David W. Polly Jr., MD

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

David W. Polly Jr.

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-273-9400

Fax 612-273-7959

Office Address:
M Health Clinics and Surgery Center
909 Fulton St SE
4th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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

Administrative Assistant Name
Brittney Kosack

Administrative Phone

Administrative Fax Number

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Chief of Spine Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Medical Doctorate, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (U.S.U.H.S.)

Walter Reed Army Medical Center (Orthopaedic Surgery)

University of Minnesota (Spine Surgery)


Dr. Polly is a Professor and Chief of Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He holds the James W. Ogilvie Chair. He is nationally and internationally recognized for biomechanics and outcomes research. He cares for complex pediatric and adult spine conditions. He is well known for scoliosis research.


  • Orthopaedics
  • Spine and Scoliosis
  • Spine Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Doctors in America®, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013
  • 2002 Outstanding Poster Award, 17th annual meeting of the North American Spine Society
  • 2002 Finalist Hibbs' basic science award paper, Scoliosis Research Society annual meeting
  • 2002 recipient of the General Claire L. Chennault award as the outstanding teacher at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • 2002 recipient of the David C. Wherry Award in emerging technologies from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences





Orthopaedic Clinic

Board Certifications

Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Spine (pediatric and adult); Scoliosis; Spinal tumors; Spine degenerative disease