As a board certified orthopaedist, Dr. Jeffrey M. Nakano specializes in joint replacement. He is devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation
and prevention of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

Practice Philosophy

“I believe that knowledgeable patients make the best decisions about their own treatment. That’s why I explain every step of the diagnostic process and all treatment options. I present a realistic outlook on the results we can achieve and frankly explain any risks that might be involved. I want all of my patients to know that I have given them my best efforts.”

Work Experience:
Orthopaedic Surgeon- Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates, Inc ., 1996 – present

Grand Mesa Orthopaedic Associates, P.C., 1993 – 1995
(Merged with Grand Junction Orthopaedic Associates to form Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates)

Nakano & Richards, M.D.’s, P.C., 1991 – 1993
Added partner and renamed Grand Mesa Orthopaedic Associates

Hall Orthopaedic Clinic, P.C., 1983 – 1991 

Emory University Affiliated Hospitals
Orthopaedic Surgery, 1979 – 1983

Emory University Affiliated Hospitals
General Surgery, 1978 – 1979

Medical School:
Emory University
M.D., Graduated 1978

Georgia Institute of Technology
Graduated with a B.S., 1974

Vanderbilt University
Attended 1969 – 1970

Board Certification:
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, July 19, 1985

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Colorado Medical Society
Colorado Orthopaedic Society
Mesa County Medical Society
Western Orthopaedic Association

Honors and Affiliations:
St. Mary’s Hospital Physician of the Year, 2013
Program Chairman – Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting San Diego, California, 2007
Program Chairman – Western Slope Chapter of the Western Orthopaedic Society, 1994 – present
Presenter – Southern Medical Association, 1981
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1982
American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, 1982
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1984

Hospital Affiliations & Active Staff Privileges:
St. Mary’s Hospital & Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colorado
Grand Valley Surgical Center, Grand Junction, Colorado
Community Hospital, Grand Junction, Colorado
Family Health West, Fruita, Colorado
Delta County Memorial Hospital, Delta, Colorado

Clinics and Appointment Scheduling:

As a specialist in orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Nakano spends significant time in the OR and making rounds on his patients in the hospital. Because of this he is only available in clinic approximately two-and-a-half days per week. As a surgeon on active staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, he is also required to take trauma calls. We ask your patience and understanding if your appointment has to be rescheduled or is delayed due to an emergency.

Appreciated the professional team Dr Nakano leads. Very happy with my decision to have surgery. Dr. Nakano’s team are the best.
Jackie H.

I believe Dr. Nakano is great as a doctor and as a person. He seems to care about me and my welfare! I appreciate every communication I have had with him!! I have also heard so many positive comments about him and his superior skills!
Jan B.

Dr Nakano and his PA Bill provided A+ pre and post surgery care. Especially impressed by the amount of time Dr. Nakano spent with me reviewing the options regarding my knee replacement. I was able to resume all normal outdoor activities within 5 months including rock and alpine climbing, hiking, biking. Very glad that I had the knee replaced!
Robert O.

I was able to walk one mile at the end of the first week after a complete knee replacement. I highly recommend Dr. Nakano.
R. G.

I was recommended to Dr. Nakano by a friend. He did a great job. The staff at RMOA is very accommodating, especially Alix the scheduler.
J. S.

Dr. Nakano,
I am writing this letter to express my utmost gratitude and appreciation for the total hip replacement I received from you. The care I received from you and your PA’s was second to none. The time you spent with me from the initial work-up and all the way through to the pre-op consultation was thorough, kind and informative. My phone calls were always answered promptly. I found you to be genuinely caring, highly skilled, dedicated surgeon who clearly loves what you do. I also appreciate your sense of humor. In summary I am so very thankful that I chose you as my doctor.
Sharon M.

I am so glad that Dr. Jeffrey Nakano did my surgery. I was in such pain and unable to do any physical exercise before the surgery. After I recovered from the surgery, I completed the Bolder Boulder 10K race with my family. Thank you Dr. Nakano for making this possible by giving me a new hip.
Susan H.

Because of my orthopaedic care at RMOA, I can once again do the simple things in life that I have not been able to do without pain for the last thirteen tears. I am not an overly athletic person, but I love to hike, walk my dogs and work in my garden. I am what most doctors would consider “too young” for a hip replacement, but because I had tried all other conservative treatment options, this was my only remaining alternative. I finally decided that I was way too young to feel that old. After my hip replacement, I can do all of the things I love to do without pain or drugs. I am a new person with a new outlook on life. It’s the best thing that I had ever done for myself. Thank you so much Dr. Nakano. You truly are my hero!
Tammy I.