Surgeon honored as hospital physician of the year

Jeffrey Nakano

Jeffrey Nakano, an orthopaedic surgeon with Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates, has been selected as the 2013 Physician of the Year at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Doctors who practice at St. Mary’s select the Physician of the Year based on such factors as dedication to patients and the overall health of the community. Nakano will receive his award at a black tie gala scheduled for Sept. 28.

“Recipients are not chosen based on a sole action or endeavor, but on criteria that encompasses that physician’s overall regard for the health and safety of his or her patients,” said Deanna Colaizzi, development manager for the St. Mary’s Foundation. “For over 20 years, Dr. Nakano has dedicated his service to the patients of St. Mary’s, and for that we are eternally grateful.”

As part Operation Walk USA, Nakano and two other doctors with Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates donated their services in performing free knee and hip replacement surgeries to three Grand Junction residents.

Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates provides a range of diagnostic and treatment services related to the bones, joints and muscles. For more information, visit