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John C. Tanner, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Foot and Ankle Fellowship

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Areas of Focus

Ankle Care
Foot Care

Practice Overview

Dr. Tanner grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He worked as an engineer, designing surgical tools, for 5 years which led to his interest in medicine and surgery. He attended the University of Southern California for medical school, then returned to the Midwest for residency. Orthopedic surgery was a natural fit with his engineering background and the complex mechanics of the foot is part of what drew him to Foot and Ankle as a specialty. After competing his orthopedic Foot and Ankle fellowship, he practiced in Michigan before moving to Minnesota to be closer to his wife’s family. Twin Cities Orthopedics has been an excellent fit for him and he is proud to be part of such a high-quality organization.

In his time away from work, he enjoys being a husband and father. His wife, Elena, is also a physician, working as an OB/GYN at Abbott hospital. They have two young sets of twins, so his family is extremely busy. They are blessed with an amazingly supportive extended family to make it all work. In addition to spending time with his wife and kids, he enjoys singing, cooking, playing guitar, soccer, racquetball, golf and snowboarding.

Clinical Interest

Ankle Care, including Ankle Instability, Ankle Arthritis and Ankle Joint Replacement

Foot Care, including Complex Deformity Correction including Bunions, Flat Feet and Toe Abnormalities


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Fellowship in Foot and Ankle at Michigan International Foot and Ankle Center, Pontiac, MI

Michigan State University Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Grand Rapids, MI

Medical Degree
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Maple Grove Hospital
Mercy Hospital
MOSC- Minnesota Orthopedic Surgery Center
North Memorial Medical Center
North Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center
Unity Hospital

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
Orthopaedic Trauma Association

What's New

Dr. Tanner was interviewed for a KMSP-TV FOX 9 story about a TCO patient who suffered a severe ankle injury after her car was struck by a runaway trailer. He talks about the potential complications with such an injury, including arthritis. Watch the video at the link or below.


Rachael G.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

November 27, 2017


I am very grateful that Dr. Tanner was on-call the night of my auto accident. He saved my foot! Both of the attending ER and Trauma physicians told me that I was very fortunate to have Dr. Tanner doing my emergency surgery and that he was considered the foot and ankle expert at North Memorial. Dr. Tanner and the rest of the medical staff at Twin Cities Ortho are really top notch. I would recommend him and TCO to anyone needing surgery, physical therapy, or looking to reduce pain and increase mobility.

October 14, 2017

Ruth M.

Dr. John Tanner amputated my foot and gave me my life back! An exceptional and compassionate Dr. Thank you Dr. Tanner and Maple Grove Hospital! Sincerely.  Ruth M.

May 7, 2017


I just want to tell Dr. Tanner I’m very grateful for his service when I was in an auto accident and he took my case to put me back together. He no longer lives in my area but I wanted to find him and thank him! If you are a current patient of Dr. Tanner you are in good hands!

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