Kristen Barton

Dr. Kristen Barton, MD, PhD, MSc, BSc, CSEP-CEP

Pronouns: She/her


Adjunct Assistant Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology

Associate Member

McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health


Educational Background

BSc Kinesiology , University of Calgary,

MSc Kinesiology , University of Calgary,

PhD Medical Sciences, University of Calgary,

MD Medicine, University of Calgary,


As an innovator, educator, best-selling author, and researcher, Dr. Kristen Barton is dedicated to helping patients reduce pain and improve mobility caused by osteoarthritis. Her research focuses on understanding the impact sports injuries have on disease progression. A competitive athlete in her youth, she faced athletic injuries and underwent several knee surgeries. Recognizing that these kinds of injuries could lead to chronic pain, Dr. Barton was motivated to pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery. 

She has previously completed a BSc degree in Kinesiology, a MSc degree in Kinesiology, a PhD degree in Medical Sciences, and a medical degree – all at the University of Calgary. Dr. Barton is currently an Adjunct Professor at both Western University and the University of Calgary, while pursuing her orthopaedic surgery residency training at Western University.