Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

171 Patient Ratings
201 Patient Comments

Stephen K. Aoki, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

171 Patient Ratings
201 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 662-5600
Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Orthopaedics
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive , Suite 4550
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
(801) 587-7109
University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Dr. Stephen K. Aoki, Associate Professor, specializes in hip and knee sports medicine. His clinical practice and research focus on both adult and pediatric sports injuries. Current interests include hip preservation/femoroacetabular impingement in the young adult, hip arthroscopy, the pediatric and adolescent athlete, ACL tears in children, patellar dislocations, and ligament/cartilage knee injuries. Dr. Aoki serves as team physician for University of Utah Gymnastics. He serves as Chair of the University of Utah Residency Selection Committee. Dr. Aoki received his Bachelor of Arts degree through Harvard University. He received his medical doctorate degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and subsequently completed his orthopaedic residency and sports medicine fellowship at the University of Utah. Dr. Aoki practices both at the University Orthopaedic Center and Primary Children´s Hospital.

Surgical Expertise: Hip Arthroscopy, Femoroacetabular Impingement, Labral Repair, Gluteus Tendon Repair, Hamstring Repair, Hip Preservation, Pediatric and Adult ACL Reconstructions, Patella Dislocations, Pediatric Sports Injuries, Osteochondritis Dissecans, Cartilage and Meniscus Tears.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Associate Professor
Board Certification American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

January 26, 2017

dr. aoki goes above and beyond to ensure that he has an adequate understanding of what caused the problem and his ability to share his diagnosis and concerns are done in such a way to ensure patient understanding as well as opening the lines of communication for further questions

January 09, 2017

Dr. Aoki was very professional and I thought he really listened and asked me if I had questions. He addressed my concerns and even showed me a video of my condition. I was impressed!!

January 06, 2017

dr Aoki is the best surgeon I have ever been to. his bed side manner is outstanding and his abilities as a surgeon are fantastic

December 28, 2016

Dr. Aoki is a great doctor. He obviously cares about his patients and takes the time to answer questions or concerns. I have a lot of respect and confidence in his abilities. I would recommend him to anyone. Visits with Dr. Aoki have always been pleasant and been able to ease my concerns.

December 18, 2016

Dr. Aoki is an awesome surgeon and amazing person in general. He is very caring and took time to address my concerns.

December 04, 2016

Dr aoki is the best doctor I have ever had. I always recommend him to anyone with orthopedic problems. he gives me assurance and is absolutely amazing

December 04, 2016

Dr. Aoki was awesome! He was very caring and seems like he genuinely cares for all of his patients. He did a wonderful job of outlining a treatment plan for me. I'd highly recommend anyone to see Dr. Aoki.

December 01, 2016

Dr. Aoki and staff were very professional and knowledgeable in both verbal and visual display of what was wrong beyond what I already know.

November 11, 2016

very impressed with dr Aoki

November 06, 2016

very pleased with Dr. Aoki and his knowledge and care.

November 03, 2016

I've only met with Dr. Aoki one time and will return on an as needed basis. So time will tell on referrals. In the past, I have referred numerous people to care providers as I have a fairly large following of folks who value my opinion.

November 02, 2016

Doc Aoki took time away from his family and other patients to perform a surgery for my son who needed immediate attention. He came in on a day in which he normally doesn't do surgeries to be able to help my son. He is an outstanding doctor and willing to help those in need who really need his help immediately like my 12 year old did. He truly cares about his patients and his profession. Thank you Doc Aoki!

October 23, 2016

Dr. Aoki is the best! He is very knowledgable and displays extreme confidence in decision making regarding the best treatment for our son. After only meeting him during a single appointment time, I knew we had brought our son to the right facility for treatment. We are extremely grateful for his talent and compassion. He is our "Angel"! Anticipating along travel home, Dr. Aoki calmed my concerns by personally calling a physician in our home state for follow up. At this time I knew our son would heal. We greatly look forward returning in 2-3 months to see him again. Thank you!!!!

October 23, 2016

An excellent care provider.One who listens carefully and gives careful thought to his diagnosis.

October 22, 2016

I have a lot of trust in my provider's decisions and I am so sad that my insurance is no longer in network so I can continue to see a provider that I have trusted for years.

October 01, 2016

Dr. Aoki was so helpful with my hip situation. I learned more from him during this visit than I had with my doctors back home. He was very kind and concerned about what I have going on. Definitely will recommend!

September 15, 2016


September 08, 2016

Dr. Aoki made me feel comfortable as soon as he walked in the room. He took his time explaining and answering questions. I know he has a busy schedule, but he never seemed rushed.

September 02, 2016

I wish I had spent more time with Dr. Aoki to explain other issues that didn't recall during my visit. It's my fault I didn't bring a sticky note with me.

August 23, 2016

it would be great if the care provider took the patient's physical abilities and educational background into account so that the precious little time for discussion could be focused and at an appropriate level for the patient's needs.

August 19, 2016

Dr. Aoki ROCKS!

August 04, 2016

Dr Aoki is "as good as doctors come". He patiently explains his clinical findings, explores the different options available and guides you in making a decision with which you are comfortable.

July 30, 2016

Dr. Aoki is brilliant and very likeable. I felt very comfortable having him operate on her knee.

July 18, 2016

I met with Dr. Aoki after having a 45 minute MRI. I had already had about 5-6 X-rays ordered by Dr. Petron, and then Dr. Aoki ordered 5-6 more. I returned to the exam room and met Dr. Aoki immediately after. I do not know how he could have had enough time to review the MRI and the most recent X-rays before he told me my condition was atypical and he wanted me to come back for a cortisone shop. I would like to have more time with Dr. Aoki reviewing my x-rays and MRI.

