Daniel J. Marek, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery. Dr. Marek completed the prestigious Hand Surgery Fellowship at the University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center and practices at the TCO Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina – Crosstown and Waconia locations. He provides complete care of the hand, wrist, and elbow in both the adult and pediatric populations. Surgeries are predominantly performed at the Two Twelve Surgery Center in Chaska, but also at Crosstown Surgery Center in Edina and Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
In his free time, Dr. Marek enjoys golf and fly fishing as well as spending time with his wife and three sons who are very active in sports. Dr. Marek coaches youth baseball and serves as the Team Physician for Chanhassen High School.
Elbow care, including cubital tunnel release, elbow arthroscopy, both simple and complex fracture care, distal biceps repair/reconstruction, elbow replacement elbow joint revision, and elbow joint replacement
Hand care, including fracture care, carpal tunnel release (both open and endoscopic), trigger finger release, Dupuytren’s contracture management (needle aponeurotomy, collagenase injection, and open release), CMC arthroplasty, MP silicone and pyrocarbon arthroplasty, PIP silicone and pyrocarbon arthroplasty, tendon transfers and repairs, nerve repairs, and mass excisions
Shoulder care, including fracture care
Sports medicine, including tennis and golfer’s elbow, pediatric fractures, little leaguer’s elbow, and UCL reconstruction (Tommy John procedure), SL ligament reconstruction, arthroscopic management of TFCC tears, and skier’s/gamekeeper’s thumb repair
Pediatric care, including trigger thumb, ligament injuries and fractures
Wrist care, including fracture care, De Quervain’s release, wrist arthroscopy, ganglion cyst excision and Kienbock’s disease
Dr. Marek also specializes in upper extremity sports injuries and recreational injuries
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Hand Surgery
Fellowship in Hand Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Both Dr. Marek and Ryan Bakko, PA-C are both very patient and knowledgeable. I’ve been under their care for at least 5 years, they are the people I recommend for any hand issues.
April 7, 2021
I would like to add my 5 star rating for Dr. Daniel J. Marek, MD, and Twin Cities Orthopedics. Last year I fell and badly broke the two major bones in my wrist. After my successful wrist surgery by Dr. Marek, I developed a rare nerve condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. My wrist swelled to twice its size, and to attempt any movement of my wrist or hand caused excruciating pain. I was frightened enough to doubt I would regain use of my limb. Dr. Marek assured me that he and his team would help me recover.
His expertise, his kind manner, and his optimism gave me confidence. Dr. Marek’s PA-C, Ryan Bakko, was just as caring when he assisted me. After six months of intensive physical therapy with the skills of PT/OT Erik Peterson, I recovered to have a useful wrist and hand. I can’t recommend TCO highly enough. Dr. Marek is one of those special physicians who is a talented surgeon with the best of a “bedside manner.” You won’t be in “better hands” than with Dr. Marek, and his co-workers at Twin Cities Orthopedics.
July 9, 2020
I first saw Dr. Marek for my broken knee cap, a shot in my hand for my trigger finger, then trigger finger surgery and when my daughter broke her arm. Since it’s been a few years, of course I need to go back for my other hand and about to call today. In other words, my family and I are doing all we can to keep Dr. Marek busy! Ha, and we trust him implicitly.
April 4, 2019
My wife and I are so impressed with Dr. Marek and his team that we have become frequent flyers with him! Dr. Marek is not only an excellent surgeon, but a very caring person. I had Carpal Tunnel and Antecubital Tunnel surgery on my left arm on March 9, 2018. Approximately 2 weeks later, my wife noticed blood-tinged drainage from the elbow area, looked at my elbow, said the incision on the elbow opened up, and immediately took me to TCO’s Urgent Care in Waconia. Ben-PA-C took a picture of the incision, sent it to Dr. Marek, who was out of town. I was stitched up and sent home with an antibiotic.
When I saw Dr. Marek and Ryan, PA-C for follow up, I was told they changed how they stitch up the elbow because of my specific case. Dr. Marek cares about his patient, how the incision looks, and every aspect of the procedure from beginning through to the end. My wife broke her wrist and had surgery, I had Carpal Tunnel and Antecubital Tunnel surgery on my right arm, my wife had Carpal Tunnel on her right wrist, and is scheduled for Carpal Tunnel on her left wrist. Dr. Marek and his team did all of the surgeries with good outcomes! We would recommend him and his team to anyone.
March 15, 2019
My wife and I are so impressed with Dr. Marek and his team that we have become frequent flyers with him! Dr. Marek is not only an excellent surgeon but a very caring person. I had Carpal Tunnel and Antecubital Tunnel surgery on my left arm on March 9, 2018. Approximately 2 weeks later, my wife noticed blood-tinged drainage from the elbow area, looked at my elbow, said the incision on the elbow opened up, and immediately took me to TCO’s Urgent Care in Waconia, MN. Ben-PA-C took a picture of the incision, sent it to Dr. Marek, who was out of town. I was stitched up and sent home with an antibiotic.
When I saw Dr. Marek and Ryan, PA-C for follow up, I was told they changed how they stitch up the elbow because of that incident. Dr. Marek cares about his patients, how the incision looks, and every aspect of the procedure from beginning through to the end. My wife broke her wrist and had surgery, I had Carpal Tunnel and Antecubital Tunnel surgery on my right arm, my wife had Carpal Tunnel on her right wrist, and is scheduled for Carpal Tunnel on her left wrist. Dr. Marek and his team did all of the surgeries with good outcomes! We would recommend him and his team to anyone.
May 9, 2018
I am a nurse and have plenty of reasons not to like doctors, but Dr. Marek is one of the good guys. Exceptional care of my 3 year old daughter who needed surgery and my son who did not. Tirelessly dedicated to the best care of his patients. I am so grateful he is practicing medicine.
July 21, 2017
I have been a patient of Dr. Marek for a year now. He is a wonderful, kind and considerate doctor who listens to all of your issues and problems and works with you to figure out what he can do to help you feel better. Dr. Marek is also a very caring person and at my first appointment with him, he had a way that made you feel comfortable and at ease. He would explain everything so that you understood what your options were. My friends that have met him, also feel he is wonderful and cares about his patients. They also liked how he included them as he explained what your treatment options were. I feel very fortunate to have found Dr. Marek and his care team of Ryan B., PA and Cathy R., Care Coordinator for my surgical needs and follow up care.
July 21, 2017
I think that Dr. Marek is an awesome doctor. I broke my hip last August. Dr. Marek did the surgery to repair it. I told him that my family was going to Disney World in Florida in December and we asked him if he thought that would be OK. Dr. Marek told us that he would prescribe us going on the trip. When we came back, I gave him a Goofy hat that I had bought for him.
If anyone asks to have Dr. Marek for their doctor, I think that they would feel the same way I do. Dr. Marek is a really kind and caring person. He will make a family and the patient feel really special just like he does for my mom and me.
May 28, 2016
My wife Dottie had three surgeries done on her left wrist by Dr. Marek in recent months along with numerous follow-up visits. I was with her on each one of these visits. Both of us agreed that Dr. Marek was not only very professional in his approach to medical care but he also exhibited a very compassionate attitude toward Dot, explaining the surgeries in great detail and taking time to answer all her questions. The results of the surgeries were exactly what Dr. Marek advised her to expect. Dottie and I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Marek as an orthopedic surgeon.
April 15, 2016
Dr. Marek and his team have given me reasons to “keep it all working!” I’ve had many surgeries with Dr. Dan and his team, and I’m forever grateful for their excellent care, encouragement and friendship. I have complete faith in him and feel truly blessed to call him my orthopedic doctor, Dr. Dan!