Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

267 Patient Ratings
178 Patient Comments

Christopher E. Pelt, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

267 Patient Ratings
178 Patient Comments



  • English

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 587-7109
University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108



Dr. Pelt specializes in hip replacement and revision, and knee replacement and revision. Minimally invasive joint replacement, partial knee replacement (unicompartmental, patellofemoral), cruciate preserving knee replacement, and direct anterior hip replacement are all aspects of his practice. Dr. Pelt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah and serves as Medical Director of the Orthopaedic and Trauma Unit at the University Hospital. His research interests are centered on patient outcomes following hip and knee reconstructive surgeries.

Given the large referral center at the University of Utah, Dr. Pelt performs several hundred surgeries each year and sees and treats a wide variety of cases including some of the most complex primary, revision and complicated surgeries in his field. Other orthopaedic surgeons all across the Intermountain West refer their patients to Dr. Pelt and his partners for care. This provides a broad fund of knowledge to help all of his patients, including those needing the highest quality outcome with their first joint replacement. In addition to the expert surgical care provided to each patient, he also teaches medical students, residents, fellows and even other practicing surgeons at meetings locally and throughout the country. Patients travel from across the country to seek care at the University of Utah Department of Orthopaedics as patients realize that they can receive the highest level of care from the surgeons that are on the cutting edge by coming directly to the center of excellence. Studies have shown that outcomes are better and complications are fewer when surgeries, such as joint replacement, are performed at high volume medical centers with experienced high volume surgeons, like Dr. Pelt and his colleagues.

Dr. Pelt grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate education. He later completed medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency and advanced training in an Adult Reconstruction fellowship at the University of Utah Department of Orthopaedics in Salt Lake City. Dr. Pelt's practice is based at the University Orthopaedic Center and he operates at both the University Orthopaedic Center and at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City. Other clinical/surgical sites of service in Salt Lake City are also available.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Assistant 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 31, 2017

I'm always amazed at the care and proficiency this clinic has provided.

January 22, 2017

best medical experience I've had

January 09, 2017

He was also concerned with an issue I am having with my ankle and went as far as cancelling the appointment that I was to have for a follow up and set me up with an ankle specialist to see about getting it corrected. I really appreciated his concern.

January 03, 2017

Dr Pelt demonstrated genuine interest in my well-being,he is a very good listener!

January 03, 2017

We have already recommended Dr. Pelt and the staff at U of U Center to our friend in our Ward. She is already a patient in you system now. Thank you for caring for each situation on an individual basis.

December 18, 2016

just needed a little more info about what medications I could take

December 13, 2016

Again, I cannot say enough good things about this whole hip replacement surgery process from beginning to finish...every single person I had contact with was awesome and helpful in every way. I am not a hospital type person (I hate IVs and the needles) but this was the way to go. And I feel wonderful.

December 12, 2016

First time meeting Dr. Pelt. He came highly recommended. I was impressed. He assessed a difficult problem and made a good plan for going forward.

December 05, 2016

Both Dr. Pelt and PA Van Dine are very friendly, compassionate and caring. A pleasure to work with.

December 04, 2016

I recommend Dr.Pelt and his staff every chance I get

November 21, 2016

I was very concerned before I spoke with Dr., and his PA, about having this surgery. I am less concerned, and am finally feeling some confidence about proceeding. I now look forward to the improvement in my quality of life, after this surgery.

November 21, 2016

You people are all ten stars in my book.

November 11, 2016

Dr. pelt was very matter of fact, which is what I needed, I was uncertain that I wanted a new knee. but he made me feel comfortable ,he also let me know that there was no other treatment other then the knee replacement. which didn't make me happy but I feel comfortable that he will take good care of me. his Nurse was friendly and fun to talk with. she's a plus. the MA how ever was so so not too impressed with her.

November 07, 2016

Everyone was very helpful and explained everything in detail. We never felt rushed through the process,

November 07, 2016

I waited 5 months to hear something that I could have been made known to me in July. The 3 factors of why I can't have surgery would not have change even if I waited a whole year. I am very disappointed and frustrated with how I was treated. I won't be going back. Worst experience ever! I thought that the VA was bad, boy was I wrong.

November 02, 2016

Dr Pelt seems like a nice guy, he must work a lot he always seems very tired.

November 02, 2016

Dr. Pelt and his team of care providers are top notch in every way! I've never had a negative experience.

November 01, 2016

LOVE Dr. Pelt!

