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Adult Reconstructive Surgeon - University Orthopedics - Dr Derek Jenkins - Rhode IslandDerek R. Jenkins, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon Specialist
Adult Reconstruction of the Hip and Knee
Board Certified & Fellowship-trained Total Joint Surgeon
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brown University
Attending at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital

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Call: 401-453-9032

Derek R. Jenkins, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon Specialist
Adult Reconstruction of the Hip and Knee
Board Certified & Fellowship-trained Total Joint Surgeon
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brown University
Attending at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital


Dr. Jenkins specializes in adult reconstruction of the hip and knee, with a focused interest in primary surgery including direct anterior total hip replacement, gap balanced total knee replacement, and partial knee replacement; hip and knee preservation, young adult hip and knee, hip and knee arthroscopy, hip and knee osteotomies, treatment of avascular necrosis, fracture treatment of the hip and knee, and revision hip and knee surgeries including the treatment of infected, failed, or painful joint replacements.


Butler Drive
100 Butler Dr.
Providence, RI

East Greenwich
1598 South County Trail, Suite 100
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Undergraduate Degree:

A.B., Engineering/Biology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Honors. 

Medical Degree:

M.D., Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH.


Orthopaedic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, NY, NY.


Adult Reconstruction, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Board-Certified 

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons 
  • American Medical Association

Hospital Affiliations:

  • Mirriam Hospital
  • Rhode Island Hospital


Care Philosophy

Advantages of Surgery with University Orthopedics and Dr. Jenkins: An emphasis on a higher level of care and attention to detail.

  • Patient-focused: Specialized care of the Hip and Knee
  • Education and training: Ivy league educated and specialty trained in Orthopaedic Surgery in New York City with a Fellowship in Hip and Knee replacement at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Experience: Thousands of hip and knee patients successfully treated using surgical and non-invasive techniques. Hundreds of successful hip and knee replacement surgeries performed, alleviating pain and restoring function. Dr. Jenkins does complex re-do (revision) surgeries referred in from other hospitals and has the expertise and knowledge to do the job right the first time and prevent additional surgery
  • Quality: Dr. Jenkins has one of the lowest surgical complication, revision and infection rates in the state, lower than national averages.
  • Technology: Applies engineering principles to Orthopaedic Surgery, using computer assisted technology, intra-operative image guidance for optimum component placement, and surgical planning to custom fit replacements to each individual patient’s unique anatomy facilitating quality control, consistency, and precision in each surgery
  • Less Invasive: Direct Anterior Approach for hip replacement surgery on a specialized operative table with a smaller incision, lower risk of hip dislocation, and quicker recovery
  • Teacher and mentor: An active part of the teaching faculty as an Assistant Professor at the Brown University School of Medicine, Dr. Jenkins emphasizes the conscientious incorporation of advanced surgical technology and state-of-the-art new techniques leading to quicker recovery and less pain
  • Performs partial and total joint resurfacings: These reconstructions selectively target only the part of the knee or hip affected by arthritis, while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments
  • Custom Approach: Every joint replacement patient treated as a unique individual with custom fit implants and surgical plan based on their unique anatomy. Dr. Jenkins is not limited to one implant or manufacturer and is able to provide the right replacement for you.
  • Patient-specific surgical plan: Each surgery is carefully planned, leading to restoration of healthy alignment and a goal for the highest level of physical function possible
  • Less Medications: Dr. Jenkins avoids the use of strong blood thinning medication postoperatively and instead uses aspirin and early patient motion to prevent blood clots for most patients after surgery, decreasing risk of bleeding while maintaining low rate of blood clots.
  • Less scarring: Most patients skin is closed using plastic surgery techniques with dissolving suture.
  • Reducing risk factors: Prioritizes and focuses on the best long-term outcomes of his joint replacement surgery through reduction of modifiable risk factors whenever possible by helping patients lose weight, quit nicotine products, and control diabetes blood sugar before surgery
  • No Robots: All surgeries are done with care by hand of an experienced, fellowship-trained total joint surgeon rather than by a robotic machine
  • Quicker Recovery: Dr. Jenkins practice is particularly dedicated to patients who are active younger professionals who are looking for a quicker recovery and better outcome compared to traditional surgery, to enable patients to return to work sooner and with less pain.

Teamwork, goals and the benefits of the Miriam Hospital.

  • Dr. Jenkins operates at the Miriam Hospital, Ranked #1 in Rhode Island by US News & World Report, Becker’s Hospital Review, and the only Total Joint Center of Excellence in the State. The Total Joint Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its total knee and total hip replacement programs and is a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement, and has been awarded Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services five times.
  • Dr. Jenkins is dedicated to an organized, team approach to patient success including an accelerated Physical Therapy and home care program integrated within the Miriam Hospital Total Joint Center and the University Orthopedics System conveniently located close to home right here in Rhode Island.

Patient Reviews

"Pre and post op care was excellent. Since this was my first surgery I was very apprehensive initially, but soon realized I had nothing to worry about."

- Delores 11/13/17

" I consider my surgery a complete success. I have referred many people to Dr. Jenkins which is a reflection of my total confidence in his skills as a surgeon."