July 16, 2016

This appointment was like a breath of fresh air. It was refreshing to find a doctor that listens to his patients. Dr. Aoki explains things in a very easy to understand way, and works with me to come up with a plan that best suits my wishes. There are no words that can express how caring Dr. Aoki is with including me in taking care of my health.

July 16, 2016

the doctor's demeanor was comforting and gave me confidence in him

July 04, 2016

I appreciate Dr Aoki's diagnostic skills, his ability to explain the diagnosis and his unhurried manner though I know his schedule is packed with patients. In a busy orthopedic practice Dr Aoki is a valued practitioner. In addition, his athletic trainer, Chelsea Schneider, is an invaluable asset to his practice.

June 20, 2016

I wish Dr. Aoki had gone through the surgery plan in more detail, and the overall goal of the treatment.

June 15, 2016

such a kind good man. Thank you

June 13, 2016

Aoki is great, awesome bedside manner and way of communicating with patients. I did have some questions at the end or would have liked discussing a bit more in detail what I've already tried for my situation, but will follow up later.

June 12, 2016

Dr. Aoki was very professional and thorough with my injury. He was very patient and great explaining my options. I appreciated all he did to help me understand exactly what my injury entailed. very pleased.

June 12, 2016

I am very pleased with my consult with Dr. Aoki. He was very thorough - most thorough examination I had for my problem compared to prior orthopedic surgeons. Very kind and listened well to all my concerns and answered my questions. I feel very confident being under his care. His athletic trainers were also very thorough in their explanations of my problem, took the time to go over my CT scan in simple terms while awaiting Dr. Aoki's arrival.

June 12, 2016

Extremely thorough and informative on a very delicate matter

June 07, 2016

Discussed concern over an issue with joint. After hearing my explanation of the problem, explained what the problem was and methods of treating it. Put my mind at ease on continuing recovery.

May 26, 2016

Dr Aoki made me feel very comfortable and explained my injury and the procedure in understandable terms. He and his staff were all very kind and cared about my concerns and questions. my follow up instructions were easy to follow and at the time of surgery, all activities and medications were explained well to me. I am very happy with my surgery and the experience with the staff

May 11, 2016

We really like Dr. Aoki and trust him. He is very intelligent and thorough in his care and explains things well and answers our questions. I also appreciate his willingness to discuss the reasons for things to watch in between appointments. If we ever need care for broken bones or know someone that does we will definitely recommend Dr. Aoki. Thank you!!

April 28, 2016

Dr.Aoki is fantastic and I recommend him to many people.

April 25, 2016

Excellent treatment from both Dr Aoki and his assistant Chelsea Schneider. Wish more doctors demonstrated not only their expertise but also their concern for the patients's needs. Chelsea also falls into this category.

April 24, 2016

Excellent experience

April 16, 2016

I felt much more confident in the dr after our first visit, but I felt like it was starting all over again at this second visit. It was like we hadn't been there before and like the dr didn't remember us. I feel frustrated with our outcome and with how the appt went. I don't think I would encourage anyone to go to him

March 28, 2016

Dr.Aoki was fantastic. He was very understanding and explained his plans for the procedure thoroughly providing plenty of opportunity for questions to be asked.

March 19, 2016

I was explained WHY I had my injury in terms I could understand. They took their time to walk through X-rays and my Mri with me. They had good analogies and answered any questions we had.

March 09, 2016

We have LOVED working with Dr Aoki. He is wonderful!

March 06, 2016

Dr Aoki is an excellent orthopaedic doctor/surgeon.I appreciate the time he spends explaining the problem at hand and his recommendation. I would also like to acknowledge,Chelsea Schneider, his athletic trainer who is experienced and provides helpful information on ways to improve the orthopaedic issue at hand.

March 05, 2016

Dr. Aoki is wonderful. He is so personable and approachable.

March 02, 2016

we love Dr. Aoki!!!

February 20, 2016

Dr. Aoki and Chelsea have been wonderful through my surgery and post op care!

February 11, 2016

Dr. Aoki really made me feel like I was in good hands. I'd highly recommend him.

January 31, 2016

I have already recommended him to several people.

January 14, 2016

positive experiences with dr aoki.

January 11, 2016

Dr. Aioke was amazing with my son. He spoke with him and me to make sure we both understood what was happening.

January 09, 2016

Dr. Aoki is a very talented & exceptional individual, I tell everyone how he mended my son's broken Femur. I cannot thank him enough!!!

January 07, 2016

Everyone on the team is nice!!

January 07, 2016

The dr. told me nothing about the medicine prescribed for my son's post-op pain, or why he prescribed it or if there were any other options. Luckily I have a relative I could call who is qualified to walk me through all that, but not everyone has that option.

January 06, 2016

Dr. Aoki is one of the best doctors of any type our family has ever dealt with. He is kind, caring, clear, thorough in his explanations, takes plenty of time and answers every question, as well as being realistic about recovery and getting back to full health.

December 18, 2015

Dr. Aoki was running a little behind, but I didn't mind because once he got to us, he spent as much time as we needed and wasn't hurried or impatient and answered all our question. He was great!

November 26, 2015

He explained what he thought was wrong currently. But I was confused about what this meant for me going forward.... Would this problem persist? Was there anything I could do to prevent it or fix it?

November 21, 2015

Dr. Aoki is kind, patient and most importantly, a gifted surgeon. I have had great outcomes with both hips and I will be able to return to the sport that I love.

November 21, 2015

Dr.Aoki was very supportive and understanding of my daughter's situation. Although some of the information was tough for my daughter to hear, she was able to walk away from the appointment with hope and a positive attitude.

November 20, 2015

We loved Dr Aoki and would recommend him highly.

November 16, 2015

Dr. Aoki is amazing! We felt like he truly cared about us and the whole process. :)

November 15, 2015

Both Chelsea and Dr. Aoki were great. Very compassionate and also clear about treatment options.

