Derrick A. Foge, MD

Derrick Foge, MD, is a distinguished Special Forces veteran who holds a fellowship in orthopaedic spine surgery – and numerous honors for his academic and military achievements. After earning his undergraduate degree, he joined the U.S. Army where he earned the Green Beret and Special Forces Tab. He served as Special Forces Medical Sergeant (Green Beret) over multiple deployments and in many missions overseas. He also trained others in emergency medicine and was involved in a wide variety of life-saving surgical procedures. Inspired by saving lives and helping injured comrades regain mobility, Dr. Foge pursued a career in orthopedics, eventually specializing in spine surgery.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado, where he also completed his Internship and Residency in Orthopaedics. He completed his Spine Surgery Fellowship at the University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

In 2020, Dr. Foge joined the OPA spine surgery team, where he treats a wide variety of spinal conditions to help patients enjoy an active lifestyle. He remains active himself and enjoys fly fishing, bowhunting, weight lifting, running, and spending time with his wife and little girls.


Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship (2019-2020)
University of Wasington/Harborview Medical Center – Department of Orthopaedics
Seattle, Washington

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency (2015-2019)
University of Colorado – Department of Orthopaedics
Aurora, Colorado

Orthopaedic Surgery Internship (2014-2015)
University of Colorado – Department of Orthopaedics
Aurora, Colorado

Medical Doctor (2014)
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, Colorado

Military EMT – Paramedic (EMT-P) &
Special Forces Medical Sergeant Certifications (2002-2005)
U.S. Army
Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Bachelor of Arts, with Distinction (2001)
Mathematics, with Concentration in Chemistry and Pre-medicine
Carroll College
Helena, Montana



  • Nominated to the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) – recognition by multiple peers as a physician who exemplifies and models compassionate and humanistic care, University of Colorado.
  • Dean’s Scholarship, University of Colorado School of Medicine.
  • Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Scholarship, University of Colorado School of Medicine.
  • Adler MSA Scholarship – Award for Scholarly Activity (Special Operators Clinical Ultrasound Course), University of Colorado School of Medicine.
  • 2014 William Winter Award – Medical Student Honors Award in Orthopaedics.
  • Phi Sigma Tau International Honor Society – an honor society recognizing academic excellence in the field of Philosophy, Carroll College.
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society – a national honor society for students of a Catholic college or university recognizing academic accomplishments and scholarly activities, Carroll College.


Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (twice awarded), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (twice awarded), Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Special Forces Tab, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, German Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Parachutist Badge


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