- Patricia 12/12/16

"I feel that Dr. Jenkins is an exceptionally skilled surgeon who shows a great deal of concern for his patients both before and after their surgery."

- Mary 5/22/17

Dr. Jenkins is thorough, efficient, personable, and a very talented surgeon. He was receptive to my post-op concerns and realistic with pain management alternatives. I am pleased with the results of my TKR and my enhanced mobility."

- Katherine

"I'm very pleased with the operation. I like coming here.

- Emily 12/12/16

"Dr. Jenkins was easy to talk to, provided great results, and the office people were great to deal with."

- Stephen 7/7/17

"My experience from pre-op to post-op PT was very positive. Dr. Jenkins and his team made the process as seamless as possible. I am very grateful to have full mobility."

- Adrienne 12/16/16

"Professional, methodical and explains the process and procedure very well."

- Lee 5/22/17

"Dr. Jenkins was a courteous, knowledgable and caring surgeon. The post-op care was excellent."

- Walter 1/6/17

"It was the best plan to have my hip replaced. I have my life back and I can do just about everything."

- Karen 12/16/16

"Following right hip replacement surgery I have less pain and increased mobility. I feel younger and stronger."

- Paul 5/8/17

"I would recommend anyone to come and see Dr. Jenkins. I think he is the best."

- Janice 4/3/17

"Dr. Jenkins is an excellent surgeon who cares about his patients."

- Emidio 6/9/17

"Dr. Jenkins is very professional and answered all my questions in detail."

- Patricia 11/21/16

"Surgeon done in a timely fashion. Excellent post-op care."

- Patricia 4/10/17

"Very expert surgeon. Genuine care overall. Very satisfactory result and experience."

- Mary 12/12/16

"Great surgeon. He cares about his patients and I have recommended him to others"

- Susan 7/6/17

"Dr. Jenkins was very professional. He cares about his patients and is up to date on all the new technology."

- Albert 10/28/16

"Dr. Jenkins did a great job. My knee joint was strong, tight and pain free right away. My only regret was not having surgery sooner as I had stressed out all my surrounding tendons prior to surgery and that was painful and slowed my recovery, but now 5 months out I feel really good. My back even feels better due to an even walking gait now."

- Daniel 6/15/17

"My knee replacement gave me my life back. My activity was very compromised before surgery and now I am very active again. I walked my first 5k the week of my 6 month check up. Dr. Jenkins and his staff were supportive and professional."

- Ann Marie 11/7/16

"I will and I have recommended Dr. Jenkins to others. I was looking for a Dr. who specialized in knees and hip surgery. Dr. Jenkins fit the bill. He is a technical engineer when he is doing his surgery. Dr. Jenkins wants his work to be correct and works very hard to make sure it happens. I have picked a good surgeon to take care of my hip and knees and I would not have it any other way."

- Carol 9/15/17

"Very professional and very thorough. Listens well. Surgery had no complications and healing went well. Very satisfied with treatment and results."

- David 10/14/16

"Dr. Jenkins did a wonderful job. I had very little pain."

- Barbara 5/15/17

"Dr. Jenkins is very professional and his care was great. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to have pain relief."

- Sharon 5/1/17

"Dr. Jenkins was very professional, candid and caring. I am very pleased he was my surgeon."

- Patricia 4/17/17

"Happy with my care. The staff was professional and caring."

- Clifford 10/21/16

"Very pleasant staff and enviroment. I highly recommend University Orthopedics to anyone needing this type of service."

- Gale 10/25/16

"Dr. Jenkins is the best."

- Mary 9/23/16

"Dr. Jenkins has a unqiue insight into the art of restoring functionality to a problem knee. His knowledge and care is obvious to patients and care-givers alike. I would, and do, recommend his expertise to others!"

- Earl 5/5/17

"Dr. Jenkins in superb. His recommendations were excellent and everything went very well."

- Donald 5/1/17

"Very pleased with the surgery. I highly recommend him."

- Louise 5/5/17

"Highly skilled surgeon. The knee replacement has enabled me to continue to enjoy a very actice lifestyle."

- David 3/28/17

"I feel as though Dr. Jenkins gave me real advice regarding my situation. It can be difficult to hear sometimes but he was straightforward and reassuring. It was deeply appreciated."

- David 3/24/17

"Highly recommend Dr. Jenkins. He explained the procedure and problem well and is current on surgical techniques."

- Virginia 10/21/16

"I am so happy I had the surgery. I am in no pain, I can do the things I enjoy and I feel strong again. No complications, excellent recovery!"

- Charlene 4/21/17

"I got my life back after having this surgery. I am so happy with the results!"

- Kenneth 11/28/16

"I highly recommend Dr. Jenkins for hip replacement! 14 weeks post surgery I rode my fastest 100 mile bike ride under 5 hours"

- Stephen 5/26/17

"Dr. Jenkins assured me there would be no pain after my surgery. He was right. I never had to take any pain medicine."

- Kathleen 10/31/16

"Dr. Jenkins is a caring, patient doctor who gives excellent care both pre-op and long term post op. He explains things in such a way that one can understand the procedure and the answers to whatever questions one might have had. Dr. Jenkins is a superb surgeon. He makes things "work right" again."