November 08, 2015

It felt rushed. With both Dr. Aoki and Petron.

November 07, 2015

Loved the doctors I saw.

November 01, 2015

Dr. Aoki shows a lot of care and concern for his clients. Appreciate his demeanor and willingness to explain and help clients.

October 16, 2015

Steve Aoki and his staff are professional, caring and took the time to answer our questions. Dr. Aoki's bedside manner is excellent. He clearly explained all the issues and options. Very comforting physician.

October 08, 2015

I have been very pleased with Dr. Aoki. I am grateful for his work and appreciate his clarity and efficiency as he has worked with me before, during, and after my hip surgery. I would definitely recommend him as I have already.

September 24, 2015

Was very pleased with the results and would recommend Dr. Aoki in the future.

September 21, 2015

Felt like family. Was impressed Dr. Aoki spoke as if my son was part of his family.

September 17, 2015

Hopefully we don't need to, but I would have Dr. Aoki treat any of my family for ortho needs! Highly recommend. He's great and so is the staff, wait time is never bad, especially for a specialty office.

September 17, 2015

Dr. Aoki asked the most pertinent questions and listened and heard my concerns. He accommodated to my needs.

September 16, 2015

My daughter enjoyed this visit and felt like she left with a plan for her to strengthen her knee.

September 16, 2015

Dr. Aoki is very polite, patient, and thorough.

September 15, 2015

Dr. Aoki gave me different options on my care. Having surgery the last option.

September 05, 2015

I highly recommend Dr. Aoki. I was very impressed with his level of concern and care for me and my needs. I appreciated his way of explaining my diagnosis and the analogies he used to explain it in a way I could understand. Outstanding doctor!

September 03, 2015

I would definitely recommend Dr. Aoki to anyone! He is very caring and knowledgeable.

September 01, 2015

With the exclusion of 2 other long-term care providers, I have more confidence in Dr. Aoki than any other doctors I've ever seen. His mannerisms, his reputation, and his ability to explain what needs to be done are all three reasons that Dr. Aoki invokes confidence! He is terrific and I am having an amazing recovery!

August 23, 2015

Dr. Aoki is wonderful!

August 18, 2015

Dr. Aoki is by far the best Dr I have ever been to hands down. He has always explained everything to me very well and went over all of my options. He has never made me feel like my issues with my hip were insignificant. He has also been very supportive of me getting back to my sport and tries to put himself in my shoes even though he really has no experience with my sport. This makes recovery so much better having a Dr that cares enough to understand.

August 12, 2015

Over all the appointment was much better then I expected. I understand that this is a learning hospital but I would have preferred to just speak to the Dr. instead have being evaluated by the student first, but under the circumstances and the way the entire visit went it was ok. I left the appointment feeling very about the visit and it eased my mind as to the steps we needed to take next.

August 10, 2015

Dr Aoki was wonderful throughout my entire experience. I am very grateful he was my doctor. He spent as much time with me as I needed at every appointment, explained things clearly, and obviously cares about his patients. I will highly recommend him always!

August 06, 2015

I would highly recommend Dr. Stephen Aoki. He honestly is one of the most caring physicians I have had. He treated me like an important individual and never rushed me. He took the time to answer all of my questions and listened carefully. I especially appreciated the analogies he used to help me understand my condition.

July 20, 2015

Feel extremely fortunate to have Dr. Aoki as my orthopedist. He listens carefully,considers a course of action, and explains what needs to be done.His manner puts me,the patient, at ease. Also, Chelsea, a sports medicine therapist,is excellent. She is knowledgeable and has good suggestions. Delighted to see her on the team.

July 20, 2015

Dr. Aoki was the most caring, responsive, professional, and attentive Dr. I have ever seen!

July 14, 2015

Dr.Aoki is amazing. I trust him completely and the staff in the physical therapy supported that with their opinions. I have only seen and heard that he is the best.

July 01, 2015

I forgot to ask about having Dr.Aoki tell me about the X-Rays. I had a list of questions I don't think we got through all of them. He was very nice and seemed to know a lot about my condition. He did an exam of how well my joint moved and pushed me but didn't push me to pain. He knew the measurements without the help of a tool which was impressive. It was the best orthopedic appointment I have ever had and I've been to 6 different doctors, 3 different states, and have been going to Orthopaedic doctors for at least 6 years.

June 29, 2015

I have already recommended Dr. Aoki to friends with similar orthopedic issues.

June 10, 2015

Dr. Aoki is superb. Excellent clinical skills and bedside manner.

May 24, 2015

It was a good thing the Dr was awesome otherwise I would no come back

May 15, 2015

Love Dr. Aoki

April 13, 2015

Dr. Aoki opens the door and smiled at me. He knows the level of pain and that I have been suffering for many years. I have seen him several times prior, trying to see if hip revision surgery might be the answer. After exhausting everything else. Dr. Aoki was is not a surgeon with a big ego. He is a humble but very intelligent man. I have done my research on him as I am an investigator. He does 300 FAI surgeries a yr. I had a list of questions,that neither fazed him nor got him irritated as do many doctors do not like you to question them. He spent the time I needed to feel good about my up coming revision fai hip surgery. Please note: Dr. Aoki did NOT do my first one.

April 12, 2015

if there are 6's I would have checked them

April 07, 2015

Dr Aoki is an excellent physician. I have great confidence in him to repair my injury!

March 15, 2015

Dr. Aoki came very highly recommended and exceeded all expectations.

February 23, 2015

Doctor Aoki is the best doctor I have been to and I am grateful that he is part of my healing process. Thank you

February 22, 2015

I appreciate the teaching nature of the University setting. It comes through during clinical visits.

February 03, 2015

Came to discuss findings of my MRI, all he discussed was studies he had read about 20-40 year olds. Rude and condescending.

