Ryan A. Aukerman, M.D.


Dr. Aukerman joined Premier Bone & Joint Centers in 2006. After receiving his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, he went on to complete his medical degree from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, in Denver, Colorado. Following an orthopaedic surgical internship and residency at the same institution, he advanced his training by completing an arthroscopy and knee and shoulder surgical fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Aukerman serves as an Associate Master Instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America and instructs orthopedic surgeons from around the world on the latest techniques and advancements in the treatment and repair of complex knee and shoulder injuries.


Dr. Aukerman is dual board certified by the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons, and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), including ABOS Orthopaedic Surgery and ABOS Sports Medicine.


Dr. Aukerman possesses expertise in complex shoulder injuries and their most advanced treatment techniques. He also has a true passion for ACL and multi-ligament knee injuries.  These devastating and often career ending injuries require the highest level of surgical training and skill, not only to perform, but more importantly, to achieve the best outcomes. Dr. Aukerman collaborates with surgeons around the globe to improve our understanding of these injuries, as well as improve current surgical techniques and patient outcomes.


In addition, Dr. Aukerman has been at the forefront of developing innovative techniques to repair meniscal root injuries.  These represent a unique and devastating injury to the knee that are often misdiagnosed or improperly treated, and can lead to premature arthritis and early knee replacement surgery. Meniscal root repairs represent a revolutionary surgery which impacting joint preservation.  Dr. Aukerman has worked closely with surgeons in Vail, as well as in the laboratory, to improve and perfect the repair of these complex injuries.


Dr. Aukerman has provided care as a team physician for National Champion Division I programs.  While at the University of Colorado, and particularly the University of Wisconsin, he learned the expertise for taking care of elite athletes and their unique injuries.  In addition to his commitments at Premier Bone & Joint Centers, he has served as the head team physician and surgeon for University of Wyoming Athletics since 2006 and continues to deliver exceptional care.


Dr. Aukerman has a unique passion and qualified proficiency for treating complex orthopedic injuries. He is regionally renowned for his ability to solve global orthopedic problems as well as his distinct ability to provide treatment for the most complex knee and shoulder injuries. These complex repairs are performed using the latest in minimally invasive techniques.


Dr. Aukerman enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies include: fly fishing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, wakeboarding, volleyball, soccer, hunting, hiking and travelling.


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
  • AO North America


“Everyone in the office was truly kind, and Dr. Aukerman treated me with kindness and concern. When I couldn’t decide whether I should let my broken ankle heal naturally or have surgery to reinforce the ankle, no one pressured me to have the surgery. All the people at the clinic were friendly, kind, and professional. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Aukerman. My ankle is doing better every day and I hope to be walking normally again very soon.”

—Bea D.

“Dr. Aukerman helped my grandson with his shoulder. Other doctors that I saw had told him he would need surgery but Aukerman said let’s try therapy first. And Scott is fine now. I like a doctor who doesn’t hop right into the surgery mode. Everyone at Premier Bone & Joint Centers and physical therapy has made this a positive experience. This team is number ONE in my book! Thank you!”

— MaryAnn