Dr. Debra Parisi, MD

Dr. Debra Parisi, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 46
Dr. Debra Parisi, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in Woodbury, MN and has been practicing for 14 years. She graduated from New York Medical College in 1998 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery.Read her story

2090 Woodwinds Dr

Woodbury, MN 55125

Contact Information

(651) 968-5201

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Trigger Finger
very high
more than 97% of peers
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
very high
more than 96% of peers
Wrist Fracture
more than 89% of peers

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Dr. Parisi's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Parisi "Dr. Debra Parisi's surgical practice combines a biomedical engineering background with her passion for helping people. She treats complex conditions of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand. During her small-town childhood in New York, Dr. Debra Parisi didn't have dreams of becoming a surgeon. But she vividly remembers the two experiences that redirected her to a medical career. An educational background well suited to orthopedics "I always loved science, especially biology," she says. "I was fortunate enough to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering at Duke University. During an internship at IBM, I found myself working in a room with 20 computers and not a single person. That's when I realized that if I wanted to work with people—and I did—a medical degree was my better choice." In medical school, Dr. Parisi reasoned that cardiology or radiology would complement her engineering background. "I didn't think that surgery would be my passion, because I'm not a morning person," she laughs. That changed with her surgery rotation. "I just loved it," she remembers. "I thought it was amazing that we could go in and help cure people's problems through surgery. The biomechanics and engineering in orthopedics were a perfect match with my undergraduate education." Following medical school and residency, Dr. Parisi completed a fellowship focused on surgery for upper extremity conditions. After practicing in Manhattan and the Hudson Valley for over a decade, Dr. Parisi crossed paths with residency colleague Dr. Edward Su at a conference. They met for dinner to catch up. "My husband and I wanted to raise our family in an urban environment with lots of outdoorsy activities," she recalls. "Dr. Su invited me to visit Summit Orthopedics and meet some of the doctors. I was impressed that Summit shared my philosophy about practicing medicine. And my husband and I thought the Twin Cities offered the kind of life we wanted our children to have. We're still in our first year, but it feels like a really good fit." Dr. Parisi explains her approach to patient care "I think that the most important tenet of practicing medicine is excellence in patient care," she says. "If you give patients a good experience and provide excellent care, everything else will fall into place. For me, it's really important to sit across from the patient and listen to what he or she is experiencing before making a diagnosis or offering a management plan. Patients are individuals. I want to honor each patient's uniqueness and tailor the care to personal needs and lifestyle." Treating patients is the highlight of Dr. Parisi's work "I love a lot of aspects of what I do," she smiles. "Helping people is wonderful. There's nothing better than reassuring someone who is scared and concerned about a health issue. I enjoy helping them through the process of diagnosis and management and treatment. I value the experience of addressing the mechanics of the human body in the operating room; it's intellectually fascinating work. "For me, medicine is about knowing how to approach and solve problems," Dr. Parisi concludes. "The human body is nuanced, and the practice of medicine is often more an art than a science. Physicians practice this art in the service of their patients. It's wonderful to see patients happy because their function is no longer compromised and they are finally pain-free. I think that's the most rewarding aspect of what I do.""


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Parisi "Injuries to your hand, wrist and elbow are very disruptive. After figuring out what's going on I'll tailor a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle and allows you to get back to essential activities and the activities you love to do."

1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

13  Conditions Treated

16  Procedures

  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • New York Medical College
    Medical School | Graduated 1998
  • New York University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
  • University of Washington
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Parisi's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Parisi to family and friends
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Likelihood to Recommend (10)

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Dr. Parisi's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes
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