February 03, 2015

Dr. Aoki is great. I don't have to see him very often but he is kind and caring and knows just how to fix the problem!

February 03, 2015

One of the treatment options that was given to me I did NOT want to pursue, and the staff/Dr. Aoki did not pressure me into changing my mind, I was thankful for that.

January 24, 2015

Dr. Aoki is incredible and very helpful, listens and you can tell he wants nothing but the best for his patients. He is a great doctor.

January 12, 2015

Dr. Aoki had wonderful "bed side manner" and I appreciated how he introduced himself using his first name.

January 06, 2015

Dr. Aoki is amazing

January 04, 2015

very thorough explanations, very reassuring, included me in plan of care

December 14, 2014

I think dr.Aoki is a wonderful doctor. I call him "my surgeon" because he makes me feel like I am important to him as his patient!

December 08, 2014

Dr. Aoki is a very polite, well-mannered, extremely talented medical doctor who is humble and caring. He must have devoted parents whom nurtured and guided him well in his formative years.

December 04, 2014

I always get a very detailed explanations from Dr. Aoki. He makes sure I understand or he will stay until I do.

November 22, 2014

I think I understand my options. My complaint is that I was asked if my pain was tolerable. It is obviously tolerable. It is better than it was during the summer, and I have tolerated it up until now. A better question might be whether it is an acceptable level of pain. It isn't. Nor is the limitation on activity. But I was able to schedule an injection which I hope will help, because the pain level is still sufficient to interfere with sleep, and NSAIDS do not remedy that. Hiking, yoga, working with my dogs, and sex are difficult because of pain during and after, so those activities are less enjoyable. So I am hoping the injection will help!

November 22, 2014

Dr Aoki rocks! Excellent explanations.

November 15, 2014

The bar has been set very high for me after this visit with this care provider. I've been to several dr and hands down he is the best dr I've meet. I felt that he really care.

November 06, 2014

Aoki is awesome! I've been so pleased with the care I received.

October 26, 2014

Very good communication, very good bedside manner. We feel comfortable communicating with him, and feel he genuinely cares about his patients.

October 26, 2014

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Aoki is well beyond "Very Good". In fact I have already recommended him to family members.

September 27, 2014

I recommend Dr.Aoki to all my friends who have hip issues, he is the best in the business by far. He takes a genuine concern for his patients.

September 25, 2014

I would and have trusted Dr. Aoki with my life and my mobility. I trust his care, instructions, and advice and that of his staff , COMPLETELY!

September 18, 2014

Dr. Aoki is an amazing MD and takes the time to explain what is going on and is always willing to try other treatments before doing surgery.

August 31, 2014

Dr Aoki was excellent made us feel very comfortable and confident in the procedure that needed to take place. I would recommend him.

August 28, 2014

My boyfriend and I liked Dr. Aoki regarding his manner. Dr. Aoki approach to only doing a revision after further diagnostic injection has been done. Dr. Aoki explanation that he could go in but it is more difficult if not a clearer picture of what is causing pain. Explained hip replacement there is no going back. Dr. Aoki was very humble. Not jumping on doing surgery until further testing which I had already had scheduled from another doctor. Dr. Aoki was very respectful regarding other physician I have seen regarding hip issue. Only huge frustration is Dr. Aoki follow up schedule is so far out. Five weeks until I see him.

August 25, 2014

Dr. Aoki was one of the best physician's I have worked w/ in regard to my daughter. He went above what I expected, waiting for records, keeping us informed and also explaining things in a way that were easily understood. Exceptional physician.

August 10, 2014

Delay in treatment will be lengthy due to my Ins isn't contract. I am pleased they will make an exception and are will to take me to LDS Hospital. I am grateful

August 10, 2014

Brilliant, kind doctor

August 09, 2014

Dr. Aoki, and PT Mark Brees(?) were both excellent!

August 09, 2014

Dr. Aoki is an exceptional Doctor. I have been a patient of his for over 7 years. He takes the time to explain everything and doesn't act like he is being rushed. I have recommended him to friends and family in the past and will continue to do so.

July 27, 2014

I have been a registered nurse for 15 years and have worked with many physicians and surgeons. I can honestly say the Dr. Aoki and his staff are very unique! They show my kindness with every single visit, Dr. Aoki never acts as though he is in a hurry (when I know he is a very busy physician), he is extremely knowledgeable, answers ALL of my questions and makes me feel warm, welcome and at ease. The radiology tech's and MA's also provide the same care! They have made this experience amazing! Thank you!

July 19, 2014

Dr. Aoki is a revelation! Brilliant doctor and surgeon!! extremely thorough, wise and gentle. he took a lot of time and explained my situation so well. I love him!!!!

July 03, 2014

dr aoki is absolutely amazing. easily the best doctor I have ever worked with!!

July 02, 2014

Dr. Aoki is an amazing physician. I struggled for several years with hip pain and was fearful of any surgery. He was very understanding and ensured I understood every part of my surgery and recovery. I am feeling such great relief already, very early out from surgery. I have already recommended him to others!

June 14, 2014

I would highly recommend Dr. Aoki to anyone and everyone. I was referred to him because I was informed he is the best hip surgeon in Utah. He was on time to the appointment, and he spent a lot of time with me. He explained to me what my condition was through a youtube video, with a model, by showing me my radiology images, and by explaining it to me in simple and clear words. He also provided me with a resource pamphlet so I could read more. He answered my questions completely, and he was extremely courteous. After explaining to me my condition, he asked me what I thought about the treatment he proposed. I really appreciated him asking me about my feelings and honestly caring about them. He promptly set me up with Frankie to arrange a time for surgery, and he followed up with me and my primary care physician over the phone about my condition and the surgery. I feel like he spent plenty of time with me explaining my condition, and I have complete confidence in his abilities and his judgment. I think he is an incredible doctor and an amazing person. I am so glad that I was referred to Dr. Aoki!

