Edward W. Szalapski, MD

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Edward W. Szalapski, MD

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Szalapski has always done what’s best for the patient. He is focused on explaining the benefits and risks to each patient and enjoys educating them to avoid surgery which may be unnecessary or unsuccessful. He works directly with the patient to customize an approach that is best suited for the patient and specific to their individual goals. He studied at the University of Minnesota, graduating with Honors and continued his orthopedic training at Harvard University.

When away from the clinic, Dr. Szalapski enjoys slalom water skiing, cycling, spending time with his family on the lake, taking photos of wildlife, and playing the guitar.

Clinical Interest

Elbow care

Foot and ankle care, fracture care only

Fracture care

Hand and wrist care

Hip care, including hip joint replacement, anterior approach hip replacement, total hip replacement, and total hip revision surgery

Knee care, including knee joint replacement, meniscal and ligament reconstructions, and total knee revision surgery

Shoulder care, including shoulder joint replacement, shoulder joint revision, and reverse total shoulder replacement

Sports medicine

Injections, including non-surgical care for arthritic joints and ultrasound-guided intra articular hip injections


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Harvard Medical School

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School

Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations

Crosstown Surgery Center
Fairview Southdale Hospital
Orthopedic Institute

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Board Member, Fairview Southwest Care Systems (2002 – Present)
Chair, Fairview Southdale Hospital Credentials Committee (2005 – Present)
Chair, Fairview Southdale Hospital Quality Committee (2003 – 2004)
Chief of Orthopedics, Fairview Southdale Hospital (2001 – 2003)
Chief of Orthopedics, Methodist Hospital (1999 – 2001)
Chief-Elect, Methodist Hospital Orthopedics (1997 – 1999)
Chief of Staff-Elect, Fairview Southdale Hospital (2003 – 2004)
Chief of Staff, Fairview Southdale Hospital (2004 – 2005)

Achievements & Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Honor Society (1983)
Top Doctor: Voted a top orthopedic surgeon by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2006, 2008, 2009)

Sports Affiliations

Team Coverage: Sports Medicine training with Dr. Bertram Zarins and Dr. Arthur Boland, team physicians for New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Harvard University Sports


Tracy Chisholm, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Board Certified


Tracy Chisholm, PA-C, is a board-certified Physician Assistant working in conjunction with Dr. Szalapski to coordinate excellent orthopedic patient care. Her responsibilities include assisting in surgery, hospital rounds, discharge planning, patient education, conducting history and physical exams, ordering and interpreting tests, and writing prescriptions.

Tracy has attained her Advanced Orthopaedic Certification (AOC). This demonstrates that she has an advanced level of knowledge in orthopedics. To achieve this, she has taken extra continuing medical education, demonstrates a high level of experience in orthopedics, and has completed a specialty board exam. Tracy also has additional training in ultrasound-guided intra articular hip injections.


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

Medical Education
Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Augsburg College
Bachelor’s Degree, College of St. Scholastica

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery (PAOS)
Advanced Orthopaedic Certification (AOC)

Jessica G.

Care Coordinator

Jessica joined Twin Cities Orthopedics in October 2002 and has worked with Dr. Szalapski for 15 years rooming patients, scheduling appointments, diagnostic testing, surgery, and assists patients with questions, concerns, and paperwork completion.