In 2003, Dr. McCarty was recruited back to Colorado from Vanderbilt University to take over the sports medicine and shoulder program in the department of orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and to serve as the head team physician for the University of Colorado and University of Denver athletic programs. In recent years he has also been the medical director and head team physician for the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club.
Dr. McCarty’s specialized practice involves the care of these collegiate and professional athletes as well as recreational and highly competitive athletes from the community and the rocky mountain area. In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. McCarty is very active in research, teaching, and writing in the field of sports medicine and knee and shoulder surgery. He has over 200 publications in the field of Sports Medicine. He has received competitive grants for his research and frequently gives talks at both the national and international level. He has been the recipient of numerous national research awards including the AOSSM Cabaud Award, AOSSM Herodicus Award, AOSSM O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, AOSSM Douglas Brown Award and AOSSM Aircast Award as well as the ASES Neer Award on two occasions. Additionally, he received the prestigious Kappa Delta Award from the AAOS in 2012 and 2019.
Dr. McCarty has been the course chairman of numerous sports medicine courses. He is also annually recognized and voted by physicians in the Denver and Boulder area as one of 5280 Magazine’s “Top Docs” for his expertise in the specialty of sports medicine. He is also very active in national and international sports medicine and arthroscopic societies including AOSSM, ISAKOS, AANA and ASES with various positions of leadership in those societies. In 2004, he was selected as a traveling fellow for the AOSSM/ESSKA traveling fellowship to Europe. He is a proponent of international sports medicine collaboration and has been the chair of the Traveling Fellowship committee for AOSSM. He currently serves as the Treasurer on the board of directors for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).
Dr. McCarty is extremely dedicated to his faith and every year organizes a well-attended prayer breakfast during the annual AOSSM meeting.
Since his playing days, Dr. McCarty continues to maintain a very active lifestyle with his family. He lives in Boulder with his wife Miriam and four children Madeleine, Cleveland, Shannon, and Torrance. He enjoys the activities he grew up with in Colorado including hiking, cycling, climbing and skiing. This carries over into his unbridled dedication of returning his patients to their desired activity/sport. His passion for his work as a team physician, surgeon, educator and researcher is quite evident in his enthusiasm for what he does. He feels very fortunate and blessed to be in such a wonderful profession.