Dr. Kristofer Jones

Los Angeles Lakers


Dr. Kristofer J. Jones is the Head Team Physician for the LA Lakers and UCLA Bruins (College American Football). He is affiliated with UCLA, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has been recognized as an “Emerging Leader” within the field of Orthopaedic Surgery/Sports Medicine by the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA). Dr. Jones is part of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), S.T.O.P (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries Outreach Committee, the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS), Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) and the NBA Team Physicians Society. Previously, Dr. Jones served as assistant team physician for the Brooklyn Nets (NBA), New York Red Bulls (MLS), and Iona College Athletics as well as an orthopaedic consultant to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and US Open Tennis Tournament. He completed a fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) as well as a traveling fellowship and acquired further expertise in shoulder and cartilage surgery at specialized centers across Europe, including Lyon & Paris France.

Dr. Jones is accomplished in both clinical and laboratory research and has authored more than 100 scientific manuscripts and textbook chapters that have received national recognition and awards within the field of sports medicine. He is frequently invited to teach and lecture on these topics both nationally and internationally. In college, Dr. Jones was a four-year letter winner and All-Conference tailback for the varsity football team.

Education and Degrees

  • University of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Medicine
  • Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
  • Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), Orthopaedic Surgery Resident
  • University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts


  • Jonathan Rhoads Prize for Surgical Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania

Languages Spoken

  • English