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John J. Watkins,MD

Primary Service
  • Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Areas of Interest

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

  • University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Medical School
  • University of Colorado Health and Sciences Center, Denver, CO
  • University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Jacksonville, FL
  • University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Jacksonville, FL
  • Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, Orlando, FL

Board certification
Orthopedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 

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
"Educate the patient regarding their problem and treatment options so they can be an active participant in the decision making process. I think this helps the patient feel invested in the treatment and recovery which improves understanding and outcomes."

Why Dr. Watkins went into medicine
"Multiple athletic injuries growing up introduced me to orthopedics. I had great experiences with my orthopedic which created an early interest. This coupled with an enjoyment of building/doing things with my hands made orthopedics a natural match."

Favorite advice to give to patients 
"Motion is life and life is motion. We need to stay active in life to be happy and healthy."

All outdoor activities, exercising and spending time with family/friends. As well as, slowly but surely learning how to play the guitar.

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
“Variations in Tibial Torsion” - Clinical Anatom
“Variations in Femoral Anteversion” - Clinical A