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Dr. John J. Watkins

(218) 249-6360
Primary Specialties
  • Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
     (Board Certified)
  • St. Luke's Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
    1012 East Second Street, Level 5
    St. Luke's Building A
    Duluth, MN 55805
    (218) 249-6360
    (218) 249-6370


    Medical School - University of Colorado Health and Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado, 1996
    Internship - University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Jacksonville, Florida, 1997
    Residency - University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Jacksonville, Florida, 2001
    Fellowship - Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, Orlando, Florida, 2002
    Bachelor of Arts - University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1992


    • “Variations in Femoral Anteversion” - Clinical Anatomy 1994, Volume 7; pages 72-75

    • “Variations in Tibial Torsion” - Clinical Anatomy, 1994, Volume 7; pages 76-79
    • Phi Beta Honor Society
    • Clifford B. Scott Academic Achievement Award
    • Golden Key National Honor Society
    • Dean’s List
    • Pre-Medical Society Honor Roll
    • Richard Whitehead Award: Academic Excellence
    Outreach Locations
    Dr. Watkins travels to the Chequamegon Clinic in Ashland each Wednesday.


    Growing up in Denver, Dr. Watkins was an avid skier and learned to take advantage of Colorado's mountains. However, skiing was not the only way in which Dr. Watkins kept active. He also participated in track, football, tennis and basketball. His involvement in these activities exposed him to many different types of sports-related injuries, leading to his interest in sports medicine.

    Dr. Watkins is especially interested in athletic injuries and helping people maintain their desired activity levels as long as possible. He is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and has been published in Clinical Anatomy, a peer-reviewed medical journal. Dr. Watkins has also been fellowship trained in sports medicine; his specialties include replacing and reconstructing shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. He believes that motion is life, reinforcing his passion for keeping patients active and moving.

    Dr. Watkins chose to practice in Duluth because it is a great city in which to raise his family, and it offers a great balance of activities in both his personal and professional lives. A typical weekend for Dr. Watkins includes enjoying outdoor activities with his wife and children, playing guitar or cheering on the Broncos and the Avalanche. With his fast-paced lifestyle, it is no surprise that driving a Ferrari is first on Dr. Watkins' bucket list.

    Philosophy of Care
    Dr. Watkins firmly believes that motion is life and life is motion, so he always encourages his patients to stay active.

    Clinical Interests/Expertise

    Clinical Interests: Arthroscopic and reconstructive procedures of the shoulder, hip, knee and ankle; shoulder, hip and knee replacements; fracture care

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