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Richard Won Kang, MD

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I speak: English

My gender: Male

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About me

I grew up in Chicago and spent most of my life there before moving to Denver. I attended Northwestern University and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. Subsequently, I worked a couple years as a management consultant and ultimately decided to become a physician.

I pursued a career in medicine for multiple reasons. Primarily, I was close to my grandmother growing up. She had various musculoskeletal issues and wished that one day I could become a doctor to help her. Additionally, with my background in engineering, I have always been fascinated with the science and biomechanics related to the human body. I have been involved in various sports and have always desired to help an injured athlete beyond just wishing them well. I felt that a career in medicine, and specifically in orthopedic surgery, would be one of the most tangible and personal ways to help a person.

I completed a combined MD/MS program at Rush Medical College and the Graduate College of Rush University in Chicago. During medical school, I was fortunate to be selected as one of the top medical students by being elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. I completed my orthopedic surgery residency at Rush University Medical Center, and then pursued my subspecialty training in sports medicine surgery with a fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, New York.

I am a board-certified orthopedic surgeon through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. I also have a subspecialty certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. My practice focuses on hip preservation and sports medicine surgery. This includes arthroscopic and other minimally invasive procedures of the hip, shoulder, and knee.

About my practice

My objective in treating my patients is to provide them with a comprehensive work-up and treatment plan that best fits their needs and helps them achieve their goals. My hope is to do this in a manner that is compassionate and consistent with how I would want to treat my own family. Most of my patients fall in a range from young adolescents to middle-aged adults.

I have a specialty focus on treating non-arthritic hip conditions such as labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement, abductor tears, snapping hip, proximal hamstring tears, cartilage lesions, and prior failed hip arthroscopies. I address these conditions with hip arthroscopic and endoscopic procedures. In addition to hip arthroscopies with primary labral repairs, I also provide other surgical options such as labral reconstructions, labral augmentations, and revision hip arthroscopies.

I also treat general sports medicine issues that involve other joints such as the shoulder and knee. Procedures that I perform for these joints include ACL reconstructions, meniscus surgeries, cartilage restorative procedures, rotator cuff repairs, shoulder labral repairs, and biceps tenodesis/tenotomy procedures.

In addition to my clinical practice, I serve as a surgical instructor for multiple courses at the Orthopaedic Learning Center. At these courses, I teach arthroscopic and other minimally invasive procedures for the hip, shoulder, and knee. I have also served as a team physician at various levels from high school through professional sports. I currently work with the New York Mets as an affiliate team physician. I have contributed to our orthopedic literature with publications that range from basic science and clinical studies to surgical technique articles. I am a reviewer for multiple journals including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the American Journal of Sports Medicine, and the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. I am an active member of several orthopedic surgery societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

How I thrive

I have been blessed to have a wife and 2 sons. In addition to spending time with my family, I enjoy travel, trying different restaurants and cuisines, hiking, and sports.

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Colorado Permanente Medical Group

Orthopedics Department name
2045 Franklin Street, Denver, CO 80205
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My training, certifications & licensing

Medical school

Rush Medical College of Rush University
Chicago , IL

Board certification

Orthopaedic Surgery

AM BD of Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

AM BD of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Medical training

Residency

Surgery, Orthopaedic

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago , IL

Fellowship

Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine

Hospital for Special Surgery
New York , NY

Joined Permanente Medical Group

2020

Provider ID

029021
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07/11/2020