Dr. Ted Schlegel is an orthopedic surgeon and a founding member of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic-Denver. In the fall of 2016, the clinic partnered with UC Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine where Ted is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopedics. Dr. Schlegel helped shape the vision and design of the new UC Health Inverness Center.
As the fellowship director for the sports medicine program, his practice focuses on the treatment of athletic disorders of the knee and shoulder. Ted is active with both basic science and clinical research. His work has led to the development of several innovative technologies including the Opus Medical device, which was the first FDA approved technology that revolutionized the treatment of arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs. In addition he worked on a new biological solution to treat partial thickness rotator cuff tears using the patented Rotation Medical collagen scaffold. He has been recently named to lead the team for the Hawkins Sports Medicine Research Endowed Chair and serves as the director of research and innovation for the UC Inverness Center. His current work at the new center includes regenerative technologies for both non-operative and operative treatment of the knee and shoulder. Dr. Schlegel is in charge of several studies at the new Inverness Center.
Ted served as a team physician for the Denver Broncos for 18 years and in 2012 received the prestigious “Outstanding NFL Team Physician Award.”
Ted has been actively involved in the community, serving on several non-profit boards. He has served on the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees since 2006 and was chair of the board for three years.
Dr. Schlegel’s hobbies include family travel, fly-fishing and reading. Many of his travels have involved service activities, which he says significantly deepens the meaning of the trips.
Qualifications and experience
- Bones, Joints and Muscles, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Knee Injuries and Disorders, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Shoulder Injuries and Disorders, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Sprains and Strains, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Orthopedics
- Languages spoken
Steadman Clinic Program (1993)
University of Utah Medical Center Program (1988)
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (1987)
University of Utah Program (1992)
Brown University (RI) (1983)
- Clinical interest for patients
Athletic knee and shoulder conditions, including knee ligament, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), collateral ligament, meniscus and articular cartilage injuries. Shoulder dislocations, separations, rotator cuff impingement and tears, labral tears, clavicle fractures
- Research interest for patients
• All-arthroscopic rotator cuff technology now used in 90% of all surgeries
• Biological treatment of rotator cuff tears
• Advancements in surgical and nonsurgical treatments for rare NFL injuries
• Published study on the effects of the pain killer Ketorolac on NFL players, leading to major changes in how the drug is administered
- Volunteer activities
• Past Chairman / Trustee, Boettcher Foundation, Denver CO
• Board Member, Biennials of the Americas, Denver CO
• Board Member, EveryHeart Foundation, Denver, CO
• Team Physician, Mullen High School