Dr. Darren L. Johnson, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair of Sports Medicine at the University of Kentucky, was named one of the top 28 sports knee surgeons in North America by Orthopedics This Week, the most widely read publication in the orthopedics industry. The list was compiled from the recommendations of thought leaders in the field of sports medicine. Johnson is considered a physician who follows his patients closely, is very scientific, and is extremely honest about his research results. Johnson earned his medical degree at UCLA and began his UK career in 1993. He currently serves as director of sports medicine and head orthopedic surgeon for the Kentucky Wildcats. He has been awarded several honors during his career, including 2012 SEC Physician of the Year, being selected for Castle Connelly America's Top Doctors List annually from 2002 to 2012, and being selected for the 2013 Orthopedics This Week list of top sports medicine specialists.