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Fellowship Faculty
Orthopedic physicians who have a commitment to athletes bring advanced sports medicine training and skills to the Fairview Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship. As a network of physicians who see patients at community- and University-based medical clinics in the metro area, the Fairview Fellowship brings together the best in sports medicine to offer an unparalleled community-focused educational experience.

Christopher Larson, MD
Fellowship Program Director and Director of Education
Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Christopher Larson, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minn. He completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of North Carolina and an orthopaedic sports medicine Fellowship at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center in Minneapolis, Minn. In those capacities, he provided medical coverage for the University of North Carolina Tarheels football and soccer programs and the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Timberwolves, respectively. He was the orthopedist for the National U.S. versus Canada soccer game in Blaine, Minn., in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Dr. Larson received subspecialty certification in orthopedic sports medicine the first year it was offered from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Larson sees patients at Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute(MOSMI)/Twin Cities Orthopedics in Edina. He serves as Director of Education for Fairview's Sports Medicine curriculum (formerly Minnesota Sports Medicine), and co-director for the Fairview 'Current Concepts in Sports Medicine' conference. Dr. Larson is team physician for Minnesota Wild NHL team (2012-current), and has served as team physician for the Minnesota Vikings (2007-2011), Augsburg College (2002 to presently team physician consultant), Minnesota State High School League and Edina High School (2006 – 2011). He also provides medical coverage for many community sports events, including the U.S.A. Cup Soccer tournaments.

His special orthopedic interests include hip arthroscopy, arthroscopic hip joint preservation, ACL reconstruction, and proximal hamstring repair and reconstruction. He is a published author in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on such topics as arthroscopic hip procedures and hip joint preservation, ACL reconstruction, proximal hamstring repair, and chronic exertional compartment syndrome. Current research interests include outcomes and innovative techniques for arthroscopic hip joint preservation.

Dr. Larson was named a Top Doc by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine for Orthopedic Surgery in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, and Top Doctor for Women by Minnesota Monthly in 2010. The annual survey randomly samples 2,500 licensed and practicing Minnesota physicians and 2,500 Minnesota nurses about who they consider to be the best in the industry.

Aimee Klapach, MD
Fellowship Program Co-Director
Aimee Klapach, MD is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and treatment of injures to the shoulder and knee. Her expertise encompasses advanced arthroscopic techniques as well as complex reconstructive surgery. Dr. Klapach is a graduate of the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where she completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder. She completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery and medical school training at the University of Iowa where she graduated with honors.

Dr. Klapach has received numerous awards during her career on the University of Iowa Field Hockey Team. She was repeatedly selected for the Big 10 All Academic Team, earned the Big 10 Player of the Week title, and a Division I All-American Honorable Mention. In addition to being an ongoing team member and team captain, Dr. Klapach also served as an assistant coach for the 1994-1995 season.

Dr. Klapach has also received several awards for her research and academic work. She won the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Award for Excellence in Writing and has served as a mentor of the American Medical Women's Association. In addition, several of her articles have been published in the prestigious Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Dr. Klapach has also presented at many regional national conferences, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Klapach is the co-founder of the Women's Orthopaedic Center.

David Anderson, MD

Orthopedic surgeon, David Anderson, MD, earned his medical degree at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. His advanced training includes a sports medicine Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. His special medical interests include athletic injuries and arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder and elbow, fracture management and joint replacement surgery. Dr. Anderson sees patients at Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute(MOSMI)/Twin Cities Orthopedics in Eden Prairie and Edina.

John Anderson, MD
Orthopedic surgeon, John Anderson, MD, earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his orthopaedic residency at the same. Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, his special medical interests include joint reconstruction and replacement of the knee, hip and shoulder. His sports medicine interest focuses on conditions of the shoulder and he is widely published on the topic of shoulder injuries. Dr. Anderson sees patients at Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute(MOSMI)/Twin Cities Orthopedics in Edina and Wayzata.

