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J. Kristopher Ware, MD Sports Medicine Specialist

As a Connecticut native, Dr. Ware grew up in Glastonbury and attended the University of Connecticut. There he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science followed by a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. He later earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from MGH Institute in Boston. He went into practice as a physical therapist treating sports related injuries and guiding patients in their post-operative rehabilitation. During that time, he served as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students, developed evidence-based treatment guidelines, provided lectures on advances in treatment of sports injuries at regional conferences, and participated in clinical research. After 6 years, with the encouragement of his orthopedic surgeon mentors, he decided to follow his heart and applied to medical school.

Dr. Ware attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. While there he was awarded the Nathaniel Gould award for outstanding achievement in orthopedic surgery. He was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

After graduation he returned to Connecticut to complete his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Ware’s background in physical therapy and his passion for treatment of sports related injuries led him to obtain sub-specialty training through the Brown University Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship. There he trained with prominent sports medicine specialists treating complex knee ligament and cartilage injuries, various shoulder conditions, and athletic hip injuries. He also served as the team physician for Brown University Division 1 Athletics and the Providence Bruins professional hockey team. His research focus has included treatment of shoulder instability, ACL and other knee ligament injuries, and meniscus injuries.

Dr. Ware’s practice includes treatment of a wide spectrum of high school, college, and professional athletic injuries, as well as recreational and occupational injuries. He performs advanced arthroscopic techniques for the shoulder, hip, and knee. He is specifically interested in the treatment of rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, knee ligament tears, articular cartilage injuries, meniscal tears, femoroacetabular impingement and hip labrum tears.

Dr. Ware is married with two sons. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, snowboarding and mountain biking.


  • UndergraduateUniversity of Connecticut, Physical Therapy
    Bachelor of Science, May 2000, Summa Cum Laude
  • Medical School University of Vermont College of Medicine
    August 2007-May 2011, MD 2011, AOA
  • Graduate DegreesUniversity of Connecticut, June 2000-May 2001
    Master of Science,2001
    MGH Institute, August 2003-May 2005
    Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2005

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency University of Connecticut Health Center
    263 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06030
    Orthopaedic Surgery, July 2011-June 2016
  • FellowshipBrown University/ Alpert Medical School
    222 Richmond St, Providence, RI 02903
    Orthopedic Sports Medicine, August 2016-July 2017

Professional Licenses/ Certification

  • Board Certification ABOS 7/25/2019-12/31/2029
  • Medical License Rhode Island, MD15396, 4/11/16-6/30/18
    Connecticut, MD 56366 6/30/17-current
  • Physical Therapy License Vermont040.0003455 9/25/01-9/30/12

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Nathaniel Gould Award, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation 2011
  • Administrative Achievement Award, Fletcher Allen Health Care 2004
  • Outpatient Clinician of the Year Award, Fletcher Allen Health Care 2003
  • Francis M. Tappan Award for Excellence, Uconn 2000


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2011
  • Alpha Eta Society 2000
  • Phi Beta Kappa honor society 1998
  • Phi Kappa Phi honor society 1997
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars honor society 1997
  • Alpha Lambda Delta honor society 1996

Hospital Appointments

  • Orthopedic Surgeon Orthopedic Associates of Hartford/
    Bone and Joint Institute/ Hartford Hospital
    32 Seymour St, Hartford, CT 06106
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellow University Orthopedics/ RIHospital
    2 Dudley St., Ste 200, Providence, RI 02905
    August 2016-August 2017
  • Orthopedic Surgeon ContractorProvidence VA Medical Center
    830 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence, RI 02908
    August 2016-August 2017
  • OrthopedicSurgery ResidentUniversity of Connecticut Health Center
    263 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06030
    July 2011-June 2016
  • Clinical Lead Physical Therapist Fletcher Allen Health Care/
    University of Vermont 2004-2006
  • Staff Physical TherapistFletcher Allen Health Care/
    University of Vermont 2001-2004

Team Coverage

  • University of Hartford Team Physician2019-present
  • Hartford Wolfpack Associate Team Physician2017-present
  • New Britain High School Football Team Physician2017-present
  • Granby High School Football Team Physician2018-present
  • Brown University Division 1 Athletics Team Physician2016-2017
  • Providence Bruins Team Physician2016-2017


  • CT Board of Examiners for PT2019-present
  • Bone and Joint Institute Sports Health Service Line2017-present
  • Residency Program Evaluation CommitteeUniversity of Connecticut, Deptof Orthopaedic Surgery 2012-2016

Membership In Societies

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine2016-Present
  • AJSM reviewer2018-Present
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2011-Present
  • Connecticut Orthopaedic Society2015-Present
  • American Medical Association2007-2011
  • American Physical Therapy Association1998-2007