September 21, 2016

Dr Pelt is wonderful please never let him leave. :)

September 19, 2016

Dr. Pelt was highly recommended to me by a physical therapist who reported to me that all of Dr. Pelt's patients she has worked with have had positive post-surgery recovery experiences (which is a great indicator of a great surgeon). Dr. Pelt is extremely competent, experienced, knowledgeable, takes time to answer my questions, and listens to my concerns. I am so thankful I am under his care and will not hesitate to have my other hip replaced down the road (if/when needed). Dr. Pelt also has an excellent team - all team members are friendly, professional, and cohesive in their vision of care.

September 11, 2016

Exceeded my expectations. The breast experience I have had at a medical facility.

August 22, 2016


August 05, 2016


August 05, 2016

Please review the follow-up instructions just a little more while in the office. When you are sleep deprived and having trouble with medications, the instructions in writing are great, but a little more time in the office reviewing them would be helpful.

August 04, 2016

I saw so many people it would be impossible for me to even remember all of their names. I remember Dr. Pelt very dynamic. All of the other people on the team I met were so well organized and scheduled like six appointments and my surgery compete with very informative pamphlet with all the names and numbers I will need. Wow!!! Have never seen such an efficient organization. Every single person I was introduced to was polite informative and extremely helpful...I hope I can be half as good a patient.

July 25, 2016

When I saw Dr. Pelt the first time for evaluation on my total knee replacement that had gone bad. It was like a bomb being dropped. .12 weeks off work and on crutches. Both he and his PA were understanding and discussed everything with me.

July 19, 2016

Dr. Pelt was attentive and answered all my concerns. I certainly thank everyone for my good outcome.

July 11, 2016

Very Good Experience

July 11, 2016

Dr Pelt, Christin, Sarah, are all just wonderful! The VERY BEST!!!!!

July 10, 2016

Dr Pelt's whole team have truly been outstanding!

June 28, 2016

very well in formed

June 27, 2016


June 24, 2016

couldn't ask for any better.

June 24, 2016

Van Dyne was excellent. Dr. Pelt was distracted and somewhere else mentally. He was in an out in less than four minutes. I didn't feel I was high on his list that day. Didn't discuss my xrays, just looked at my scar and left. He's never had great bedside manner, but this was a particularly distant day for him.

June 20, 2016

I have already recommended Dr. Pelt to someone.

June 13, 2016

Dr. Pelt and his team did my hip replacement on April 29, and the pace and degree of recovery has been amazingly fast. I returned to work on May 10, and the hip was virtually pain free within 2-3 weeks of surgery.

June 10, 2016

I feel Dr. Pelt is a very good surgeon and that is why I selected him over a different surgeon. After care in first two weeks was very good. However, I think more could be done regarding after care during weeks 3 through 6. My Pain was out of control during this three week period even though I had called and spoke with nurse. My physical therapist was also very concerned about my pain levels and that information was conveyed to the nurse. I was continually told to just cut back on pain medicine and there was no detailed questioning, concern, or follow up for myself or physical therapist. At my 6 weeks visit Dr. Pelt began to address my severe pain for which I am very grateful. However, I feel more could have been done sooner and could have saved me needless suffering. I also feel there should be more communication with the physical therapist who could easily independently verify the severe pain I was experiencing.

June 08, 2016

Again I will say my experience was excellent.

June 03, 2016


June 03, 2016

I would like to have seen my surgeon at both week two and week six. I trust the PA, but feel I had more questions at week two.

May 23, 2016


May 10, 2016

Very confident with the Dr and staff.

May 08, 2016


May 07, 2016

it was an efficient use of time to get the X-rays done before I met with the provider.

May 06, 2016

I've recommended dr. Pelt to many people. my PA from the diabetes clinic asked me if I would recommend him. answer was a yes I would and you would be very satisfied

April 26, 2016

We felt rushed through our appointment after waiting over 90 minutes in the exam room. When I was seen by Kristen, the PA, she mentioned to us a minimum of 4 times that the previous patient had made Dr. Pelt late, about their need to "catch up", and all but dragged the doctor away from us to get on to his next patient. It seemed it was my appointment she was trying to rush through to "get caught up". We felt so rushed by Kristen that we were not shown what would be used in my hip replacements. It seemed like her need to hurry, interrupted the doctor-patient time, focus, and communication in her efforts to move him to the next patient. Don't get me wrong, Kristen was nice and obviously very competent, however it "sent the message" that my appointment must be hurried through so she could get Dr. Pelt on to his other patients. I typically go alone to medical appointments, however due to the serious decisions regarding my right and left hip replacements my husband and I felt it would be good for him to come. My last wait to see the doctor was over 90 minutes. Since it's difficult for my husband to break away, I suggested he come an hour late but the MA and the PA said Dr. Pelt was running on time so I told my husband to come on time. Yet it was still a 90 minute wait to see the doctor. So the purpose of my husband breaking away to attend this appointment with me was not fully addressed.

