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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship Hand Surgery Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus

Hand & Wrist Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care

Clare K. McCarthy, MD

Practice Overview

Dr. McCarthy, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity and a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in Hand, Wrist and Elbow Surgery. She specializes in surgery of the hand and upper extremity, with procedures including tendon and nerve repairs, basal thumb joint replacement and rheumatoid hand reconstructions. She also treats fractures, nerve and tendon conditions, and arthritis of the wrist and fingers.

Dr. McCarthy has been performing the endoscopic carpal tunnel release (ECTR) since its inception in the early 1990s and was part of the development team that brought the procedure to the Twin Cities. She has continued to play a key role in educating other physicians on the procedure. The ECTR is the most common surgery she performs, with more than three thousand procedures completed.

Until a few years ago, the options for treating Dupuytren’s contractures of the hand were limited. However, the development of Xiaflex®, an enzymatic injection, means that the condition can be treated nonsurgically. Dr. McCarthy is a preferred provider and a “Super User” for Xiaflex® injections.

Dr. McCarthy has been selected as a Top Doctor in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine by her peers for the past 10 years in a row. She was also named one of Minnesota Monthly Magazine’s Best Doctors for Women in 2008 and 2010. Her goal is to listen carefully to each patient’s concerns and develop a plan with the patient to resume the activities that he or she finds most meaningful.

In addition to other professional affiliations, Dr. McCarthy is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. She has been practicing in the Twin Cities since 1996.

Physician Statement

“Growing up as a dancer and a runner in Scranton, Pennsylvania, I understand the importance of working out. I continue to be active, swimming and doing Pilates several times a week and biking and Nordic skiing when I am at my cabin up north. My goal is to get you back to those things you love to do, whether it’s fishing, weight-lifting, playing tennis, or any other activity that involves your hands.”

Clinical Interest

Elbow Care, including Ulnar Nerve Transpositions

Hand Care, including Arthritis, CMC Arthroplasties (Replacement of the Basal Thumb Joint), Nerve Injuries, Rheumatoid Conditions, Trauma and Xiaflex® Injections

Wrist Care, including Arthritis, Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Releases and Closed and Open Treatment of Wrist Fractures


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Hand Surgery

Orthopedic Research Fellowship in Bone Density at the University of Massachusetts
Hand and Upper-Extremity Fellowship at the University of Minnesota

University of Massachusetts

Medical Degree
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Crosstown Surgery Center
Fairview Southdale Hospital
Fairview Ridges Hospital Courtesy Staff
Fairview University Hospital Courtesy Staff

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Surgery of the Hand
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society

Achievements & Awards

Best Doctor for Women: Minnesota Monthly Magazine (2008, 2010)
Best Doctor: Minnesota Monthly Magazine (2014, 2015)
Top Doctor: Minnesota Monthly Magazine (2020)
Top Doctor: Voted a top orthopedic surgeon by her peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2006, 2007, 2009 – 2020)

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Claire Joubert, PA-C, MPAS

Claire Joubert, PA-C, MPAS
Certified Physician Assistant

Susan R.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

May 4, 2018

Jenell A.

I have been coming to TCO for my care and surgeries since 2001 and in addition, my ex-husband came here for 12 surgeries with various doctors. Dealing with different doctors and their respective care teams has made me appreciate Dr. McCarthy and her care team. Claire, her PA, Bonnie and Sue (hand therapists) and her care coordinator Susan are all fabulous! Susan is by far the best care coordinator I have worked with. Even though there are clinics closer to me, I choose to come to the TCO Edina clinic because of Dr. McCarthy and her team. I have referred many of my fellow colleagues and friends to Dr. McCarthy. I have even referred a stranger to her! If Dr. McCarthy is ever running behind, I tell people – wait, she is worth it! I am very, very happy with the care I have received here at TCO. I want to thank Dr. McCarthy and TCO for the great care they have given me.

November 6, 2017

Michael L.

