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John Fulkerson, MD

Professor of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

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John Fulkerson, MD

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  • Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

    P.O. Box 208071

    New Haven, CT 06520-8071

    United States


Dr. Fulkerson is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Yale specializing in patella instability surgery and 3-D innovative research. He published Disorders of the Patellofemoral Joint and is founder of both the International Patellofemoral Study Group and The Patellofemoral Foundation ( In the past, he has been Head team physician for the NHL Hartford Whalers and Hartford Wolfpack as well as a team physician for U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey and Trinity College (Hartford). He has published extensively in the scientific literature regarding the patellofemoral joint, authored many chapters, monographs and one book on the topic as well as one non-orthopedic book Thin Lines: A Vineyard Journey. He is probably best known for orthopedic surgical innovation- first describing several common surgical procedures: anteromedialization of the tibial tubercle, medial quadriceps tendon-femoral ligament reconstruction, and first publication in the world's literature on bone-free quadriceps tendon reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (1998), an ACL graft alternative that is increasingly popular today. He has lectured extensively around the world and received many awards including the San Francisco Bay Area Lifetime Achievement Award, The Patellofemoral Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, U.S. News and World Report Top Doctors, the Wisdom House Community Service Award (with his wife Lynn), University of Connecticut Sports Medicine Fellow Educator of the Year (2020), and Connecticut Orthopedist of the Year (2016).

Education & Training

  • Berg Sloat Traveling Fellow
    Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (1979)
  • Intern and Resident
    Yale University (1978)
  • MD
    Yale University (1972)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Hall of Fame American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine2023
Professor of Orthopaedic SurgeryYale University2021
Lifetime Achievement AwardPatellofemoral Foundation2020
Sport Medicine Fellow Educator Award, University of Connecticut Orthopedics-2020Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Connecticut2020
Connecticut Orthopedist of the yearConnecticut Orthopedic Society2016
Lifetime Achievement AwardSan Francisco Bay Area Knee Society2005
Bantam AwardTrinity College (Hartford, CT)1987
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor SocietyYale Medical School1971

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