Hand & Wrist Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
David J. Gerlach, MD, a Minnesota native, is a fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity surgeon. He specializes in conditions of the hand and upper extremities, as well as microsurgery and surgical conditions of the fingers, hand, wrist and forearm.
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Hand Surgery
Fellowship in Hand Surgery at University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations
Blaine Orthopedic Surgery Center
Maple Grove Hospital
North Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center at Maple Grove
Unity/Mercy Hospital Systems
Achievements and Awards
International Shoulder Society Research Project of the Year (2004)
Resident Teaching Award, Washington University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (2009)
July 31, 2018
I was recently involved in a very bad motorcycle accident in which I was airlifted from the accident scene because of my severe injuries. The silver lining to this difficult time was the fact that I became a patient of Dr. David Gerlach. Dr. Gerlach performed multiple surgeries to repair my injuries and the results have been excellent! More importantly, I found Dr. Gerlach to be caring, genuine and extremely supportive throughout this process. I couldn’t think of a better hand surgeon to see under the circumstances. I would strongly recommend him to any person including family and friends.
August 22, 2016
Dr. Gerlach performed an emergency transfer of a tendon to my thumb. I now have full use of my thumb on my dominant hand. Throughout the pre-op and post-op visits, he explained everything in detail and always seemed like he had all the time in the world to answer my questions. Dr. Gerlach was very skilled and kind. In addition, the hand therapist, Lisa Smith, who works closely with him, provided great therapy and advice on improving strength and range of motion. Lisa is also very talented and kind. Thank you so much.
June 29, 2016
Dr. Gerlach did a wonderful job. He gave me options on what I could do instead of having surgery, which I tried first but it didn’t work. He explained exactly what my procedure would consist of and made me feel comfortable before and during the surgery. Very professional. I would highly recommend Dr. Gerlach for any hand or wrist problems that you might have.
February 1, 2016
On December 28, 2015, I saw Dr. Gerlach with a pain in the palm of my hand and tension in my wrist. After discussion he did my surgery and couldn’t be happier. Before this surgery I was going to the chiropractor 2-3 times per week with shoulder pain. Since the surgery there has been no pain. The incisions he made were within the lines of my hand and you can hardly see where the incisions were made. I couldn’t be happier. He was great! Lisa the hand therapist has been great as well with post-op therapy. The rest of the staff has been great as well.
July 6, 2015
I suffered with incredible pain in my left index finger and my right middle finger. Dr. Gerlach performed a fusion of my finger on my left hand and a trigger finger surgery on my right hand. I am pain free!!! I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Gerlach and his staff.