I had an amazing experience at TCO! Dr. McCarthy went above and beyond by operating intricately around my tattoo with precision and perfection leading to a fantastic result!

Thanks TCO and Dr. McCarthy for everything! I will always refer others here!

April 17, 2017

Sonya C.

Prior to seeing Dr. McCarthy I had been in pain in both my wrists and elbows for approximately 4 years and had seen six other physicians. I was diagnosed with a number of different ailments, given several prescriptions, and was also told there was nothing wrong with me. Dr. McCarthy found the cause of the pain I was experiencing in my first visit. Surgery was scheduled for one elbow/wrist and six weeks later the other elbow/wrist. I have since been pain free and I can’t thank her enough.

November 30, 2016

Peter C.

My wife and I both had surgeries by Dr. McCarthy and we highly recommend her.

I saw Peter for surgery and post-op. Knowing he is a “Santa” around the holidays, I was happy to be able to take care of his finger’s before his big day.
– Dr. McCarthy


May 20, 2016

Steven D.

Dr. McCarthy was quick to see my injury and even quicker to get me into surgery. Next day! Aftercare has been awesome. She removed my pin and I started physical therapy the same day. Sarah Wilcox has been great with my therapy. Overall this has been a great outcome from a work accident. Thank you Dr. McCarthy!

April 18, 2016

Gary G.

Due to a childhood disease (polio) I had developed 2 fingers where the middle joints would no longer bend, causing a loss of grip. Dr. McCarthy said she could help by fusing these joints in a bent position, so surgery was scheduled and performed.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Dr. McCarthy and the entire staff at TCO, including Sue Anderson, in therapy. The entire process was exceptional in every way and the folks involved couldn’t have been more accommodating. Great job guys!

March 31, 2016

Deborah R.

I am extremely pleased with the care I have received from Dr. McCarthy and all the assisting staff members. They were professional and kind and the procedure went very well. Thank you very much for the excellent care!

July 7, 2015

Henry B.

Dr. McCarthy fixed my hands, elbows and thumb to head to Lake of the Woods! I was able to tie all of my knots and flies. Thank you!

June 24, 2015

Marilyn D.

Thanks to Dr. McCarthy for successful surgery on my right hand.  I had experienced deformity, with pain and loss of function, as a result of rheumatoid arthritis.  I look forward to the completion of hand therapy and being able to use my hand fully again.

Marilyn McCarthy

June 4, 2015

Harry M.

I’ve had the surgical procedure and a shot to release my Dupuytren’s symptoms in my hand by Dr. McCarthy. The shot was far less intrusive, both as an initial procedure and includes post-op therapy. The results are as good, if not better, than the surgery. I strongly recommend the shot.

April 8, 2015

Rick Z.

I have had four (4) surgeries with Dr. McCarthy. My experiences have all been good at TCO. Because of the number of surgeries done by Dr. McCarthy, I am now President of her fan club. She is the consummate professional and takes an interest in her patients. I am truly blessed to have her as one of my physicians.

April 8, 2015

Terry J.

My Xiaflex procedure and experience with Dr. McCarthy was great. It was not nearly as bad as I had anticipated it being. Dr. McCarthy did a superb job.

October 11, 2012

Shawn W.

Before his surgery with Clare McCarthy, MD (pictured on right), Shawn (pictured in middle) had suffered from severe pain in his right wrist and also had trouble with his left thumb for over 20 years. “I couldn’t sleep at night and it was affecting my quality of life,” he said. As an avid outdoorsman, it was also preventing him from doing the things he enjoyed. “I met with Dr. McCarthy and her confidence in the procedures she was going to perform won me over,” he said. Shawn described the care he received after surgery from Dr. McCarthy and Claire Joubert, PA-C (pictured on left) as outstanding and is now pain free in for the first time in over 20 years. “It is truly amazing the work that was performed and the outcome is more than I could have imagined. I can’t thank Dr. McCarthy and Claire Joubert enough for the wonderful work they did on me and their care and professionalism truly makes me glad that I was in their care,” he said.

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