June 08, 2014

has truly been helpful and I would really recommend dr Aoki to anyone and everyone with problems.

June 03, 2014

I could not say enough great things about Dr. Aoki! He is the best doctor I've ever had. He has a wonderful bedside manner and seems like he legitimately cares about your welfare. He remembers you as a person and not just patient #473. He "fixed" me after I had spent over six months seeing multiple other providers who couldn't give me a reasonable answer. The others just sent me to physical therapy, acting as though there was nothing wrong with me because I was too young to have real hip problems. But Dr. Aoki took my complaints seriously, and diagnosed my problem within 20 minutes of seeing me. I think my favorite thing about Dr. Aoki is his attitude towards my recovery: he had realistic expectations for me and didn't tell me just to quit doing certain activities all together (which other doctors HAVE told me to do). He wanted me to be able to do the things I enjoy and even encouraged it, as long as I feel comfortable. I highly recommend Dr. Aoki!

June 02, 2014

Dr. Aoki and the Resident Physician that examined my hip first were fantastic. Dr. Aoki is probably one of the best doctors I have had and explains everything so clearly. Even though he is not my knee doctor (Dr. Gordon Kimball referred me to Dr. Aoki for hip surgery), Dr. Aoki took the time to discuss my knee troubles.

May 17, 2014

Dr. Aoki and James both explained everything much better than any prior physician has.

April 26, 2014

All questions were answered

March 31, 2014

The PA and Doctor took time with me to review my x-rays and discuss my problem. I didn't feel rushed at all. This was a pleasant surprise and not something you find in the healthcare industry.

March 18, 2014

Dr. Aoki is wonderful. He has a great bedside manner, and you can really tell how much he cares about his patients. I would recommend him to anyone.

March 13, 2014

I have already recommended Dr. Aoki to others:)

February 22, 2014

Doctor didn't have to give me any medications. He ended up referring me to someone else who would be able to help me.

February 19, 2014

I was not satisfied with the explanation that I was given about my condition and what to do about it. No medication was involved. Dr. Aoki seems like a good doctor, I just wish that he would give me more information and guidance.

February 15, 2014

Dr Aoki is one of the most caring, personable, and professional doctors I have ever worked with.

February 10, 2014

I have only gratitude for my whole experience!

February 07, 2014

There is not enough kind words I could use to describe Dr. Aoki and his staff.....Superb!!

February 03, 2014

I came to Dr. Aoki on high recommendations and I was not disappointed. I have recently gotten brushed off from other doctors concerning my knee situation in particular. I came to Dr. Aoki because of my hips but received just as much attention from him on my knees, which was very reassuring. Dr. Aoki far exceeded my expectations and now I have hope that my outlook is brighter than I previously thought. Dr. Aoki, please please continue to treat people like you did me. It makes a HUGE difference to show true concern and spend real time going over things.

February 01, 2014

Dr Aoki and his assistant were fabulous. Answered all my questions.

January 16, 2014

Dr Aoki was thorough, interested in my problem, explained his thought process well and overall was fantastic. His reputation in town is great and its clear why.

December 07, 2013

Im very happy with all involved to this point

December 03, 2013

Dr. Aoki was amazing. He was patient, thorough and listened to my questions and concerns. I knew I was in good hands when he took out a model of a hip joint and explained both what was normal, and what was different in MY hip that was causing the problems. His recommendations were clear and he seemed genuinely concerned about my issues.

December 03, 2013

After seeing Dr. Aoki we will never go to another Knee specialist again. Dr. Aoki is a great doctor.

December 02, 2013

Amazingly professional, very confident and positive. Exactly what I would look for in a surgeon, give him a raise.

November 26, 2013

the most amazing, caring and competent physicians!!! thank you!

October 28, 2013

Dr. Aoki rocks!!

October 15, 2013

Dr Aoki is fabulous. We are very glad we found him.

October 13, 2013

I respect and have the upmost confidence in Dr. Aoki and feel he's the best! I could not have asked for a better Dr. He's honestly the most caring, compassionate and knowledgeable man I've met. He listened to me and he explained what our options were. It has truely been a great experience when dealing with a difficult medical situation.

October 07, 2013

We received Spectacular care! Dr. Aoki and all of his staff spent a great deal of time with us.

September 09, 2013

I just wish I would have been treated like a professional athlete, not like a recreational jogger.

September 02, 2013

Dr. Aoki was attentive and willing to answer questions. I feel confident about my upcoming surgery because of this experience. I would recommend U of U ortho to anyone.

July 16, 2013

Again appreciated the way I was treated and explained what and where we would go next.

July 08, 2013

I have never met a doctor as professional, caring & kind as Dr. Aoki. He was very considerate & thoughtful while speaking in terms I could understand.

July 04, 2013

Dr. Aoki provided a thorough examination. He took the time to explain my condition and shared his recommendations. I left having confidence in his ability and his thoughtful plan for my recovery. I highly recommend Dr. Aoki

June 17, 2013

Wish we would have talked more about the physical therapy process.

June 03, 2013

I have already recommened to others

June 03, 2013

Dr. Aoki is such a great Dr. and person, that it was worth the wait. He comes highly recommended, is very sensitive to my needs and is good about referring me to someone else if he feels another physician is better suited/specialized to care for my needs. I can't remember the name of his resident, but he was very professional as well in his treatment of me and in explaining everything.

May 27, 2013

Dr. Aoki and his staff were just excellent! Although I never look forward to having surgery, I feel confident in him and his abilities. More than that, I can tell that he cares about his patients' well-being. He was very conscientious about giving me all of my options and letting me decide what I thought was best for me to do moving forward.

May 15, 2013

I find Dr. Aoki to be compassionate and knowledgeable. I am glad to have found a surgeon with an expertise in surgical techniques to correct hip impingements.

