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Abigail R. Hamilton, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Sports Medicine Fellowship Area of Focus in Knee and Shoulder Surgery

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Areas of Focus

Knee Care
Shoulder Care
Sports Medicine

Practice Overview

As a surgeon, I enjoy caring for patients, and am qualified to treat many kinds of orthopedic injuries and conditions. I chose orthopedics as a career because in treating various problems with muscles, ligaments and joints, I can help people return to the work, sports and hobbies they love. I completed a subspecialty training in Sports Medicine which included advanced training in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery and care of athletes of all levels. My goal is to work jointly with my patients to help them reach their highest level of function so they can return to living life to the fullest.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three daughters and participating in multiple sporting activities, especially swimming, tennis and sailing.

Clinical Interest

Shoulder Care, including Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff and Instability Surgery, Fracture Care, and Primary and Revision Joint Replacement Surgery

Knee Care, including Tendon or Ligament Repair/Reconstruction, ACL Surgery, Meniscal and Cartilage Injuries, and Full or Partial Knee Replacement

Sports Medicine, including Shoulder Separation (AC Joint Injuries), Shoulder Instability/Labral Repair, Shoulder Separation Injuries, Clavicle Fractures, ACL Injuries, Achilles Injuries, Quadricep or Hamstring Tendon Repair, and ACL/PCL Multi-Ligament Knee Injures


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, TRIA Orthopaedic Center, Bloomington, MN

Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, Boston, Massachusetts

Medical Degree
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Crosstown Surgery Center
Fairview Southdale Hospital
Methodist Hospital
WestHealth Surgery Center

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Arthroscopic Association of North America
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society

Achievements and Awards

Voted “Best Doctor” in Minnesota Monthly (2016)
Top Doctor Rising Star: Voted an Orthopedic Rising Star by her peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2015 – 2016)
Mary S. Grafton Award, Valedictorian, Mary Baldwin College (2001)
AWCC scholar athlete award, Atlantic Women’s College Conference (2001)
Biology Student of the Year Award, Mary Baldwin College (2001)
Chemistry Student of the Year Award, Mary Baldwin College (2000 & 2001)
Phi Beta Kappa Honor’s Society, Mary Baldwin College (2000)
Omicron Delta Kappa – Honor’s in Leadership Society, Mary Baldwin College (1999)


Sports Affiliations

Team Physician: Washburn Public High School (2010 – 2012)
Team Physician: Minnesota Twins (2010 – 2011)
Team Physician: Minnesota Wild (2010 – 2011)
Team Physician: Minnesota Timberwolves (2010 – 2011)
Team Physician: Boston Public High School Football League (2006 – 2010)


Sarah L.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

February 23, 2018

Jimmie B.

I am a retired physician and have been having gradually worsening left shoulder pain and restrictions for over 15 years. I had 38 years in the military and noted I could not fully bring my left palm back at the parade rest position. This gradually worsened and pain started. I saw Dr. Hamilton at age 65 and she was fantastic. She had the personality of a good family doc, something that is difficult to teach in young doctors (I taught in a family practice residency for 18 years) and something that is rare in sub specialists. She was magnificent. I recently had my shoulder replaced and could not feel better. I was off of pain meds on the 3rd day post-op and my motion is nearly back to normal now at 3 months post. Pain is completely gone. I could not be more happy with Dr. Hamilton’s clinical skills and her personal skills. I felt she truly cared about my health even after I left her exam room.

January 9, 2018

David S.

I can’t say enough great things about Dr. Hamilton. Highly skilled, very personable. Never in a rush and gave me all the time I needed. I felt like she genuinely cared about me as a person and not just a patient. She explained everything in detail and customized the surgery for unique physical challenges. I couldn’t be happier! My physical therapy team is great as well.

February 9, 2017

John M.

I met Dr.Hamilton on the day of my wife’s first knee replacement at Methodist Hospital. I was so impressed with her skill and personality that when I was desperately in need of help I consulted her. At the time I had a right arm that I could no longer raise and a hard limp from severe knee pain. She successfully repaired my knee 1/15/2016 and once I finished physical therapy I scheduled my shoulder repair. She successfully repaired the full tear as well as other issues 6/3/2016. The other issues dated back to an injury in 1987 which I had been living with chronic pain. That pain issue is gone. Abbie, you saved my life! I am forever grateful for your help!

September 10, 2016

Bill R.

I have been blessed because I was able to get Dr. Hamilton as my surgeon. I had severe pain in both shoulders which was due to rotator cuff tears. On 1-29-16, I had surgery on my right shoulder which had a 100% tear. Within a few months I was on the quick mend. Now, after 6 months, that shoulder is 100% healed. On 6-19-16, I had the same surgery on my left rotator cuff which had a 90% tear. Now, after 2 1/2 months, I am 90-95% healed. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to Dr. Hamilton. She has made my life so much better.

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