Kenneth Hunt, MD
Associate Professor, Orthopedics

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Utah School of Medicine (2003)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Brigham Young University (UT) (1998)
Internship:
  • University of Utah Medical Center Program (2004)
Residency:
  • University of Utah Medical Center Program, Orthopedic Surgery (2008)
Fellowships:
  • OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute and Carolinas Medical Center, Foot and Ankle Orthopedics (2009)
Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor, Orthopedics
  • Director, Foot and Ankle Services
  • Director, UCHealth Foot and Ankle Center
  • Vice Chair, Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes
  • Director, CU and Steadman Hawkins Denver Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Recognition & Awards

  • Visiting Professor, University of California, Irvine (2017)
  • Jan Gillquist Scientific Research Award, ISAKOS Congress (2017)
    2nd place, ISAKOS Congress, Shanghai, China
  • Young Investigator Award, Western Orthopaedic Association (2017)
    Annual Meeting, Kauai, Hawaii
  • Roger A. Mann Award, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society/Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (2014)
    Best clinical paper. AOFAS/IFFAS combined meeting, Chicago IL. September 2014
  • Game Changer Award, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (2014)
    Game Changer. AAOS 2014. Selection of paper as among most influential and cutting edge
  • Traveling Fellowship Award, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (2013)
  • John Joyce Award, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (2013)
    Best Research Paper, 2nd place. ISAKOS 2013 annual meeting, Toronto, Canada
  • Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles (2013)
  • Fellowship Grant, OMeGA Medical Grants Association (2013)
  • Young Investigators Award, Western Orthopaedic Association (2012)
  • Grant Award - Arthrodesis of the First Metatarsophalangeal Joint: A Biomechanical Study, OREF Resident Research Grant (2010)
    Co-PI, Mentor
  • Russell A. Hibbs Award Winner, Basic Science, Scoliosis Research Society, Edinburgh, Scotland (2007)
  • Resident Leadership Forum Nominee, AOA-OREF (2007)

Teaching

  • Associate Professor and Director, Foot & Ankle (2015)
    School of Medicine, Orthopedics
    Foot & Ankle Surgery Sports Medicine Lower Extremity Trauma

