Darren Herzog, MD
Dr Darren Herzog grew up in Missoula in Western Montana. He attended the University of Montana and graduated with high honors and a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. Following his undergraduate education he took a couple of years off to work in his father’s construction business.
Dr Herzog decided that he wanted to commit to life as a doctor and began the long road to becoming a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon. Dr Herzog went to medical school because, “I was interested in the sciences and I always had an aspiration to do more and to be someone who could help people. Having grown up around my dad’s construction business and helping him – I also found I really enjoyed working with my hands.”
He went on to attend medical school at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, where he received his MD. He completed an internship at the University of California in San Francisco. Then, following his internship, he moved to Oregon and attended the University of Oregon Health & Sciences University, where he immersed himself in orthopedic and stem cell research.
Dr Herzog moved to Michigan to complete his orthopedic surgery residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, a regional Level 1 Trauma center in Detroit. Following residency, Dr Herzog went back to the University of California in San Francisco to complete an additional fellowship in joint replacement and became a specialist in adult reconstruction, primary and revision arthroplasty.
“I always loved working with my hands and I have always loved sports so orthopedic medicine seemed like a great fit for me. As a specialist in joint replacement I was able to have an immediate impact on the quality of life that someone has. It provided a concrete outcome and I liked that,” says Dr. Herzog.
As a joint replacement surgeon Dr Herzog has experience with every type of primary joint replacement, as well as, revision joint replacement, and partial knee replacements. He specializes in minimally invasive hip replacement, also known as the anterior approach to hip replacement. He has worked with a lot of orthopedic trauma and has experience in sports medicine as he worked with many of the professional athletes on the the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Tigers, during his time in Michigan.
Dr Herzog’s care philosophy is such that, “I treat my patients like family members and put them first. I am a high tech, but high touch doctor who is personable and spends the time necessary to really explain things to my patients,” he says.
Dr Herzog’s wife is also a doctor and together they have worked in Boulder, Billings, and Seattle before settling on Summit County. “Growing up in Montana, the Summit lifestyle suits me,” says Dr Herzog. “I love the small community feel. I grew up on skis and love the outdoors. My wife is a runner and I enjoy mountain biking, rock & ice climbing and camping,” he adds.