J. Chris Coetzee, MB, ChB

Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified
Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship


Areas of Focus
Ankle Care
Foot Care
Sports Medicine

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Practice Overview

A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, J. Chris Coetzee earned his medical degree from the University of Pretoria School of Medicine in South Africa.  He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Stellenbosch, located in Cape Town, South Africa, his trauma fellowship in Davos, Switzerland and a foot and ankle fellowship at the University of Washington and the Harborview Medical Center, in Seattle, WA, USA.

Dr. Coetzee sees patients at Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute (MOSMI) at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Edina, MN, USA. He serves as a fellowship faculty member for the MOSMI/ Fairview Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship program. He serves as treasurer on the board for the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) for 2014-2016. He is an associate editor of the Foot and Ankle International Journal and also a member of the FAI Editorial Board, as well as reviewer to the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and several other orthopedic journals.  He was the Chairman of the AOFAS Education committee from 2011 to 2013, overseeing all the educational activities of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society. This year he was the chairman of the Specialty day of the AOFAS at the AAOS meeting as well as the annual summer meeting of the AOFAS.  He is a member of the AAOS CME committee ensuring ongoing education for all orthopedic surgeons. He was recently elected on the Instructional Course committee of the AAOS for 2014-2016.

His special orthopedic interests are foot and ankle reconstruction, trauma injuries and sports medicine.  He is a world-renowned surgeon who has been asked to lecture and teach in more than 20 countries on all continents.  He is a published author in numerous peer-reviewed journals on such topics as total ankle arthroplasties, talar osteochondral defects, lisfranc injuries and more. Current research interests include total ankle arthroplasties, ankle fusions and subtalar fusions.  Dr. Coetzee was named one of the top 23 Foot and Ankle surgeons in the US by Orthopedics Today in 2012 and 2013 and has been nominated as a "Top Doc" by the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine in 2013 and 2014.

Clinical Interest

Ankle Care, including Ankle Joint Revision and Ankle Joint Replacement
Foot Care
Sports Medicine


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship in Trauma in Davos, Switzerland
Fellowship in Foot & Ankle Surgery at the University of Washington and the Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA

University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa

Medical Degree
University of Pretoria School of Medicine, Pretoria, South Africa

Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations

    Crosstown Surgery Center
    Fairview Southdale Hospital
    University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview

Professional Affiliations

    AAOS - CME, Committee member (2009 - 2012)

    American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (2006 - present)

    American Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery,Reviewer (2002 - present)

    American Medical Association (1999 - present)

    American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (1995 - present)

    A.O. Alumni Association (1994 - present)

    AOFAS, Board Member (2008 -2010)

    AOFAS Education Committee, 
    Committee member (2004 - present)

    Arthroscopy Association of North America (2004 - present)

    Canadian Orthopaedic Association (2003 - present)

    Current Orthopaedic and Related Research, Reviewer (2003 - present)

    Education Committee Member (2003 - present)

    Foot and Ankle International Journal, Assistant Editor/Consultant Reviewer (2000 - present)

    Minnesota Orthopaedic Society (1999 - present)

    Minnesota Medical Association (1999 - present)

    Orthopaedics, Reviewer (2003 - present)

    Royal College of Surgeons, Canada (1996 - present)

    South African Orthopaedic Society (1993 - present)

    South African Medical Association (1985 - present)

    U of M Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Associate Professor and Director, Foot and Ankle Services (2004 - 2006)

    U of M Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Assistant Professor (1994 - 2004)

    U of M Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinical Associate Professor (2006 - present)

Achievements and Awards

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: Foot and Ankle Evaluation Subcommittee Member (2009 - 2012)

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: Education Committee Member (2003 - Present)

Department Trophy: Most Outstanding Final Year Orthopaedic Resident, University of Stellenbosch (1992)

Top Foot & Ankle Surgeon: Named one of the top 23 foot and ankle surgeons in the US by Orthopedics This Week (2012, 2014)

Top Foot & Ankle Surgeon: Named one of the top 26 foot and ankle surgeons in North America by Orthopedics This Week (2013)

Top Foot & Ankle Surgeon: Named one of the top 16 foot and ankle surgeons in North America by Orthopedics Week (2015)

Top Doctor: Voted a top orthopedic surgeon by his peers in Mpls/St. Paul magazine (2007, 2009, 2013, 2015)

Elected Board Member: American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society

Medical Association of South Africa: John S. Struthers Award for student in his clinical years who rendered an exceptional service to the general student community (1983)

Synthes Award: Best Research Paper in Orthopaedic Dept., University of Stellenbosch (1989, 1991, 1992)

University of Minnesota: Selected best teacher/instructor by orthopaedic resident (2004)

Sports Affiliations

Team Physician: Minnesota Vikings


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