John R. Shank, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon - Foot & Ankle, Sports Medicine
★★★★★ ★★★★★
Specializing in Reconstruction Foot & Ankle Surgery, Trauma & Total Ankle Replacement
Fax: 719-623-1051

Dr. John Shank is a Fellowship-Trained, Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in the treatment of foot and ankle injuries and disorders. Dr. Shank has treated numerous high school, collegiate and professional athletes including Olympic medalists, MLB, NFL and NHL players.

Dr. Shank has served as Foot and Ankle Consultant for both the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos and currently serves as Foot and Ankle Consultant at The Olympic Training Center and Colorado College.

Dr. Shank treats traumatic injuries, sports injuries and performs both simple and complex foot and ankle reconstructions. He performs procedures for arthritis, sports and athletic injuries, cartilage injuries, fractures, trauma and deformity. His specialized services also include total ankle arthroplasty (ankle replacement) and revision total ankle arthroplasty. Dr. Shank performs the most total ankle arthroplasties in southern Colorado and utilizes the most advanced CT guided technology available.  He particularly enjoys complex, challenging, foot and ankle traumatic injuries, reconstructions and revision surgeries.  In addition, he regularly performs minimally invasive and other current, evidence-based techniques.

Dr. Shank attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Colorado. He completed a foot and ankle fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington under the instruction of the revered Sigvard T. Hansen, Bruce Sangeorzan and Stephen Benirschke. He then completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas under the guidance of Richard Hawkins.

Dr. Shank has been regularly named Top Foot and Ankle Surgeon by Colorado Springs Style magazine and has been named Top Orthopedic Surgeon for Business Executives by Colorado Business Journal.

Active in research and education, Dr. Shank serves as AO faculty and author and is involved in resident education.  He is published in numerous orthopedic journals and has attended and spoken at numerous national and international meetings.

Dr. Shank and his family live in Colorado Springs where he enjoys the outdoors, music, cooking and traveling the world. Dr Shank is well respected in the orthopedic community, by his patients and at CCOE and is known for his kind and calm demeanor.


  • Fellowships:
    • Foot & Ankle Reconstruction, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
    • Sports Medicine, Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Spartanburg, SC
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Medical School: MD: University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
  • Undergraduate School: BS: Natural Science, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Team Physician

  • Orthopedic Consultant, United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs – 2006-Present
  • Team Physician, Colorado College – 2006-Present
  • Foot and Ankle Consultant, Denver Broncos – 2007-2012
  • Foot and Ankle Consultant, Colorado Rockies – 2007-2012

Clinical Interests

  • Ankle replacement and revision ankle replacement
  • Foot and ankle trauma
  • Fracture care
  • Arthroscopy and ligament repair
  • Deformity correction
  • Fusion and treatment of arthritis
  • Achilles and minimally invasive Achilles repair
  • Revision surgeries
  • Tendon disorders and treatments
  • Forefoot and bunion surgery
  • Charcot reconstructions

Memberships & Organizations

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Foot and Ankle Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Colorado Medical Society
  • El Paso Medical Society


Dr. Shank's Reviews
Sharon CarlosSharon Carlos
15:57 04 Apr 24
Doug MuddDoug Mudd
03:27 04 Apr 24
Debbie BlissDebbie Bliss
19:34 03 Apr 24
Dr. Shank was very kind and understanding. He's doing an amazing job repairing my foot.
Richard YandowRichard Yandow
23:11 27 Mar 24
Dr. Shank was awesome. He is so friendly and helpful with my foot problem.Post surgery was monitored closely and he gave me the ‘ok’ on my last visit. What a nice man. Actually chatted with us for a while as well.
Deborah LaCasseDeborah LaCasse
16:32 26 Mar 24
Kelly RotenberryKelly Rotenberry
21:56 20 Jan 24
Dr Shank did a terrific job of repairing a broken fusion and a ruptured Achilles tendon in my right ankle. He cares about how you are doing and is extra supportive when it is tough. I would recommend him highly.
D SeguraD Segura
21:18 07 Jan 24
I had a good experience. They were very nice, helpful and fast. the whole process only took an hour, and that included x-rays. and Dr Shank was very thorough with what he was telling me. I'm happy for him to be my doctor and finally get me back on track with my health!
Jerry MarshallJerry Marshall
23:43 15 Nov 23
The process was quick as I had pre registered.The Medical Assistant that escorted me to the exam room was pleasant and very thorough- she treated me as if I were her only patient.I was next escorted to the X-Ray lab by a In the lab she too was patient and caring ad she moved me several times for the pics.My examining physician was Dr. Shank.He was thorough in asking me questions related to my injury and patient as I answered each… he was a good listener.His analysis was accurate and explained all option’s thoroughly!!!
Gregory FellGregory Fell
10:28 24 Oct 23
Prior to getting an evaluation from Dr. Shank, I went to two other orthopedists. Only Dr. Shank discussed all the alternatives and the pros and cons of each possibility. Dr. Shank also caught that I needed some foot reconstruction before a total ankle replacement. The previous Doctors did not. I believe this is going to result in a long-term, if not lifetime solution to my extreme osteoarthritis. He is the best in the business.
Julie Schuller-BrownJulie Schuller-Brown
23:31 04 Oct 23
My experience with Dr. John Shank has been one of the best medical experiences I have ever had. He and his well train staff have been truly exceptional. I am so happy with my experience under his medical care. I would absolutely refer this doctor to everyone!
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