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Karl M. Larsen, MD

Karl M. Larsen, MD

Dr. Karl Larsen is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in diagnosing and treating injuries of the hand and upper extremities. He commonly treats patients for athletic injury and overuse conditions of the wrist, disorders of the elbow, shoulder fractures, and work-related injuries, and he frequently performs upper extremity trauma reconstruction, hand surgery, and total shoulder replacements.

Dr. Larsen served in the United States Air Force Academy for over a decade and was stationed in Colorado Springs for six years. He performed hand surgery and held prestigious positions including Flight Commander for Inpatient and Emergency Services, Deputy Squadron Commander for Medical Operations, Deputy Chief of Medical Staff, and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery.

In 2005, Dr. Larsen was named United States Air Force Academy Clinical Surgeon of the Year. He received many decorations throughout his military career including the Aerial Achievement Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, and NATO Medal.

Prior to his armed services experience, Dr. Larsen earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas followed by a hand and microvascular surgery fellowship at the Indiana Hand Center.


BS: Biological Sciences and Modern Chinese, University of California at Santa Barbara
MD: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, SAUSHEC/Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas
Fellowship: Hand and Microvascular Surgery, Indiana Hand Center, Indianapolis, IN

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Team Physician:

  • 1994- Present: Orthopedic Consultant, United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs
  • 1994- Present: USA National Women’s Senior Basketball Team Medical Staff
  • 1994- Present: USA Wrestling Medical Staff
  • 1994- Present: Colorado Springs Sky Sox Triple A Baseball Club Medical Staff


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Fellow
  • Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Indianapolis Hand Society

View Dr. Larsen’s CV

Stephanie Noble, PA-C

Stephanie Noble, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Assisting in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic and sports medicine conditions, Stephanie aids Drs. Karl Larsen, John Shank, and Derek Purcell. She assists in surgical procedures, including fracture care, trauma, arthroscopy, and joint reconstruction.

A graduate of the University of Colorado Denver’s Child Health Associate and Physician Assistant Program, Stephanie calls Colorado Springs home. Prior to becoming a PA, she spent time volunteering overseas.

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