Bert McKinnon, M.D. (1947 – 2022)

In Memoriam

Flagstaff Bone & Joint celebrates the extraordinary life of Bert McKinnon, M.D., co-founding member of the company. We honor our dear friend and leader and admire how he chose to live—always with joy in his heart, love, and respect for everyone with whom he interacted and an unwavering commitment not only to family and friends but also to the orthopaedic profession and the Flagstaff community.

Bert moved to Flagstaff in 1982 after serving seven years of active duty as a U.S. Navy commander stationed aboard the USS Dixon and at Balboa Naval Medical Center. He practiced orthopaedic surgery in Flagstaff for 26 years, with a particular interest in baseball injuries and throwing disorders. Bert co-founded Fitkids of Arizona, an obesity prevention and treatment program for children, and served on its advisory board for years. After retiring from active practice in September of 2008, he taught voluntarily in the community and at Northern Arizona University.


Bert also served as a member of many local boards and committees:

  • Chairman of the Board of Northern Arizona Healthcare twice
  • Board Member at:
    • Flagstaff Medical Center
    • United Way of Northern Arizona
    • Flagstaff Little League
    • Northern Arizona Volunteer Medical Team
    • Coconino County Victims Compensation Board
  • President of:
    • Medical Staff at FMC
    • Flagstaff Independent Physicians Association
    • Physicians and Surgeons Office Building Partnership
    • Coyote Springs Homeowners Group

Other voluntary efforts included coaching at three different levels of youth baseball and providing volunteer surgery in five foreign countries.

Bert was an avid fisherman, and we will miss his adventurous stories. We sincerely thank Dr. McKinnon’s family for sharing him with our company for so many decades. We believe Dr. McKinnon’s life serves as an example of how to live well and prosper. Bert will never be forgotten.

Naval Medical Center (San Diego)
Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1977 – 1981

Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester
Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1974 – 1975

Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Internship, Internal Medicine, 1973 – 1974

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical School