Bryan D. Den Hartog, MD

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Bryan D. DenHartog, MD

Bryan D. Den Hartog, MD

Dr. Den Hartog completed his medical degree at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and completed his fellowship training in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Dr. Den Hartog is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society and an officer on the board of American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS).

Dr. Den Hartog has over 30 patents for the design and development of orthopedic implants used around the world, and he has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed scientific papers; all with the goal of improving the quality of surgeries and outcomes for patients with complex lower extremity injuries and conditions.

His profound interest in teaching led him to develop a surgeon education website called that has grown to over 5,ooo surgeons worldwide. He also has been a reviewer for Foot and Ankle International since 2004 and has been a featured speaker internationally spanning five continents.

Dr. Den Hartog and his wife Nancy, have three sons and four grandchildren.

Clinical Interest

Ankle Care

Foot Care

Sports Medicine


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship in Foot & Ankle Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine

Medical Degree
University of Iowa College of Medicine

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Crosstown Surgery Center
Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
Orthopedic Institute

Professional Affiliations

American Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)(2008 – 2012)
Foot and Ankle International Publication

Achievements & Awards

Top Doctor: Voted a Top Orthopedic Surgeon by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2023)
Officer on the Board of American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS)
Treasurer of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS)(2018)
President of the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Foundation (AOFAS) Foundation (2015 – 2018)
AAOS Board of Specialists (2006 – 2013)
AOFAS Board (2006 – 2013)
Northwestern College, Board of Trustees, (1999 – 2007); (2009 – Present)
Vice Chair Northwestern College (2013 – Present)
Mission to Haiti Board of Directors (2009 – Present)
OrthoHelix Surgical Designs, Inc. Board Observer (2008 – 2012)
Zimmer-American Orthopaedic Association Residents’ Travel Award (June 12 – 15, 1989)
The Mid-Central States Orthopaedic Society Henry O. Marsh, M.D. Award for the Outstanding Resident Research Paper (June 1 – 4, 1988)

Volunteer Experience

Primary Health Clinics in rural Haiti, January 1983, 1984
Internal Medicine and General Surgery, Beracah Medical Center in LaPointe, Haiti, February – March 1985
Orthopaedics Overseas – Venezuela, October 1997, March 1999
Haiti, January 2009, 2010; April 2010; January 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Pilot Outreach, Adventist Hospital, Carrefour, Haiti, July 3 – 14, 2011

Sports Affiliations

Team Physician: Tartan High School (2018 – 2019)


Kristine Freiling, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Board Certified


Kristine Freiling, PA-C, is a board-certified Physician Assistant working in conjunction with Dr. Den Hartog to coordinate excellent orthopedic patient care.


Board Certified, National Commission on Certifications of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

Medical Education
Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Arcadia University
Bachelor’s Degree, Luther College

Sophia D.

Clinical Assistant

Jerri D.

Clinical Coordinator


“Traumatic Posterior Dislocation of a Semi-constrained total Knee Arthroplasty:   A Case Report” by Den Hartog, B.D, Bartal, E., McQueen, D.A., Garcia, G.O. Contemporary Orthopaedics, Vol. 15, (1): 41-44, July 1987.

“Effect of Screw Placement, Angle of Insertion and Osteotomy in the Treatment of the Unstable Intertrochanteric Fracture” by Den Hartog, B.D., Bartal, E., and Cooke, F. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 73-A; 726-733, June 1991.

“MRI of Injury to the Lateral Collateral Ligamentous Complex of the Ankle” by Cardone, B., Erickson, S., Den Hartog, B.D., Carrera, G.F.  Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, 17(1): 102-107, January/February 1993.

“Treatment of Options for the Rigid Hammertoe” by Den Hartog, B.D. and Gould, J.S.:   Accepted for publication in Complications in Orthopaedics.

“The Role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Evaluating Chronic Ankle Pain After Sprain” by Den Hartog, B.D., Cardone, B.W., Erickson, Scott J., Johnson, J.E., Carrera, G.F., and Shereff, M.J..  Submitted for publication.

“The Role of Ankle Arthroscopy in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pain After Ankle Fracture” by Den Hartog, B.D., Stone, J.W., Shereff, M.J., and Guhl, J.F.  Submitted for publication.

“The Role of Arthroscopy in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pain After Ankle Sprain” by Den Hartog, B.D., Stone, J.W., Shereff, M.J., and Guhl, J.F..   Submitted for publication.

“Complications of Toenail Surgery” by Den Hartog, B.D..  Edited by Johnson, J.E. and Gould, J.S..  Complications in Foot and Ankle Surgery, Chapter 7.   Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 1994.

“Acquired Flat Feet” by Den Hartog, B.D.  Scope of Medicine.  Winter 1992, Vol. 9, No. 1.

“Flexor Hallucis Longus Transfer for Chronic Achilles Tendonosis” by Den Hartog,

B.D., Foot and Ankle International, Vol 24:3, pp 223-237, March 2003.

“Medial Displacement Calcaneal Osteotomy with Flexor Digitorum Longus Transfer:  A         Biomechanical Rationale” by Den Hartog, B. D., Foot and Ankle Clinics, Vol 6:1, pp 67-76, March 2001.

“Resection for Symptomatic Talocalcaneal Coalition”, Sneller, D., Saltzman, C., Den Hartog, B.D., Wilderson, R.D., Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, publication pending.

“Use of Proximal Flexor Hallucis Longus Transfer in Severe Calcific Achilles’

Tendinosis” by Den Hartog, B.D., Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery 1(2): 145-150, 2002.

“Percutaneous Screw Fixation for Jones Fractures” by Den Hartog, B. D., Minimally

Invasive Surgery of the Foot and Ankle” publication pending.

“Arthroscopy of the Ankle and the Hind Foot”, Den Hartog, B.D.. Chapter 21, pp 219- 229.  Orthopedic Knowledge Update, 2003.

Surgical Strategies: Acute Achilles Tendon Repair.  Chiodo C,  Den Hartog, BD.  Foot Ankle Int  Volume 28, Dec. 2007.

Surgical Strategies: Delayed Diagnosis or Neglected Achilles Tendon Ruptures. Den Hartog, BD.  Foot Ankle Int  Vol 29(4)456-63, 2008.

“Femoral Head Allograft for Large Talar Defects”Den Hartog, B.D., Palmer, D.S., Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery Vol 7(4) 264-270, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2008.

 Non-Neuropathic Midfoot Multiplanar Deformity: Surgical Strategies for Reconstruction”. Den Hartog, B.D., Kay, D.B., Foot Ankle Clinic of North America Vol 14 383-392, Elsevier Inc.,  June 2009.

 Insertional Achilles Tendinosis: Pathogenesis and Treatment”.  Den Hartog, B.D., Foot Ankle      Clinic of North America Vol 14 639-650 Elsevier Inc., August 2009.

Fracture of the Proximal Fifth Metatarsal”Den Hartog, B. D., Journal of the American   Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Vol 17(7) 458-464, July 2009.

“Tibiotalocalcaneal Fusion for Severe Deformity and Bone Loss”.  E Asomugha, B Den Hartog, J Junko, Ian Alexander, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Vol 24, No 3. March 2016.

“Neurologic Deficit Associated With Lateralizing Calcaneal Osteotomy for Cavus Foot Deformity”. S Van Valkenburg, R Hsu, D Palmer, B Blankenhorn, B Den Hartog, C DiGiovanni.  Foot and Ankle International. Vol 31(10) 1106-1112, 2016.