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About the Fellowship

Twin Cities Orthopedics offers a one-year ACGME accredited Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship beginning August 1st and concluding July 31st.

Twin Cities Orthopedics is a renowned center for orthopedic care, treating everyday people, alongside professional and recreational athletes. This fellowship will, therefore, provide extensive training in musculoskeletal clinical experiences and surgical procedures.

The faculty is composed of orthopedic sports medicine and team physicians working in collaboration with one another and with our medical partners in the office, in the training room, on the playing field and in an educational setting, with a commitment to the pursuit of clinical excellence. Education and research are integral to the commitment.

Current Fellows

Daniel Liechti, MD Sports Medicine Fellow Photo

Daniel Liechti, MD
Daniel Liechti grew up in Batavia, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He attended college at the University of Iowa where he participated in Division I Cross Country and Track & Field. Daniel graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering. From there, he attended medical school at the University of Illinois and then did a general surgery internship at the University of Texas at Houston and then went on to complete his orthopedic surgery residency at West Virginia University. In his free time, Daniel likes to golf, travel, snowboard, and watch Chicago/Hawkeye sports.

Phillip Thomas, MD Sports Medicine Fellow Photo

Phillip Thomas, MD
Phillip Thomas grew up in Hastings, MN on a farm with 60+ horses. He attended Saint Mary’s University of MN in Winona where he received a BA in Cytogenetic Technology in 2010. Phillip continued his studies by attending medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He then called Omaha, Nebraska his home for 5 years while completing his orthopedic surgery residency. In his free time Phillip likes to exercise, read, and play with his 3-year-old son and 1-year-old twins (boy and girl)!

Educational Experience

Our fellowship values and supports professional development by ensuring our fellows participate in:

Sports Medicine fellows function, with supervision, as team physicians for local high schools and colleges. The fellowship also provides exposure to the care of professional athletes from several different sports teams as well as other world-class competitors. Click here to view all community and sports medicine partnerships.

A Week in the Life of an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellow

“I am extraordinarily fortunate to be receiving advanced training from world-renowned faculty in orthopedic sports medicine here at Twin Cities Orthopedics. My time is spent in the clinic seeing patients, in the operating room, working on the sideline or training room, and doing research.” 2020-2021 Fellow

In the words of our 2020-2021 Fellow, here is a weekly breakdown:

Research Studies & Publications

Faculty and fellows are dedicated to and highly involved in research throughout the year. Fellows are given dedicated academic time for research projects, data collection, and manuscript submissions. Fellows are encouraged to develop their own potential research projects in collaboration with faculty or to join in with ongoing faculty research projects. Our Research Department will support the fellows research activities with power analyses, statistical analysis and figure composition as needed. Fellows are required to participate in a research project and to submit to a peer-reviewed journal.

Scroll down to view current fellow research studies and publications. To view current and past research studies and publications from the faculty, download our Annual Reports from the TCO Foundation website.


Faculty and fellows work collaboratively to understand the physical examination, plain and stress radiographs, and CT/MRI scans for the workup of simple and complex sports medicine pathologies. It is expected that this collaboration will lead to future interactions between faculty and the sports medicine fellows as they initiate their career.


Program Director: Corey Wulf, MD

Robert LaPrade, PhD, MD
J. Chris Coetzee, MD
Christie Heikes, MD
Brian Bjerke, MD
David Hartigan, MD
Ryan Hess, MD
Jozef Murar, MD
Jeffrey Seybold, MD
Christopher Larson, MD (clinic only)

Application Process

The Fellowship program is sponsored by AOSSM and AANA and receives applications through the SF Match web-based program. Applicants are directed to: to apply for the Fairview/MOSMI Sports Medicine Fellowship position. Applications will be reviewed and an invitation letter will be sent to selected candidates for an interview.

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact: Annie Rowan, Fellowship Coordinator at [email protected] or 651-270-1781.

Research Studies

Current IRB Approved Studies (fellows are bolded)

Oliver SM, Coetzee JC, Stone McGaver R, Fritz JE, Giveans MR. Early Results on a Modern Generation Fixed-Bear Total Ankle Arthroplasty

Coetzee JC, Denker JA, Stone McGaver R, Management of a Failed Total Ankle Replacement with a Revision Prosthesis. A multi-center study of the indications, surgical techniques and short-term outcomes.

