Vail Valley Surgery Centers are now open. In an effort to protect our patients, community and staff, we have updated our visitor policy. For surgical procedures, patients' designated ride/care provider will now only be allowed to enter the building when the patient is ready to be sent home. Only one adult per patient will be allowed. For minor procedures, including pain injections and GI endoscopy, no visitors will be allowed to enter (patient drop off and pick up only). We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

John Paul Elton M.D.


Specialty: Orthopaedics

Contact Phone: (970) 569-3240

Languages: English

Education: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Residency: University of Texas Health Sciences Center

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship: Harvard Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • Biography
After receiving his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Colorado, Dr. Elton completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and his foot and ankle fellowship at the Harvard Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Dr. Elton specializes in physiologically complicated foot and ankle surgery and handles the full spectrum of foot and ankle disorders.

He is experienced in treating sports injuries and fractures, nerve and tendon disorders, deformities and chronic pain, and only recommends surgical intervention when other treatments have not been successful. Dr. Elton continues to work with Harvard Brigham Hospital, where he most recently researched techniques for limited open Achilles tendon repair with ring forceps in the foot and ankle in October 2010. Dr. Elton has received numerous recognitions, including the Henry J. Tumen Research Fellowship, the Outstanding Research Poster Presentation from the UCHSC Student Research Forum and the WSMRF Subspecialty Award. He has also published various articles.

Dr. Elton loves being back in Colorado and enjoys camping and hiking with his wife and two children. In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Elton also enjoys cycling, skiing and snowboarding.