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Practice contact
(859) 218-3131
2195 Harrodsburg Road
Lexington Kentucky 40504
Darren Johnson MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon - Sports Specialty
Surgeon - 37 years in practice
Primary Practice: UK HealthCare - Turfland
Primary Hospital: University Of Kentucky Hospital

Practice Contact

Office Address
2195 Harrodsburg Road
Lexington Kentucky 40504
(859) 218-3131

Clinical Expertise

Sports Medicine Complex Knee Surgery


Darren Johnson, MD, is a nationally recognized physician in the field of sports medicine, particularly in complex knee surgery, and has spent the past 25 years caring for orthopaedic patients at UK. Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from the combined University of California, Riverside and University of California, Los Angeles program in biomedical sciences before earning his medical degree from UCLA. After his orthopaedic residency at the University of Southern California, he completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the University of Pittsburgh under Dr. Freddie H. Fu. He joined the UK faculty in 1993 and served as the chair of UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine from 2000 to 2018. In addition to his role as a professor, Johnson is also the head orthopaedic surgeon of UK Athletics. The prevention and treatment of ACL injuries in athletes is one of Johnson’s primary interests. He also enjoys teaching other surgeons, so he travels to national and international meetings as an invited guest speaker on knee injuries. Johnson has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and he was the former president of Southern Orthopedic Association. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts as well as more than 30 book chapters and has edited two textbooks: Clinical Sports Medicine and Reconstructive Knee Surgery. His outside interests include outdoor activities, particularly fly fishing, hunting, skiing and golf. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Nancy, and their three children.
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Primary Practice

Primary practice
UK HealthCare - Turfland

Hospital Affiliations

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University Of Kentucky Hospital
(859) 232-5445

Education & Training

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
University of Southern California
University of California, Los Angeles
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