Dr. Daniel K. Moon is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained foot and ankle specialist. He focuses on operative and nonoperative management of foot and ankle injuries and disorders, as well as traumatic orthopedic injuries of the upper and lower extremities, in patients of all ages. Dr. Moon has a passion for foot & ankle orthopedic surgery, with its combination of rapidly improving clinical science, biomechanical challenges, and exciting technological breakthroughs. Most of all, he enjoys helping his patients achieve improved function and quality of life.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Moon serves on numerous medical boards and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. At CU, he has the privilege to teach young surgeons and medical students the art of medicine and surgery.
After receiving his undergraduate and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Moon worked as a management consultant advising corporations including pharmaceutical and technology companies. Feeling the need to help patients more directly, Dr. Moon went on to receive his medical degree from Columbia University. Committed to quality clinical care, he augmented his medical school training with an MBA from Harvard Business School to explore how our healthcare system may better serve its patients.
Dr. Moon then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Washington University in Saint Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital where the Foot & Ankle faculty led by Jeffrey E. Johnson, MD, inspired his sub-specialization. In St. Louis, Dr. Moon worked with the (former) St. Louis Rams professional football team as well as providing coverage for local teams. While at WUSTL, he received both the WUSTL Distinguished Teaching Service Award and the Resident of the Year Award. After completion of his residency program, Dr. Moon completed his foot & ankle orthopedic fellowship at Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital under the direction of Christopher W. DiGiovanni, MD. During Dr. Moon’s fellowship program, he received specialized training in surgical reconstruction, trauma, sports injuries, deformity, and nonoperative care.
At the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Moon has been instrumental in the establishment of a leading Foot and Ankle Center in Central Park, CO. This regional center of excellence for comprehensive foot and ankle care utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach, including orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, non-operative sports medicine doctors, physical therapists, and orthotists. In Colorado, Dr. Moon has been vital in expanding care to the region north of Denver. In addition to his own clinical practice there, he has been instrumental in recruiting healthcare providers to the community. In this expansion of care, Dr. Moon is also a liaison to hospital leadership. He serves as the Site Director at the UCHealth Broomfield Medical Center as well as the Medical Director of Surgery at the UCHealth Broomfield Hospital.
Dr. Moon is not only committed to providing exceptional care to his patients, he is also dedicated to training the next generation of talented medical professionals. He is active in training orthopedic residents and foot and ankle fellows. He founded and continues to teach a 4th-year elective medical school course, “The Business of Medicine.” Dr. Moon’s clinical practice and teaching duties are buoyed by academic research, advocacy and policy.
Dr. Moon regularly represents the Colorado Orthopedic Society, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society at national and regional meetings. He has numerous publications and continues to be active in clinical research. His ongoing clinical research interests include healthcare education reform, biomechanics of the foot and ankle, and cost-effectiveness of clinical interventions.
When not working, Dr. Moon enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. They enjoy getting outside and skiing in beautiful Colorado, as well as watching Star Wars and building Legos when at home.
Evaluation and treatment of adult and adolescent foot and ankle disorders:
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Lakey E, Kumparatana P, Moon DK, Morales J, Anderson SE, Baldini T, Pereira H, Hunt KJ. (2021) Biomechanical Comparison of All-Soft Suture Anchor Single-Row vs Double-Row Bridging Construct for Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy. Foot & Ankle International, 42(2), 215-223.
Smith KS, Drexelius K, Challa S, Moon DK, Metzl JA, Hunt K. (2020) Outcomes Following Ankle Fracture Fixation With or Without Ankle Arthroscopy. Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics, 5(1), 1-6.
Heijboer R, Lubberts B, Guss D, Johnson AH, Moon DK, DiGiovanni CW. (2019) Venous Thromboembolism and Bleeding Adverse Events in Lower Leg, Ankle, and Foot Orthopaedic Surgery with and without Anticoagulants. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 101(6), 539-546.
Levin PE, Moon DK, Payne DE. (2017) Overlapping and Concurrent Surgery: A Professional and Ethical Analysis. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 99(23), 2045-2050.
Lubberts B, Guss D, Vopat BG, Wolf JC, Moon DK, DiGiovanni CW. (2017) The effect of ankle distraction on arthroscopic evaluation of syndesmotic instability: A cadaveric study. Clinical Biomechanics, (50), 16-20.
Moon DK, Gurnett, CA, Aferol, H, Siegel MJ, Commean PK, Dobbs MB. (2014) Soft-Tissue Abnormalities Associated with Treatment-Resistant and Treatment-Responsive Clubfoot: Findings of MRI Analysis. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 96(15), 1249-1256.
Non Peer-Reviewed Publications
Moon DK. (2018) Spring Leadership Retreat: Creating a clear strategy for our Society. In-Stride AOFAS Newsletter, Spring 2018.
Moon DK and Carroll C. (2015) Domestic Medical Tourism- Coming to a Center Near You. AAOS Now, June 2015.
Carroll C. and Moon DK (2015) Ethical Issues in Domestic Medical Tourism. AAOS Now, July 2015.