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Thomas N. Conner, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus

Hip Care
Knee Care
Pediatric Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Medicine
Foot & Ankle Care
Hand & Wrist Care

Thomas N. Conner, MD

Practice Overview

Experience matters! As an orthopedic surgeon for over 25 years, I have had the privilege of taking care of a wide variety of patients. My career has been shaped by seeing a full spectrum of orthopedic problems and injuries. My goal (in patient care) is to educate each individual to deliver the best plan of care they deserve. My areas of expertise are (total and partial) joint replacement of the knee, hip, and shoulder; having subspecialty certification in sports medicine. I also focus on arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder and knee (care), including rotator cuff and instability surgery, ACL reconstruction, and meniscal surgery. When not wearing scrubs or taking care of my patients, my passion is my family which includes four children, my wife and two dogs. Our family is involved in youth sports, music (I play the piano), and our church. My hobbies include skiing, sailing and boating, and conditioning with running, biking and swimming.

Our team has been together for nearly twenty years, and we look forward to meeting you and helping to provide the best orthopedic plan of care to reach your personal goals.

Clinical Interest

Shoulder Care, including Arthroscopy, Rotator Cuff and Instablitiy Surgery, Fracture Care and Joint Replacement Surgery

Knee Care, including Arthroscopy, ACL Reconstruction, Meniscus Surgery, Full and Partial Knee Replacements

Hip Care, including the Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery

Sports Medicine

Upper & Lower Extremity Fracture Care


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

University of Minnesota’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergraduate Degree 
Dartmouth College


Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Children’s Hospital
Maple Grove Hospital
North Memorial Maple Grove Same Day Surgery Center
North Memorial Medical Center – Minnetonka Surgery Center
WestHealth Same Day Surgery Center

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Hennepin County Medical Society
Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
Minnesota Medical Association

Achievements & Awards

Top Doctor: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
Top Doctor: Osseo/Maple Grove Press Newspaper
First Orthopedic Physician at Maple Grove Hospital



Vestisha McCrone, CST/CSFA

Vestisha McCrone, CST/CSFA
Surgical Assistant

Shawn H.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

February 18, 2019

Phyllis B.

I am so thankful for Dr. Conner doing a successful surgery to replace my worn out left hip in August, 2017. Also with this surgery, he was able to lengthen my life-long short left leg. His knowledge and skills for this surgery have brought me freedom from pain and mobility for my daily activities. Now one year following the surgery, I am able to be out planting flowers and help mow our yard. I am also thankful for his referral for physical therapy to help my body adjust to the changes from surgery.

Thanks to Shawn and all her work to set up the surgery and answer questions.

This was my second surgery with Dr. Conner. I am pleased with my treatment and care, and will continue seeing him for my orthopedic concerns.

February 4, 2019

Tom C.

After meeting with Dr. Conner to discuss knee replacement I felt very comfortable. Dr. Conner took the time to explain the procedure and what to expect after surgery. Dr. Conner’s patient coordinator Shawn is the best. I had the surgery November 2, 2018 and nine weeks later I’m in Hawaii walking 6-8 miles a day even hiking across lava flows pain free. Thank you Dr. Conner for helping me do the things I enjoy.

January 16, 2019

Gregory C.

Doc (Dr. Conner) and his team have given me the opportunity to once again enjoy doing the activities I love to do. Since my total knee replacement surgery and all important exercise & PT sessions this spring, I have been able to enjoy the following activities: an Alaskan cruise that included hiking in Denali National Park, a trip to Niagara Falls that included a side trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton OH, and a southwestern travel vacation through the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. In addition, I have also been able to once again perform routine maintenance tasks at home and at the cabin. In fact, with the help of my son, I was even able to install a metal roof on the cabin this summer. Without the help of Dr. Conner, all of the items I mentioned would still be on my bucket list.

If you’re having trouble doing the things that you love to do, then come on in and let the Twin Cities Orthopedics team get you going again.

January 16, 2019

Marialys J.

I didn’t realize I hit the jackpot when I first met Dr. Conner ten years ago, but I certainly know it now. If you’re looking for the best orthopedic surgeon in the Twin Cities area, you’ve found him. I’ve been around a long time, met a lot of doctors in my many years, there has been only one other man who had my confidence as Dr. Conner does – and his care coordinator Shawn is the greatest. She will go the extra mile for you whenever you need her. I would really enjoy sharing him with you.

