Shoulder & Elbow Care
Benjamin Gulli, MD, specializes in management of general orthopedic conditions, especially hip, knee, and shoulder problems. Special medical interests include trauma fractures and dislocations, arthritis, minimally invasive surgery (including total joint replacement), Anterior Approach Hip Replacement, shoulder replacement, arthroscopy, and sports medicine.
Dr. Gulli has a subspecialty certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Gulli has two children that keep him busy with music and sports. He enjoys snow and water skiing, bicycling, swimming, music, home improvement, cooking, gardening, and powersports.
Dr. Gulli has retired from his practice in the metro area as of November 1, 2023 but will continue seeing patients at TCO Staples.
Hip care, including anterior approach hip replacement, hip revision, and hip joint replacement
Knee care, including knee joint replacement and knee joint revision
Shoulder care, including shoulder replacement
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine
Trauma and Total Joint Replacement Surgery Fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center
University of Minnesota Medical School
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Medical Association
Arthroscopy Association of North America
Hennepin County Medical Society
Minnesota Medical Association
Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
Twin Cities Orthopaedic Society
Achievements & Awards
Medical Editor, Emergency Medical Textbooks, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Medical Editor, Jones and Bartlett Publishers
Received the American Medical Association’s Physician’s Recognition Award
January 19, 2022
I have wanted to write a testimonial since it has been over a year since my surgery. We had to start off with a Zoom meeting due to the pandemic shutdown. I met with Dr. Gulli and he first thought I might have arthritis because I was able to lift my arm relatively well. However, the MRI showed I had a substantial tear. I was told by several nurses how Dr. Gulli spent a good amount of time in surgery. Within two months, I was able to flap my arms over my head. I am free of the pain that would wake me up in the middle of the night. He did an amazing job and the physical therapists were delighted at my progress in my follow-up appointments. I only had one month of physical therapy. I highly recommend Dr. Gulli!
October 29, 2021
In July of 2020, Dr. Gulli performed a knee replacement on my right knee. The next month, Dr. Gulli did knee replacement on my left knee. I cannot thank Dr. Gulli enough for taking my pain away. I am now able to walk without any pain. Dr. Gulli and his team are wonderful.
August 7, 2018
Saved my life! It took other doctors 18 months to figure out why I was in pain 24/7. Finally one took x-rays and both hips were bone-on-bone. I went to Dr. Gulli and seeing how much pain I was in, he had me in for the first replacement in 5 days! That was April 10, 2018. My care was fabulous! I went back to work after 2.5 weeks and then had my second hip replaced May 15, 2018. Once again, I was back to work in 2.5 weeks! This weekend I am going dancing! The physical care and the emotional support from Dr. Gulli and Margaret Baranowski was wonderful. I truly have no pain and am better than before! I will never be able to thank them enough.
August 7, 2018
Dr. Gulli did my right total knee in 2011, and my left total knee in 2017. THANK YOU for giving me my life back! In recent weeks I have hiked in eight MN State Parks and at every one of them I kept saying, “Thank you Dr. Gulli for my new knees!” Thanks to his incredible TEAM, too! Margaret and Dawn, you two are awesome!
February 9, 2018
Dr. Gulli just performed my second total knee replacement which was a huge success, as my first surgery. Dr. Gulli and his entire team have always been extremely professional and always available to answer any questions I may have. I participated in the EXCEL Program, allowing me to know before surgery what my total financial obligation was. Also it was wonderful to receive one bill for all of the costs. I was transported to Interlude and was extremely happy with the care of the RN and PT while staying there a very short time. I would highly recommend Dr. Gulli and his team.
February 9, 2018
I have had both knees replaced by Dr. Gulli. Both surgeries were highly successful and I have gotten back to my normal routine less than two months after my most recent surgery! I can’t thank Dr. Gulli and Margaret Baranowski enough for giving me my life back! Sure, it’s a hard surgery to recover from, however, if you stick to the exercises and PT, you will have an amazing outcome! Oh, and it helps to have a positive attitude, as well! Thanks, too, to Dawn, Patient Care Coordinator. She completes the team of Gulli/Baranowki! I am most thankful and grateful to them all!
November 30, 2017
I can’t thank Dr. Gulli and his team enough for replacing my hips and taking great care of me. I can now walk my dogs pain free! I have recommended him to a number of people. Thank you Dr. Gulli and team!
July 26, 2016
I first met Dr. Gulli in 2008 as I had a major MVA in which I suffered femur fractures to both legs, a broken ankle, a severely damaged left ankle, a broken nose, and several lacerations. Dr. Gulli was called to perform my surgeries on my femurs and ankles in the emergency room. It is now 2016 (8 years! WOW!) and I have healed very well and quickly due to his amazing work. I was told I would not walk without help for up to 12 months, but I was up and walking in 3 months with cam boots and a walker. I have rods in both legs from hip to knee and hardware in my ankle as well and I have had no issues with the hardware at all. I had my arthroscopy in June of 2016 due to torn meniscus and misaligned knee cap. I am healing well with that as well. I praise him for the work he did for me, he made it so I was able to walk again after several months of PT but I did it! Dr. Gulli is very patient orientated and is thorough in what he does. I feel comfortable going to him and will recommend him to people in need of orthopedic care! Great doctor, great surgeon, and great facility!
September 22, 2014
The surgery went well; the recovery was complete, even though I did not complete therapy or exercises except for a lot of walking. The entire staff at TCO was professional and helpful from beginning to end. I have, and will continue to recommend TCO to others.
September 15, 2014
This letter is to verify my feelings about my recent complete shoulder replacement operation which you did for me on July 16, 2014. I must tell you that this has to be one of the finest pieces of work you have ever done on a shoulder replacement!! I would give you an A++ as a grade for the work you have done on my shoulder!! As of 2 days ago – 2 weeks from my operation – I can do so very much with my right hand, and arm that it is hard to believe. I can dress myself completely, tie my own shoes, button my clothes, eat meals, (can’t cut meat yet), shower, shave, wash my hair with both hands. I have very little pain from my shoulder area, and can only take Tylenol Extra Strength tablets, as I am allergic to Morphine and all its derivatives, which are the generally accepted pain relief tablets. All in all, Dr. Gulli, as I say again, I am so very pleased with the results of this operation on my shoulder, and want to commend you on such a fine piece of work, and Thank You for doing this great a job on me!!