April 25, 2016

Dr. Pelt was excellent! He spent more than sufficient time with my wife and I in reviewing the pro's and con's of proceeding with or with not the needed surgeries. His candor and concern were much appreciated. It was certainly more than expected and gave me a lot of information to consider as to whether or not move ahead with the needed surgeries.

April 25, 2016

Dr. Pelt was very personable and did an excellent job in describing his findings and his suggestions on future treatment.

April 22, 2016

Dr. Christopher Pelt is awesome

April 21, 2016

great help!!!

April 21, 2016

I love Dr Pelts , he is sensitive and caring!!!!!

April 20, 2016

It was a lo g journey from the beginning to the end of my procedure and I am so thankful that Dr. Pelt and Christine Van Dine were there with me!

April 19, 2016

Love Dr. Pelt & his team!

April 19, 2016

Extremely pleased with the way Dr. Pelt handled my situation. He did something that Dr. Dunn didn't do and that was take the time to solve my problem.

April 11, 2016

it is hard in medical situations to give my trust but Dr. Pelt has it unconditionally

March 29, 2016

Dr Pelt and Christine Van Dine, NP are both thoughtful, hear what I am saying and respond appropriately

February 26, 2016

There was not anything that I would have changed about this visit with Dr. Pelt. Thanks!

February 25, 2016

The experience with the three care givers was very good

February 17, 2016

I love the way all of the providers work together for my needs. I would like to thank them all for the special care they gave me.

February 12, 2016

Dr. Pelt is amazing. He did show concern regarding my surgery. He wanted to make sure I was doing it because I felt like I absolutely needed it done and not because I wanted to get it out of the way. It made made me sit back and pay more attention to it and I decided to keep a log on how my knee interferes with my activities. After only four days, I am positive that it is a necessity but his concern sure made me pay total attention to how my knee affects my daily activities. Thank you

February 08, 2016

I/m sure Dr. Pelt was just trying to be nice, but I think using terms of endearment are not necessary.

December 14, 2015


December 13, 2015

4min. 9.8seconds - time withdr. Pelt

December 07, 2015

Dr Pelt is the best Dr I've seen on this matter and through out the years I've seen 4 specialist

December 06, 2015


December 03, 2015

Dr. Pelt was exceptional

November 27, 2015

Doctors you are great. As the years go by don't become apathetic.

November 02, 2015

Excellent experience throughout the visit.

November 01, 2015

Dr Pelts and his PA were great. Friendly understanding and down to earth. Dynamic!

October 31, 2015

This whole knee replacement has gone so well! I have sang the centers praises every since.

October 26, 2015

I heard of U of U Orthopedics Center from a coworker who had to have surgery on her elbow. She told me how happy she was with this office. I then decided to look into the Center and sorta did some research and chose Dr. Pelt hoping and praying that I had made the right choice. Boy did I hit the goldmine. I am so very happy with Dr. Pelt and all of his staff. I have made recommendations to others who I know need to have knee surgery. And based on how I bounced back from my surgery and the care I tell them that I had from the entire office. I think he will be getting a few more patients.

October 04, 2015

I was very impressed with the care that Dr Pelt and his assistant gave to me. They answered every question to my satisfaction and seemed sincerely concerned about my problems.

August 30, 2015

I have an issue developing with the right hip. That was not addressed during visit

August 18, 2015

I was asked if I had any questions but I think because I finally realized that I had to have the surgery for sure, I wished the Dr. would have maybe gave me a list of questions that come up. At the time I couldn't think about any questions then afterward I realized I didn't ask about type of paid meds, what type of prosthesis I would be getting and if that was a standard or if there were different ones that are used. He did tell me how long the procedure would take and a rough run thru of how to expect healing take in 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 month time period which helped.

August 17, 2015

great care

August 07, 2015

Dr. Pelt takes my concerns seriously and acts on them. I'm glad he is my surgeon.

July 06, 2015

It was a very good consult. We received all the information we needed. All of our concerns were welcomed and the responses exceeded our expectations. At one point we had five medical staff in the room all there to assist my wife and I. It was great and great to feel as though we were not being rushed. Thank you!

June 16, 2015

Both the PA and Dr. Pelt were exceptionally kind and friendly throughout this visit as well as previous visits and after my surgery.

June 16, 2015

The care I received was good. No complaints.

