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John T. Anderson, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified

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Areas of Focus

Hip Care
Knee Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Medicine

Practice Overview

John T. Anderson, MD, earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he completed his orthopedic residency as well. Dr. Anderson is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Anderson is a team physician for Hopkins High School and the Minnesota State High School League. He is a faculty member for the Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute and the Fairview Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and is widely published on the topic of shoulder injuries. Dr. Anderson was named an outstanding orthopedist by the Mpls/St.Paul magazine in 1995 and 1996. He was also named a top doctor by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Dr. Anderson has extensive experience and specializes in arthroscopy and minimally invasive surgery with total joint replacement of the knee, hip and shoulder. His special medical interests include minimally invasive joint replacement, joint reconstruction of the upper and lower body, joint replacement, shoulder, knee & hip surgery, fracture care and sports medicine.

Clinical Interest

Hip Care, including Hip Joint Replacement

Knee Care, including Knee Joint Revision and Knee Joint Replacement

Shoulder Care, including Shoulder Joint Revision and Shoulder Joint Replacement

Sports Medicine


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

University of Minnesota Medical School

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Crosstown Surgery Center
Fairview Southdale Hospital

Professional Affiliations

American Arthroscopic Society of North America (AANA)
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Faculty, Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute (MOSMI) / Fairview Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Norwegian American Orthopedic Society
Wallace Cole Orthopedic Society

Achievements and Awards

Chairman of Board of Trustees, Fairview Southdale Hospital (2001 – 2003)
Chairman of Board of Trustees, Twin Cities Orthopedics (1998 – 2007)
Chief of Medical Staff, Fairview Southdale Hospital (1995 – 1996)
President of Orthopedic Surgeons, Ltd. Division of TCO (1997 – 2008)
Top Doctor: Voted a top orthopedic surgeon by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (1994, 1996, 2000, 2007 – 2010)
Trustee Fairview Health Services Board (1999 – 2002)

Sports Affiliations

Team Physician: Hopkins High School
Team Physician: Minnesota State High School League


Thomas J. Gendron, RNFA
Registered Nurse First Assistant

Sue V.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

October 24, 2018

Michael S.


Dear Justina,

I am a big fan of TCO/EXCEL! I couldn’t be happier with my care from TCO & the Excel program.

The decision to move ahead with a knee replacement wasn’t easy for me. I had knee surgery years ago and it wasn’t a great experience. You all took the time to listen and to make me feel valued and respected, treating me as you would want to be treated. Kudo’s to all.

Dr. John Anderson showed great care and concern and his put me at ease. I was always confident that I had selected a great Doctor. Thomas Gendron, Dr. Anderson’s Surgical Assistant, was a great help thru post­op and always available for calls. Sue Vaness, Care Coordinator kept all the moving parts on track for me and made it as easy as can be.

I remember Erin & Kathy 2 great nurses in the recovery room with chapstick necklaces. I’m sorry for pulling out my intravenous line; I thought I was being stung by a bee.

And certainly the folks over at EXCEL, Marni G, Joint Coordinator and the fabulous nurses Donica, Alicia, Ashley E., Mimi & Jennifer and of course Laura my first Physical Therapist who got me started on the right track. You guys cheerfully took great care of me!

My recovery has been fantastic. I started PT right away, stretching and strengthening my leg.

At 5 weeks I was back at Yoga class 4 days a week and at the gym working the legs.

At about 4 month’s things started to feel almost normal.

At about 5 months, May/ June and was back on my bicycle doing 20 mile rides a few times a week

At about 9 months it seemed the strength in my right leg was about 75% back as was the flexibility. And now at 18 months Post Op I feel great and strong and flexible. Last month I went hiking in the Colorado Rockies.

I don’t really notice that I have a knee replacement.

When I went in for my pre-op consult with Dr. Anderson he explained the procedure and he told me that I would probably never be able to do a “Catchers Squat” (like a Baseball Catcher) again. In Yoga it’s called Malasana. At my 4 month checkup I showed him a “good” Malasana, Now at 18 months I have a great Malasana, better than Pre Op.

I’m very grateful for all your great care.

Michael S.

April 14, 2017

Gayle W.

I had surgery on my shoulder in early January at Twin Cities Orthopedics and have had ongoing physical therapy. I am very impressed with TCO. My surgery was done by Dr. John Anderson and I am very confident that I have received the best of care. He takes time to explain the process from injury to healing.

I have received Physical Therapy at TCO at the Southdale Medical Center. The staff has been wonderful, from the front desk people to my two physical therapists; Nate Hammond, PTA and Leslie Luna, DEPT. I have appreciated the superb service and the excellent customer service. 

My arm is almost back to normal thanks to the excellent service and care that I have received at TCO. A huge thank-you to all of you.

May 2, 2016

Larry B.

I was at 130 degree bend in 28 days, playing golf in 35. If you follow rehab directions and work hard it is to your benefit. It has been 16 months since surgery and I hardly know it’s there. I play pickleball and walk the golf course 4 days a week.

*Larry had a Total Knee Replacement with Dr. John Anderson and was a participant in TCO’s Excel Program

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