A native of Dayton, Ohio, Kenneth DeHaven graduated from Fairmont High School in 1957, and attended Dartmouth College, playing on Dartmouth's first Ivy League championship football team under Coach Bob Blackman, and captaining the 1960 team. After graduating in 1961, he entered Dartmouth Medical School, receiving a BMS Cum Laude degree in 1963. He then transferred to Northwestern University Medical School where he was AOA and received his MD degree in 1965. His postgraduate education was at the Cleveland Clinic, finishing his Orthopaedic residency in 1972. This was interrupted by serving as a medical officer in the US Navy from 1967 to 1969.
After completing residency he remained on the faculty of the Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic Department until moving to Rochester, NY, in 1975 to join the full-time faculty of the University of Rochester Department of Orthopaedics as the Director of Athletic Medicine. In July 2005 he transitioned to part-time Professor of Orthopaedics, continuing to be involved in teaching, clinical research and providing non-surgical care for sports related knee problems. From 2004 to 2008 he served as the Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Director of the University of Rochester Faculty Practice Group. He is currently Professor Emeritus, Department of Orthopaedics at the University Of Rochester. In 2009 he launched his " hobby career" servicing and repairing mechanical clocks ("Ken's Clocks").
Beginning in 1972, Dr. DeHaven was one of the first to utilize arthroscopy in an Orthopaedic Sports Medicine practice. He has been a full-time faculty member involved in teaching, patient care and clinical research his entire career, and has been a mentor to many residents and fellows. He has also served as team physician for high school, college and professional teams, beginning during residency and continuing today. Throughout his career he has authored or co-authored more than 86 scientific papers, contributed 36 textbooks or chapters in textbooks, has done 46 visiting professorships, and given numerous other invited lectures nationally and internationally. He is probably most recognized for his work on the meniscus, especially meniscus repair.
Dr. DeHaven is a past president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the International Society of the Knee (a parent society to ISAKOS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.