Medical School

Orthopaedic Surgery

Denis R. Clohisy, MD

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Academic Title


Clinical Title

Orthopaedic Surgeon


  • Orthopaedics
  • Cancer


  • Orthopaedic Clinic


Medical School
Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (Orthopaedic Surgery)
Washington University,School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (Pathology)
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 
Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA (Musculoskeletal Oncology)

Contact Info

(612) 273-9400

(612) 273-7959

Administrative Contact

(612) 273-1177
Administrative Assistant:
Julia Hutchcroft: (612) 273-8032

Office Address
2512 South 7th Street
Suite R200
Minneapolis MN 55454

Mailing Address

University of Minnesota
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
2450 Riverside Avenue South
Suite R200
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Bio Statement

Dr. Clohisy is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota and a member of the University of Minnesota Cancer Center. His specialty is musculoskeletal oncology with a focus on both primary and metastatic cancers of bone and the management of musculoskeletal problems in hemophilia. His clinical research focuses on the effect of surgical treatment of skeletal metastasis on health status, and he has also research the cellular mechanisms of tumor osteolysis and mechanisms of bone cancer pain. He is committed to advancing all levels of musculoskeletal education and has interest and experience in developing both outstanding community orthopaedic surgeons and orthopaedic clinician scientists. His research program has has NIH funding for 23 consecutive years and he currently leads an Academic Health Center NIH training grant for graduate and past doctoral students.

Research Interests

  • Bone and Soft Tissue Neoplasms
  • Osteolysis
  • Osteoclasts
  • Mouse Genetic Engineering
  • Bone Cancer Pain
  • Experimental Sarcoma Models

Leadership Roles
  • Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Elected member of the University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP) Board of Directors, serves on the UMP Executive committee and Chairs the UMP Clinical Strategies Committee
  • Member, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Board Exam Committee
  • Member, American Orthopaedic Association Critical Issues Committee
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Communicative Cabinet and Council on Education.
  • Best Doctors in America® (2007-2010, 2011-2012, 2013)
  • Mpls.St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctors" (2009-2010, 2012-2014)
  • U.S. News & World Report 2012 Top Doctor



Publications on PubMed


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