Publications

  • D'Hooghe P, Pereira H, Kelley J, Anderson N, Fuld R, Kumparatana P, Baldini T, Hunt KJ. The CFL fails before the ATFL immediately after combined ligament repair in a biomechanical cadaveric model. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2020 Jan;28(1):253-261. PubMed PMID: 31359101
  • Hunt KJ. Management of Avascular Necrosis in the Foot and Ankle. Foot Ankle Clin. 2019 Mar;24(1):xv-xvi. PubMed PMID: 30685017
  • Pang EQ, Bedigrew K, Palanca A, Behn AW, Hunt KJ, Chou L. Ankle joint contact loads and displacement in syndesmosis injuries repaired with Tightropes compared to screw fixation in a static model. Injury. 2019 Nov;50(11):1901-1907. PubMed PMID: 31547966
  • Hellwinkel JE, York PJ, Leaseburg JT, Hunt KJ. Congenital Unilateral Hypertrophy of the Foot Intrinsics: A Rare Case and Review of Literature. J Orthop Case Rep. 2019;9(2):34-37. PubMed PMID: 31534930
  • Hunt KJ, Hurni CC. Robust control of heart rate for cycle ergometer exercise. Med Biol Eng Comput. 2019 Nov;57(11):2471-2482. PubMed PMID: 31471785
  • Chen C, Hunt KJ. Open Reconstructive Strategies for Chronic Achilles Tendon Ruptures. Foot Ankle Clin. 2019 Sep;24(3):425-437. PubMed PMID: 31370994
  • Fuld RS 3rd, Kumparatana P, Kelley J, Anderson N, Baldini T, Younger ASE, Hunt KJ. Biomechanical Comparison of Low-Profile Contoured Locking Plate With Single Compression Screw to Fully Threaded Compression Screws for First MTP Fusion. Foot Ankle Int. 2019 Jul;40(7):836-844. PubMed PMID: 30880450
  • Hunt KJ. Management of Avascular Necrosis in the Foot and Ankle. Foot Ankle Clin. 2019 Mar;24(1):xv-xvi. PubMed PMID: 30685017
  • Hunt KJ, Pereira H, Kelley J, Anderson N, Fuld R, Baldini T, Kumparatana P, D'Hooghe P. The Role of Calcaneofibular Ligament Injury in Ankle Instability: Implications for Surgical Management. Am J Sports Med. 2019 Feb;47(2):431-437. PubMed PMID: 30571138
  • Hunt KJ, Mangone P, Cooper MT, Brigido SA, Cooper MT. Update on Lateral Ankle Instability. Foot Ankle Spec. 2018 Feb;11(1):67-71. PubMed PMID: 29345205
  • Hunt KJ, Pereira H, Kelley J, Anderson N, Fuld R, Baldini T, Kumparatana P, D'Hooghe P. The Role of Calcaneofibular Ligament Injury in Ankle Instability: Implications for Surgical Management. Am J Sports Med. 2018 Dec 20;:363546518815160. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30571138
  • Chou LB, Niu EL, Williams AA, Duester R, Anderson SE, Harris AHS, Hunt KJ. Postoperative Pain After Surgical Treatment of Ankle Fractures: A Prospective Study. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2018 Sep;2(9):e021. PubMed PMID: 30465035
  • van Dijk PAD, Murawski CD, Hunt KJ, Andrews CL, Longo UG, McCollum G, Simpson H, Sofka CM, Yoshimura I, Karlsson J. Post-treatment Follow-up, Imaging, and Outcome Scores: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Jul;39(1_suppl):68S-73S. PubMed PMID: 30215316
  • Jesse MK, Hunt KJ, Strickland C. Postoperative Imaging of the Ankle. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Sep;211(3):496-505. PubMed PMID: 29949417
  • Hunt KJ, Lakey E. Patient-Reported Outcomes in Foot and Ankle Surgery. Orthop Clin North Am. 2018 Apr;49(2):277-289. PubMed PMID: 29499828
  • Hunt KJ, Mangone P, Cooper MT, Brigido SA, Cooper MT. Update on Lateral Ankle Instability. Foot Ankle Spec. 2018 Feb;11(1):67-71. PubMed PMID: 29345205
  • Mittwede PN, Murawski CD, Ackermann J, Görtz S, Hintermann B, Kim HJ, Thordarson DB, Vannini F, Younger ASE. Revision and Salvage Management: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Jul;39(1_suppl):54S-60S. PubMed PMID: 30215315
  • Dombrowski ME, Yasui Y, Murawski CD, Fortier LA, Giza E, Haleem AM, Hamid K, Tuan R, Zhang Z, Schon LC, Hogan MV. Conservative Management and Biological Treatment Strategies: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Jul;39(1_suppl):9S-15S. PubMed PMID: 30215314
  • D'Hooghe P, Murawski CD, Boakye LAT, Osei-Hwedieh DO, Drakos MC, Hertel J, Lee KB, Popchak A, Wiewiorski M, van Dijk CN. Rehabilitation and Return to Sports: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Jul;39(1_suppl):61S-67S. PubMed PMID: 30215313
  • Rothrauff BB, Murawski CD, Angthong C, Becher C, Nehrer S, Niemeyer P, Sullivan M, Valderrabano V, Walther M, Ferkel RD. Scaffold-Based Therapies: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Jul;39(1_suppl):41S-47S. PubMed PMID: 30215312
  • Shimozono Y, Brown AJ, Batista JP, Murawski CD, Gomaa M, Kong SW, Vaseenon T, Takao M, Glazebrook M. Subchondral Pathology: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Jul;39(1_suppl):48S-53S. PubMed PMID: 30215311
  • Reilingh ML, Murawski CD, DiGiovanni CW, Dahmen J, Ferrao PNF, Lambers KTA, Ling JS, Tanaka Y, Kerkhoffs GMMJ. Fixation Techniques: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Jul;39(1_suppl):23S-27S. PubMed PMID: 30215310
  • Hurley ET, Murawski CD, Paul J, Marangon A, Prado MP, Xu X, Hangody L, Kennedy JG. Osteochondral Autograft: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Jul;39(1_suppl):28S-34S. PubMed PMID: 30215309
  • Smyth NA, Murawski CD, Adams SB Jr, Berlet GC, Buda R, Labib SA, Nunley JA 2nd, Raikin SM. Osteochondral Allograft: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Jul;39(1_suppl):35S-40S. PubMed PMID: 30215308
  • Hannon CP, Bayer S, Murawski CD, Canata GL, Clanton TO, Haverkamp D, Lee JW, O'Malley MJ, Yinghui H, Stone JW. Debridement, Curettage, and Bone Marrow Stimulation: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Jul;39(1_suppl):16S-22S. PubMed PMID: 30215307
  • van Bergen CJA, Baur OL, Murawski CD, Spennacchio P, Carreira DS, Kearns SR, Mitchell AW, Pereira H, Pearce CJ, Calder JDF. Diagnosis: History, Physical Examination, Imaging, and Arthroscopy: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Jul;39(1_suppl):3S-8S. PubMed PMID: 30215306
  • York PJ, Wydra FB, Hunt KJ. Injuries to the great toe. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2017 Jan 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28124292
  • Hunt KJ, Hurwit D, Robell K, Gatewood C, Botser IB, Matheson G. Incidence and Epidemiology of Foot and Ankle Injuries in Elite Collegiate Athletes. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Feb;45(2):426-433. PubMed PMID: 27802962
  • D'Hooghe P, York PJ, Kaux JF, Hunt KJ. Fixation Techniques in Lower Extremity Syndesmotic Injuries. Foot Ankle Int. 2017 Nov;38(11):1278-1288. PubMed PMID: 29025279
  • Schipper ON, Hunt KJ, Anderson RB, Davis WH, Jones CP, Cohen BE. Ankle Block vs Single-Shot Popliteal Fossa Block as Primary Anesthesia for Forefoot Operative Procedures: Prospective, Randomized Comparison. Foot Ankle Int. 2017 Nov;38(11):1188-1191. PubMed PMID: 28814096
  • Hunt KJ, Farmer RP. The Undercorrected Flatfoot Reconstruction. Foot Ankle Clin. 2017 Sep;22(3):613-624. PubMed PMID: 28779811
  • Kraeutler MJ, Purcell JM, Hunt KJ. Chronic Achilles Tendon Ruptures. Foot Ankle Int. 2017 Aug;38(8):921-929. PubMed PMID: 28553729
  • York PJ, Wydra FB, Hunt KJ. Injuries to the great toe. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2017 Mar;10(1):104-112. PubMed PMID: 28124292
  • Hunt KJ, Hurwit D, Robell K, Gatewood C, Botser IB, Matheson G. Incidence and Epidemiology of Foot and Ankle Injuries in Elite Collegiate Athletes. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Feb;45(2):426-433. PubMed PMID: 27802962
  • Bishop JA, Braun HJ, Hunt KJ. Operative Versus Nonoperative Treatment of Jones Fractures: A Decision Analysis Model. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2016 Mar-Apr;45(3):E69-76. PubMed PMID: 26991586
  • Tenforde AS, Yin A, Hunt KJ. Foot and Ankle Injuries in Runners. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2016 Feb;27(1):121-37. PubMed PMID: 26616180
  • Hunt KJ. Hallux metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint arthroscopy for hallux rigidus. Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Jan;36(1):113-9. PubMed PMID: 25550495
  • Hunt KJ, Goeb Y, Behn AW, Criswell B, Chou L. Ankle Joint Contact Loads and Displacement With Progressive Syndesmotic Injury. Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Sep;36(9):1095-103. PubMed PMID: 25948693
  • Hunt KJ, Cohen BE, Davis WH, Anderson RB, Jones CP. Surgical Treatment of Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy With or Without Flexor Hallucis Longus Tendon Transfer: A Prospective, Randomized Study. Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Sep;36(9):998-1005. PubMed PMID: 25990545
  • Lucas DE, Hunt KJ. Hallux Rigidus: Relevant Anatomy and Pathophysiology. Foot Ankle Clin. 2015 Sep;20(3):381-9. PubMed PMID: 26320553
  • Hunt KJ, Phisitkul P, Pirolo J, Amendola A. High Ankle Sprains and Syndesmotic Injuries in Athletes. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2015 Nov;23(11):661-73. PubMed PMID: 26498585
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Professional Memberships