- Elizabeth 8/31/16

"Very attentive to my concerns. When I was concerned about the progress of my recovery Dr. Jenkins saw me right away. Dr. Jenkin's staff, PT, PA were all coordinated and responsive."

- Maureen 4/14/17

"Outstanding care from start to finish. Therapy was necessary. Dr. Jenkins was outstanding and caring."

- Alan 10/2/15

"I highly recommend Dr. Jenkins for his superb skill as a surgeon. My pain was negligable after surgery, only requiring Tylenol, and healing was very quick."

- Deborah 4/3/17

"Care from Dr. Jenkins was A++. Excellent surgeon and wonderful person"

- Rosemary 9/16/16

"I would highly recommend Dr. Jenkins. His care and expertise were beyond my expectations. My left hip was replaced after a fracture; it is hard to believe it is not a natural hip. I never had any pain. Also, Dr. Jenkins is very congenial and friendly. I believe he makes ever patient feel special."

"I have recommended Dr. Jenkins to everyone that is thinking about hip or knee surgery. Excellent care."

- Linda

"Good judgement and good care. Surprisingly little pain in the procedure and recovery."

- Mary

"Three months after surgery I had my first hole-in-one playing golf! Dr. Jenkins is a patient and caring doctor."

- Nancy

"After falling at the gym and breaking my hip I had hip replacement. I went to PT for 4 weeks. I have full range of motion and I am back working out, doing weight-baring exercises at my gym. I have no problems performing any activities now that I could do prior to my surgery."

- Laurie

"He explained everything and answered my questions. I feel very comfortable with him and I found him to be a very good doctor."

- Mary

Dr. Jenkins is an amazing professional. He is skilled, kind and brillant. I would have no problem giving him a refferal."

- Charles

"Very satisfied. Life is so much easier now."

- Shirley

"He is an excellent surgeon and had great bedside manner. I would recommend him always."

- Barbara

"Easy to talk to, very thorough, kept family posted and compasionate."

- Russel

"Best decision I made was to have hip replacement surgery. Thanks to Dr. Jenkins I am able to do a lot of things I was unable to do before the surgery."

- Carol

"Very satisfied with surgery and Dr. Jenkins."

- Ann

Dr. Jenkins was very professional and his mannerisms were fantastic. He is up to date with the modern techniques. I would recommend Dr. Jenkins to anyone who is looking to have surgery!"

- Albert

"Highly recommend Dr. Jenkins. He was very caring and did a great job on my knees."

- Patricia

"Surgery went well. Recovery was better than expected. Dr. Jenkins was great."

- Jane

"Dr. Jenkins and staff are excellent. I would recommend Dr. Jenkins for anyone who wants great care."

- Gayla

"When people ask me about my surgery and who my Dr. is I always have positive comments about Dr. Jenkins. He has changed my life for the better and he always has the best demeanor and up front with me about everything from the begining."

- Joyce

"Surgery was a huge success, I wish I had done it sooner. The recovery was not bad at all."

- Wendy

"I have reference Dr. Jenkins with pleasure to several people who need the surgery. Dr. Jenkins was extremely attentive and concerned with my medical issues and careful that I was getting the right treatment and medicine."

- Sandra

"Extremely pleased the surgery. Dr. took time to answer questions and reassured me. Very good with family after surgery and answering questions."

- Jane

"The left knee went so good. I have to have the right knee done now and I wouldn't let anyone else do it."

- Judith

"He gave me my life back."

- Geraldine

"Dr. Jenkins is great at what he does and makes you feel comfortable with the decision. I feel like he is more like a friend that wants the best for me then my doctor."

- Catherine

"I would highly recommend Dr. Jenkins to other Patients. He has done wonders for me."

- Bridget

"Very thorough. Listened and patiently answered my many questions before and after surgery."

- Dolores

"Knee feels great after surgery. Best thing I could have done. Dr. Jenkins is excellent. I was in a lot of pain before surgery and pain is now gone. Thank you Dr. Jenkins."

- Russell

"Dr. Jenkins took as much time as needed to answer all of my questions and concerns before surgery. I would recommend Dr. Jenkins without reservation."

- Patricia

"I had a total hip replacement done by Dr. Derek Jenkins in December 2016. Every step of the process was seamless from my initial consults, PT and pain management prior to my surgery, my surgery and hospital experience at The Miriam Hospital, and post-op care. I highly recommend Dr. Jenkins who has excellent training, outstanding clinical and surgical experience and a great way with his patients. In addition, the entire team in the office, at The Miriam Hospital, PT and out-patient care was excellent. I was almost crippled before my operation and now I am cleared to do all the activities I love. Thank you Dr. Jenkins!"

- Adrienne 12/13/16

"Feel confident in his skills, ability and knowledge. Explains everything clearly. Very personable."

- Steven 7/20/16

"Dr. Jenkins was professional, listened well, sympathetic, up on new technology, and had great bedside manner."

- David 6/17/16

"I highly recommend Dr. Jenkins to anyone in pain and will continue to do so."

- Gloria 12/30/16

"He was through, explained the procedure well, and confident. Responded to pain concern post-op while in hospital. Kind bedside manner."

