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Medical icon Ronald Hugate, MD

Ronald Hugate, M.D.,, FAAOS is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in orthopedic oncology, hip preservation, complex joint reconstruction, and limb salvage. Dr. Hugate is considered a leader and innovator in the treatment of complex orthopedic problems. Dr. Hugate treats patients with forms of complex orthopedic problems that most others cannot, from cancer to prosthetics and everything in between. He enjoys the challenging and complex cases that allow him to utilize his extensive training and research. He loves the reward of seeing patients who have nowhere else to turn back on their feet and feeling better in life after treatment!

Dr. Hugate graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1994, he then went on to complete medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. In 1998, Dr. Hugate began his surgical internship at Penn State University where he then also completed his orthopedic surgery residency. In 2003, Dr. Hugate completed the Ivin’s Research Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and then went on to complete an orthopedic oncology fellowship there as well. In 2005 the Mayo clinic awarded Dr. Hugate the title “Instructor of Orthopedics” for his hard work and dedication.

Dr. Hugate is committed to the betterment of orthopedic care today and for the generations to come. He passes on a legacy of intellectual curiosity and desire to help others through teaching young people. As an adjunct associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering at the University of Denver, and clinical faculty at the Rocky Vista University School of Medicine, Dr. Hugate enjoys inspiring and training the next generation of engineers and physicians. Through this collaboration with educational institutions, Dr. Hugate stays actively involved in researching ways to improve osseous and other bio-integrated implants, the medical and surgical treatment of bone cancers, and joint reconstructions.

Dr. Hugate has authored and co-authored several scientific articles and a patient guide to joint replacement called “The Handbook of Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery: Through the Eyes of the Patient, Surgeon, and Medical Team!”. He and his work have been featured on numerous television and radio programs that include local news stations, public radio, The Today Show and even ‘Animal Planet’.

In addition to his commitment to excellence in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Hugate is also committed to service. He has participated in multiple medical mission trips to aid underserved populations of the world. Most recently he went to Haiti in January of 2010 following the devastating earthquake. Dr. Hugate has also proudly served our country as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army reserves where he has been deployed 4 times (including deployments to combat hospitals in both Afghanistan and Iraq) in support of our troops. For his efforts in the Army, Dr. Hugate has twice been awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

Dr. Hugate lives with his family in the Denver Metro Area. He hails from Virginia where he was born and raised in Williamsburg with his two brothers. He enjoys spending his free time with his children. Other hobbies include traveling, wood-working, high-performance cars, and car restoration.

Dr. Hugate previously worked at Colorado Limb Consultants and joined Panorama on Aug 14, 2017.  He sees patients at Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center in Highlands Ranch.

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Meet Dr. Hugate

Learning About Ganz Osteotomy - Patient Resources

Correcting Hip Dysplasia With Ganz Osteotomy

What to Expect from Ganz Osteotomy Surgery

Recovery from a Ganz Osteotomy

Step into the Operating Room with Dr. Hugate - Watch him Perform a Ganz Osteotomy

A Specialist in Complex Orthopedics & Reconstruction

Dr Hugate is a specialist in Complex Orthopedic care.  He performs complex reconstructive surgeries necessary to preserve limbs following major bone loss.  This type of loss can occur due to cancerous or non-cancerous bone or muscle tumors, infections, or failed joint replacements.  He has the most extensive training in complex reconstructive techniques and he is sub-specialized in Orthopedic Oncology and the treatment of bone and muscle tumors.


Dr Hugate is a hip preservation expert performing advanced reconstructive procedures such as Ganz Osteotomy for hip dysplasia, as well as, complicated hip reconstructions and revisions.

Dr Hugate is also considered an expert in limb preservation and is known nationally for his expertise in complex orthopedics and the most advanced orthopedic reconstructive techniques. .