June 15, 2015

Dr. Pelt was very thorough and informative. Excellent bedside manner

April 28, 2015

He was so great and explained things very good.

April 28, 2015

Dr Pelt is very young. He is a skilled surgeon. He has a lot to still learn about being a good physician.

April 14, 2015

Dr Pelt & his PA Christin Van Dine explained the healing progress of my fracture through detailed review of my X-ray history. Christin ensured that my X-ray history will be provided to me on compact disk - thanks!

April 11, 2015

trust Dr. Pelt , thank you

April 07, 2015

Dr. Pelt was highly recommended by Dr. Cunniff. The PA was well-informed and interested in my case. Kudos to her. The X-ray technicians were proficient and efficient. Dr. Pelt was great. Clear, kind, experienced.

April 06, 2015

although confident in the quality of care of dr Pelt through the surgery and initial care, however, long term care not as pleased with.

March 23, 2015

Think your service is great and I have recommended the entire University system to several people. Dr Pelt is outstanding and I will recommend him again and again.

March 23, 2015

put me at ease

March 02, 2015

I appreciated the time spent and the attention to addressing my concerns

March 02, 2015

very helpful

February 24, 2015

Dr Pelt (based on X-ray analysis) assured me that I had not damaged my hip replacement as a result of an emergency lift event I had to perform several weeks after the replacement surgery. His thorough assessment & that of his Resident was most comforting.

February 17, 2015

I was excited to be able to return to my activities that I have put off for years. However as I learned more about the knee replacement procedure, I have renewed concerns about my job and was told that I can get back to many activities except running. That has cause me to reconsider this procedure on my knee. I have run on this bad knee and endured the pain and stiffness. While I haven't cancelled yet, I may request a second opinion and perhaps some options.

January 26, 2015


January 22, 2015

The consultation was short I think because the doctor was behind.

January 21, 2015

Dr. Pelt is fantastic. He listens and responds appropriately. I have great confidence in his treatment

December 16, 2014

Already have recommended.

December 15, 2014


December 08, 2014

Only real issue with Dr. Pelt was that at the end of me seeing him, he just left the room and said I will get the test work started and left. He left his assigned Fellow in the room too and he acted like he wasn't sure what to do. I did not see Dr Pelt again and didn't know if I was to have a follow-up visit after having further tests done or not. I had to ask after scheduling for a follow-up bone scan, but, the receptionist at the desk didn't know either and couldn't find out other than some one would contact me after the bone scan was done. Just confusing and seemed like my appointment was not finished but it apparently was as Dr. Pelt nor his Fellow returned to give me any further information. He seemed friendly and thurough, but when he entered the room, he introduced himself to me, but, seemed to ignore that I had my wife sitting next to me as she was not recognized and I started to introduce her, but, Dr. Pelt started right in with my exam, so I didn't get to introduce her. His Fellow, (man named Jones) did introduce himself to both my wife and I and I was really impressed with what he did and questions he asked.

November 20, 2014

Blew me out of the water with negative news but really did not make any options available to me that I understood then sent me on my way.

November 04, 2014

Exceptional, professional, and humane.

November 03, 2014

Everyone was interested in my experience

October 29, 2014

Professional/courteous as always. Offers options where appropriate.

October 19, 2014

Have already recommended him.

October 14, 2014

At this time, the cause of my knee pain and resolution will not be completely resolved until further testing. I appreciated Dr. Pelt consulted with another physician about my condition. Dr. Pelt, PA Van Dine, and Dr. Swann listened to me and asked questions, which was a vast improvement over my previous care provider. My husband and I got lost during the conversation among the three. There could have been a more concise summary at the end of the visit. I wish I could have been more assertive. Never-the-less, there will be another opportunity to have questions asked and answered.

September 23, 2014

I have a lot of anxiety about the procedure I need to undergo, which is demonstrated by how long it has taken be to be ready for surgery (5+ years). I was terribly disappointed in this visit because the doctor did not take the time to TALK with me about my concerns. My time with the doctor was short and curt. Talking and demonstrating a warm and comfortable bedside manner is what I need to assuage my feelings and avert frustration. I understand the doc was busy. I have been in his office on other visits and have left feeling more comfortable that last week's visit.

September 15, 2014

During the visit, I described a concern that I was not originally seen for. The doctor suggested a treatment that my resolve this. I would like to explore this further with the doctor or his assistant.

September 08, 2014

It was great start to finish first class all the way

September 05, 2014

Dr. Pelt and Whitney were caring and concerned and explained what they thought might be the issue.

August 17, 2014

Very well informed at this point, let me know what to expect before next appointment

July 14, 2014

dr. pelt is the best!