- Karen 12/16/16

"Excellent surgery - Knowledgable and approachable."

- Karen 1/6/17

"Appreciate hearing about the technology and engineering of the operation as it pertained to me."

- Anne 12/23/16

"I highly recommend Dr. Derek Jenkins who performed two knee replacements on me, three months apart. My knees were in "very bad shape" and now over 5 months out, I can walk without knee pain and I can bend my knees like normal. Dr. Jenkins did an excellent job giving me new knees and I worked hard doing physical therapy and the results are rewarding. I now have a normal gait without pain when I move. Dr. Jenkins will answer all your questions, of which I had many."

- Dawn 12/23/16

"Highly recommend Dr. Jenkins for knee replacement surgery."

- Paulette 12/5/16

"Dr. Jenkins is meticulous and very concerned about his patients having a postitive experience. I would feel totally comfortable recommeding him."

- Rosemary 12/30/16

"Really appreciate his straightforward, honest and caring approach."

- Yolande

"Very satisfied with the surgery. Hopefilly Dr. Jenkins is here when I need my right hip replaced."

- Stephen

"My experience with Dr. Jenkins and the hospital staff for total hip replacement was amazing. It was professional and informative. My quality of life has significantly improved."

- Victoria 1/27/17

"I would recommend Dr. Jenkins to anyone."

- Robert 1/30/17

"I had very little pain after surgery. I liked the fact I could go home. I had 2 weeks of therapy at home and another 6-7 weeks of outside therapy. I recommend this surgery and have Dr. Jenkins as my surgeon."

- Maryann 1/6/17

"Listened to everything I said. He spoke to me before surgery and then in recovery he made sure I was okay. He came to my room everyday during my hospital stay. Overall good experience - No problems at all. Excellent staff at the office."

- Deborah 1/9/17

"Excellent! Attentive and professional"

- Edward 4/29/17

"Very impressed with the qaulity of physical therapy here. My knee is fine so Dr. Jenkins did a good job. I would recommend him."

- Louise 2017

"Felt comfortable and appreciative with the care, concern and communication."

- Kathleen 11/4/16

"The surgeon was talented, caring and thorough"

- Nancy 10/17/16

"From my first appointment through today, I have received caring and professional treatment. I felt a part of my care team. My questions and input were always respected. Dr. Jenkins and his team are outstanding!"

- AnnMarie 11/7/16

"I had very good care and would recommend knee surgery for those in need. Dr. Jenkins is caring, helpful, and professional."

- Patricia 10/26/16

"Dr. Jenkins was very professional and I would recommend him to anyone who has a hip problem. I did my PT at the Butler Campus on the second floor. Great experience and great physical therapy people."

- Albert 10/28/16

"I think it was unbelievable care that I got and I'm very about it. Thanks!"

- Paul 4/8/16

" A very difficult surgery went very well and amazed my therapist regarding the degree of extension at a very early stage. My care was thorough and highly professional."

- Gloria 10/28/16

"My care was excellent from the hospital surgery to rehab and physical therapy."

- Rhonda 3/11/16

"Everyone was awesome, very polite and helpful. Dr. Jenkins was very pleasent and answered all my questions. He really took the time to make sure I understood everything about surgery and my recovery."

- Celine

"Do not wait - have it done! Dr. Jenkins and staff are professional, caring, and committed to patient well-being - Get it Done!"


"It was the best decision, I wish I had done it sooner."

- Elaine

"He's the best. He did a fantastic job, he went above and beyond because my husbands knee was a mess, it was terrible. Everybody was just fantastic. Dr. Jenkins beside manner is fantastic."

- Steven

"Dr. Jenkins was awesome. The hospital was great. I was very pleased with the way everything went."

- Patricia

"In December 2011 had robotic assisted surgery for a right total hip replacement. After surgery the hip was painful and did not feel right. I had physical therapy multiple times during the next 3-1/2 years, but was still in pain all the time. In June 2015 I met with Dr. Derek Jenkins who took the time and listened to the symptoms I was having. He had an idea of what was wrong and causing the problem. After trying injections, which improved the situation somewhat, Dr. Jenkins said the only way to truly fix the problem would be revision surgery of the hip. I had the surgery in June 2016 and I am now pain free and I am looking forward to a complete recovery with physical therapy.

If you are seeking an Orthopedic Surgeon I highly recommend Or. Derek Jenkins. "

"My experience with Dr. Jenkins far exceeds what I expected. He took the time needed to evaluate my problem. He was thorough, making sure he covered all the basesb before he performed my hip surgery and made sure I understood the risks involved. I came through the surgery with no problems and I owe it all to Dr. Derek Jenkins. He is a great surgeon and I will certainly recommend him to everyone I know."

