Born and raised in Denver, Dr. John Papilion was determined to return to Colorado to practice after studying medicine in Ohio and Virginia. During his time at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Papilion had the opportunity to care for the Cincinnati Bengals professional football and Cincinnati Reds professional baseball teams and ultimately became fascinated by complex knee and shoulder problems. He has special training and expertise in state-of-the-art reconstructive surgeries and he performs traditional open and arthroscopic surgery and also treats elbow and ankle problems.

Please review Dr. Papilion’s list of credentials and contact our practice for more information or to make an appointment at (303) 344-9090.

Specialties

  • Meniscus Transplantation
  • Arthroscopic Reconstruction of the Knee & Shoulder – including Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Cartilage Restoration Procedures
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Total & Unicompartment Knee Replacement
  • Hip Arthroscopy and Reconstruction

Treatment of Common Problems With 

  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Meniscus
  • Cartilage
  • Hip

Interests Outside of Orthopedics

  • Golf
  • Fly Fishing
  • Running
  • Skiing

Education

  • Fellowship in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine – The Bone and Joint Institute, The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Fellowship – Research, Department of Orthopedics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (Denver, CO)
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery – Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine (Norfolk, VA)
  • Residency in General Surgery – St. Joseph Hospital (Denver, CO)
  • Internship in General Surgery – St. Joseph Hospital (Denver, CO)
  • Doctor of Medicine – University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (Denver, CO)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Certification

  • American Board of Orthopedics

Memberships/Affiliations 

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (Member)
  • Colorado Medical Society (Member)
  • University of Colorado Medical School (Clinical Assistant Professor)