Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2013
Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2012
Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2008
MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2007



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  • About Me

    About Me

    Dr. Kristofer J. Jones is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports-related musculoskeletal injuries of the knee, shoulder and elbow. His clinical expertise includes advanced arthroscopic procedures and complex reconstruction of these joints. He has a specific interest in joint preservation procedures, including modern cartilage restoration and transplantation techniques. Dr. Jones obtained his AB from the University of Chicago, where he was a four-year letter winner and All-Conference tailback for the varsity football team. He was awarded the Howell-Murray Alumni Medal upon graduation. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he received the Jonathan Rhoads Prize for Surgical Scholarship. Dr. Jones completed his orthopaedic residency training at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City, frequently recognized as the #1 Hospital for Orthopaedic Surgery by US News & World Report. He subsequently completed a traveling fellowship and acquired further expertise in shoulder and cartilage surgery at specialized centers across Europe, including Lyon & Paris France. Dr. Jones returned to HSS to complete another fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery. During this time, he served as assistant team physician for the Brooklyn Nets (NBA), New York Red Bulls (MLS), and Iona College Athletics as well as an orthopaedic consultant to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and US Open Tennis Tournament. He is currently an assistant team physician for the UCLA Athletic Department.

    Dr. Jones is very active in both clinical and laboratory research and has published numerous scientific manuscripts and textbook chapters that have received national recognition and awards. His specific research interests include surgical treatment of shoulder and elbow injuries in the throwing athlete, complex arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow, knee ligament reconstruction and joint biomechanics, and articular cartilage restoration. He has lectured on these topics both nationally and internationally. He is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) and the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS).

    Academic Office
    UCLA Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery and Cartilage Restoration
    10833 Le Conte Ave
    76-143 CHS
    Los Angeles, CA 90095


  • Locations

    UCLA Orthopaedic Center

    (primary location)
    100 UCLA Medical Plaza
    Suite 755
    Los Angeles, California 90095
  • Education


    Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2013
    Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2012
    Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2008
    MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2007
  • Clinical Interests
    • Achilles Tendon
    • Anterior cruciate ligament/Posterior cruciate ligament (ACL/PCL)
    • Arthroscopic Knee
    • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
    • Arthroscopic Shoulder
    • Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization & Labral Repair
    • Arthroscopic Surgery
    • Arthroscopy
    • Cartilage Implant
    • Cartilage Knee
    • Elbow Arthroscopy & Ligament Reconstruction
    • Golfer's Elbow
    • Ligament Knee
    • Revision ACL Surgery
    • Revision Labral Repair
    • Revision Rotator Cuff Repair
    • Revision Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder
    • Shoulder Joint Replacement
    • Sports Medicine
    • Tennis Elbow
    • Tommy John Surgery
  • Research

    Research Interest

    • Clinical
      • Clinical outcomes following surgical management of shoulder and elbow injuries related to overhead throwing or shoulder dislocation
      • Evaluation of outcomes following arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
      • Clinical efficacy of cartilage transplantation procedures
    • Laboratory
      • Restoration of knee biomechanics following ligament reconstruction
      • Novel use of mesenchymal stem cells for cartilage repair


  • News & Awards

    In the News

    1. “Effect of revision UCL reconstruction on return to play in MLB pitchers” - AAOS Now, May 2013.
    2. “Docking technique to repair torn elbow ligament yields favorable results in adolescent baseball players” – Science Daily, March 21st, 2013.


    • ICRS (International Cartilage Repair Society) Annual Merit Research Award – 2015
    • AAOS Clinician Scientist Development Award – 2014
    • AOA (American Orthopaedic Association) Emerging Leader – 2014
    • J. Robert Gladden Society Scholarship Recipient – 2012
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Award of Excellence – 2012
    • Jonathan Rhoads Prize for Surgical Scholarship (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) – 2007
    • Benjamin Fox Orthopaedic Research Scholar Award – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – 2006
    • Russell C. Hibbs Award in Clinical Science (Scoliosis Research Society) – 2006
    • Smith & Nephew Resident Research Award – 2006
    • Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) New York Metropolitation Area Resident Research Award – 2006
    • University of Pennsylvania Annual Research Symposium Award Winner (Clinical Research Section) – 2006
    • Center of Excellence Research Award – University of Pennsylvania – 2005
    • University Athletic Association (UAA) Scholar Athlete Award (University of Chicago) – 2001
    • Varsity Football – Offensive Player of the Year (University of Chicago) – 2001
    • UAA Conference 1st Team Offensive and 2nd Team Special Teams Honors (University of Chicago) – 2001
    • Howell Murray Alumni Association Medal (University of Chicago) – 2000
    • Maroon Key Society Inductee (University of Chicago) – 1999
    • University of Chicago Dean’s Grant (University of Chicago) – 1997
    • Golden Key National Honor Society – 1997
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