"Hi my name is Marcia and I am 78 years old. In the late August 2015, I had Dr. Jenkins do a complete right knee replacement. I was back to cooking-cleaning­taxi mom and all those things we just love to doing, in 4 weeks! Within 10 days I was walking around the house with NO assistance, and I had to tackle 14 stairs to get to the bathroom and go to bed. Even doing things I was unable to master prior to surgery. In late May, 2016, Dr. Jenkins did a full replacement on the left knee. I suggest you don't wait- do it today! I had suffered since my late forties, but had 4 elderly family members ill over the years and a special need child at home. I felt they came first. My time came and I was referred to Doctor Jenkins; He arranged for therapy to be done 3 times a week at home and only 2 days in the hospital-which was Miriam. They were great and the nurses were very much on top of everything. Dr. Jenkins did my first surgery in 2015 at 7AM and I was shocked when he came in my room at 9:20 PM to check on me. That to me is over and beyond which we don't see too much of today and a long day even for a doctor. I found the secret to a successful surgery is doing the exercises they gave me at least 2 - 3 times a day. Doctor rules must be followed with an excellent doctor-YES I highly recommend DR JENKINS!!!

Don't delay--do it today! I wish I hadn't! You'll be asking yourself why you waited. Do it and enjoy your life! "

"I am feeling great after receiving an injection. I surely recommend Dr. Derek Jenkins to anyone who has knee pain. The experience is great, every one was very helpful. Thanks Dr. Derek Jenkins for your wishes. "

"Dr. Jenkins surgery totally alleviated my knee pain except for the initial post op pain and a few weeks of physical therapy and discomfort. I've returned to my normal activities of daily living. TKR is definitely the way to go. " — John

"I can’t say enough praises for Dr. Jenkins. I have traveled from Concord NH to Rhode Island due to my faith in Dr. Jenkins as a superior surgeon. He performed surgery on my left knee as well as my right knee!"

"I thought Dr. Jenkins was a bright and attentive doctor. He seems to be up on the latest developments in his specialty and exhibits a sincere concern for his patients. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a total knee replacement. " -Mark H. C.

"My experience with Dr. Jenkins was exceptional. He truly cares about his patients. I would recommend him in a heartbeat. I give him 5 stars!!"

"Dr. Jenkins was thorough, pleasant and answered questions completely. "

"I found my visits at University Orthopedics very helpful and my physicians very knowledgable. Dr. Jenkins is very gentle and understanding. The staff is also aware of your complaints. I would recommend this office to anyone. "

"I can't say enough praises for Dr. Jenkins. I have travelled from Concord, NH to Rhode Island due to my faith in Dr. Jenkins as a superior surgeon. He performed surgery on my left knee as well as my right knee! "

"My experience wiht Dr. Jenkins was exceptional. He truly cares about his patients. I would recommend him in a heartbeat. I give him 5 stars!! "

"Dr. Jenkins was thorough, pleasant and answered questions completely. "

"I found my visits at University Orthopedics very helpful and my physician very knowledgeable. Dr. Jenkins is very gentle and understanding. The staff is also aware of your complaints. I would recommend this office to anyone. "

"I thought Dr. Jenkins was a bright and attentive doctor. He seems to be up on the latest developments in his specialty and exhibits a sincere concern for his patients. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a total knee replacement. "

"Dr. Jenkins is very knowledgeable and has a very good bedside manner. He explains everything in layman's terms. He makes you feel relaxed, is easy to talk to. Before surgery and after he explains everything that is going on at my post op visit. He took the time to explain the x-rays that were taken and about the prosthetic he inserted. Would recommend Dr. Jenkins to family and friends. "

"Last year I had hip replacement at New England Baptist in Boston. One month ago, Dr. Jenkins replaced my other hip in Providence. Dr. Jenkins recovery was easier than last year and was in less pain and mobility came back much sooner. The care in Providence was better and it was much more comforting to be so close to home. I'm grateful I found Dr. Jenkins in my own back yard. "

"My experience with Dr. Jenkins has been nothing short of wonderful. He has proven to be extremely professional as well as caring. THe outcome of my surgery has been a godsend. Dr. Jenkins follow through after my surgery has proven to be helpful."

"My experience with Dr. Jenkins has been nothing short of wonderful. He has proven to be extremely professional as well as caring. THe outcome of my surgery has been a godsend. Dr. Jenkins follow through after my surgery has proven to be helpful."

"I have not nor will I be able to express my gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Jenkins. His commitment to me has been obvious and consistent. I felt confident within 5 minutes of meeting him. I continue to be a year later. What explains or expresses the feeling of having my life returned? This is inexcusably late in being returned because I am on the go - Living."

"I had a complicated total knee replacement performed by Dr. Jenkins. After my first visit with him I was left with no doubt he was the man for the job. I would like to thank Dr. Jenkins and his staff for the care and professionalism." — Patient Steve R.

"Dr. Jenkins was exceptionally professional in being patient and friendly. He ensured I was not only comfortable with the procedure to be intiated but also ensured my post op was completed with upmost consideration. I highly recommend Dr. Jenkins as a most valuable asset to any Medical staff."

"Having hip surgery has given me a new lease on my life. Dr. Jenkins gave me a great experience during surgery and follow up care. I highly recommend the procedure and University Orthopedics to anyone considering this! "

"(I suffered from) Knee pain associated with arthritis. Dr. Jenkins gave me cortisone shots which has helped my pain significantly.