Larson CM, Johnston C. Return to Athletics Following Fasciotomy for Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome

Lervick GN, McCormick J, Popkin C, Freeman M, Giveans MR. Reliability and Reproducibility of a New Method for Classifying Acromioclavicular Separations

Research Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals (fellows are bolded)

Dock CD, Freeman KL, Coetzee JC, Stone McGaver R, Giveans MR. Retrospective Chart Review of the Use of BME ELITE Compression Staples in Tarsometatarsal Fusion Patients. Foot Ankle Ortho. 2020;5(3):1-6. DOI: 10.1177/2473011420944904.

Freeman KL, Nho SJ, Suppauksorn S, Chahla J, Larson CM. Capsular Management Techniques and Hip Arthroscopy. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. Provisionally accepted October 2019.

Larson CM, Safran MR, Brcka DA, Vaughn ZD, Giveans MR, Stone RM. Predictors of Clinically Suspected Intra-articular Hip Symptoms and Prevalence of Hip Pathomorphologies Presenting to Sports Medicine and Hip Preservation Orthopaedic Surgeons. Arthroscopy. 2018 Mar;34(3):825-831.

Larson CM, Bedi A, Dietrich M, Swaringen J, Wulf CA, Rowley DM, Giveans MR. Generalized Hypermobility, Knee Hyperextension, and Outcomes after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Prospective, Case-control Study with Mean 6 years Follow-up. Arthroscopy. 2017 Oct;33(10):1852-1858. Epub 2017 Jun 7.

Larson CM, Ross JR, Kuhn AW, Fuller D, Rowley DM, Giveans MR, Stone RM, Bedi A. Radiographic Hip Anatomy Correlates With Range of Motion and Symptoms in National Hockey League Players. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Jun;45(7):1633-1639. doi: 10.1177/0363546517692542. Epub 2017 Feb 1.

Denker JA, Fritts HM, Stone RM, Larson CM. Hip Arthroscopy for Removal of an Acetabular Rim-Based Osteoid Osteoma and Concomitant Femoroacetabular Impingement Correction. Arthrosc Tech. 2016 Dec; 5(6): e1215–e1220. Published online 2016 Oct 24. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2016.07.008

Oliver SM, Coetzee JC, Nilsson LJ, Samuelson KM, Stone RM, Fritz JE, Giveans MR. Early Patient Satisfaction Results on a Modern Generation Fixed-Bearing Total Ankle Arthroplasty. Foot Ankle Int. 2016 Sep;37(9):938-43. doi: 10.1177/1071100716648736. Erratum in: Foot Ankle Int. 2016 Oct 18.

Larson CM, Heikes CS, Ellingson CI, Wulf CA, Giveans MR, Stone RM, Bedi A. Allograft and Autograft Transphyseal Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Skeletally Immature Patients: Outcomes and Complications. Arthroscopy. 2016 May;32(5):860-7. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2015

Larson CM, Stone RM, Grossi EF, Giveans MR, Cornelsen GD. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Arthroscopic Management for Extreme Soft Tissue Hip Instability. Arthroscopy 2015 Dec;31(12):2287-2294. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2015.06.005. Epub 2015 Jul 18.

Rust DA, Giveans MR, Stone RM, Samuelson KM, Larson CM. Functional Outcomes and Return to Sports after Acute Repair, Chronic Repair, and Allograft Reconstruction for Proximal Hamstring Ruptures. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Jun; 42(6):1377-1383. doi: 10.1177/0363546514528788. Epub 2014 Apr 3.

Popkin CA, Gundry CR, Larson CM, Murnaghan ML. Remembering Our Roots: Eponyms in Sports Medicine. Am J Sports Med 2013 Jul;41(7):1703-11.

Wulf CA, Stone RM, Giveans MR, Lervick GN. Magnetic Resonance Imaging after Arthroscopic Microfracture of Capitellar Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD). Am J Sports Med. 2012;40(11):2549-2556.

Larson CM, Giveans MR, Taylor M. Does Arthroscopic FAI Correction Improve Function with Radiographic Arthritis? Clin Orthop Relat Res 2011; 469(6):1667-1676.

Larson, CM, Wulf CA. Intra-operative Fluoroscopy for Evaluation of Bony Resection during Arthroscopic Management of Femoroacetabular Impingement in the Supine. Arthroscopy. Oct 2009; 25(10):1183-92.

Larson CM, Giveans MR, Wulf CA. Effect of Osteoarthritis on Outcomes after Arthroscopic Management of Femoroacetabular Impingement. The Journal Minerva Ortopedica E Traumatologica. August 2009; 60(4):285-91.

