Craig A. Yager, MD Sports Medicine Specialists at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group

Craig A. Yager, MD


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Areas of Interest

Dr. Craig Yager brings his expertise in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine to Colorado Springs
Orthopaedic Group. His primary focus is open and arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder and knee.

Dr. Yager is a native of northeast Missouri and attended the University of Missouri – Columbia as an undergraduate where he graduated cum laude with honors distinction. He then graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Kansas – Wichita. He then went on to receive advanced training by completing a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the San Diego Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy Fellowship in San Diego, CA. During this year, he assisted in the care of athletes at multiple levels, including the San Diego State Aztecs football team and the San Diego Gulls hockey club, the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks NHL hockey club. He also assisted in providing medical coverage for events such as the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament and the PGA tour. He also assisted with local community colleges and high schools.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. He excited to continue to pursue his passion of treating athletes in the Colorado Springs community.

Dr. Yager is a proud husband and father who enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and son. He enjoys staying physically active, trying new hobbies, and traveling.

Education & Training


San Diego Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy Fellowship, San Diego, CA


University of Kansas at Wichita, Wichita, KS


University of Kansas at Wichita, Wichita, KS

Medical School

University of Missouri at Columbia, Columbia, MO


BS in Biological Sciences, University of Missouri at Columbia, Columbia, MO


Board Certified

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Arthroscopy Association of North America


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Kristen Reiss, PA-C

Physician Assistant to Craig Yager, MD


Areas of Interest

Kristen was born and raised in Uniontown, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate degree at Malone University in Canton, Ohio where she majored in biology and competed in cross country and track. She then attended Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio and completed her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.

After graduation, Kristen worked for a surgical foot and ankle practice before joining Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group, where she is focused on the treatment of orthopedic sports medicine injuries.

Kristen and her husband moved to Colorado Springs in the fall of 2014. They thoroughly enjoy many of the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer, including trail running, biking, backpacking, and rock climbing.

Education & Training


Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Marietta College, Marietta, OH


BA in Biology, Malone University, Canton, OH



National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)


American Academy of Physician Assistants