April 29, 2013

I think very highly of Dr. Aoki. He has the best bed side manners of any Dr I have seen.

April 23, 2013

I have already recommended the facility and staff to others who need Orthopaedic procedures.

April 22, 2013

Dr Aoki is amazing-my surgery went well. He was my second opinion before surgery & he won me over- he found the problem & issues that were causing my pain & was able to give me answers instead of guessing. I never feel that he is rushed & I know that he is busy but he takes time to make sure I understand & that I have all my questions answered.

April 15, 2013

Dr. Aoki is a real professional in that he spoke directly to me and my husband, did not talk down to us, and explained my condition and surgery fully, along with drawing a picture of my condition! He was very personable, introducing himself as Steven, not just doctor. He listened to our concerns and gave full answers. He did not seem to be in a hurry and spent time really getting to know me! I felt very attended to, as well as feeling like he totally cared about me, not just my condition, but me as a whole person! This is so key. I teach a class called Patient Education, and he was the best example of what a good healthcare provider is and should be! Thanks so much!!

April 11, 2013

Dr. Aoki is great. His explanations are great, he explains things in simple ways making easy for non-medically trained people to understand.

March 25, 2013

I felt that the activity or use of my leg for physical activity was not well defined. I would like to have known better what my limitations are.

March 22, 2013

Dr. Aoki is an incredible doctor. I am very happy that I was referred to him. He gave me reassurance that my hip will continue to heal and I have every confidence in his course of treatment.

February 25, 2013

all questions were answered. Dr Aoki and staff were very helpful

February 20, 2013

I LOVE Dr Aoki. I tell EVERYONE to go see him. I have seen many doctors and I never would recommend anyone to them. Dr. Aoki listens to my concerns. I trust him in everything he does with my knees.

January 28, 2013

Dr. Aioki is awesome! He is always friendly and genuinely concerned. He explains things in a way that makes them easy to understand.

January 21, 2013

He is an excellent provider and doctor. I feel confident that he is my doctor and is treating my medical issues.

December 19, 2012

Felt like Dr Aoki and resident genuinely cared about finding a solution for my hip pain.

December 18, 2012

Dr Aoki is wonderful. Very caring, concerned, and knowledgable.

November 19, 2012

Dr. Aoki is always wonderful. Great mannered, very smart, and I would happily recommend him to anyone. I just wish it didn't take so long to see him. He is always very busy and it can take months to get in to see him.

November 02, 2012

Dr Aoki went above and beyond to help me with my hip. I am so thankful to have him as my doctor. I referred My friend is having surgery by him too.

September 10, 2012

Dr. Aoki is awesome. I refer him to everyone.

September 04, 2012

I have already recommended Dr. Aoki to a fellow athlete with similar injuries as mine.

September 01, 2012

Dr. Aoki has always been personable and professional.

August 27, 2012

Grateful to have an expert in my condition who is taking care of me...

August 27, 2012

Dr Steven Aoki is great!

August 06, 2012

Dr Aoki is such a good doctor and seems to care so much about his patients.

July 22, 2012

Dr. Aoki was great

July 16, 2012

Again, the wait time seems excessive. We all have schedules to keep. We have been most appreciative of Dr. Aoki and would definitely use him again, but there must be a way to allow him the time he needs with patients. We have never been to the clinic with

July 02, 2012

He is wonderful. I appreciated that he spoke to me as a normal person and was down to earth. His fellow was very nice - diagnosis by fellow had me a little worried but when he showed up and moved forward and knew my problem and was incredibly helpful -

June 12, 2012

I feel like the Doctor talked more to the resident about what was going on with me than he did to me. Other than that everything was great.

May 17, 2012

VERY impressed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 10, 2012

Dr. Aoki is an amazing physician. I could not ask for a better caring, passionate clinician.

May 03, 2012

Love Dr. Aoki. I will come to him again if I have any further problems.

April 26, 2012

Even thought it was late in the day and they were way behind schedule I really appreciated that I didn't feel rushed by the providers (Dr. Aoki, etc.) I feel like if I'd had a half-hour worth of questions (I didn't) they would have taken half-hour to address them!

April 12, 2012

Dr. Aoki is a wonderful physician. He takes the time to explain any procedure and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking orthopedic assistance.

April 12, 2012

Dr Aoki was A+, but unfortunately, if his nurse Anna is involved, I will not recommend anyone to this facility. My friends and family deserve more care and understanding from their provider.

March 29, 2012

Always a good experience once I get to see the doctor. Sometimes I have to reschedule if I can't wait for a long time, but Dr Aoki is worth "some" wait. Very kind and really cares

March 22, 2012

I would like to have spent more time discussing possible other causes to my pain. I am not 100% convinced my current pain is not absolutely caused by the hip impingement.

March 01, 2012

Dr. Aoki is wonderful. Always takes the time to explain things and answer questions. I feel comfortable with him and that he really cares about me and getting to feel better/normal again.

March 01, 2012

Dr. Aoki made me feel like a friend, not just a patient. He is very skilled and knowledgable. I think he is a great Surgeon, very good at people skills.

February 02, 2012

At the high prices we pay for medical help, a person should be able to see a doctor at the appointed time, as well as not feel like since they are behind they are rushing you along.

January 26, 2012

Dr Aoki is one of the most caring doctors I have ever seen!

January 12, 2012

Dr. Aoki is great; I would gladly recommend him to anyone. He is the third surgeon I have seen for my condition and he is the only one I have full confidence in. I wish his schedule permitted me to have my surgery in less than 90 days, however.

