A CU Medicine provider.
Dr. Koonce is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip replacement and knee replacement surgeries. He is one of a small number of surgeons in the United States that has completed fellowship training in both orthopedic sports medicine and adult hip and knee reconstruction. Prior to joining the prestigious group of orthopedic surgeons at the University of Colorado, he practiced in Washington state and then returned to Colorado as a leader in joint replacement at Kaiser Permanente. While at Kaiser, he piloted an outpatient joint replacement program and received Colorado Permanente Medical Group’s highest honor for physicians – the Permanente Award – a recognition that establishes the recipient as “The Doctor’s Doctor.” In 2021, he received a Clinical Quality and Patient Safety Award for the University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Koonce believes in developing individualized patient care plans that account for the overall health and wellness of each patient.
Dr. Koonce is a Colorado native and enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors and traveling. He is a USA Triathlon age-group All-American, Team USA qualifier for triathlon, and USAT Aquabike (swim-bike) National Champion. He also races competitively in road cycling.
Qualifications and experience
- Adult Reconstructive Orthopedics, Bones, Joints and Muscles, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Arthritis, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Hip Injuries and Disorders, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Knee Injuries and Disorders, Orthopedics
San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Program (2011)
Anderson Orthopaedic Research Institute (2014)
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (2005)
University of Colorado (2010)
University of Colorado - Boulder (CO) (1996)
- Clinical interest for patients
Dr. Koonce's primary clinical interests are hip and knee replacements that utilize minimally invasive techniques, modern technology, and advanced peri-operative care. His practice focuses on adult patients who have been affected by injury or arthritis and want to return to an active lifestyle. He has done thousands of anterior approach hip replacement surgeries, and does all primary and revision hip replacement procedures using this minimally-invasive technique. Dr. Koonce has also done thousands of knee replacement surgeries including total, partial, and revision knee replacement procedures. He piloted the rapid-recovery and outpatient joint replacement initiatives at Highlands Ranch Hospital. Most importantly, Dr. Koonce is committed to helping patients maximize outcomes and long-term satisfaction after surgery. He promotes patient education as a critical element of achieving quality outcomes, and has authored several patient education books on hip replacement, knee replacement, and non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis.
- Research interest for patients
My research interests are focused on the perioperative care of joint replacement patients. The surgery itself is critical, but we are investigating new ways to treat patients before and after surgery to make the process of joint replacement surgery safer, less painful, and more successful. I also have a strong interest in utilizing technology and software to educate patients about arthritis and joint replacement.
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