"I traveled from Concord, NH to see Dr. Jenkins. I was so impressed with his surgical expertise. He performed a partial knee replacement on my left knee in 2014. I am so pleased that he will be performing my "partial knee" surgery on my right knee this spring! " — Patient Dennis

"Dr. Jenkins is extremely kind and professional. My father has a very complex case and he took the time to go over everything with us. A very positive experience." — Patient Barbara

"My experience with Dr. Jenkins and his staff has been wonderful. He is extremely knowledgeable in his field, professional and also personable. I felt totally confident in him before my knee replacement and am so please wiht the results from my surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Jenkins. "

"Dr. Jenkins treated me for a fracture of my left leg and suggested not to operate and had me wear the brace and time healed my leg. Thanks to Dr. Jenkins. " — Patient Shirley

"My recovery from the total hip replacement was great, quite pain free and excellent. Within one week of surgery walked with a cane and no longer needed the cane after four weeks. The surgery site healed like a dream clearly due to the skill and care of the surgeon. "

"Dr. was very professional, explained everything in detail. Very happy with knee replacement results, no problems with healing procedures. Miriam is a great hospital, would recommend Dr. Jenkins to anyone who needs surgery. Wonderful care and a great bedside manner. "

"I had a great recovery of my left hip replacement. I actually drove my car one week after surgery (which is not recommended!) I did my exercises as instructed. I only needed pain meds for a week or so I felt very lucky. Dr. Jenkins is great! "

"Dr. Derek Jenkins’ expertise in Adult Reconstruction Surgery is impeccable. My faith in him is 100%. I just cannot say enough about Dr. Jenkins and the 8 1/2 hour miraculous surgery he performed on my hip. My experience under Dr. Jenkins care was very positive. "

"I did PT for 3 months. 3x a week and wasn’t improving to the point I wanted. After meeting Dr. Jenkins, I received a cortisone injection and am definitely improving. Now I will be doing PT to improve."

"Our experience with Dr. Jenkins was excellent. He had to do an extensive surgery on a leg and knee that had extensive damage due to a motorcycle accident. He took the time to explain everything thoroughly and his expertise is outstanding yet he has the warmest bedside manner! We are extremely pleased and have and would recommend him highly. - The Augers"

"Operation and rehab have gone very well. Pain almost nil from the very beginning. I can walk unassisted 5 weeks after the operation. I started driving 3 days ago (no gear shifting) and will begin walking on the beach again immediately. Water aerobics will begin again next week. This was a less disabled experience than my first hip replacement 15 years ago. For those with severe arthritis, this is a worthwhile move. Dr. Jenkins is highly recommended."

"I have had cortisone shots in both knees and have had fabulous results. Well worth it."

"I am very pleased and went to have second opinion with Dr. Jenkins. I had a great experience. "

"I am a physician who had a partial knee replacement performed by Dr. Jenkins. I am back to work in 2 weeks. Excellent experience. Dr. Jenkins is a true professional and a gentlemen."

"Upon discovering that my total knee replacement had to be redone, I was very skeptical about a revision surgery. A high recommendation from my orthopedic doctor in Maine, led me to Dr. Jenkins. From the beginning, I knew I had made the right choice. Dr. Jenkins was professional but very personable and very confident that he could help me. His goal was to get me back to my active lifestyle. After a very long revision surgery, I have found this recovery to be so much easier and have had less pain than with the original surgery. A month post-op, I am almost pain free and walking with very little assistance. I would give Dr. Jenkins my highest recommendation. "

"The experience of TKR was so much better and more than I can say. The people were kind and courteous. The only thing you have to be afraid of is losing the continuous pain from your knee to your back. "

"At first it was very frustrating but the wait was worth it."

"I was very apprehensive and scared at my age to have this knee surgery done. But the pain was unbearable. Dr. Jenkins assured me that he could help – and he sure did. I feel like a different person. I can walk without the pain again. He did a terrific job. I would highly recommend him for knee surgery."

"Dr. Jenkins (is) very personable and trusting. First surgeon in a long while that did not push operating or fixing by surgery. Wants me to heal the right way naturally by losing weight. I would recommend Dr. Jenkins to other patients. (Very good bedside manner)"

"Wonderful experience. Love the staff and doctor"

"Everything was great!"

"Was given a shot - instant gratification"

"Excellent experience and very good results"

"The reason I chose Dr. Jenkins for my knee surgery was that he is a surgeon that is good at what he does. Regardless of if it is knee or hip surgery. He stands behind his word, and when he talks to you he looks you right in the face and tells you what to expect. In my case, he gave me confidence in his words. Which gave me strength to get through this difficult time. In my eyes he is "the man".

"Having hip replacement surgery was the best decision I ever made. Trusting Dr. Jenkins to perform the surgery was the icing on the cake. Yes, Dr. Jenkins has the requisite skill, knowledge, and superb orthopedic acumen but he is also a kind man who never forgets to bring his heart into the OR, along with his mind. My only wish, I hadn't waited so long to have my hip replaced - or to "Bring my life back to life. I will be forever grateful." — Joanne

"Thanks to Dr. Jenkins today (8-13) for his kindness and gentleness when giving me cortisone shots in both of my knees. They felt better almost immediately. I think he is a great ortho Dr."

"Great experience. Will recommend others!"

