David Gesensway, M.D.

Practice Overview

David Gesensway, MD specializes in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of the hand, wrist, and elbow. Special areas of clinical and research interest include distal radius wrist fractures and tendon transfer surgery for tetraplegia.   

"I enjoy teaching. When patients understand all aspects of their care they become active participants in their recovery and have better outcomes. My team of certified hand therapists and certified physician assistants and orthopedic sssistants greatly help patients through this often difficult process."


Dr. Gesensway is a graduate of the University of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed his orthopedic surgery residency and hand surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Hospital Affiliations
  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Centennial Lakes Same-day Surgery Center
  • Children's Hospital
  • Crosstown Surgery Center*
  • Fairview Southdale Hospital (courtesy privileges)
  • WESTHealth Surgery Center
Professional Affiliations and Membership
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Twin Cities Orthopedic Society, Co-President (1996 - 1997)
  • American Medical Association
  • Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
  • Hennepin County Medical Society

Board Memberships

  • Twin Cities Orthopedics, Board Chair
  • Orthopedic Medicine & Surgery, Division President
  • Twin Cities Orthopedics Foundation, Board Member
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Board Member (2000 - 2006)
  • Minneapolis Bone & Joint Institute, Board Chair (1999 - 2004)


Special Achievements and Awards
  • Course Co-Director, Practical Orthopedics for Primary Care Conference (2006 - 2009)
  • Voted a top hand surgeon by his peers in Mpls/St. Paul magazine (2007)

Hand Therapists

Julie Stauffer, OTR/L, CHT
Laurie Humiston, OTR/L, CHT

*Please note this physician has a financial interest in Crosstown Surgery Center.

Dr. David Gesensway

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Orthopedic and Hand Surgery

Board Certification

Board Certified with CAQ in Hand Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1996; Recertified, 2007

Letters to Patients

To My Patients with Fractures of the Distal Radius

Educational Appointments

Clinical Instructor, U of M Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


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