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Darren L. Johnson, MD

| 4.50 out of 5
75 ratings | 12 comments
Darren L. Johnson, MD
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Specialties

  • Sports Medicine
  • About

    Darren Johnson, MD, is a nationally recognized physician in the field of sports medicine, particularly in complex knee surgery, and has spent the past 25 years caring for orthopaedic patients at UK HealthCare.

    Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from the combined University of California, Riverside and University of California, Los Angeles program in biomedical sciences before earning his medical degree from UCLA. After his orthopaedic residency at the University of Southern California, he completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the University of Pittsburgh under Dr. Freddie H. Fu.

    He joined the UK faculty in 1993 and served as the chair of UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine from 2000 to 2018. In addition to his role as a professor, Johnson is also the head orthopaedic surgeon of UK Athletics.

    The prevention and treatment of ACL injuries in athletes is one of Johnson’s primary interests. He also enjoys teaching other surgeons, so he travels to national and international meetings as an invited guest speaker on knee injuries.

    Johnson has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and he was the former president of Southern Orthopedic Association.

    He has published more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts as well as more than 30 book chapters and has edited two textbooks: Clinical Sports Medicine and Reconstructive Knee Surgery.

    His outside interests include outdoor activities, particularly fly fishing, hunting, skiing and golf. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Nancy, and their three children.

    Personal Statement

    In sports medicine we see a lot of high school and college kids who have an injury, and for the patient, it's like the end of the world. What’s going through their mind is, "I'll never be able to get back on the field.” We see them at their lowest point, we operate on them and go through the rehab process. When that player goes back on the field and back to doing what they love to do, you can't beat it. This is not a job to me. This is my calling.

    Faculty Rank

    Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Degree

    University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine

    Residency

    University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles

    Fellowship

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    Certifications and Special Training

    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

  • Ratings & Reviews

    | 4.50 out of 5
    75 ratings |12 comments

    The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

    June, 2019
    Wonderful doctors and staff!

    June, 2019
    *Dr. Johnson is awesome! I cannot say enough good things about him. I am so very grateful that he was her doctor.

    May, 2019
    Dr. Johnson and his associates are the best Doctors in Kentucky. I came there with a work career ending injury and Dr. Johnson and his staff have helped me get back on my feet and back to work.

    May, 2019
    Every single person or the clinic was friendly & helpful. An excellent experience!

    February, 2019
    This was my first appointment with Dr. Johnson. I was referred to him after being seen at Pikeville Medical Center.

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  • Awards & Recognitions

    Best Doctors in America

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    16 Standout North American Sports Knee Surgeons

    In 2016, Dr. Duncan was ranked as one of the “16 Standout North American Sports Knee Surgeons” by the publication Orthopedics This Week.