LaPrade RF, Heikes CS, Bakker AJ, Jakobsen RB. The Reproducibility and Repeatability of Varus Stress Radiographs in the Assessment of Isolated Fibular Collateral Ligament and Grade-III Posterolateral Knee Injuries. An in Vitro Biomechanical Study. J Bone J Surg Am. 2008 Oct;90(10):2069-2076.

Folsom G, Larson CM. Surgical Treatment of Acute versus Chronic Complete Proximal Hamstring Ruptures: Results of Acute Repair and a New Allograft Technique for Chronic Reconstructions. Am J Sports Med. Jan 2008; 36(1):104-109.

Marger M, Merhi O, Giveans M, Cooperman A, Fritts H, Gundry C, Lervick GN. Correlation of shoulder pain location with physical examination and magnetic resonance imaging. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2007 May; 39(5 Suppl): S367.

Larson CM, Swaringen J, Morrison G. Evaluation and Management of hip pain: The Emerging role of hip arthroscopy. Phys SportsMed Oct 2005;33(10):26-32.

Larson CM, Swaringen J, Morrison G. A review of hip arthroscopy and its role in the management of adult hip pain. Iowa Orthop J. Jan 2005; 25:172-9.

Larson CM, Fischer DA, Smith JP, Boyd, JL. Bilateral anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction as a single procedure: evaluation of cost and early functional results. Am J Sports Med. 2004 Jan-Feb;32(1):197-200.

Rodriguez AN, Carlson GB, Monson JK, LaPrade RF. Tibial Opening Wedge Osteotomy for the Treatment of Posterior Knee Instability and Genu Recurvatum Secondary to Increased Anterior Tibial Slope. Arthrosc Tech. Accepted for publication July 27, 2021.

Floyd ER, Carlson GB, Monson J, LaPrade RF. Anatomic Multiple Ligament Reconstructions of the Knee. Video Journal of Sports Medicine. Accepted for publication July 23, 2021.

LaPrade RF, Floyd ER, Falaas KL, Rodriguez AN, Carlson GB, Chahla J, Geeslin AG. The Natural History of Medial Meniscal Root Tears: A Biomechanical and Clinical Case Perspective. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. Submitted for publication July 19, 2021.

Floyd ER, Kennedy N, Tagliero A, Carlson GB, LaPrade RF. Sulcus-Deepening Trochleoplasty with Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy and Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction. Video Journal of Sports Medicine. Accepted for publication June 30, 2021.

LaPrade RF, Floyd ER, Carlson GB, Monson JK. Tibial Tubercle Preserving Anterior Closing Wedge Proximal Tibial Osteotomy and ACL Tunnel Bone Grafting for Increased Posterior Tibial Slope in Failed ACL Reconstructions. Arthrosc Tech. Accepted for publication June 11, 2021.

LaPrade RF, Floyd ER, Carlson GB, Moatshe G, Chahla J, Monson J. The Posterolateral Corner: Explanation and Outcomes. J Arthrosc Surg Sports Med. 2021;2(2):108-118. doi: 10.25259/JASSM_66_2020.

LaPrade RF, Floyd ER, Carlson GB, Moatshe G, Chahla J, Monson JK. Meniscal root tears: Solving the silent epidemic. J Arthrosc Surg Sports Med. 2021;2(1):47-57. doi:10.25259/JASSM_55_2020.

LaPrade RF, Floyd ER, Falaas KL, Ebert NJ, Struyk GD, Carlson GB, Moatshe G, Chahla J, Monson JK. The Posterior Cruciate Ligament: Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Double-Bundle Reconstruction. J Arthrosc Surg Sports Med. 2021;2(2):94-107. doi: 10.25259/JASSM_3_2021.

Floyd ER, Ebert NJ, Carlson GB, Monson JK, LaPrade RF. Medial Patellofemoral Reconstruction Using Quadriceps Tendon Autograft, Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy and Sulcus-Deepening Trochleoplasty for Patellar Instability. Arthrosc Tech. 2021 Apr 12;10(5):e1249-e1256. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2021.01.019. eCollection 2021 May.PMID: 34141539

Floyd ER, Falaas KL, Carlson GB, LaPrade RF. Arthroscopic Excision of Bipartite Patella. Arthroscopy Techniques. Arthrosc Tech. 2021 Apr 12;10(5):e1257-e1262. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2021.01.020. eCollection 2021 May.PMID: 34141540