Michael's Story of Overcoming Cancer with the Help of Dr. Hugate

Dr. Hugate's Areas of Specialization

Orthopedic Oncology – Bone & Muscle Tumors

Dr. Hugate is trained as an orthopedic oncologist and specializes in treating all types of bone, muscle or joint tumors.  He treats both benign and cancerous tumors, including:

  • Sarcomas
  • Osteosarcomas
  • Ewing’s Sarcoma
  • Osteogenic Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Bone Tumors
  • Joint Tumors
  • Muscle Tumors
  • Bone Cysts

Hip Preservation

Dr Hugate is a specialist in Hip Preservation and performs the following reconstructive procedures to correct hip dysplasia and abnormalities of the hip joint.

  • Ganz Osteotomy (Ganz) – Peri-Acetabular Osteotomy (PAO)
  • Pelvis osteotomy
  • Pelvic Osteotomy
  • Femoral Osteotomy
  • Femur Osteotomy

Primary & Revision Joint Replacement

Dr Hugate performs both primary and revision joint replacements in the knee, hip and shoulder. He uses the anterior approach to hip replacement.

Dr Hugate specializes in the most complex joint replacement revision cases, including:

  • Fractures around an implant
  • Loosening of the prosthetic device
  • Pain from the implant
  • Dislocation
  • Instability
  • Swelling around the implant
  • Hematomas
  • Seromas
  • Wound Complications

Orthopedic Oncology - Bone & Muscle Tumors

Hip Preservation

Limb Preservation

Revision Joint Replacement

Dr. Hugate in the News

3D Systems Technology reduces lead times, Enables customization

Dr Hugate Replaces a Man's Cancerous Pelvis with a 3D Printed Implant

New technology gives Iraq war veteran a new lease on life

Colorado veteran gets first-of-its-kind prosthesis

It's Amazing: Combat Veteran Amputee Gets Permanent Prothesis

Military Veteran Receives Breakthrough Osseous Integration Surgery

The Today Show

850 KOA Close-Up with Dr. Ron Hugate

NFL, NBC News Feature Ron Hugate in Film Series

Colorado Bone Surgeon Singled Out By NFL For Inspirational Teamwork

Colorado Surgeon, Students Design Permanent Artificial Leg

Surgeon Eases Young Boy's Anxieties with Surprise Visit

Denver Doctor Visits Afghanistan: "You Do the Best You Can"

Doctor Develops a New Prosthetic for Amputees

Dr Hugate and Permanent Prosthetic Research

Denver & Triumph

Medical Mission to Haiti Orthopedic Surgeon from Denver

Local Surgeon Heading to Haiti, With Victim's Limbs on the Line

Haiti Earthquake

Dr Ronald Hugate and Bionic Boy

Metro State Student Loses, Hands, Legs to Meningitis

Meningitis Took Man's Limbs But Not His Spirit

A Note from Dr. Hugate

First and foremost:  My team and I strive to deliver world-class care each of our patients. There is no higher level of trust than that a patient gives to their medical caregivers. My team and I understand this, and we are truly honored and humbled that patients entrust us with their care. We do everything in our power to validate and earn that trust.

My philosophy of care is to treat patients as I would any family member or friend. I like to involve patients and their families in their treatment plan and make them a part of their own treatment team. We spend time with our patients: first of all gaining an accurate diagnosis, and then, helping them understand what their condition is and what options are available to them for treatment. Over the years, I have found that well-informed patients who take on an active role in their care are the happiest patients. We offer a wide range of options (surgical, and non-surgical when appropriate) and then look at the pros and cons of each option presented. Together, we put together a treatment plan that works best for you, the patient.

 A sincere thank you for entrusting me and my team with your care.



Dr. Hugate has a large number of patients, often with very complex orthopedic issues. For that reason, he has a team of outstanding dedicated health care professionals to collaborate in your care. He has hand-selected each of these providers to be a part of his team. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with them as they will likely be involved in your care.

Justin Burtz, MPAS, PA-C