Dr. Anderson was named a Top Doc by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine for Orthopedic Surgery in 1994,1996, 2000, 2005 through 2011. The annual survey randomly samples 2,500 licensed and practicing Minnesota physicians and 2,500 Minnesota nurses about who they consider to be the best in the industry.

Dan Buss, MD
Dr. Dan Buss is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the shoulder and elbow. He is the founder of Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists. Dr. Buss earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1983. He completed his residency and fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City where he sought additional training in the areas of shoulder and sports medicine. From 1990 - 2012, he served as team physician for the Minnesota Twins. Dr. Buss is the author of numerous papers and book chapters. He lectures nationally and internationally and has taught a variety of medical courses. His expertise includes topics such as open and arthroscopic shoulder surgery, impingement syndrome, the evaluation and management of elbow pain as well as shoulder problems in sports medicine, total shoulder replacement, acromioplasty techniques and the clinical presentation and surgical treatment of supraglenoid cysts.

J. Christiaan Coetzee, MD
Orthopedic surgeon, Christiaan Coetzee, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 1984, and completed his residency at the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa. His advanced medical training includes completion of two Fellowships: an AO Trauma Fellowship in Davos, Switzerland and a Foot and Ankle Fellowship at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

Dr. Coetzee sees patients at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Edina, where he specializes in foot and ankle reconstruction. Additional responsibilities include appointments as associate editor of the Foot and Ankle International Journal and reviewer to the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Dr. Coetzee was named a Top Doc by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine for Orthopedic Surgery in 2007 and 2009. The annual survey randomly samples 2,500 licensed and practicing Minnesota physicians and 2,500 Minnesota nurses about who they consider to be the best in the industry.

Hollis Fritts, MD
Musculoskeletal radiologist Hollis Fritts graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed a radiology residency and MRI fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. At the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, he has gained a national reputation as a specialist in musculoskeletal and sports medicine imaging.

Dr. Fritts has authored and co-authored many articles in professional journals that include Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, American Journal of Roentgenology, and Seminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI. He recently authored a chapter entitled, “MRI and Shoulder Imaging” in Dr. Richard Hawkins’ book, Shoulder Injuries in the Athlete: Surgical Repair and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Fritts is a senior member of the Society of Skeletal Radiology and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Roentgen Ray Society, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and Clinical Magnetic Resonance Society.

Cooper R. Gundry, MD
Cooper R. Gundry, MD is a musculoskeletal radiologist at Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) and serves as faculty for the fellowship. He graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and received his medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. Dr. Gundry performed his residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Gundry also completed a skeletal radiology fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, where he held the position of Clinical Instructor. Before joining CDI, he was chief of skeletal radiology at Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and assistant professor of radiology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Dr. Gundry has published numerous articles in professional journals that include Radiology, American Journal of Roentgenology, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and Spine. He also is the author of multiple text chapters pertaining to his subspecialty, skeletal and spine imaging. Dr. Gundry is currently a member of the Society of Skeletal Radiology, North American Spine Society, American Roentgen Ray Society, and Radiological Society of North America.

Christie Heikes, MD
Dr. Heikes received her medical degree and completed her residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Additionally, Dr. Heikes completed an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at Minnesota Sports Medicine. She is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr.Heikes sees patients at Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute(MOSMI)/Twin Cities Orthopedics in Edina. She specializes in sports medicine, ACL reconstruction, patellar instability, knee and shoulder arthroscopy, running injuries, total knee arthroplasty and fracture care.

While at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Heikes competed in track and cross country. Her experience and continued activity level gives her a strong understanding of the unique challenges that face athletes and active females of all ages.