Floyd ER, Carlson GB, Monson JK, LaPrade RF. Multiple Ligament Reconstruction of the Knee and Posterolateral Corner. Arthrosc Tech. 2021 Apr 12;10(5):e1269-e1280. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2021.01.024. eCollection 2021 May.PMID: 34141542

Floyd ER, Ebert NJ, Carlson GB, Monson JK, LaPrade RF. Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction Using a Quadriceps Tendon Autograft in a Patient with Open Physes. Arthrosc Tech. 2021 Apr 12;10(5):e1281-e1286. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2021.01.025. eCollection 2021 May.PMID: 34141543

Floyd ER, Carlson GB, LaPrade, RF. Patellar Tendon Revision Reconstruction with Hamstring Tendon Autografts. Arthroscopy Techniques. Arthrosc Tech. 2021 Feb 22;10(3):e873-e876. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2020.11.001. eCollection 2021 Mar.PMID: 33738227

Floyd ER, Carlson GB, LaPrade RF. Arthroscopic-assisted Lateral Meniscal Allograft
Transplantation with Open Ligamentous Extra-Articular Tenodesis. Arthrosc Tech. 2021 Feb 22;10(3):e903-e908. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2020.11.011. eCollection 2021 Mar.PMID: 33738231

Floyd ER, Carlson GB, LaPrade RF. The Oblique Meniscomeniscal Ligament: A Case Report of a Rare Obstruction to Meniscal Root Repair. JBJS Case Connect. 2021 May 19;11(2). doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.21.00026.PMID: 34010199

LaPrade RF, Floyd ER, Carlson GB, Moatshe G, Chahla J, Monson J. Multiple Ligament Anatomic Based Reconstructions of the Knee: State of the Art. Manuscript submitted to J Arthrosc Surg Sports Med on February 14, 2021.

Floyd ER, Bernhardson A, Carlson GB, Monson J, LaPrade RF. ACL Reconstruction with Patellar Tendon Autograft, Complete MCL Reconstruction with Hamstring Autograft, and Inside-Out Lateral Meniscus Repair. Video Journal of Sports Medicine. Accepted for publication January 21, 2021.


Westermann RW, Freeman KL, Birmingham PM, Larson CM. Scope for Femoroacetabular Impingement. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery 3/e. Wolters Kluwer Health. Submitted for Publication 2019; Chapter 26. To be published March 2021.

Campbell JE, Ross JR, Larson CM. Subspine Impingement of the Hip. In: Fu, Lesniak. Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: Sports Medicine, 2nd Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, PA 2019;Chapter 51. ISBN-10: 1496375173.

Larson CM, Rowley DM. Athletic Pubalgia/Core Muscle Injury and Groin Pathology. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Sports Medicine 5. 2016;Chapter 14:163-172. ISBN-13: 978-1625523280. ISBN-10: 1625523289

Larson CM, Cornelsen GD, Stone RM. Surgical Technique: Allograft Augmentation of Chronic Hamstring Repair. In: Nho, Leunig, Larson, Bedi, Kelly: Hip Arthroscopy and Hip Joint Preservation Surgery. Springer, New York, NY. 2015; Chapter 73:921-928.

Larson CM, Birmingham PM, Oliver SM. Athletic Pubalgia. In: Delee & Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice, 4e. Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA. 2015;Chapter 83:966-974.

Larson CM, Wulf CA. Hip Arthroscopy: The Supine Position: In: Johnson: Operative Arthroscopy 4th Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2013;Chapter 46:506-519.

Larson CM, Stone RM, Wulf CA. Management of Chondral Lesions. In: Byrd. Operative Hip Arthroscopy, 3rd Edition. Springer, New York, NY. 2013:Chapter 14:185-196.

Larson CM, Taylor M. Arthroscopic Synovectomy and Treatment of Synovial Disorders. In: Sekiya JK, Safra M, Ranawat AS, Leunig M. Techniques in Hip Arthroscopy and Joint Preservation Surgery. Saunders. Oct 2010;Chapter 21:172-178.

Wulf CA, Larson CM. Chondral Lesions. In: Ryu RKN, Byrd, JWT, Guanche CA. AANA Advanced Arthroscopy series: The Hip. AANA. Rosemount, IL. Elsevier 2010;33-50.

LaPrade RF, Wulf CA. Acromioclavicular Separations: Soft Tissue (Weaver-Dunn or Allograft) Techniques. In McGinty JB (Ed.), Operative Arthroscopy, 4th Edition. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009.Chapter 3:25-30.