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J. Kristopher Ware

Dr. Ware



As a Connecticut native, Dr. Ware grew up in Glastonbury and attended the University of Connecticut. There he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science followed by a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. He later earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from MGH Institute in Boston. He went into practice as a physical therapist treating sports related injuries and guiding patients in their post-operative rehabilitation. During that time, he served as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students, developed evidence-based treatment guidelines, provided lectures on advances in treatment of sports injuries at regional conferences, and participated in clinical research. After 6 years, with the encouragement of his orthopaedic surgeon mentors, he decided to follow his heart and applied to medical school.

Dr. Ware attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. While there he was awarded the Nathaniel Gould award for outstanding achievement in orthopedic surgery. He was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. After graduation he returned to Connecticut to complete his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Ware’s background in physical therapy and his passion for treatment of sports related injuries led him to obtain sub-specialty training through the Brown University Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship. There he trained with prominent sports medicine specialists treating complex knee ligament and cartilage injuries, various shoulder conditions, and athletic hip injuries. He also served as the team physician for Brown University Division 1 Athletics and the Providence Bruins professional hockey team. His research focus has included treatment of shoulder instability, ACL and other knee ligament injuries, and meniscus injuries.

Dr. Ware’s practice includes treatment of a wide spectrum of high school, college, and professional athletic injuries, as well as recreational and occupational injuries. He performs advanced arthroscopic techniques for the shoulder, hip, and knee. He is specifically interested in the treatment of rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, knee ligament tears, articular cartilage injuries, meniscal tears, femoroacetabular impingement and hip labrum tears.

Currently, Dr. Ware serves as the team doctor for the University of Hartford, numerous local high schools including Kingswood Oxford, Northwest Catholic, Wethersfield and Granby, and he assists with the Hartford Wolfpack Hockey team. 

Dr. Ware is married with two sons. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, snowboarding and mountain biking.

Meet Dr. Kris Ware


Under Graduate:University of Connecticut, 2002, BS in Physical Therapy
Graduate Degree:University of Connecticut, 2000-2001, Master of Science
Graduate Degree:MGH Institute, 2003-2005, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Medical School:University of Vermont School of Medicine, 2007-2011, MD
Residency:University of Connecticut, 2011-2016, Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellowship:Brown University, 2016-2017, Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Curriculum Vitae

Hospital Affiliations

Hartford Hospital


Summers Sports Injuries

Dr. Ware discusses how to stay safe during summer months. He focuses on common injuries due to running and mountain biking and provides strategies to avoid injuries.

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Physical Therapy Videos

Intro to Physical Therapy
Internal External Rotation
IT Band Stretch (supine)
Modified Squat
PNF D2 Diagonal Pattern
Prone Horizontal Abduction
Prone Horizontal Scaption
Prone Quad Stretch
Quadruped UE LE
Resisted Side Stepping
Rows with Scapular Retraction
Sidelying Clams
Step Up and Down
Straight Leg Raise
Supine Hamstring Stretch
Transverse Abdominus Brace with Marches
Transverse Abdominus Brace


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