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David H. Palmer, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Area of Focus in Total Joint Replacement Area of Focus in Hip Arthroscopy


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Areas of Focus

Hip Care
Knee Care
Pediatric Care

Practice Overview

David Palmer, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee injuries and conditions. Dr. Palmer specializes in total hip replacement (anterior and posterior approach), hip arthroscopy (since 1986), hip resurfacing, total knee replacement, knee arthroscopy, and total hip and knee revisions.

“My goal is to treat every patient as I would want to be treated, regardless of race, gender or social background.  I have a duty to my patients to keep up with training and technology improvements.  I will use every method to facilitate a speedy recovery for the patients under my care.”

Dr. Palmer’s outside interests include spending time with his two daughters and two grandchildren, community engagement (through church, rotary and community foundations), skiing, boating, photography, and reading.  He has participated in medical volunteerism abroad for more than 15 years in Afghanistan, Bhutan, and more recently, Tanzania.

Clinical Interest

Hip Care, including Arthroscopy, Resurfacing, Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement (Anterior and Posterior Approach), Computer-Assisted Joint Replacement, Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI), and Total Hip Revision

Knee Care, including Arthroscopy, Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement, Computer-Assisted Joint Replacement, and Total Knee Revision

Pediatric Care, including Knee and Hip Arthroscopy, Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) Correction, Total Knee Joint Replacement, and Total Hip Joint Replacement


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certification in Computer-Assisted Positioning of Total Joint Components

Orthopedic surgical residency at the Veteran’s Administration and University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN
Internship at UCLA Harbor General Hospital, Los Angeles, California

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Lakeview Hospital
Gillette Children’s Hospital
Other facilities throughout Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
Mid America Orthopedic Society
Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
Norwegian American Orthopaedic Society
Orthopedic Overseas
Wallace Cole Orthopaedic Society, Past President

Achievements and Awards

Co-Founder of St. Croix Orthopaedics
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Past President of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Summa Cum Laude
Rotary Club, Stillwater, MN, Past President and Current Member
Pillars Club, United Way, St. Croix Valley, Charter Member (1993 – Present)
Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater, MN, Past President of the Church Council
Lester Calendar Junior M.D. Memorial Lecture Award, MOS 1998 Annual Meeting
Top Doctor: Voted a Top Orthopedic Surgeon by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)


William Ohl, PA, OA-C
Orthopedic Physician Assistant

Sara M.
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

June 22, 2017

Sten F.

I had my second Birmingham hip resurfacing surgery done by Dr. David Palmer just this past May. I was so pleased with the patient care that I received but most of all with Dr. Palmer. I cannot believe how good I feel now just 7 weeks post op. I tend to be an active person and my job is an active job being the Ski coach here at NMU. I am on my feet most of the fall and winter, testing skis and standing for hours on end at the wax table. Before my hip resurfacing it was difficult to even tie my ski boots and get in and out of ski bindings. I feel almost reborn, tying shoes and getting in and out of bindings is now longer an issue, I’m only 7 weeks post op and getting on my road bike and biking feels awesome! I feel so fortunate to have this healthy feeling once again and to be able to be active again with biking and skiing and walking my dogs feels awesome. I can think about starting to run in about another 6 months, trail running is something I have not been able to do for a long time, I won’t be as fast as I once was but I really don’t care, it will just be an awesome feeling to be able to explore new trails once again and skiing for sure this winter will be once again a pleasure to do, this next season i won’t need help getting my bindings on or off, YES! I would recommend to all and anyone to see Dr. Palmer, he’s just an awesome guy!

See you on the trails!

Sten F.
Head ski team Coach
Northern Michigan University

January 20, 2016

Jessica M.

I had a fantastic experience having my hip replacement. It was something I was extremely concerned with because I’m young (39) and had to have a hip replacement from a childhood trama. I researched several Dr’s and Dr Palmer was top on the list. My consultation was very relaxing (NOT RUSHED) and he answered all my questions. He let me know expectations and we were able to schedule it right after the appt with his assistant. It was so easy and convenient. The hospital (Lakeview) holds a free class that was very helpful and the surgery went perfect as well as my followup appointments and recovery. If anyone is looking for a 5-star experience, Dr Palmer is the man!!!

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