David H. Palmer - Orthopedic Surgeon - Twin Cities Orthopedics

David H. Palmer, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified
Area of Focus in Total Joint Replacement
Area of Focus in Hip Arthroscopy

Areas of Focus
Hip Care
Knee Care
Pediatric Care
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Dr. David H. Palmer – Twin Cities Orthopedics Specialist

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Practice Overview

David Palmer, M.D. is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee injuries and conditions. Dr. Palmer specializes in total hip replacement (anterior and posterior approach), hip arthroscopy (since 1986), hip resurfacing, total knee replacement, knee arthroscopy, and total hip and knee revisions.

"My goal is to treat every patient as I would want to be treated, regardless of race, gender or social background.  I have a duty to my patients to keep up with training and technology improvements.  I will use every method to facilitate a speedy recovery for the patients under my care."

Dr. Palmer's outside interests include spending time with his two daughters and two grandchildren, community engagement (through church, rotary and community foundations), skiing, boating, photography, and reading.  He has participated in medical volunteerism abroad for more than 15 years in Afghanistan, Bhutan, and more recently Tanzania.

Clinical Interest

Hip Care, including arthroscopy, resurfacing, minimally invasive total hip replacement (anterior and posterior approach), computer-assisted joint replacement, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), and total hip revision

Knee Care, including arthroscopy, minimally invasive total knee replacement, computer-assisted joint replacement, and total knee revision

Pediatric Care, including knee and hip arthroscopy, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) correction, total knee joint replacement, and total hip joint replacement


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certification in Computer-Assisted Positioning of Total Joint Components

Orthopedic surgical residency at the Veteran's Administration and University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN
Internship at UCLA Harbor General Hospital, Los Angeles, California
Medical Degree
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations

    Lakeview Hospital
    Gillette Children's Hospital
    And other facilities throughout Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin

Professional Affiliations

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Arthroscopy Association of North America
    Mid America Orthopedic Society
    Orthopedic Overseas
    Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
    Norwegian American Orthopaedic Society
    Wallace Cole Orthopaedic Society, Past President

Achievements and Awards

Co-Founder of St. Croix Orthopaedics
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Past President of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Summa Cum Laude
Rotary Club, Stillwater, MN, Past President and Current Member
Pillars Club, United Way, St. Croix Valley, Charter Member 1993- Present
Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater, MN, Past President of the Church Council
Lester Calendar Junior M.D. Memorial Lecture Award, MOS 1998 Annual Meeting
Top Doctor: Voted a Top Orthopedic Surgeon by his peers in Mpls/St. Paul Magazine (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)



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