July 10, 2014

I am pleased with professional and personal information given to me. I gladly recommend this physician for the type of operations I received.

July 10, 2014

Dr Pelt is very to the point and has little time to waste on unnecessary chit chat. He was very patient and answered our questions kindly and professionally.

June 12, 2014

good very friendly

June 01, 2014

I have recommended Dr. Pelt to everyone who has asked me about my knee replacement. Great staff

May 25, 2014

I have absolutely no complaints about anything or anyone.

May 19, 2014

Also to add to the previous comment. She was given a brace in the emergency department. He told her to not use it, it was not doing any good. Also, he mentioned the emergency department should not have given her a brace. No other instructions, except to come see him in 3 months.

May 19, 2014

I was completely satisfied with my clinic experience.

May 15, 2014

The caare I have been given has changed my life.

May 13, 2014

Very knowledgeable on issues surrounding TKR's which helped. Has been confusing with other DR's not associated with U of U that told had me to do things that was out in left field, which caused a lot of frustration and not trusting medical field due to bad experiences in past.

May 12, 2014

my experience has been wonderful. I definitely would recommend this facility and Dr Pelt to others.

May 07, 2014


April 07, 2014

i was always treaed with much care and concern and let me know what I needed to know andI felt that all care about me .

March 30, 2014

Even though my pain had nearly subsided by the time I was able to be seen, I kept the appointment because I wanted to get "established" with a knee surgeon here in SLC. They had obtained my medical records from Indianapolis, IN, and went over my status carefully with me. I felt reassured that I would continue to recover from the fall and that I now have an Orthopedist in SLC who will follow me as needed.

March 23, 2014

Regarding the time spent with the provider, the distance some patients travel for a 5 minute visit makes me question if in my case a person couldn't have an xray taken locally and sent to the provider to review. This was acceptable with a doctor at Primary Children's for my son.

February 18, 2014

I was able to talk with Uof U physical therapists since I was unhappy with the ones of my choice. Dr Pelt and Dr VanDine went way beyond what they needed to do.

February 02, 2014

Before coming to your sustem I was told that I needed several surgeries. Your doctors showed me that they where not necessay at this time and with their care I feel better than I have felt in years.

January 08, 2014

I am very nervous about a knee replacement. I do have more questions but they are ones that came up after the appointment that I had not thought of during the appointment. I'm sure when I come back that they will have no problem answering my questions and concerns.

January 05, 2014

Dr Pelt was very good at making me feel good about the post surgery depression.

December 18, 2013

Guessing that my pain was just a coincidence to a previous injection. Bad experience

December 16, 2013

My care was provided by a P.A. , x-ray techs and Dr. Pelt. They should have their own separate evaluations so in fairness I left this section blank. I will say that Dr. Pelt was very helpful in my decision to put off a surgery for now.

December 04, 2013

I had a really good conversation with Dr Pelt and his staff, they answered all of my questions

December 02, 2013

Dr Pelt only spoke of reasons he could not help me. He never spoke of help he could provide ao addressed or resolved the pain issue which brought to see him.

November 25, 2013

If there were an excellent button, I would have chose that....

November 18, 2013

I already have recommended Dr. Pelt to other people.

November 18, 2013

Very competent

November 16, 2013

I have all the hope and confidence in Dr Pelt. The Doctor that performed the knee replacement is at a loss as to what is wrong with my TKR. Dr Pelt had a diagnosis in minutes.

November 12, 2013

was sent to this from non surgery/preventive section of u o u ortho clinic to determine why knee continues to swell and hold fluid. it seemed that i spent more time with resident than dr pelt. clinic seemed to be overloaded with patients, appointment felt rushed.

November 04, 2013

The care provider spent just the right amount of time with me. They addressed all of my concerns in a respectable manner.

October 28, 2013

Have recommended

October 21, 2013

Dr pelt is a wonderful doc very informative

October 21, 2013

i was impressed with the holistic approach - making sure that I am totally healthy for any and all procedures, I even got a cardiovascular appt. set up to check my heart.

October 21, 2013

I was in a study, so many of these questions do not apply, but I have been a patient in the orthopedic dept. for 14 years and have had mostly great experiences both with the orthopedic surgeons and the sports-medicine MDs. My experiences with Dr. Chris Peters have ALL been excellent, both in terms of his orthopedic skills as with his genuine care of his patients.

October 14, 2013

I felt confident, reassured and completely informed. I will never go anywhere else.

September 30, 2013

Everything happened quickly and efficiently. I was not in to much pain at any time during my time in the hospital.

