Clare K. McCarthy - Orthopedic Surgeon - Twin Cities Orthopedics

Clare K. McCarthy, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified
Hand Surgery Fellowship
Hand Surgery Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus
Elbow Care
Hand Care
Wrist Care

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Practice Overview

Dr. McCarthy, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity and a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in Hand, Wrist and Elbow Surgery. She specializes in surgery of the hand and upper extremity, with procedures including tendon and nerve repairs, basal thumb joint replacement, rheumatoid hand reconstructions, and ultrasound-guided trigger finger releases with the Trigger Tome blade. She also treats fractures, nerve and tendon conditions, and arthritis of the wrist and fingers.
Dr. McCarthy has been performing the endoscopic carpal tunnel release (ECTR) since its inception in the early 1990’s and was part of the development team that brought the procedure to the Twin Cities. She has continued to play a key role in educating other physicians on the procedure. The ECTR is the most common surgery she performs, with more than three thousand procedures completed.
Until a few years ago, the options for treating Dupuytren’s contractures of the hand were limited. However, the development of Xiaflex®, an enzymatic injection, means that the condition can be treated nonsurgically. Dr. McCarthy is a preferred provider and a "Super User" for Xiaflex® injections.
Dr. McCarthy has been selected as a Top Doctor in Mpls/St. Paul Magazine by her peers 7 times in the last 9 years. She was also named one of Minnesota Monthly’s Best Doctors for Women in 2008 and 2010. Her goal is to listen carefully to each patient’s concerns and develop a plan with the patient to resume the activities that he or she finds most meaningful.

In addition to other professional affiliations, Dr. McCarthy is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. She has been practicing in the Twin Cities since 1996.

Physician Statement

“Growing up as a dancer and a runner in Scranton, Pennsylvania, I understand the importance of working out. I continue to be active, swimming and doing Pilates several times a week and biking and Nordic skiing when I am at my cabin up north. My goal is to get you back to those things you love to do, whether it’s fishing, weight-lifting, playing tennis, or any other activity that involves your hands.”

Clinical Interest

Elbow Care, including ulnar nerve transpositions
Hand Care, including CMC arthroplasties (replacement of the basal thumb joint), rheumatoid conditions, trigger finger releases with the Trigger Tome blade and Xiaflex® injections
Wrist Care, including endoscopic carpal tunnel releases and closed and open treatment of wrist fractures


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Hand Surgery

Orthopedic Research Fellowship in Bone Density at the University of Massachusetts
Hand and Upper-Extremity Fellowship at the University of Minnesota

University of Massachusetts

Medical Degree
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations

    Crosstown Surgery Center
    Fairview Southdale Hospital
    Fairview Ridges Hospital Courtesy Staff
    Fairview University Hospital Courtesy Staff

Professional Affiliations

    American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
    Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society

Achievements and Awards

Best Doctor for Women: Minnesota Monthly Magazine (2008, 2010)
Best Doctor: Minnesota Monthly Magazine (2015)
Top Doctor: Mpls/St. Paul Magazine (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)


  • Claire Joubert, MPAS, PA-C
    Certified Physician Assistant

    Bonnie Glenzinski, OTR/L, CHT
    Certified Hand Therapist

    Susan R.
    Care Coordinator

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