Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

150 Patient Ratings
56 Patient Comments

Christopher E. Pelt, M.D.

Clinical Details


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(801) 587-7109 University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Dr. Pelt specializes in hip replacement and revision, knee replacement and revision, and hip preservation. Minimally invasive joint replacement, partial knee replacement (unicompartmental, patellofemoral), cruciate preserving knee replacement, direct anterior hip replacement, surgical dislocation and debridement of the hip and corrective osteotomies of the hip and knee 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 hundered 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 physician 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 doctor
My confidence in doctor
Time doctor spent with me
Doctor spoke using clear language
Doctor's effort to include me in decisions
Doctor's concern for questions & worries
Doctor's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Doctor'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.

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

Very competent

November 18, 2013

I already have recommended Dr. Pelt to other people.

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

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 21, 2013

Dr pelt is a wonderful doc very informative

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

  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Arthroplasty
  • Hip Joint
  • Revision Hip Surgery
  • Revision Knee Surgery
  • Knee Injuries
  • Surgical treatment of adult dysplasia of the hip
  • Femoracetabular Impingement
  • Knee Prosthesis
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee
  • Knee Joint
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip
  • Total knee joint replacement development
  • Total Hip Replacement Development
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee
  • Joint preserving treatment in dysplasia
  • Hip arthroplasty in adult dysplasia

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) 587-7109 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 preserving and 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 Musculoskelatal Outcomes Registry 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; intraarticular findings during hip preservation surgery; outcomes obtained with the use of MRI based customized patient specific instruments during total knee replacement; computer modeling and anaylsis of conditons of the hip including arthritis, dysplasia and impingement; 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; outcomes following the treatment of periprosthetic joit infections; the use of computer adaptive testing in adult reconstruction patients.


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. Stronach BM, Pelt CE, Erickson J, Peters C(2013)Patient-specific total knee arthroplasty required frequent surgeon-directed changes.  Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 471(1),169-74
  2. Ginnetti JG, Pelt CE, Erickson JA, Van Dine C, Peters C(2013)Prevalence and treatment of intraarticular pathology recognized at the time of periacetabular osteotomy for the dysplastic hip.  Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 471(2),498-503
  3. Anderson LA, Gililland JM, Pelt CE, Peters C(2013)Subcapital correction osteotomy for malunited slipped capital femoral epiphysis.  Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 33(4),345-52
  4. Peters CL, Mulkey P, Erickson J, Anderson MB, Pelt C(2013)Comparison of Total Knee Arthroplasty With Highly Congruent Anterior-stabilized Bearings versus a Cruciate-retaining Design.  Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research,
  5. Gililland JM, Anderson LA, Erickson J, Pelt CE, Peters C(2013)Mean 5-year clinical and radiographic outcomes of cementless total hip arthroplasty in patients under the age of 30.  BioMed Research International, 2013649506
  6. Peters CL, Jimenez C, Erickson J, Anderson MB, Pelt C(2013)Lessons Learned from Selective Soft-Tissue Release for Gap Balancing in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty: An Analysis of 1216 Consecutive Total Knee Arthroplasties: AAOS Exhibit Selection.  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: American Volume, 95(20),e1521-11
  7. Smith JW, Marcus RL, Peters CL, Pelt CE, Tracy BL, Lastayo P(2013)Muscle Force Steadiness in Older Adults Before and After Total Knee Arthroplasty.LID - S0883-5403(13)00868-1 [pii]LID - 10.1016/j.arth.2013.11.023 [doi]  Journal of Arthroplasty,
  8. Gililland JM, Anderson LA, Boffeli SL, Pelt CE, Peters CL, Kubiak E(2012)A fluoroscopic grid in supine total hip arthroplasty: improving cup position, limb length, and hip offset.  Journal of Arthroplasty, 27(8 Suppl),111-6
  9. Peters CL, Grunander TR, Pelt C, Erickson (2012)Pre-Arthritic Hip Pain in the Young Adult:  Orthopaedic Knowledge Online, 10(9),
  10. Anderson LA, Gililland J, Pelt C, Linford S, Stoddard GJ, Peters C(2011)Center edge angle measurement for hip preservation surgery: technique and caveats.  Orthopedics, 34(2),86
  11. Pelt CE, Turner CM, Bachus KN, Foreman KB, Beals T(2011)Micro-CT Density Analysis of the Medial Wall of the Human Medial Cuneiform.  Orthopedics, 34(5),363
  12. Pelt CE, Bachus KN, Vance RE, Beals T(2011)A biomechanical analysis of a tensioned suture device in the fixation of the ligamentous Lisfranc injury.  Foot & Ankle International, 32(4),422-31
  13. Hallows RK, Pelt CE, Erickson JA, Peters C(2011)Serum Metal Ion Concentration: Comparison Between Small and Large Head Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Arthroplasty  Journal of Arthroplasty, 26(8),1176-1181
  14. Pelt CE, Bergeson AG, Anderson LA, Stoddard GJ, Peters C(2011)Serum Metal Ion Concentrations After Unilateral vs Bilateral Large-Head Metal-on-Metal Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty  Journal of Arthroplasty, 26(8),1494-1500
  15. Pelt CE, Madsen W, Erickson J, Gililland J, Anderson M, Peters C(In Press)Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty with a Modular Cementless Femoral Stem  Journal of Arthroplasty,
  16. Pelt CE, Serverson E, Widmer B, Christensen B, Evans D, Peters (In Press)Survival of a Modular Titanium Baseplate Implanted With a Surface Cementing Technique  The Knee,
  17. Pelt CE, Erickson JA, Anderson MB, Anderson L, Kubiak EN, Peters C(In Press)Two-Stage Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty is Associated with High Complication and Failure Rates  Journal of Arthroplasty,

Book Chapter

  1. Avilucea F, Pelt CE, Peters C(2014)What's New In Hip Joint Preservation Surgery  ,
  2. Peters CL, Stronach BM, Pelt CE, Erickson J(2012)Open surgical dislocation for the treatment of femoroacetabular impingement: past, present, and future.  , 61273-86
  3. Pelt CE, Madsen W, Peters C(In Press)Cementless Acetuablar Revision  , 2
  4. Pelt CE, Khoury C, Stronach BM, Peters C(In Press)Surgical Dislocation of the Hip for Symptomatic Femoroacetabular Impingement  , 3


  1. Pelt CE, Erickson JA, Anderson MB, Anderson L, Kubiak EN, Peters C(2013)Two-Stage Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty is Associated with High Complication and Failure Rates  , 2013(1),525


  1. Pelt CE, Stronach BM, Peters C(2011)The Adult Hip: Case 2 (Acetabular Dysplasia) Too Young for This Pain: The Case of Paul Porter: A Virtual Fellowship Interactive Multimedia Program  ,


  1. Pelt CE, Clarke I, Donaldson T, McPherson E, Peters C(2012)Scientific Exhibit 12: Pathologic, Serologic, and Tribologic Findings in Failed Metal on Metal Total Hip Arthroplasty. (Awarded Award of Excellence as top out of 88 exhibits)  ,

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