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS), Diplomate, Member
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), Member
  • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), Member
  • Northern California Orthopaedic Society (NCOS), Member
  • California Orthopaedic Association (COA), Member
  • Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA), Member
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Foot and Ankle Center - Stapleton
3055 Roslyn Street
Suite 200
Denver, CO 80238
720-848-3668

UCHealth Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver
175 Inverness Drive West Suite 200
Englewood, CO 80112
303-694-3333

UCHealth Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver – Surgery Center
175 Inverness Drive West Suite 400
Englewood, CO 80112
303-694-3333

CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center
2150 Stadium Drive
Boulder, CO 80309
303-315-9900

CU Specialty Care at Highlands Ranch Orthopedics
1500 Park Central Drive, Suite 401
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
720-516-4087

Orthopedics - Anschutz
1635 Aurora Ct
4th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-1900

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Foot and Ankle Orthopedics, Board Certification
  • Fellowship Trained in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery, Specialized Training (0001)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Foot and Ankle Injuries and Disorders
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Fractures
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Sprains and Strains
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
Clinical Interests
Surgical care and treatment of all foot and ankle related injuries and disorders.

Care Philosophy
My philosophy of care is a commitment to my patients and their families to deliver care that is supported by the highest order of compassion, innovation, science, and technology.

Personal Interests
I enjoy spending time with my family, skiing, hiking, and travel.

Public Speaking
Yes
I am frequently invited to speak regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to clinic care of the foot and ankle, patient reported outcomes, and value in orthopaedic surgical care.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Utah School of Medicine (2003)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Brigham Young University (UT) (1998)
Internships:
  • University of Utah Medical Center Program (2004)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Utah Medical Center Program, Orthopedic Surgery (2008)
Fellowships:
  • OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute and Carolinas Medical Center, Foot and Ankle Orthopedics (2009)
Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics
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