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.

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. Guire (2/11/16)

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. Selcke (2/9/16)