Andrew W. Parker, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon - Sports Medicine
★★★★★ ★★★★★
Sports Medicine, Knee & Shoulder, General Orthopedics
Fax: 303-321-8814

Andrew W. Parker, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, joined Orthopedic Associates in 1992. Dr. Parker attended Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his internship and residency through Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago before completing a fellowship at Louisiana State University in knee and shoulder sports medicine.

Dr. Parker was the head team physician and medical director for the Colorado Avalanche from 1995 through 2017. He also served as a consulting physician for the Denver Nuggets. Dr. Parker is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and Arthroscopy Association of North America. He was a member of the National Hockey League Physician’s Society, serving as president from 1992 to 1994 and from 1995 through 2017.


  • Fellowship: Knee and Sports Medicine Fellow, Louisiana State University, Lake Charles, LA
  • Residency: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
  • Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate School: Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center – Denver, CO

Professional Sports Affiliations

  • Colorado Avalanche 1995-2017: Team Physician and Medical Director
  • Denver Thunder–1992 – 1993: Team Physician and Medical Director
  • Denver Nuggets–1992 – 2008: Consulting Physician
  • Denver Daredevils–1996 – 1997: Consulting Physician

Memberships & Organizations

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • Colorado Medical Society
  • Colorado Orthopedic Society
  • Denver Medical Society
  • Executive Committee, National Hockey League Physician’s Society Member-at-Large, 1998-2000 President, 2000-2002Western Orthopedic Society

Interests & Hobbies

  • Enjoying time with his family including his two dogs
  • Skiing
  • Basketball
  • Woodworking


Dr. Parker's Reviews
Nancy SNancy S
04:12 08 May 24
Dr Parker was upbeat, friendly & attentive. He showed me the X-rays that had been taken that day & explained why my shoulder hurt so badly. He offered trying PT, w/the next step having a cortisone injection. Because I was hesitant about the cortisone shot, he agreed to write a script for PT and let me see if it helped. He said to contact him if/when I wanted the injection. I didn’t feel rushed nor slighted by him in any way. His friendly humor didn’t mind when I mixed him up with another doctor, who was far older than him! I’m comfortable with him & will continue w/him re: my shoulder problems.I’m updating the above review, approx a month after my first appointment with Dr Parker. He was wonderful: patient and empathetic as we discussed my options for dealing with my aging, arthritic body part! He listened to my fears and my thoughts and helped me reach a decision. He truly seems to be a surgeon who cares for people even more than the body parts we bring to him! Thank you, Dr Parker!
Carol McCrawCarol McCraw
22:15 07 May 24
Bill FickeBill Ficke
20:10 02 May 24
simple the Best great people great Doctors
Chris LangleyChris Langley
19:30 02 May 24
Felt comfortable with Dr. Parker throughout the entire process. A month out from collarbone surgery and I'm feeling great. Very appreciative of his attention to detail and communication, highly recommend.
Gary EdlerGary Edler
23:10 01 May 24
Roche ForeRoche Fore
18:03 08 Feb 24
Having problems with my knee, being incredibly active and working out and skiing, getting in immediately, making recommendations and making a game plan in moving forward! Andrew Parker, MD, is simply the best. I can’t say enough and would not hesitate to recommend everyone and anyone to him with any type of orthopedic needs. Professional, kind, understanding, efficient, and highly knowledgeable. Simply the best.
Janice Grissom ScottJanice Grissom Scott
22:37 17 Jan 24
Dr Parker was really good at answering all of my questions with very clear explanations. He also asked me a lot of questions to help him diagnose the problem. From there he outlined my options and possible next steps, taking a conservative approach to treatment, which I appreciate. Office and medical staff were professional and friendly.
Guitar GaryGuitar Gary
23:04 21 Dec 23
My first appointment at a new office. Scheduling was online and easy, no phone tag. They were on time for my appointment, and everyone was cheerful and caring. Couldn't ask for a better experience! I would highly recommend this orthopedic office, and Dr. Andrew Parker to anyone.
Michael EatonMichael Eaton
23:38 12 Dec 23
Great experience overall. Dr Parker was knowledgeable and gave me the space to explain my symptoms and experience. He took the time to make sure I understood what he was seeing and next steps. The office staff was super helpful as well - would definitely recommend!
Lori BuchananLori Buchanan
18:52 29 Sep 23
Dr Parker is excellent! He was always thoughtful and efficient. He kept me honest about my recovery and answers any questions I had.The day of my surgery he gave excellent care before and after, making sure any issues or concerns I had were addressed. If you need an ACL fixed, go see dr Parker!
Dr. Parker's Locations