Publication List

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Campbell RS, Lehr ME, Livingston A, McCurdy M, Ware JK. Intrinsic Modifiable Risk Factors in Ballet Dancers: Applying Evidence Based Practice Principles to Enhance Clinical Applications. Phys Ther Sport 2019; 38: 106-114.
  • Edgar C, Kumar N, Ware JK, Ziegler C, Reed DN, DiVenere J, Obopilwe E, Cote MP, Arciero RA. Incidence of Posteromedial Meniscocapsular Seperation and the Biomechanical Implications on the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2018
  • Cohen BH, DeFroda SF, Hodax JD, Johnson D, Ware JK, Fadale PD. The Arcuate Fracture: A Descriptive Radiographic Study. Injury 2018; 49: 1871-1877
  • Ware JK, Owens BD, Akelman MR, Karamchedu NP, Fadale PD, Hulstyn MJ, Shalvoy RM, Badger GJ, Fleming BC. Preoperative KOOS and SF-36 Scores are Associated with the Development of Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis at 7 Years After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Am J Sports Med 2018; 46(4): 869-875.
  • Shah KN, DeFroda SF, Ware JK, Koruprolu SC, Owens, BD. Lateral Patellofemoral Ligament, an anatomic study. Orthop J Sports Med 2018; 5(12).
  • Kumar NS, Edgar C, Spencer T, Ware JK, Reed DN, Cote MP, Arciero RA. Anatomic Repair of Posteromedial Meniscocapsular Seperation using an All-Inside Technique. Arthrosc Tech 2017; 6(4): e921-e926.
  • Virk MS, Manzo RL, Cote M, Ware JK, Mazzocca AD, Nissen CW, Shea KP, Arciero RA. Comparison of Time to Recurrence of Instability After Open and Arthroscopic Bankart Repair Techniques. Orthop J Sports Med. 2016; 4(6).

Books and Book Chapters

  • Ware JK, Owens BD.(2018) Arthroscopic Double Row Rotator Cuff Repair. In Fu FH, Lesniack B. Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: Sports Medicine,2ed.
  • Ware JK, DeBerardino TM, Dukas AG.(2018)All-Inside Retroconstruction: Single and Double Bundle Techniques. In Prodromos C, Finkle S. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Reconstruction and Basic Science, 2nded.Philadelphia PA: Elsevier
  • Dukas AG,DeBerardino TM, Ware JK.(2018)Arthrex Tightrope Fixation of a Soft Tissue Graft. In Prodromos C, Finkle S. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Reconstruction and Basic Science,2nded. Philadelphia PA: Elsevier
  • Ware, JK; Browner, BD; Pesanti, EL; Stock,H; Murray, C. (2014) Chronic Osteomyelitis. In Browner, BD; et al. Skeletal Trauma 5th ed. Philidelphia, PA: Saunders


  • Edgar CE, Ware JK, Obopilwe E, Ziegler C, Reed DN, Arciero RA. Posteromedial meniscocapsular tears: prevalence, detection sensitivity, biomechanics, and repair techniques. Scientific Exhibit SE 81. Presented at AAOS 2015 annual meeting.
  • Ware JK, Akelman MR, Owens BD, Fadale PD, Hulstyn MJ, Fleming BC. Predictors of a symptomatic knee following ACL reconstruction: 84 month follow up.Poster presentation AOSSM annual meeting 2017
  • Cohen BH, Hodax J, Ware K, Defroda S, Sobel A, Johnson D, Fadale P. “The Arcuate Fracture: A Quantitative Radiographic Analysis of Fracture Patterns and Biomechanical Evaluation of Fixation Techniques”. Rhode Island Orthopedic Society. June 2018. Providence, RI
  • Hodax JD, Cohen BH, Ware K, Defroda S, Sobel AD, Johnson D, Fadale PD. “The Arcuate Fracture: A Quantitative Radiographic Analysis of Fracture Patterns and Biomechanical Evaluationof Fixation Techniques”. Warren Alpert Medical School Danforth Oration. Providence, RI. May, 2018
  • Fleming BC, Ware JK, Preoperative Patient Reported Outcomes Predict the Development of Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis Following ACL Reconstruction Surgery at 7 year Follow-up. Poster presentation ORS 2018 annual meeting 2018

Invited Presentations

  • Electromyographic analysis of three functional lower extremity reaches and the single leg squat. Master’s thesis defense. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. 2001.
  • Evaluation and treatment of the injured runner. UVM Primary Care Sports Medicine Conference; Burlington,VT. 2005.
  • Biomechanical factors in running injuries. American Physical Therapy Association, VT ChapterFall Meeting, Burlington, VT. 2005.

Teaching Roles

  • Clinical Associate Faculty University of Connecticut Department of Orthopedic Surgery 2/26/2019-present
  • Teaching Assistant for University of Connecticut Medical School-musculoskeletal anatomy lab. Approx. 100 students. 2011.
  • Lab Instructor, AANA Fundamentals in Arthroscopy Course. January 2017, February 2018

J. Kristopher Ware, MD
  • Hartford

    31 Seymour Street
    Suite 100
    Hartford, CT 06106

  • Farmington

    499 Farmington Avenue
    Suite 300
    Farmington, CT 06032

  • Glastonbury

    345 Western Blvd
    Glastonbury, CT 06033

  • Newington

    505 Williard Avenue
    Suite C
    Newington,CTState 06111

  • Plainville

    201 North Mountain Road
    Suite 302
    Plainville, CT 06062

  • Rocky Hill

    150 Enterprise Drive
    Rocky Hill, CT 06067