"My experience with Dr. Jenkins has been a very positive one. I had total hip replacement in April 2015. I am pain free now. I would recommend him most highly. It's almost like I didn't have an operation. "

"Excellent from beginning to end. No pain! I am 85 years old and was very apprehensive but everything was great. The pain before is all gone!"

"Just wonderful. I feel great! Very nice people. Thank you so much" - July 2015

"Every person associated with my operation, hospital stay were very professional. Very pleased with my progress. Dr. Jenkins and his staff were extra special to me during my recovery. Thanks" - Frank, July 2015

"Great experience with Dr. Jenkins. Tried injections and it has worked. Cancelled my knee replacement and going to try another injection in 3 months." - July 2015

"Dr. Jenkins and his staff were excellent. Dr. Jenkins explained things and addressed my questions in a non-rushed manner. He was knowledgeable and reassuring about my surgery and recovery. I felt from the first meeting with him that I could trust his judgment and expertise. Great doctor would highly recommend!" - July 2015

"Great! Couldn't ask for better! Everyone has been at the top of their game. I'm very happy with the result of my hip replacements." - July 2015

"Knee replacement surgery was done and one month after already doing great. Thanks to Dr. Jenkins" - July 2015

"He is very thorough. Explains everything to you. I feel much better already. Very friendly. I recommend him." - July 2015

"My mother had knee surgery in the past and had never been able to walk correctly, until now. After 20 something years and at 80 years of age today, after surgery done by Dr. Derek Jenkins, she has more mobility than before. The appreciation and admiration for what Dr. Jenkins has done for my mom is beyond words. A million thank yous..." - July 2015

"I had chronic hip and sciatic pain for many years. After my hip and pelvic surgery I am pain free. I feel better than I have for years. Thank you very much." - Rose, July 2015

"Awoke after total hip replacement pain free as promised by doctor before surgery. Streamlined anterior procedure highly recommended for anyone considering hip replacement." - June 2015

"Dr. Jenkins was fantastic - great bedside manner - very thorough exam and finding an answer to my longtime problem. Highly recommend him." - June 2015

"It was wonderful from beginning to end, the surgery went very well - I was up the next day. Usual post op pain - mostly gone by 4 weeks. Considering surgery - go for it. No More Pain." - June 2015

"Dr. Derek Jenkins did an excellent job on my husband, George who is 83 years old, on a hip replacement and within a month he was able to walk without a cane. We are both so pleased!" - May 2015

"Beyond Excellent!!" -April 2015

"There are just no words to express my appreciation for the knowledge and expertise of Dr. Jenkins. Along with his easy manner and ability to clearly communicate, I feel very fortunate and grateful for his care." -April 2015


Recent Publications and Presentations

  • “Minimum Five-Year Outcomes with Porous Tantalum Acetabular Cup and Augment Construct in Complex Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty.” Jenkins D, Odland A, Sierra R, Hanssen A, Lewallen D. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 May 17
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2017, National, “Consistent corrosion progression preceding gross taper failure in THR of a single design.” Martin A, Jenkins D, Zhang R, Dalldorf C, Van Citters D. Poster.
  • “Modifiable Risk Factors in Total Joint Arthroplasty: A Pilot Study.” DeFroda SF, Rubin LE, Jenkins DR. Rhode Island Medical Journal. 2016 May 2;99(5):28-31.
  • Video Chapter 23: Mini-Open Direct Anterior Approach: Anterior Limited Exposure Direct Anterior Approach for Treatment of Femoroacetabular Impingement in “The Direct Anterior Approach to Hip Reconstruction” Jenkins D and Rubin L. Bal B, Rubin L, Keggi K Eds. Slack 2016.
  • 47th Annual Eastern Orthopaedic Association Meeting, New Orleans LA, 2016, Regional. “Modifiable Risk Factors in Total Joint Arthroplasty” DeFroda S, Warwick J, Jenkins D.
  • 29th Annual Congress of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty, Boston MA, 2016, International, “Functional Improvement and Pain Relief After Total Joint Arthroplasty.” Ramirez J, Goodman A, Shah K, Jenkins D.
  • 29th Annual Congress of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty, Boston MA, 2016, International, “Modifiable Risk Factors in Total Joint Arthroplasty: A Pilot Study.” DeFroda, S, Jenkins D.
  • 2015 Annual Brown Orthopedics Symposium: Current Topics in Active Adult Hip and Knee Orthopedics for the Primary Care Provider, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence RI, 2015, Regional, “Physical Examination of the Hip and Knee,” “Arthroplasty of the Knee: Partial vs. Total Knee Replacement.” Course Director.
  • “Porous Tantalum Acetabular Augments in Complex Revision THA: Results at 5-12 years post surgery. “Jenkins D, Odland A, Sierra R, Hanssen A, Lewallen D.  Presented at 2014 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Meeting, and 2014 Mid-America Orthopaedic Association (MAOA) meeting.
  • Chapters 59 A & B: Options for Acetabular Revision and Surgical Techniques: Metal Augments in “Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, by Giles R Scuderi MD”.  Jenkins DR, Sierra, RJ, Lewallen DG.  Elsevier 2014
  • "A Randomized, Controlled, Prospective Study Evaluating the Effect of Patellar Eversion on Functional Outcomes in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty." Jenkins DR, Rodriguez JA; Ranawat AS, Alexiades MM, Deshmukh, AJ; Fukunaga T, Greiz M, Rathod P, McHugh, M.  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, May 21, 2014.
  • Presented at Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Annual Research Symposium, New York, NY, Eastern Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany, American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Annual Meeting, Annual Congress of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA) in Sydney, Australia, Podium presentation at the 2013 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Meeting in Chicago.