September 24, 2013

Will reserve likelihood of recommending until after surgery. However, Dr. Pelt was extremely professional, courteous, and personable. I particularly appreciated his willingness to answer all my questions. (I had a list and he answered every one.) I also appreciated him offering options including the most recent for total knee replacement including the percentages of success, potential events, etc. He portrayed confidence without cockiness.

September 23, 2013


August 26, 2013

If I need another knee replacement, I want Dr. Pelt and his staff. This is what I tell everyone who asks about my surgery.

August 03, 2013

they treated me very well and made me feel they were rally interested in me.

July 08, 2013

dr. pelt is wonderful and took time to explain everything to me. there was a little problem with after surgery info.

July 01, 2013

doctor and assistants all very helpful

June 12, 2013

Dr. Pelt was very informative and seemed genuinely concerned about my medical issues. Since I have some additional conditions which make my health treatments unusual, he was very thorough in finding out all he needed about my health conditions, medications, etc. before recommending what to do next.

June 10, 2013

Dr. Pelt did not rush me and answered all of my questions. Because he was so thorough in explaining the procedure needed, I had very few questions.

June 06, 2013

I would have enjoyed more time with the doctors but realize they have other patients too.

May 27, 2013

I thought he was great as well as the other staff members

May 27, 2013

I had a hard time understanding the degree of my infection checks, and the graph I would check on MY CHART.. The care provider always took the time to explain to me what was going on..

April 15, 2013

Dr. Pelt, Christin and Lee Phillips have provided excellent care at visits and in the hospital. I am VERY pleased with the care that they provided.

April 09, 2013

Dr Pelt and his team we're great throughout the length of my treatment.

April 04, 2013

We had a very good experience. We appreciated the quality of care provided previously and have great confidence in the skill of Dr. Chris Pelt and his staff.

March 18, 2013

Experience was good

February 25, 2013

I am extremely happy with the care I received from Dr. Pelt and his team. I highly recommend the U of U Orthopedic Center

February 10, 2013

Dr pelt seemed to worry about my health more than i did and took pride in his work

February 04, 2013

Their Great!

December 18, 2012


December 10, 2012

I have decided to use Dr. Pelt for my second TKA that should let you know what I think about his care.

December 05, 2012

The Dr. and the PA were very caring and gave and answered all of my questions.

December 03, 2012

Once again...... I usually use the VA where I never see the same person twice. Questions are never answered, decisions are never discussed. What's not to like about the Univ Medical.

November 13, 2012

I really like Dr. Pelt, Kristie and the rest of his staff. Everyone is attentive, helpful and friendly. I will strongly recommend Dr. Pelt and his staff to anyone who will listen to me.

November 05, 2012

I had a little confusion about getting a physical before my surgery. I guess some people need test that are done at the U but because I was in good health I didn't need to get the extra test. That was the only confusion I had. By the time I reread the papers which I was given, if I had need any additional test it would have been too late to schedule them. But I guess if I had needed them the staff probably would have discussed that with me sooner.

October 29, 2012

My experience was pleasent and my time was well spent.

September 17, 2012

We were quite confident in the health care providers ability to answer our questions and to provide accurate information.

September 10, 2012

Thank you for the care and information.

July 26, 2012

I'm starting to feel guilty -- ALL = "VERY GOOD,' but this is totally true.

July 09, 2012


June 23, 2012

it was a good experience even though I was nrvous

May 04, 2012

All good

March 30, 2012

I had some concerns about my progress and the appearance of the scar and the knee area in general. They were all very forth coming about where I am in my progress. Which is very good. They also informed me about the scar and appearance of knee which has made me feel confident that all will be well. I just have to have a little more patience. I just want to all better NOW!

January 27, 2012

Good experience

January 20, 2012


Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Hip arthroplasty in adult dysplasia
  • Revision Knee Surgery
  • Knee Prosthesis
  • Knee Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee
  • Hip Joint
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee
  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Revision Hip Surgery
  • Arthroplasty
  • Total Hip Replacement Development
  • Knee Joint
  • Total knee joint replacement development
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip

Board Certification and Academic Information

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

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-5410 University Orthopaedic Center
University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Pelt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Utah specializing in Adult Reconstruction. In addition to his efforts in providing world class patient care, Dr. Pelt works with a team of researchers and clinical scientists in his efforts to improve our understanding and treatment of conditions of the hip and knee. He also teaches and trains medical students, Orthopaedic Residents and Fellows, and practicing surgeons. Dr. Pelt’s research interests are centered on patient outcomes following hip and knee reconstructive surgeries. Dr. Pelt has helped lead the Department in creating a tablet based patient reported outcome monitoring tool that is obtained as part of standard of care in our practice. The Meval II, where all of the standard of care data about patients we treat is kept safe, allows us to be on the cutting edge in our ability to understand how our patients do and what the effects of our interventions are on our patients. Patients cared for at our clinical sites receive the highest quality care avaiable, in part, due to our commitment to research and improving the techniques that we use to help our patients.

