Karin VanBaak, MD
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2012)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Calvin College (MI) (2008)
Internship:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program
Residency:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Chief Resident, Family Medicine (2015)
Fellowships:
  • University of Minnesota Program, Sports Medicine (2016)
  • University of Minnesota Program, Faculty Development Fellowship (2016)
Department: Family Medicine

Professional Titles

  • Sports Medicine Fellowship Associate Program Director
  • Family Physician - Boulder Health Center
  • Team Physician - University of Colorado Boulder

Research Interests

Bone health in athletes, womens' health sports medicine, care of endurance athletes.

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor (2016)
    School of Medicine, Family Medicine
  • Assistant Professor (2016)
    School of Medicine, Orthopedics
  • Associate Program Director (2020)
    School of Medicine, Family Medicine
    Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Publications

  • VanBaak K, Aerni G. Shoulder Conditions: Rotator Cuff Injuries and Bursitis. FP Essent. 2020 Apr;491:11-16. PubMed PMID: 32315143
  • VanBaak K, Tirabassi J, Aerni G. Shoulder Conditions: Clavicle and Acromioclavicular Joint Conditions. FP Essent. 2020 Apr;491:27-32. PubMed PMID: 32315146
  • VanBaak K, Tirabassi J, Aerni G. Shoulder Conditions: Clavicle and Acromioclavicular Joint Conditions. FP Essent. 2020 Apr;491:27-32. PubMed PMID: 32315146
  • VanBaak K, Aerni G. Shoulder Conditions: Rotator Cuff Injuries and Bursitis. FP Essent. 2020 Apr;491:11-16. PubMed PMID: 32315143
  • Weinstein S, Khodaee M, VanBaak K. Common Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2019 Nov;18(11):394-400. PubMed PMID: 31702721
  • VanBaak KD, Nally LM, Finigan RT, Jurkiewicz CL, Burnier AM, Conrad BP, Khodaee M, Lipman GS. Wilderness Medical Society Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diabetes Management. Wilderness Environ Med. 2019 Dec;30(4S):S121-S140. PubMed PMID: 31753543
  • VanBaak K. Pelvic Fracture and Low Bone Density in a Long Distance Cyclist With a History of Nonclassic Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. Podium Presentation. 6th Annual Congress in Medicine & Science in Ultra-Endurance Sports., Cape Town, South Africa, October 11-13 2019.
  • Khodaee M, VanBaak K. Epidemiology of Cycling Related Injuries on the Roads and Highways Treated at United States Emergency Departments Between 2009 and 2018. Poster Presentation. 6th Annual Congress in Medicine & Science in Ultra-Endurance Sports., Cape Town, South Africa, October 11-13 2019.
  • VanBaak K, Olson D. The Female Athlete Triad. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2016 Jan-Feb;15(1):7-8. PubMed PMID: 26745160
  • Khodaee M, Grothe HL, Seyfert JH, VanBaak K. Athletes at High Altitude. Sports Health. 2016 Mar-Apr;8(2):126-32. PubMed PMID: 26863894
  • Khodaee M, Riederer M, VanBaak K, Hill JC. Ultraendurance athletes with type 1 diabetes: Leadville 100 experience. Wilderness Environ Med. 2015 Jun;26(2):273-5. PubMed PMID: 25676658
  • Khodaee M, Riederer M, VanBaak K, Hill JC. In Reply to Dr Lankford. Wilderness Environ Med. 2015 Dec;26(4):589. PubMed PMID: 26432424
  • VanBaak K, Barrow W, Tirabassi J, Khodaee M. Recurrent finger swelling. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2015 Mar;15(1):109-10; quiz 111. PubMed PMID: 25730659
  • Khodaee M, Spittler J, VanBaak K, Changstrom BG, Hill JC. Effects of Running an Ultramarathon on Cardiac, Hematologic, and Metabolic Biomarkers. Int J Sports Med. 2015 Nov;36(11):867-71. PubMed PMID: 26134662
  • Khodaee M, Roy D, VanBaak K, Bafus BT. An unusual knee mass in a soccer player. Asian J Sports Med. 2014 Sep;5(3):e23187. PubMed PMID: 25520771
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), member
  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), member
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Family Medicine Clinic - Boulder
5495 Arapahoe Avenue
uchealth - Bolder Health Center
Boulder, CO 80303
720-848-9200

CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center
2150 Stadium Drive
2nd Floor
Boulder, CO 80309
303-315-9900

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Denver Health Medical Center

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Family Medicine, Board Certification
  • Sports Medicine, Board Certification
Clinical Interests
My many clinical interests include primary care for all ages, sports medicine, pediatric care, women's health, care of endurance athletes, and care of female athletes.

Care Philosophy
As a primary care and sports medicine physician, I believe in caring for my patients as a whole person, in focusing on injury and illness prevention, and in working with a multidisciplinary care team. I am passionate about physical activity promotion and in keeping my patients active throughout their lifetime.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2012)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Calvin College (MI) (2008)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (0001)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Chief Resident, Family Medicine (2015)
Fellowships:
  • University of Minnesota Program, Sports Medicine (2016)
  • University of Minnesota Program, Faculty Development Fellowship (2016)
Department: Family Medicine
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Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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