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Kurt J. Duncan, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Spine Surgery Fellowship Area of Focus in Spine, Neck & Back Care

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Areas of Focus

Spine & Neck Care
Trauma Care

Practice Overview

Kurt Duncan, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon who specializes in surgical and non-surgical management of various conditions affecting the neck and back. After a full history of your symptoms and past treatments is taken and a physical examination is performed, all of the available imaging and other diagnostic information is used to help narrow down a diagnosis. Sometimes additional tools such as advanced imaging studies (MRI, etc.), electrodiagnostic tests (EMG/NCV) and spinal injections are also necessary to make or help confirm a diagnosis. Dr. Duncan believes that educating patients about their condition or diagnosis, what treatments are available and what outcomes they should expect is paramount. Except in urgent/emergent situations, conservative (non-surgical) treatments usually precede surgical treatment. If surgery is indicated, Dr. Duncan discusses available options with his patients so that they can make an informed decision about their course of treatment. He believes that this type of patient-doctor relationship allows each patient to come to a decision that best matches their unique goals of treatment and their overall health status.

Dr. Duncan is now conducting virtual care visits for patients in need of spine or neck care. If you are interested in a virtual visit, please call 651-439-8807 or fill out the Request An Appointment online form (blue button located at the top right of the page). When requesting an appointment, please mention you are interested in a virtual visit. To learn more about Virtual Care, click here.

Clinical Interest

Spine and neck care, including spine decompression, spine fusion, disc degeneration/spondylosis, disc herniation, fracture management, myelopathy, radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and discectomy

Fracture care

Dr. Duncan also sees patients for operative and non-operative care of extremity fractures.


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Spine Surgery Fellowship at Twin Cities Spine Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan

Medical Degree
State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

High Pointe Surgery Center
Fairview Lakes Medical Center
Lakeview Hospital
Woodwinds Hospital

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society

Achievements & Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Top Doctor Rising Star: Voted an Orthopedic Rising Star by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2022, 2023)
Minnesota Monthly Top Doctor Award (2022, 2023)


Sports Affiliations

Team Physician: North St. Paul High School (2018 – 2021)


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Cailin Forsythe, CNP
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner

Kamryn B.
Clinical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

February 1, 2023

Jennifer K.

I had the worst pain in my back, which affected the nerves all the way down my legs. After chiropractic care, physical therapy, and a cortisone shot, I had surgery with Dr. Duncan. I feel amazing and am so happy I took this route of care to better my future.

February 25, 2022

Bob O.

Due to some neck issues, I had nerve pain going down all the way down my left arm. Dr. Duncan did an amazing job explaining why my nerve issues were happening. He explained my options very thoroughly, with the last option being surgery. He ended up performing the surgery and it was a tremendous success. My nerve issues were gone, the healing time for my neck went faster than expected, and I haven’t had this much neck radius movement in years. One of my other big concerns was the possible long-term scar on the front of my neck. Thankfully there is no scar at all! I can’t even tell where it was. Overall, I couldn’t have had a better outcome. I was given excellent medical advice and treatment by Dr. Duncan’s entire team.

February 8, 2022

Daniel S.

Dr. Duncan thoroughly explained the procedure for surgery. He answered any questions and concerns. Surgery went well and I am back to normal. I received excellent care.

February 27, 2020

Terry H.

Dr. Duncan was absolutely fantastic. He gave me all of the info regarding this surgery, listened to me and answered all my questions before surgery and during my hospital stay. He also stopped to see me each day and all the recheck visits. He’s patient, attentive, concerned, informative and always has a smile when seeing him. I feel he is the best in his field and has helped me get through this scary procedure & recovery!

A special note of appreciation to his nurse, Lauren – always cordial & returned my calls of many questions throughout…

In appreciation & big thanks,

February 12, 2018


Dr. Duncan and Dr. Peterson were thorough with my elderly mother.  She was thrilled with each appointment and they each explained the diagnosis that is causing her pain. While driving away from each appointment she would comment on how she appreciated their kindness and attention to her problem. Thank you both!

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