January 12, 2012

Dr. Aoki is the best. He took time to find out how i was doing, how my orthopedic problem was doing, and then he addressed new concerns. He did a physical exam and gave me excellent diagnostic approach to my problem.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Hip Pain in the Young Adult

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Associate Professor
Board Certification American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 662-5600 Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Sports Medicine
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
(801) 587-0989 University Orthopaedic Center
Adult Sports Medicine Practice
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Stephen K. Aoki, Associate Professor, specializes in hip and knee sports medicine. His clinical practice and research focus on both adult and pediatric sports injuries. Current interests include hip preservation/femoroacetabular impingement in the young adult, hip arthroscopy, the pediatric and adolescent athlete, ACL tears in children, patellar dislocations, and ligament/cartilage knee injuries. Dr. Aoki serves as team physician for University of Utah Gymnastics. He serves as Chair of the University of Utah Residency Selection Committee. Dr. Aoki received his Bachelor of Arts degree through Harvard University. He received his medical doctorate degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and subsequently completed his orthopaedic residency and sports medicine fellowship at the University of Utah. Dr. Aoki practices both at the University Orthopaedic Center and Primary Children´s Hospital.

Surgical Expertise: Hip Arthroscopy, Femoroacetabular Impingement, Labral Repair, Gluteus Tendon Repair, Hamstring Repair, Hip Preservation, Pediatric and Adult ACL Reconstructions, Patella Dislocations, Pediatric Sports Injuries, Osteochondritis Dissecans, Cartilage and Meniscus Tears.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Sports Medicine
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery
Internship University of Utah School of Medicine
Professional Medical Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Undergraduate Harvard College


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Brandenburg JB, Kapron AL, Wylie JD, Wilkinson BG, Maak TG, Gonzalez CD, Aoki SK (2016). The Functional and Structural Outcomes of Arthroscopic Iliopsoas Release. Am J Sports Med, 44(5), 1286-91.
  2. Wylie JD, Beckmann JT, Maak TG, Aoki SK (2016). Arthroscopic Capsular Repair for Symptomatic Hip Instability After Previous Hip Arthroscopic Surgery. Am J Sports Med, 44(1), 39-45.
  3. Anderson LA, Anderson MB, Kapron A, Aoki SK, Erickson JA, Chrastil J, Grijalva R, Peters C (2016). The 2015 Frank Stinchfield Award: Radiographic Abnormalities Common in Senior Athletes With Well-functioning Hips but Not Associated With Osteoarthritis. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 474(2), 342-52.
  4. Hanson JA, Kapron AL, Swenson KM, Maak TG, Peters CL, Aoki SK (2015). Discrepancies in measuring acetabular coverage: revisiting the anterior and lateral center edge angles. J Hip Preserv Surg, 2(3), 280-6.
  5. Wylie JD, Abtahi AM, Beckmann JT, Maak TG, Aoki SK (2015). Arthroscopic and imaging findings after traumatic hip dislocation in patients younger than 25 years of age. J Hip Preserv Surg, 2(3), 303-9.
  6. Wylie JD, Beckmann JT, Aoki SK (2015). Dislocation After Hip Arthroscopy for Cam-Type Femoroacetabular Impingement Leading to Progressive Arthritis. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 5(3), 1-7.
  7. Levy DM, Grzybowski J, Salata MJ, Mather RC 3rd, Aoki SK, Nho SJ (2015). Capsular Plication for Treatment of Iatrogenic Hip Instability. Arthrosc Tech, 4(6), e625-30.
  8. Beckmann JT, Wylie JD, Potter MQ, Maak TG, Greene TH, Aoki SK (2015). Effect of Naproxen Prophylaxis on Heterotopic Ossification Following Hip Arthroscopy: A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 97(24), 2032-7.
  9. Swenson KM, Erickson J, Peters C, Aoki SK (2015). Hip pain in young adults: diagnosing femoroacetabular impingement. JAAPA, 28(9), 39-45.
  10. Kullar RS, Kapron AL, Ihnat D, Aoki SK, Maak TG (2015). Acetabular paralabral cyst: an unusual cause of femoral vein compression. Arthrosc Tech, 4(1), e35-40.
  11. Haller JM, Beckmann JT, Kapron AL, Aoki SK (2015). Detection of a traumatic arthrotomy in the pediatric knee using the saline solution load test. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 97(10), 846-9.
  12. Kapron AL, Aoki SK, Peters CL, Anderson AE (2015). In-vivo hip arthrokinematics during supine clinical exams: Application to the study of femoroacetabular impingement. J Biomech, 48(11), 2879-86.
  13. Kapron AL, Peters CL, Aoki SK, Beckmann JT, Erickson JA, Anderson MB, Pelt CE (2015). The prevalence of radiographic findings of structural hip deformities in female collegiate athletes. Am J Sports Med, 43(6), 1324-30.
  14. Wylie JD, Hartley MK, Kapron AL, Aoki SK, Maak TG (2015). What is the effect of matrices on cartilage repair? A systematic review. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 473(5), 1673-82.
  15. Shea KG, Polousky JD, Jacobs JC Jr, Ganley TJ, Aoki SK, Grimm NL, Parikh SN (2015). The patellar insertion of the medial patellofemoral ligament in children: a cadaveric study. J Pediatr Orthop, 35(4), e31-5.
  16. Wylie JD, Beckmann JT, Maak TG, Aoki SK (2015). Arthroscopic treatment of mild to moderate deformity after slipped capital femoral epiphysis: intra-operative findings and functional outcomes. Arthroscopy, 31(2), 247-53.
  17. Hung M, Hon SD, Cheng C, Franklin JD, Aoki SK, Anderson MB, Kapron AL, Peters CL, Pelt CE (2014). Psychometric Evaluation of the Lower Extremity Computerized Adaptive Test, the Modified Harris Hip Score, and the Hip Outcome Score. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.
  18. Shea KG, Polousky JD, Jacobs JC Jr, Ganley TJ, Aoki SK, Grimm NL, Parikh SN (2014). The relationship of the femoral physis and the medial patellofemoral ligament in children: a cadaveric study. J Pediatr Orthop, 34(8), 808-13.
  19. Jimenez CL, Beebe MJ, Maak TG, Aoki SK (2014). Acute severe hip pain associated with labral calcific deposition disease. Orthopedics, 37(12), e1137-40.
  20. Kapron AL, Aoki SK, Peters CL, Anderson AE (2014). Subject-specific patterns of femur-labrum contact are complex and vary in asymptomatic hips and hips with femoroacetabular impingement. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 472(12), 3912-22.
  21. Beckmann JT, Wylie JD, Kapron AL, Hanson JA, Maak TG, Aoki SK (2014). The Effect of NSAID Prophylaxis and Operative Variables on Heterotopic Ossification After Hip Arthroscopy. Am J Sports Med, 42(6), 1359-64.
  22. Potter MQ, Sun GS, Fraser JA, Beckmann JT, Swenson JD, Maak TG, Aoki SK (2014). Psychological distress in hip arthroscopy patients affects postoperative pain control. Arthroscopy, 30(2), 195-201.
  23. Potter MQ, Wylie JD, Sun GS, Beckmann JT, Aoki SK (2014). Psychologic distress reduces preoperative self-assessment scores in femoroacetabular impingement patients. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 472(6), 1886-92.
  24. Kapron AL, Aoki SK, Peters CL, Maas SA, Bey MJ, Zauel R, Anderson AE (2014). Accuracy and feasibility of dual fluoroscopy and model-based tracking to quantify in vivo hip kinematics during clinical exams. J Appl Biomech, 30(3), 461-70.
  25. Price SL, Farukhi MA, Jones KB, Aoki SK, Randall RL (2013). Complications of cemented long-stem hip arthroplasty in metastatic bone disease revisited. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 471(10), 3303-7.
  26. Rothberg DL, Kubiak EN, Peters CL, Randall RL, Aoki SK (2013). Reducing the risk of bone cement implantation syndrome during femoral arthroplasty. Orthopedics, 36(4), e463-7.
  27. Aoki SK, Beckmann JT, Wylie JD (2012). Hip arthroscopy and the anterolateral portal: avoiding labral penetration and femoral articular injuries. Arthrosc Tech, 1(2), e155-60.
  28. Peters CL, Aoki SK, Erickson JA, Anderson LA, Anderson AE (2012). Early experience with a comprehensive hip preservation service intended to improve clinical care, education, and academic productivity. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 470(12), 3446-52.
  29. Davis JJ, Swenson JD, Kelly S, Abraham CL, Aoki SK (2012). Anatomic changes in the inguinal region after hip arthroscopy: implications for femoral nerve block. J Clin Anesth, 24(7), 590-2.
  30. Kapron AL, Anderson AE, Peters CL, Phillips LG, Stoddard GJ, Petron DJ, Toth R, Aoki SK (2012). Hip internal rotation is correlated to radiographic findings of cam femoroacetabular impingement in collegiate football players. Arthroscopy.
  31. Grimm NL, Shea KG, Leaver RW, Aoki SK, Carey JL (2012). Efficacy and Degree of Bias in Knee Injury Prevention Studies - A Systematic Review of RCTs. Clin Orthop Relat Res.
  32. Anderson LA, Kapron AL, Aoki SK, Peters CL (2012). Cox Profunda: Is the Deep Acetabulum Overcovered? Clin Orthop Relat Res.
  33. Aoki SK, Beckmann JT, Wylie JD (2012). Hip Arthroscopy and the Anterolateral Portal: Avoiding Labral Penetration and Femoral Articular Injuries. Arthroscopy.
  34. Klatt, JB and Aoki SK (2012). The location of the medial humeral epicondyle in children: position based on common radiographic landmarks. J Pediatr Orthop, 32(5), 477-82.
  35. Wilcox JJ, Snow BJ, Aoki SK, Hung M, Burks RT (2012). Does Landmark Selection Affect the Reliability of the TT-TG Measurement Using MRI? Clin Orthop Relat Res, 470(8), 2253-60.


