John P. Fulkerson, MD

John P. Fulkerson, MD

John P. Fulkerson, MD


Sports Medicine  


Dr. Fulkerson’s practice is limited to arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery (meniscus, ligament, and rotator cuff tears) as well as patellofemoral joint preservation and stabilization surgery. His office is in Farmington and his surgery is at Orthopedic Associates Surgery Center in Rocky Hill.

Dr. John Fulkerson was head team physician for Connecticut’s only major league team, the NHL Hartford Whalers, until they left Connecticut in 1997 and also served as team physician for U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey (Team USA) and Trinity College (Hartford) football and ice hockey. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the San Francisco Bay Area Knee Society and is past president of the Greater Hartford Orthopedic Education and Research Foundation, the Litchfield Land Trust, and the Herodicus Society. A Master Instructor of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), he served on the board and executive committee of AANA for 6 years. In 1994, Dr Fulkerson founded the International Patellofemoral Study Group (with Jean Yves Dupont) and in 2003, founded the Patellofemoral Foundation ( He is Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at University of Connecticut School of Medicine and has done over 12,000 arthroscopic knee and shoulder procedures. His primary focus is accurate, minimally invasive, and technically precise non operative, arthroscopic and patellofemoral surgery.

In 2011, Dr Fulkerson was recognized as one of the top 1% orthopedic surgeons in the USA by US News and World Report.  In 2016, he was voted Connecticut Orthopedist of the Year.


Under Graduate:Williams College B.A.
Medical School:Yale University MD
Internship:Yale-New Haven Hospital Government Service: U.S. Indian Health Services
Residency:Yale University General and Orthopedic Surgery

Curriculum Vitae

Hospital Affiliations

Orthopedic Associates Surgery Center

Contact Information

Phone: 860-549-8269
Fax: 860-549-8937

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499 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032