TJ Panek, MD

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T.J. Panek, MD

TJ Panek, MD

Timothy J. Panek, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who also holds a subspecialty certification in sports medicine. He has previously served as team physician for a decade at Mahtomedi High School. He maintains an active practice in sports medicine as well as hip and knee replacement surgery and he was previously the medical director of Twin Cities Orthopedics East Metro.

“It is a privilege to care for patients.  I do my best to give every patient the individualized care I would want for my family or me. Our family creed is, “always strive to be the best version of yourself”. I have always done that, whether it is in the clinic, the operating room, as a team physician, or as a coach for my kids’ football teams. I view that commitment as a responsibility that has been instilled in me while playing football at Mahtomedi High School and St. John’s University. I am part of the team and I believe together, we can be something bigger than ourselves. I live that now with my family, my patients, and my clinical team.”

Dr. Panek’s outside interests include Viking and Gopher football, skiing, biking, watching his kids participate in sports, and anything else that gives him a chance to spend time with his amazing wife.

Clinical Interest

Knee Care, including ACL Reconstruction, Cartilage Injuries, Fracture Management, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Knee Arthritis, Knee Arthroscopy, LCL Repair/Reconstruction, MCL Repair/Reconstruction, Meniscectomy, Meniscus Repair, Meniscus Tears, Patellar (Knee Cap) Dislocation/Instability, Revision Joint Replacement, Tendon Repair, and Total Knee Replacement

Hip Care, including Bursitis, Fracture Management, Arthritis, Arthroscopy, Fractures, Hip Impingement/Labrum Tears, Resurfacing, Revision Joint Replacement, Tendonitis, and Total Hip Replacement

Sports Medicine, including Arthroscopy, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Repair, Meniscus Tear, Cartilage Restoration, and Joint Restoration/Preservation


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
High Pointe Surgery Center
Woodwinds Health Campus
Other facilities throughout Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
American Medical Association (AMA)
Minnesota Orthopaedic Society (MOS)
Medical Director Twin Cities Orthopedics East Metro (2013 – 2016)

Achievements & Awards

Voted “Best Doctor” in Minnesota Monthly (2016)
Minnesota Monthly’s Best Orthopaedic Doctors for Women

Sports Affiliations

Mahtomedi High School Team Physician (2002 – 2012)

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Volunteer Service

Trains University of Minnesota family practice students in the treatment of orthopaedic conditions
Past President of the Twin Cities Orthopedic Society


Nathan Dumm, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Board Certified


Nathan Dumm, PA-C is a Physician Assistant working in conjunction with Dr. Panek to coordinate excellent orthopedic patient care.


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

Medical Education
Masters of Physician Assistant Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Myers, FL

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery (PAOS)

Amy H., MS, ATC

Clinical Assistant

Amy has worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer in the role of Dr. Panek’s clinical assistant since January of 2006.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and Work Site Health Promotion from Winona State University and completed Graduate School at St. Cloud State University for Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Amy believes that it takes a team to offer the best patient care.  Dr. Panek, Nathan Dumm PA-C, and Amy work closely together to make sure that patients are receiving the highest quality of care.  Amy prides herself on being a point of contact for all patient calls and concerns and feels that her Athletic Training background helps her to educate patients on their conditions, treatment options, and care.

Outside of Twin Cities Orthopedics; Amy lives with her husband and 2 sons in Somerset, Wisconsin.  She still covers local sporting events as an athletic trainer and enjoys cooking, baking, photography, all kinds of crafts, and anything having to do with sports – especially football.