January 16, 2019

Melissa M.

Highly recommend Dr. Conner and all staff at TCO. He was very professional and easy to talk to. He answered all my questions thoroughly. I felt very comfortable under his care for both of my knee surgeries.

January 16, 2019

Sharon G.

I was referred to Dr. Conner by my primary care physician. I had a very painful medial meniscal tear in my knee. I had waited over two months to have my surgery done because it was summer and I thought it would interfere with my plans. Had I known how quickly I would be back to normal activity, I would have done it sooner. Dr. Conner was excellent from the start.

I had my exam, radiographs and MRI done, and was diagnosed with a medial meniscal tear. I had surgery on a Friday and was able to return to work on Monday. I planned to “take it easy” for the first week, but was actually able to return to normal without missing any work at all! I had one day post surgery that was uncomfortable, but have not looked back since. Three weeks post surgery, I spent a week in Arizona hiking. It’s my fourth week post surgery and I started horseback riding and yoga again! I am thrilled with my surgical results! I highly recommend Dr. Conner and his team.

January 16, 2019

Margaret M.

In a consultation, it was determined that I needed a reverse total right shoulder replacement. I have never heard of this procedure and was quite apprehensive. The very personable Dr. Conner and Shawn, his care coordinator, were very reassuring regarding the surgery, rehab, and recovery. And it all went as smoothly as they had predicted. I’m very thankful for Dr. Conner’s surgical skill and for the excellent follow-up care by the rehab staff. I have now regained nearly full range of motion and strength in that shoulder and arm with no pain.

January 16, 2019

Sandra C.

Dr. Conner has replaced both a knee and a hip for me with no problems whatsoever. He listened to my concerns, offered options for treatment from least invasive to total replacement, and proceeded with my requests. I will be back for another hip replacement with all the confidence in a successful procedure.

January 16, 2019

Judith L.

Dr. Thomas Conner did a total knee replacement for me in May 2018. I approached him with many concerns, metal allergies, etc. There was no need to worry. Dr. Conner and his patient care coordinator, Shawn, did a wonderful job coordinating everything in getting me through the whole procedure. Every question was answered and every concern addressed, from use of drugs to getting off them, physical therapy schedule to follow up appointments to make sure all was going well. You know you are #1 priority when all is said and done. With great appreciation!

Judith L.

January 16, 2019

Nancy B.

Dr. Conner and his staff are great! Respectful, empathetic, friendly and very knowledgeable. His staff treated me with gentle care. I have recommended TCO to anyone who needed help. Love you Dr. Conner, but I hope I don’t want to see you again. Trying to keep my body health!

January 16, 2019

Louellyn K.

Dr. Conner understood my concerns about my shoulder replacement surgery prior to the procedure. He answered any questions I had about the procedure and the healing process and any questions I had after surgery. He showed me my post-op pictures and my healing process went well and I had no pain after surgery from day 2 post-op.

January 16, 2019

Mary P.

I had a very good experience with Dr. Conner. Scheduled for procedure and follow up appointments in a timely manner for dates and times that worked for my schedule. Everyone was very courteous and thoroughly explained procedures.

January 16, 2019

Shirley T.

Maple Grove Hospital has great nursing staff and food. You did great. I’d recommend Dr. Conner and TCO to anyone! God bless you all!

January 16, 2019

Dennis J.

I received excellent consideration when my first scheduled operation had to be postponed due to a tooth infection. Dr. Conner rescheduled it a month later by adjusting his schedule. Shawn took good care of me with her “follow-ups”. The hospital staff took great care of me making sure I was comfortable.

January 20, 2015

DuWayne P.

Dr. Connor is very professional and his procedures are well thought out planned and executed . I am very grateful that I fell into the hands of such an extremely qualified and proven orthopedic surgeon.

January 5, 2015

Andrew C.

First off – top notch. I was recommended to Dr. Conner by my personal physician and that referral didn’t disappoint. The whole staff at TCO was impeccable and humorous…a key for helping all people relax and be normal. Dr. Conner was calm, informative and descriptive on what needed to be done. I was assured the process was easy and that it would be painful…honesty is another great trait to have. Great job TCO and thank you Dr. Conner for extending a lot of who you are into what you do – it shows. Thank you.

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