Joel B. Gonzales, MD

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

Joel Gonzales, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, joined Orthopedic Associates in 2001. He also has a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine from the ABOS. His special interests include the treatment of sports related injuries of the shoulder and knee.

Dr. Gonzales received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia. He then attended medical school at George Washington University. His internship and residency in orthopedic surgery were completed at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gonzales completed his fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopy at Orthopedic Research of Virginia. Dr. Gonzales is an active member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Gonzales was also the head team physician for the Colorado Crush, and a consulting physician for the Denver Nuggets (2001-2008) and Colorado Avalanche (2001-2017). Dr. Gonzales has a certification of added qualification in sports medicine.


  • Fellowship: Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, Orthopedic Research of Virginia, Richmond, VA
  • Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Medical School: George Washington University, M.D., Washington, D.C.
  • Undergraduate School: University of Virginia, BA, Charlottesville, VA

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Sports Teams Affiliations

  • Consulting Team Physician: Consulting Physician for the Colorado Avalanche 1998-2017
  • Team Orthopedic Surgeon: Colorado Crush–2003-2006
  • Head Team Physician: Colorado Crush–2007-2008
  • Assistant Team Physician: Pittsburgh Steelers Football–1998 preseason

Memberships & Organizations

  • Arthroscopy Association of North America, Active Member
  • American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, Active Member

Interests & Hobbies

  • Dr. Gonzales enjoys spending time with his four children at home.
  • Cycling
  • Skiing
  • Fishing


Dr. Gonzales' Reviews
Katrina HoingKatrina Hoing
22:27 07 May 24
I had a great experience yesterday with Dr. Gonzales! (I always have a great experience at Orthopedic Associates, regardless of which doctor I see for which joint issue.). I went in for one thing, but Dr. Gonzales made a recommendation that I do another. Obviously he was 100% correct! My knee feels so much better today, just in time for a hiking trip. I have been going there for many, many years and have never had a bad experience. I recommend them to everyone I know.
charles gurulecharles gurule
04:35 24 Apr 24
Dr Gonzales is one of the best!!
Jim OrcuttJim Orcutt
14:08 21 Apr 24
Vicki PepperVicki Pepper
23:07 20 Apr 24
Brett WendtBrett Wendt
22:53 20 Apr 24
OCC and Dr. Gonzales are amazing. Exceptional practitioners along with great communication. I would highly recommend Joel Gonzales and the practice group.
Devin GilhulyDevin Gilhuly
22:48 08 Mar 24
Dr. Gonzales is a compassionate, kind, professional physician and an expert in his field. I would highly recommend him and his team to anyone seeking consultation for their orthopedic issues.
Bob PlowmanBob Plowman
21:44 01 Mar 24
I have seen Dr Gonzales several times and I’m very happy and satisfied with the visits. He did an exceptional job repairing my torn rotator cuff. I had my last appointment with him yesterday and he has released me. He takes the time to explain the situation and always answers any questions I have to the full extent. I couldn’t be happier having him as my orthopedic.
Todd ScardinaTodd Scardina
20:14 29 Feb 24
Dr. Gonzales did an excellent job repairing my clavicle. Everything healed better than expected and he was a pleasure to work with; very efficient, informative, and comforting.
Jason JacobsJason Jacobs
18:55 15 Dec 23
Dr. Gonzales was amazing. Listened to my concerns, and addressed them accordingly.He was able to see me on a urgent appointment for s very painful bakers cyst on the back of my knee. He drained the cyst, and I was almost instantly without the severe pain that I had walked in the clinic with.I would highly recommend Dr. Gonzales for knee related issues. Great listening, explanation, and bedside skills!
Brian WeeksBrian Weeks
22:45 11 Oct 23
Very prompt service, Dr. Gonzalez is super knowledgeable, super caring, and super awesome. I always appreciate going in there, and it’s a great experience every time. He did such a good job on my knee, back to mountain biking with my son…. he is not just a great person, but he is, a very skilled surgeon! Thanks Doc!
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