Dr. Eric McCarty

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Department of Orthopedics

Dr. Eric McCarty

Head Team Physician
CU Buffaloes Football

Dr. Eric McCarty

Head Team Physician
Colorado Avalanche
Hockey Club



Dr. Eric McCarty is an Orthopedic surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist, working with patients of all ages in Boulder and the Denver metro area in Colorado.

Eric McCarty, M.D

Head Team Physician 
Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club
University of Colorado Athletics
Chief of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Expertise in arthroscopic and open reconstructive surgery of the knee, shoulder, and elbow.

Dr. McCarty is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and a fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist with a long-time interest in sports medicine and athletics. His passion for treating the active individual stems from his playing days as a linebacker at the University of Colorado, where he earned all-conference honors. In addition to his duties as head team physician for the University of Colorado and the University of Denver, Dr. McCarty's specialized practice involves the care of recreational and highly competitive athletes from the community. His clinical expertise includes arthroscopic and open reconstructive surgery of the knee, shoulder, and elbow.


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Congratulations to Dr. Eric McCarty for being recognized as one of the winners of the highest and most prestigious research award given by AAOS—the 2024 Kappa Delta Awards and the OREF Clinical Research Award!

The AAOS is proud to present the winners of the 2024 Kappa Delta Awards and the Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation (OREF) Clinical Research Award. The awards are bestowed annually for outstanding clinical research related directly to musculoskeletal disease or injury. Manuscripts represent a large body of cohesive scientific work generally reflecting years of investigation. The winners are recognized at the AAOS Annual Meeting and the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting.

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Celebrating Dr. Eric McCarty's Induction into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame

Dr. Eric McCarty is a renowned orthopedic surgeon and the Chief Medical Officer for the University of Colorado Boulder's Athletic Department. He was recently inducted into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame in 2022. Dr. McCarty is a highly respected member of the sports medicine community, and he has served as the team physician for the CU Buffs since 1993. In addition to his work with the Buffs, he has also provided medical care for the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies, and the United States Ski Team. During his time at CU, Dr. McCarty has played an instrumental role in the Collaboration of the University of Colorado with the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver to join forces as one of the most highly regarded orthopedic centers in the country. He has also been recognized for his contributions to research in the field of sports medicine and has published numerous articles and book chapters on the subject. Overall, Dr. Eric McCarty's induction into the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame is a well-deserved honor that recognizes his exceptional career in sports medicine and his significant contributions to the CU Buffs athletic program. Congratulations, Dr. McCarty!

THEE PREGAME SHOW - Coach Prime Tours The Football Medical Center At CU - And He Loves It

Coach Prime nor any of his staff or players will have far to travel for what are traditional “off campus” medical needs - because the #ColoradoUniversity medical center is in the same building as Football Operations - Coach Prime recently toured and Thee Pregame Show was there for it.


Professional Soccer Player for the Orlando Pride Organization
I played all four years of my college career at the University of Colorado Boulder where Dr. McCarty was our team surgeon. - Taylor Korieck, professional soccer player for the Orlando Pride

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Dr McCarty just performed a third surgery on me 10 days ago.
He did my L rotator cuff and L meniscus in the past, R rotator cuff last week. You simply couldn’t find a better surgeon with a better reputation.

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I had the most wonderful experience with Dr. McCarty and his staff.
I got the same expert care that professional athletes get, and today I am back running and cycling after a very successful surgery.

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Fax: (303) 315-9902
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Arthroscopy Association of North America
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Christian Medical and Dental Association
Western Orthopaedic Association
Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Magellan Society
International Cartilage Repair Society
Alpha Omega Alpha
European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery- Arthroscopy
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Herodicus Society
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