  1. Wylie JD, Hartley MK, Kapron AL, Aoki SK, Maak TG (2016). Failures and Reoperations After Matrix-Assisted Cartilage Repair of the Knee: A Systematic Review. [Review]. Arthroscopy, 32(2), 386-92.
  2. Grimm NL, Weiss JM, Kessler JI, Aoki SK (2014). Osteochondritis dissecans of the knee: pathoanatomy, epidemiology, and diagnosis. [Review]. Clin Sports Med, 33(2), 181-8.
  3. Shea KG, Grimm NL, Ewing CK, Aoki SK (2011). Youth sports anterior cruciate ligament and knee injury epidemiology: who is getting injured? In what sports? When? [Review]. Clinical Sports Medicine, 30(4), 691-706.

Book Chapter

  1. Beckmann JT, Maak TG, Aoki SK (1/1/2015). Hip Arthroscopy: Peritrochanteric Space Access. In Nho SJ, Leunig M, Larson CM, Bedi A, Kelly BT (Eds.), Hip Arthroscopy and Hip Preservation Surgery (1st). Springer.

Case Report

  1. Gililland JM, Webber NP, Jones KB, Randall RL, Aoki SK (2011). Intratendinous tophaceous gout imitating patellar tendonitis in an athletic man. Orthopedics, 11(34), 3.
  2. Hamblin T, Curtis SH, DAstous J, Aoki SK (2010). Childhood Obesity and Low-Velocity Knee Dislocation in a Fifteen-Year-Old Girl: A Case Report. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 92, 2213-2219.
  3. Beals TC, Severson EP, Kinikini D, Aoki SK (2009). Complex Achilles Reconstruction for Massive Soft Tissue Loss: Allograft, Autograft, and Use of a Temporary Cement Spacer. J Orthop Trauma.

Clinical Trials

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