics and everything in between. He enjoys the challenging and complex cases that allow him to utilize his extensive training and research. He loves the reward of seeing patients who have nowhere else to turn back on their feet and feeling better in life after treatment! Dr. Hugate graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1994, he then went on to complete medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. In 1998, Dr. Hugate began his surgical internship at Penn State University where he then also completed his orthopedic surgery residency. In 2003, Dr. Hugate completed the Ivin's Research Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and then went on to complete an orthopedic oncology fellowship there as well. In 2005 the Mayo clinic awarded Dr. Hugate the title "Instructor of Orthopedics" for his hard work and dedication. Dr. Hugate is committed to the betterment of orthopedic care today and for the generations to come. He passes on a legacy of intellectual curiosity and desire to help others through teaching young people. As an adjunct associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering at the University of Denver, and clinical faculty at the Rocky Vista University School of Medicine, Dr. Hugate enjoys inspiring and training the next generation of engineers and physicians. Through this collaboration with educational institutions, Dr. Hugate stays actively involved in researching ways to improve osseous and other bio-integrated implants, the medical and surgical treatment of bone cancers, and joint reconstructions. Dr. Hugate has authored and co-authored several scientific articles and a patient guide to joint replacement called "The Handbook of Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery: Through the Eyes of the Patient, Surgeon, and Medical Team!". He and his work have been featured on numerous television and radio programs that include local news stations, public radio, The Today Show and even 'Animal Planet'. In addition to his commitment to excellence in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Hugate is also committed to service. He has participated in multiple medical mission trips to aid underserved populations of the world. Most recently he went to Haiti in January of 2010 following the devastating earthquake. Dr. Hugate has also proudly served our country as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army reserves where he has been deployed 4 times (including deployments to combat hospitals in both Afghanistan and Iraq) in support of our troops. For his efforts in the Army, Dr. Hugate has twice been awarded the Army Commendation Medal. Dr. Hugate is married and lives with his family in the Denver Metro Area. He hails from Virginia where he was born and raised in Williamsburg with his two brothers. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and children. Other hobbies include traveling, wood-working, high-performance cars, and car restoration. Dr. Hugate previously worked at Colorado Limb Consultants and joined Panorama on Aug 14, 2017. He sees patients at Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center in Golden and Highlands Ranch."
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This content was provided by Dr. Hugate Jr "Dr. Hugate specializes in orthopedic oncology, bone healing, complex joint replacement and reconstruction and hip preservation."

9  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Musculoskeletal Oncology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedic Oncology
  • Surgical Oncology

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

122  Conditions Treated

  • Allergic Arthritis
  • Aneurysmal Bone Cyst
  • Antalgic Gait
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Shoulder Blade
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Fracture of Acetabulum
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complex Fractures of the Periarticular Region
  • Complex Long-Bone Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • Ecchondromata
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enchondromata
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Ewing's Sarcoma
  • Ewing's Tumor
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Extremity Malunions
  • Extremity Nonunion
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fractured Lower Leg
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Cancer
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia, Beukes Type
  • Hip Flexor Strain
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Muscle Strain
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Socket Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hip Subluxation
  • Insufficiency Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Cancer
  • Joint Fracture
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cancer
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Malunion of Fracture
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Marfan Syndrome, Type 2
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Metatarsal Fracture
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Orthopedic Disorders
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Simple Fractures
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Steppage Gait
  • Stress Fracture
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Uterine Diseases
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis
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81  Procedures

  • Advanced Tendon Reconstruction
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritic Hip Reconstruction Surgery
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Biopsy
  • Biopsy of Affected Tissue
  • Bone and Joint Repair
  • Bone Grafting
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Bursa Injection
  • Cartilage Repair
  • Computer-Assisted Total Hip Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Reconstruction
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Hemi (Half) Hip Replacement
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Replacement, Cemented
  • Hip Replacement, Cementless
  • Hip Surgery
  • Image-Guided Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Fusion
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint Reconstruction Surgery
  • Joint Resurfacing
  • Joint Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Treatment
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Mini-Incision Hip Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Posterior Mini-Incision Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy
  • Steroid Injection
  • Surgical Biopsy
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Unicompartmental Hip Surgery
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for 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.


  • Virginia Commonwealth Univ VCU/MCV
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1994
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School Of The Medical College Of Hampton Roads
    Medical School | Graduated 1998
  • Penn State University-Milton S Hersey Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Penn State University-Milton S Hershey Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Mayo Clinic College Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Army Commendation Medal for excellence in battlefield surgical care- Baghdad, Iraq, 2003
  • Army Commendation Medal for excellence in battlefield surgical care - Sharana, Afghanistan, 2010
Media & Publications
  • Co-Author 'The Handbook of Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery: Through the Eyes of the Patient, Surgeon and Medical Team" Multiple Scientific Publications and Presentations,
  • Multiple Television Appearances on 'Animal Planet- Emergency Vets", Channel 9 News Denver, Channel 4 News Denver, Colorado Public Radio, etc.,

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Hugate Jr's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Hugate Jr to family and friends
44 total reviews (13 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (44)

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Dr. Hugate Jr's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (13)

Dr. Hugate's expertise and compassion showed itself from my first visit to my last. He clarified our decision (my wife included) to have an amputation. As the premier limb salvage surgeon in the state, he was the only doctor willing to give percentages when it came to outcomes. I will be forever...more
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In early 2015 I was diagnosed with a soft muscle tumor. I was seen by Dr. Hugate and underwent a series of tests that led to surgery of a very complex nature. he removed the tumor, muscle, knee and 6" of the femur. I have seen him post op for now over 2 years and I am of the opinion that his skill...more
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Dr Hugate and his staff were wonderful. We would recommend him to others Was quite a bit suprised (as I am sure his staff and associates were) that he up and left. It is disconcerting to patients that are depending on him for continuity of care. My daughter had just had a major procedure (Ganz)...more
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Dr. Hugate took over my case after my 5th hip surgery in 1 1/2 years! He fixed everything the first time and I've had no problems since. He is caring and kind and has always explained everything in terms I can understand and until I am satisfied with the explanation. I would not trust anybody...more
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I was impressed with the fast, personal, and effective interactions with both Doctor Hugate and his staff. I felt listened to, and the advice has helped me.
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