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Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD – Colorado Complex Knee Specialist


Listed as a “Top Knee Surgeon in America“, Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD is a Colorado complex knee specialist in Vail Colorado at The Steadman Clinic, known worldwide for offering innovative treatments in Sports Medicine.  He also serves as Chief Medical Officer, Deputy Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and Director of the International Research Scholar Program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

Through his extensive research and practice, Dr. LaPrade has developed special expertise in:


Dr. LaPrade is passionate about healthy knees. He has been studying the knee joint along with providing orthopedic knee surgery and expert care for more than 15 years. Specializing in complex and traumatic knee injuries involving the posterolateral corner, as well as other areas of the knee, Dr. LaPrade’s experience is unparalleled in accurately diagnosing and treating compound, multifaceted knee injuries.


Dr. LaPrade is internationally recognized for his dedication to providing state-of-the-art procedures to treat complex knee injuries. His passion for research in orthopedics is evident as he continuously seeks to improve diagnostic tests, surgical techniques and patient outcomes for knee injuries. His work ethic and productivity is recognized and appreciated worldwide.

  • Awarded the OREF Clinical Research Award, considered a Nobel Prize of Orthopaedics
  • Selected as one the of four best Orthopedic Knee Surgeons practicing in ambulatory surgery centers by Becker’s ASC Review
  • Recipient of the 2015 Alumni Career Award from The University of Maine Alumni Association
  • Published more than 240 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and 75 book chapters


Dr. LaPrade takes the time to understand each patient’s unique circumstances in order to recommend the best treatment option for the specific injury and lifestyle goals. Regardless of how complicated the problem or complex the injury, Dr. LaPrade is committed to finding a solution for each patient.


Dr. LaPrade recognizes that providing the best knee injury treatments to his patients requires the collaboration of a strong team.  Together, Dr. LaPrade, his team and the patient all work for the best possible outcome – an accelerated recovery from knee surgery and return to an active lifestyle.

Featured Research



“When is it Too Early for Single Sport Specialization?” – American Journal of Sports Medicine

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