Community Involvement and Volunteer Service

Arthritis Foundation Walk to Cure Arthritis 2016 Medical Honoree, Providence RI, Planning committee member. Record breaking results this year with over $106K raised to support Arthritis Research, advanced technologies, and cutting-edge joint pain treatments, which is more than ever before and in the top 25 in the country. Over 300 participants registered for the walk along Blackstone Boulevard in Providence. 6-15-16

Do’s and Don’ts before your surgery with Dr. Jenkins


  • Continue to eat a healthy diet and exercise and maintain your weight.
  • If you have a Penicillin allergy and have not had an allergy skin test, please call Dr. Jenkins’ office.
  • Go to the dentist if you have an infection in your mouth and have your teeth in healthy condition before your surgery. Call Dr. Jenkins office if your dental work is within 6 weeks before surgery and we will move your surgical date back to prevent possible infection. Please reschedule any dental cleanings to at least 6 weeks before or after surgery.
  • Continue to check your blood sugar and keep your blood sugars at a healthy level before your surgery if you are a diabetic.
  • Call Dr. Jenkins’ office if you develop an infection ANYWHERE on or in your body before your scheduled surgery, especially an infection at your waistline or on the leg on which we are planning surgery.
  • Call Dr. Jenkins’ office if you have any breaks ANYWHERE to your skin (scratches from pets, cuts and/ or scrapes) before your scheduled surgery.
  • Call Dr. Jenkins if you are prescribed any antibiotics by another doctor before your surgery.
  • Continue to take your non-steroidal medications before your surgery.
  • If you are on a blood thinner (coumadin, Pradaxa, Eliquis, etc), and don’t have a plan for stopping prior to surgery, please call Dr. Jenkins’ office.
  • After hip replacement surgery do not wear underwear with tight elastic bands that would come in contact with your incision site, or if you must, cut the bottom band so it does not irritate your hip incision.


  • Don’t use any tobacco products at least for the month before and after your surgery.
  • Don’t go to the dentist for elective cleaning procedures during the 6 weeks before or after surgery.
  • Don’t have an injection in the joint which we’re planning surgery within the 3 months before surgery.
  • Don’t worry! It’s normal to have some apprehension before surgery but you’ve committed to the treatment of your pain and now focus on preparing for your recovery and look forward to relief of your arthritis symptoms!

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  • Spine
    • The Spine Center are referred back and neck pain patients across the New England States.
  • Hand & Wrist
    • The Hand & Wrist center deals with both surgical and nonsurgical treatment of conditions and problems.
  • Joint Replacement
    • The Joint Replacement Center provides the most modern treatment options for knee, hip, and shoulder replacement
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
    • The Pediatric Orthopedic Center consist of three surgeons who specialize in the care of children.
  • Foot & Ankle
    • The Foot & Ankle Center involves clinical teams that specialize in foot and ankle surgery.
  • Shoulder & Elbow
    • The Shoulder & Elbow Center includes orthopedic surgeons and therapists who specialize in shoulder and elbow.
  • Sports Medicine
    • The Sports Medicine Center helps those with sports-related injuries recover quickly to return to activity.
  • Trauma & Fracture
    • The Trauma & Facture center works closesly together with Rhode Island Hospital's trauma specialists to identify injuries.
  • Oncology
    • Our orthopedic oncology center includes the expertise of a specialist in oncology and reconstructive surgery.
  • Cartilage Repair Center
    Cartilage Repair
    • The Cartilage Repair Center offers state-of-the-art treatment of joint cartilage lesions
  • Orthodirect for sprains, fractures, work accidents, sports injuries
    Ortho Direct
    • Ortho Direct treats patients with urgent orthopedic needs from sprains, fractures, work accidents & sports injuries.
Brochures & Journals
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    • Subscribe to our Back to Life Journal to read information on the latest advances on joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopedic problems and back and neck pain.
Home Remedy Book
  • Home Remedy Book
    • Have back or neck pain? Learn what causes symptoms and the home remedies that relieve pain. University Orthopedics mails out Home Remedy Books to residents throughout the New England area.
About Us

University Orthopedics in Providence, Rhode Island, is a regional referral center for patients with back and neck pain, joint pain, sports medicine problems, shoulder pain, hand problems, hip and knee pain, and foot and ankle injury. University Orthopedics utilizes fellowship-trained, sub-specialized physicians to treat a variety of orthopedic problems.

    2 Dudley Street, Suite 200
    Providence, RI 02905
    Phone: 401-457-1500

    100 Butler Drive
    Providence, RI 02906

    345 Valley Rd.
    Middletown, RI 02842

    1598 South County Trail, Suite 100
    East Greenwich, RI 02818
    Phone: 401-884-1177