My goal is to find the simplest way to give you better quality of life and a quicker recovery. I have found that procedures such as cervical disk replacement, endoscopic spine surgery, and non-fusion techniques often provide better outcomes with a quicker recovery.
I also specialize in complex, revision, and minimally invasive spine surgery. A fusion procedure is not always required. What is required is getting an accurate diagnosis of the problem before proceeding with surgery.
I have been in practice for over 13 years. I have tried to create Minnesota Spine Institute as a location for patients to get the care they need for their spine problems that focused on them. I will make sure that you get individualized treatment that provides the best outcomes.
If you have been recommended a fusion then consider asking me for a second opinion to see if there is a easier, simpler way of solving your spine problem with a faster recovery and less discomfort.
Education Spine Surgery Fellowship: Indiana Spine Group, Indianapolis, IN. 2/2004-7/2004 Spine Surgery, PSC, Louisville, KY 8/2003-1/2004 Residency: Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN. Orthopedic Surgery, 7/1998-8/2004 Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN. 9/1993-6/1998 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical School Honor Society B.A. University of Minnesota, Physiology, 7/1987-6/1992 Experience • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon: Minnesota Spine Institute, 1/2017 to present • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon: Midwest Spine and Brain Institute, 6/1/2010 to 12/31/2016 • Medical Director and CEO: Maple Grove Center for Restorative Surgery, 2013 to present • Chief of Orthopedics, Unity Hospital, 2011 to 2012 • St. Croix Orthopaedics: Executive Committee 2007 to 2010 • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon: St. Croix Orthopaedics, 8/2004 to 3/2010 Licensing Minnesota: March 2004 to present Wisconsin: December 2005 to present Kentucky: March 2003 Indiana: July 1998 Awards 2017 Mpls/St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor Award" Orthopedic Surgery-publication date June/July 2017 2016 Mpls/St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor Award" Orthopedic Surgery 2015 Mpls/St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor Award" Orthopedic Surgery 8/2014 Minnesota Monthly Top Doctor Award 2014 2008 Emmy for Internet Broadcast: Live Lumbar Microdiskectomy Medical School: Honors: Alpha Omega Alpha 1997 Minnesota Medical Foundation Research Grant: "Split Flexor Pollicus Longus Tendon Transfer for Stabilization of Thumb Interphalangeal Joint: A Cadaveric and Clinical Study Outstanding Physiology Paper: Medical School Medical School: Partial Scholarship Publications • Unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures: anterior-only versus short-segment posterior fixation. • Split Flexor Pollicus Longus Tendon Transfer For Stabilization of Thumb Interphalangeal Joint: A cadaveric and clinical study. • Intrinsic Balancing in Reconstruction of the Tetraplegic Hand. Teaching Experience • Gross Anatomy Teaching Assistant, Medical School • Numerous medical students, physician assistants and residents. Professional Development Courses • Spine Endoscopy: Joimax • Spine Endoscopy: Wolf • Cervical Disk Replacement: Mobi-c, Medtronic, Synthes • Lumbar Disk Replacement: Charite, Synthes • XLIF • CSRS Affiliations/Memberships • Recertification: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 4/2016 • North American Spine Society 2008 • Norwegian American Orthopedic Society • International Spine Intervention Society 2006-2007 • Board Certification: Orthopedic Surgery 2006 Interests Hiking, Camping, Travel, Biking, Catamaran Sailing, Endoscopic Spine Surgery Recent Seminars/Presentations 9/7/2016 Willmar Affiliated Community Medical Centers Presentation: Cervical Arthroplasty 5/26/2016 CDI/Chiropractor Lunch and Learn Meeting: "Advances in Cervical Motion Preservation vs Cervical Fusion" Winter 2015/16 Dorothy Day Shoes for Homeless Volunteer: Foot exam/Toe Trimming/Foot Ulcer and Wart Debridement 5/12/2015 Fairview Princeton Medical Staff Bi-annual meeting presentation: "Advances in Cervical Motion Preservation vs Cervical Fusion" 4/2015 Maple Grove Magazine article, "How I Got My Life Back" 9/9/2014 Princeton Chiropractor Presentation: Spine Surgery Basics 4/2014 Recertification: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 3/26/2012 Fairview Princeton Medical Provider Quarterly Staff Meeting Joint Presentation: Interventional Pain Management for Spine Patients 8/2012 September Sun article: What you need to know about back and neck pain from Dr. Daniel Hanson 6/8/2012 Fairview Lakes Pre and Post-op Tutorial on perioperative spine patient care 4/6/2012 Stillwater Medical Group Lunch and Learn, "Lumbar and Cervical Radiculopathy 9/2011 Healthcare News Article: Treating Spine Related Pain 9/11/2010 Blaine Wellness Day. Co-presenter, "Get Back your Active Life"