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About John Frauens

A retired orthopaedic surgeon in Honolulu, Hawaii, John Frauens currently devotes his time to the operation of SoftJoint, Inc., a company that has developed a synthetic cartilage for human implantation. John Frauens also serves as an orthopaedic consultant for the Corrections Division of the Hawaii Department of Public Safety, overseeing care for incarcerated individuals throughout the state.

Prior to his retirement, Dr. John Frauens spent 25 years as director of the Total Joint Service division at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, where he was responsible for performing bone tumor, knee replacement, and artificial hip surgeries. Additionally, he developed the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center and co-developed the Kaiser Hawaii Osteoporosis Program.

A graduate of Temple University, Dr. Frauens holds a bachelor of science in physical therapy, and he earned his medical degree at the same university. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he serves on the board of directors of Common Grace, a charitable organization that pairs neighborhood churches with public schools to mentor at-risk youth.

Work experience

Jan 2011Present

Orthopedic consultant for the Division of Corrections

State of Hawaii Dept of Public Safety
Aug 1984Feb 2010

orthopedic surgeon

kaiser, hawaii permanente medical group


Jul 1978Aug 1984


University of Virginia Orthopedic Residency Program
Aug 1973May 1977


Temple University School of Medicine
Aug 1968Jun 1972


Temple University