Current investigations include: techniques and patient outcomes following the revision of Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Replacements; outcomes obtained with the use of MRI based customized patient specific instruments during total knee replacement; outcomes following the use of the latest implant technologies available in hip and knee replacement, including cruciate sparing TKA; the impact of glycemic control (hemoglobin A1C) on the incidence of periprosthetic joint infections (PJI); outcomes following the treatment of periprosthetic joit infections; the use of computer adaptive testing in adult reconstruction patients, diagnosis and treatment of PJI.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
Adult Reconstruction, Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, Young Adult Hip Preservation
Residency University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
Orthopaedic Surgery
Professional Medical Creighton University School of Medicine
Undergraduate University of Washington
Cellular and Molecular Biology


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Christensen JC, Brothers J, Stoddard GJ, Anderson MB, Pelt CE, Gililland JM, Peters CL (2017). Higher Frequency of Reoperation With a New Bicruciate-retaining Total Knee Arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 475(1), 62-69.
  2. Lee VS, Kawamoto K, Hess R, Park C, Young J, Hunter C, Johnson S, Gulbransen S, Pelt CE, Horton DJ, Graves KK, Greene TH, Anzai Y, Pendleton RC (2016). Implementation of a Value-Driven Outcomes Program to Identify High Variability in Clinical Costs and Outcomes and Association With Reduced Cost and Improved Quality. JAMA, 316(10), 1061-72.
  3. Lindgren K, Anderson MB, Peters CL, Pelt CE, Gililland JM (2016). The Prevalence of Positive Findings on Metal Artifact Reduction Sequence Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty, 31(7), 1519-23.
  4. Pelt CE, Foulks M, Anderson MB, Pendleton R, Peters CL (03/23/2016). Improving value in primary total joint arthroplasty care pathways: changes in inpatient physical therapy staffing. doi:10.1016/j.artd.2016.02.003. Arthroplasty Today.
  5. Flis A, Duncan C, Pelt C, Rosenbluth J, Willick S (2016). Left Hip Pain Caused by Right Hip Osteoarthritis in a Patient With an Incomplete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: A Case Report. PM R, 8(3), 282-5.
  6. Peters CL, Chrastil J, Stoddard GJ, Erickson JA, Anderson MB, Pelt CE (2016). Can Radiographs Predict the Use of Modular Stems in Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip? Clin Orthop Relat Res, 474(2), 423-9.
  7. Gililland JM, Swann P, Pelt CE, Erickson J, Hamad N, Peters CL (2016). What Is the Role for Patelloplasty With Gullwing Osteotomy in Revision TKA? Clin Orthop Relat Res, 474(1), 101-6.
  8. Pelt CE, Erickson JA, Peters CL, Anderson MB, Cannon-Albright L (2015). A Heritable Predisposition to Osteoarthritis of the Hip. J Arthroplasty, 30(9 Suppl), 125-9.
  9. 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.
  10. Chrastil J, Anderson MB, Stevens V, Anand R, Peters CL, Pelt CE (2015). Is Hemoglobin A1c or Perioperative Hyperglycemia Predictive of Periprosthetic Joint Infection or Death Following Primary Total Joint Arthroplasty? J Arthroplasty, 30(7), 1197-202.
  11. 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. Orthop J Sports Med, 2(12), 2325967114562191.
  12. Pelt CE, Grijalva R, Anderson L, Anderson MB, Erickson J, Peters CL (2014). Two-Stage Revision TKA Is Associated with High Complication and Failure Rates. Adv Orthop, 2014, 659047.
  13. Stronach BM, Pelt CE, Erickson JA, Peters CL (2014). Patient-specific instrumentation in total knee arthroplasty provides no improvement in component alignment. J Arthroplasty, 29(9), 1705-8.
  14. Pelt CE, Madsen W, Erickson JA, Gililland JM, Anderson MB, Peters CL (2014). Revision total hip arthroplasty with a modular cementless femoral stem. J Arthroplasty, 29(9), 1803-7.
  15. Pelt CE, Erickson J, Christensen BA, Widmer B, Severson EP, Evans D, Peters CL (2014). The use of a modular titanium baseplate with a press-fit keel implanted with a surface cementing technique for primary total knee arthroplasty. Biomed Res Int, 2014, 972615.
  16. Gililland JM, Anderson LA, Barney JK, Ross HL, Pelt CE, Peters CL (2014). Barbed versus standard sutures for closure in total knee arthroplasty: a multicenter prospective randomized trial. J Arthroplasty, 29(9 Suppl), 135-8.
  17. Pelt CE, Anderson AW, Anderson MB, Van Dine C, Peters CL (2014). Postoperative falls after total knee arthroplasty in patients with a femoral nerve catheter: can we reduce the incidence? J Arthroplasty, 29(6), 1154-7.
  18. Smith JW, Marcus RL, Peters CL, Pelt CE, Tracy BL, LaStayo PC (2014). Muscle force steadiness in older adults before and after total knee arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty, 29(6), 1143-8.
  19. Peters CL, Mulkey P, Erickson J, Anderson MB, Pelt CE (2014). Comparison of total knee arthroplasty with highly congruent anterior-stabilized bearings versus a cruciate-retaining design. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 472(1), 175-80.

Book Chapter

  1. Pelt CE, Swann P (06/01/2016). Chapter 2 Indications for the Direct Anterior Approach. In B Sonny Bal, MD JD MBA ; Lee E Rubin, MD ; Kristaps J Keggi, MD Dr Med (hc) (Eds.), Direct Anterior Approach for Hip Reconstruction (1, 1). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Inc.
  2. Pelt CE, Erickson JA, Peters CL (02/03/2016). Minimally Invasive Posterolateral Approach. In Scuderi, GA; Tria, AJ (Eds.), Minimally Invasive Surgery in Orthopedics (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-15206-6_46-1, Section 6, pp. 1-9). Springer International Publishing.
  3. Chrastil J, Pelt CE, Erickson JA, Peters CL (1/1/2015). Skeletally Mature Acetabular Dysplasia: Anatomy, Pathomorphology, Pathomechanics, Clinical Presentation, and Imaging Studies. In Nho, S., Leunig, M., Larson, C.M., Bedi, A., Kelly, B.T. (Eds.), Hip Arthroscopy and Hip Joint Preservation Surgery (Vol. 2, Chap. 43, pp. 571-581). New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.
  4. Beebe M, Pelt CE, Peters CL (2015). Pelvic Osteotomy (PAO). In Rothman, R.H., Parvizi, J. (Eds.), Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, Sam W. Wiesel MD, author (2nd edition, 2). Philiadelphia PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  5. Pelt CE, Madsen W, Peters CL (2015). Cementless Acetabular Components for Revision. In Callaghan J, Rosenberg AG, Rubash HE, Clohisy JC, Della Valle CJ, Parvizi J (Eds.), The Adult Hip: Arthroplasty and Its Alternatives and Hip Preservation (3rd edition, 3, Chap 116, p. 109). Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  6. Pelt CE, Khoury C, Stronach BM, Peters CL (2015). Surgical Dislocation of the Hip for Symptomatic Femoroacetabular Impingement. In Callaghan J, Rosenberg AG, Rubash HE, Clohisy JC, Della Valle CJ, Parvizi J (Eds.), The Adult Hip: Arthroplasty and Its Alternatives and Hip Preservation (3rd edition, 3, Chap 9). Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  7. Avilucea F, Pelt CE, Peters CL (03/01/2014). What's New In Hip Joint Preservation Surgery? In Matt Austin (Ed.), Recent Advances in Orthopaedics.


  1. Pelt CE (09/18/2015). Live Surgery Broadcast: Bicruciate Total Knee Arthroplasty - International Congress for Joint Replacement (ICJR) - 2015 Combined OrthoLIVE/MTJR Course [Film]. Newport Beach Marriott Hotel,Newport Beach, CA, USA: ICJR. Available:
  2. Bergman J, Pelt CE, Peters CL, Anderson M, Erickson J (2/1/2015). Rectus-Sparing Periacetabular Osteotomy Surgical Technique Video [Video]. Rosemont, IL, USA: AAOS Orthopaedic Video Theater. Available:

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

  • Exparel RCT
    Keywords: Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty, Liposomal Bupivacaine, Periarticular Infusion, Femoral Nerve Blocks
    Status: Enrolling by invitation Principal Investigator: Chris Pelt
  • Pacira RCT - PILLAR
    Keywords: Total Knee Arthroplasty, Liposomal Bupivacaine, Postoperative pain management, Local Infiltration
    Status: Recruiting Principal Investigator: Chris Pelt

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