David Gesensway - Orthopedic Surgeon - Twin Cities Orthopedics

David Gesensway, MD

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

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Areas of Focus
Elbow Care
Hand Care
Pediatric Care
Sports Medicine
Wrist Care
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Dr. David  Gesensway – Twin Cities Orthopedics Specialist

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Practice Overview

For over 20 years I have enjoyed practicing specialized, patient-centered care. We help people of all ages understand their hand, wrist, forearm or elbow conditions and assist them in choosing personalized treatment. I strive to understand which issues are important to you. In some instances, though you might have an abnormal test or X-ray, that doesn't necessarily mean that you need surgery. We help patients with surgical and non-surgical specialty care, including hand therapy, exercises, medications, injections, splinting and casting.

Distal radius wrist fracture treatment and research is a special area of surgical expertise. While at the University of Minnesota, I invented, patented and developed the internal fixation plate and techniques for volar plating of the distal radius with Matthew Putnam, MD and Charles Jennings, MD. Newer versions of our original plate are now commonly used by most hand surgeons in the USA to treat these common injuries.
I have enjoyed teaching the beautiful intricacies of hand surgery to young doctors and hand therapists for over 20 years in the USA and abroad. As a founding board member of the Twin Cities Orthopedic Foundation, I am an active volunteer locally and in Nicaragua. I started the International Orthopedic Scholar Program with Kurt Anderson, MD in 2015. As president of the Abbott-affiliated subgroup for over 10 years years, and as a Twin Cities Orthopedics board member for 10 years, I am proud of my leadership efforts that helped build TCO into one of the world’s largest orthopedic group practices.
Originally from Philadelphia I married my wife, Katie, who is a Minnesotan and a busy pediatrician at Central Pediatrics in Woodbury. We’ve lived in the Twin Cities since 1988 and raised three children here. I enjoy travel, golf, fly-fishing, photography, scuba, carpentry and cycling.

Clinical Interest

Elbow Care, including joint replacement, tendon transfers, arthritis, and tennis elbow

Hand Care, including mini-open carpal tunnel release, arthritis, tendon repairs, and fractures

Pediatric Care, including injuries, trigger thumbs, cysts, and congenital differences

Sport Medicine, including wrist and elbow arthroscopy, and ligament reconstructions

Wrist Care, including fractures, arthritis, rheumatoid, ligament injuries, and ganglions


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


Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Medical Degree
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Certificate Program in Management for Physicians, University of St Thomas

Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations

    Abbott Northwestern Hospital
    WestHealth Surgery Center
    Crosstown Surgery Center
    Children’s Hospital
    Fairview Southdale Hospital

Professional Affiliations

    Fellow, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
    American Medical Association

Achievements and Awards

Top Doctor, Hand Surgery, Mpls St. Paul Magazine (2007)
Co-Developer and Inventor, SCS Distal Radius Plating System
      US Patent No. 5,586,985
      US Patent No. 6,755,831

Special Interest

Clinical Instructor:
      University of Minnesota Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (1996–2009)
Course Co-Director and Speaker:
      Practical Orthopedics for Primary Care, TCO (2006–2013)
Recent Lectures:
      Orthopedic Options for Primary Care, Allina, 2013
      Doctors Demystify Upper Extremity Wound Care, 2016
      Orthopedic and Trauma Conference, Hennepin County Medical Center, 2015

Volunteer Service
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Twin Cities Orthopedics Foundation:
      Founding Board Member and Treasurer (2007–present)
Overseas Orthopedic Surgery and Teaching:
      Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 2011
      Leon, Nicaraugua, April, 2013
      Leon, Nicaraugua, January, 2014
      Leon, Nicaraugua, April, 2015
      Leon and Matagalapa, Nicaragua, April 2016
International Orthopedic Scholar Program, TCOF:
      Dr. Marlen Taleno and Dr. Carlos Paiz, 2015
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF):
      Minndakota Chapter Board Member (2000–2006)
      Imagine Award Recipient, 2007
JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes:
      Volunteer and Logistics Coordinator (1993–present)
      Event Co-Chair, 2001 and 2002

Twin Cities Orthopedics, Board Member and Chair (2003–2013)
Twin Cities Orthopedics Abbott-Affiliated Division, President (2001–2013)
Twin Cities Orthopedics Foundation, Founding Board Member and Treasurer (2007–present)
Minneapolis Bone & Joint Institute, Founding Member and Board Chair (1999–2004)
Abbott Northwestern Hospital PHO, Board Member (1999–2003)
Twin Cities Orthopedic Society, Co-President (1996–1997)
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Board Member (2000–2006)

Design and Biomechanics of a Plate for the Distal Radius
Biomechanics of Dorsal Plating of the Distal Radius
Distal Radial Metaphyseal Forces in an Extrinsic Grip Model: Implications for Postfracture Rehabilitation
Co-Developer and Inventor, SCS/D and SCS/V Distal Radius Plating System
     US Patent No. 5,586,985 – Method and apparatus for fixation of distal radius fractures
     US Patent No. 6,755,831 – A fixation plate kit for fixation of distal radius fractures


  • Julie Stauffer, OTR/L, CHT
    Certified Hand Therapist

    Sarah J.
    Care Coordinator

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