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Lorri J. Fulkerson, MD


Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder and Knee, Joint Replacement, Pediatric Orthopedics

Dr. Lorri Fulkerson has been practicing in Boulder since 1994 and is dual-board-certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Fulkerson has years of extensive training and experience in sports medicine, including advanced arthroscopic techniques, cartilage replacement surgery, and reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder.

Dr. Fulkerson is passionate about helping others and has a particular interest in women's health issues. She thoroughly enjoys building relationships with her patients and helping them return to their healthy, active lifestyles, which is one of the reasons she decided to become a doctor.


  • Advanced arthroscopic techniques
  • Sports medicine
  • Cartilage replacement surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder, including total joint arthroplasty
  • Fracture care
  • General orthopedics
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Degenerative conditions
  • Trauma and reconstructive surgery


  • Bachelor of Science: University of California, Davis, CA
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA
  • General Surgery Internship: Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: San Francisco Orthopedic Residency Training Program, San Francisco, CA

Distinctions and Recognition

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Boulder County Medical Society

Community Service

  • Former team physician for Seattle University


Outside of work, Dr. Fulkerson has a long personal history of athletic involvement and enjoys running, mountain biking, hiking, and skiing. She also likes to travel, cook, and spend time with her family.

One of Dr. Fulkerson's biggest passions is using her gifts as a skilled healthcare provider to serve those in need through medical missions, having done missions in both rural Nepal and rural Rwanda. In donating her time to provide orthopedic treatment to patients who would otherwise not have care, she was able to treat many patients who had walked days in order to be seen. Many of those patients had untreated bone infections or untreated fractures, both problems that are rarely seen in the United States. Simple supplies such as appropriate antibiotics were extremely limited, so providing treatment was challenging. Dr. Fulkerson found the experience rewarding, especially in being able to provide comfort to people in need of healing.

Click below to view photos from Dr. Fulkerson’s past medical missions.

“Dr. Fulkerson listened to me, conducted a thoughtful and in-depth exam, and offered informed and helpful advice for the next steps. She considered my desire to continue running and gave me a treatment plan reflecting that. She was also personable and kind. Her experience and knowledge were evident.”
– Joseph R.
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