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Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Travis Maak, MD, specializes in the surgical treatment of pediatric, adolescent, and adult sports injuries, focusing on the hip and knee. He is the head orthopaedic team physician for the Utah Jazz, team physician for University of Utah Athletics, and associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah.

Patient Care Specialties


His hip practice includes these specialties:

Learn more about the Hip Preservation Program.

Dr. Maak has developed, performed, published, and teaches a new, arthroscopic cartilage transplantation procedure (AMECT) that restores early cartilage injuries in the hip.


His knee practice includes these specialties:

  • ACL reconstruction
  • Patellar instability including MPFL reconstruction and tibial tubercle osteotomy,
  • Complex knee joint restoration and reconstruction
    • Meniscus transplantation
    • Cartilage repair
    • Osteotomy 
    • Multi-ligament (ACL/PCL/LCL/MCL repair and reconstruction)


Dr. Maak also has an extensive pediatric focus. This includes these specialties:

  • Tibial spine repair
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
  • Repair and treatment of knee injuries complicated by open growth plates

Dr. Maak practices at the University Orthopaedic Center, South Jordan Health Center, and Primary Children's Hospital. Dr. Maak specializes in arthroscopic hip and knee surgery and has a specific interest in preservation of the athletic hip and knee.


Dr. Maak is originally from Salt Lake City and a graduate from Stanford University. He completed his medical school at Yale School of Medicine and surgical internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical College. His orthopaedic surgery residency training occurred at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where he continued his training with a fellowship in sports medicine. During his fellowship, Dr. Maak served as an assistant NFL team physician for the New York Football Giants.

Specialty Procedures in Orthopedic Surgery

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He has been actively involved in research throughout his medical career and has published numerous scientific and clinical articles in the areas of hip and knee reconstruction. His research interests include hip and knee joint preservation, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), meniscus and articular cartilage injury, and knee joint biomechanics.

Academic Appointments & Medical Education

Board Certification & Academic Appointments

  • Academic Departments Orthopaedics – Assistant Professor
  • Board Certification National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Sub: Sports Medicine)


  • Clerkship Hospital for Special Surgery Hip Preservation and Arthroscopy, Mentor: Bryan T. Kelly
  • Clerkship Sports Clinic Traveling Clerkship in Complex Knee Surgery – Focus: Malalignment and Knee Osteotomies Mentor: Philip Lobenhoffer
  • Clerkship University of Ghent – Belgium Traveling Clerkship in Sports Medicine  Focus: Biologic knee reconstruction and repair Mentor: Rene Verdonk
  • Fellowship Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery
  • Residency Hospital for Special Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Internship New York-Presbyterian Hospital/New York Weill Cornell Center
  • Research Fellow Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Doris Duke
  • Medical School Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven
  • Undergraduate Stanford University, Palo Alto Major: Biology with Honors

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