Orthopedic Surgeon Specializing in Shoulder, Knee, Hip, and Ankle
Our lives rarely turn out the way we expect them to. This is perhaps no more apparent to me than when I look back at the road God has led my family down, only to see His hand moving us through this maze of life.
I was born and raised in the small plantation town of Wahiawa, Hawaii – the town where I thought I’d grow old and die. I graduated from our local public school, then attended the University of Hawaii on an academic scholarship. I somehow made the cut on UH’s men’s swim team, and although the pain of this commitment was significant, the fruit of this labor was well worth it – God sent me my wife Lauren from within the University of Hawaii Athletic Department via the Women’s Volleyball program. I began medical school at the University of Hawaii and Lauren worked as a public-school teacher, putting me through school, until I graduated in 2008.
After graduation, Lauren and I moved to Seattle, Washington for my orthopedic surgery residency training at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center, widely regarded as one of our nation’s most elite and highest-ranked orthopedic surgery programs. We lived in the pacific NW from 2008 – 2013 and had all three of our children while there.
After completing residency, God decided to dry us out a bit and sent us south to Los Angeles, California for sub-specialty fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at the world-famous Southern California Orthopedic Institute, more widely known as “SCOI.” While there, I was sub-specialty trained in the most cutting-edge techniques in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle, and was able to meet and treat multiple professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB.
Finally, in 2014, I breathed a sigh of relief that my training was over (14 years since finishing high school!). I brought my family home and joined Orthopedic Associates of Hawaii as an assistant clinical professor with the University of Hawaii School of Medicine. God and our community blessed us with a blossoming practice and some of the best patients I could ask for. What more could we want?
Well, no sooner than we asked that question did God start changing our hearts about our future. We were unable to find a stable church community for our kids; the education systems, both public and private, did not fully align with the values we held paramount; and our communities became overrun by poverty, crime, and homelessness. After years of prayer, patience, and searching, God led us out of Hawaii in 2022 and into the community of Prescott, AZ.
I joined Granite Orthopaedics in the winter of 2022/2023 and am working to build a high-level, evidence-based sports medicine practice in this community. I look forward to building relationships within the athletic and school communities here in central Arizona and am hopeful that our family can be a blessing to anyone in need. Thank you for accepting us in your great town, and God bless.
More about Dr. Chun:
Dr. Chun specializes in advanced arthroscopic procedures aimed at treating injuries of the shoulder, knee, hip, and ankle. His subspecialty training in sports medicine and arthroscopy have allowed him to fine-tune his treatment of both the high-level athlete and weekend-warrior. Additionally, he has a special interest in complex reconstructions of the shoulder girdle to include total and reverse shoulder arthroplasty, fracture care, and augmented biological reconstructions of the rotator cuff. Lastly, given his expertise in the sports medicine realm, Dr. Chun provides non-surgical biologic treatments for various disorders with Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP), allogenic growth factor treatment, and stem cell treatments.
Dr. Chun has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has also presented his research at multiple national scientific meetings over the course of his training. He remains active in the research realm and continues to participate in technological advancements in the field.
Outside of work, Dr. Chun and his wife Lauren spend time raising their three children Ezekiel, Eve, and Daniel. In his free time, Dr. Chun enjoys archery hunting and learning how to raise farm animals.
- Board Certified: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Fellowship Training: Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, Southern California Orthopaedic Institute (SCOI), Van Nuys, CA
- Residency Training: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
- MD: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
- Member: Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; AOSSM; AANA