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Theodore Schlegel, M.D.

Clinical Interest for Patients

Athletic knee and shoulder conditions, including knee ligament, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), collateral ligament, meniscus and articular cartilage injuries. Shoulder dislocations, separations, rotator cuff impingement and tears, labral tears, clavicle fractures

Care Philosophy

Dr. Ted Schlegel is an orthopedic surgeon and a founding member of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic-Denver. In the fall of 2016, the clinic partnered with UC Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine where Ted is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopedics. Dr. Schlegel helped shape the vision and design of the new UC Health Inverness Center. As the fellowship director for the sports medicine program, his practice focuses on the treatment of athletic disorders of the knee and shoulder. Ted is active with both basic science and clinical research. His work has led to the development of several innovative technologies including the Opus Medical device, which was the first FDA approved technology that revolutionized the treatment of arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs. In addition he worked on a new biological solution to treat partial thickness rotator cuff tears using the patented Rotation Medical collagen scaffold. He has been recently named to lead the team for the Hawkins Sports Medicine Research Endowed Chair and serves as the director of research and innovation for the UC Inverness Center. His current work at the new center includes regenerative technologies for both non-operative and operative treatment of the knee and shoulder. Dr. Schlegel is in charge of several studies at the new Inverness Center. Ted served as a team physician for the Denver Broncos for 18 years and in 2012 received the prestigious “Outstanding NFL Team Physician Award.” Ted has been actively involved in the community, serving on several non-profit boards. He has served on the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees since 2006 and was chair of the board for three years.

Personal Interests

Dr. Schlegel's hobbies include family travel, fly-fishing and reading. Many of his travels have involved service activities, which he says significantly deepens the meaning of the trips.

Specialty Information


  • Orthopedics - Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Board Certification (2005,2015)
  • Orthopedics

Conditions & Treatments

  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
    • Knee Injuries and Disorders
    • Shoulder Injuries and Disorders
    • Sprains and Strains

Hospital Affiliation

University of Colorado Hospital

Education & Training

Medical Schools:

  • MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (1987)

Undergraduate Schools:

  • AB, Brown University (RI) (1983)


  • University of Utah Medical Center Program (1988)

Residency Program:

  • University of Utah Program, Orthopedics (1992)


  • Steadman Clinic Program, Orthopedic Sports Medicine (1993)

Recognition & Awards

  • Jerry “Hawk” Rhea Award,
    Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (2012)
    Outstanding NFL Team Physician

Professional Memberships

  • Adaptive Sports Center (ACS), Board Member
  • American Academy of Orthopedic, Member
  • American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, Member
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Society, Member
  • Centrum Medical Center/HCA Ambulatory Center, Governing Board Member
  • Electronic Technology Committee of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES), Chairman
  • NFL Team Physicians Society, Executive Committee
  • Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation, Scientific Advisory Board Member
  • Twentieth Century Orthopaedic Association, Member
  • UCHealth Inverness Project, Strategic Planning Committee Member


  • Associate Professor (2016)
    School of Medicine, Orthopedics

Research & Grants

  • Research interests for Patients:
    • All-arthroscopic rotator cuff technology now used in 90% of all surgeries
    • Biological treatment of rotator cuff tears
    • Advancements in surgical and nonsurgical treatments for rare NFL injuries
    • Published study on the effects of the pain killer Ketorolac on NFL players, leading to major changes in how the drug is administered