Edward Kelly, MD
Dr. Kelly is a fellowship faculty member with an orthopedic sports practice focusing on the shoulder, elbow and knee. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of St. Thomas and his medical school and orthopedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic. He is fellowship trained in shoulder, elbow, and sports medicine. Dr. Kelly is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery as well as subspecialty certified in orthopedic sports medicine. He has focused his practice on the upper extremity, specializing in open and arthroscopic treatment of traumatic and degenerative conditions of the shoulder, elbow and knee. He is active in orthopedic education as well as the sports medicine community. He serves as a team physician for the University of St. Thomas and many other local athletic teams. He sees patients at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Burnsville and Edina. Dr. Kelly's concentration in shoulder and elbow surgery augments the fellowship's upper extremity curriculum, as well as his musculoskeletal ultrasound experience.

Greg Lervick, MD
Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Greg Lervick, MD, earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, in 1996, and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the same in 2001. His advanced training includes an orthopedic Fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, New York, 2002.

He provides non-surgical and surgical treatment for the full spectrum of orthopedic shoulder and elbow conditions, including shoulder arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair, shoulder instability repair, shoulder and elbow replacement, and repair of shoulder and elbow fractures. Dr. Lervick brings a strong commitment to research and education. He serves as faculty for the Fairview/MOSMI Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship and frequently lectures locally, regionally and nationally on a variety of shoulder and elbow topics. His current research includes outcome studies of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, traumatic shoulder instability, total shoulder replacement, reverse total shoulder replacement and elbow tendon disorders.

He is a member of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Dr. Lervick sees patients at Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute(MOSMI)/Twin Cities Orthopedics in Edina. He is on the medical staff of Fairview Southdale Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

Dr. Lervick was named a Top Doc by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine in 2007 and 2008. The annual survey randomly samples 2,500 licensed and practicing Minnesota physicians about who they consider to be the best in the industry.

Dr. Lervick is the team physician for Augsburg College and Lakeville South High School. He also provides coverage for Minnesota State High School League tournaments.

L. Pearce McCarty, MD
L. Pearce McCarty, MD is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, with additional board certification in orthopaedic sports medicine, who specializes in the treatment of injures to the shoulder and elbow, including complex reconstructive techniques. His expertise also includes cartilage restoration techniques in the shoulder and knee such as microfracture, autologous chondrocyte transplantation, treatment of adult and juvenile OCD and meniscal transplant.

After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Dr. McCarty completed his orthopaedic surgical residency at the renowned Harvard Orthopaedic Residency Program. He then received advanced training in shoulder surgery and sports medicine by completing a prestigious fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Ill.

Dr. McCarty has assisted with care for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls, and served as one of the head team physicians for the Chicago Steele, a regional United States Hockey League team. Currently, he is one of the team physicians for the Minnesota Twins as well as Totino Grace and Minnetonka High Schools.

Dr. McCarty remains academically active by authorizing multiple chapters, research articles, and presenting at national meetings such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Conference, and the biennial meeting of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. His research has been published in journals such as The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and The American Journal of Sports Medicine. He has served as Co-Director of the MOSMI Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, and director for Harvard’s Orthopaedic Journal Club, and currently functions as an invited reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Cartilage and Clinical Orthopaedic and Related Research.

He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, as well as a member of both the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. McCarty has received numerous awards throughout his education and training, including election to Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha and the Harvard Medical School Resident Teaching Award. In addition, Dr. McCarty routinely serves as a faculty member for lectures hosted by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Rosemount, Ill. He also serves as one of Minnesota’s three members of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Council of Delegates.

J. Patrick Smith, MD
Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, J. Patrick Smith, earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Minnesota. Since that time he has specialized in sports medicine and adult reconstructive surgery, particularly of the knee. He is an active member of the AOSSM, (American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine). Dr. Smith also served as the fellowship program director in years past and continues to teach within the program.

Dr. Smith sees patients at Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute(MOSMI)/Twin Cities Orthopedics in Edina. He serves as Orthopaedic Team Physician for the University of Minnesota Gopher Football and Wrestling programs and as Team Physician and Medical Director for Hamline University Department of Athletics. His wide-ranging community sports medicine experience includes providing physician coverage for such events as the NCAA-Final Four, NCAA Sub-Regional/Regionals, Team USA Canadian Cup and the Walker Cup.

Dr. Smith was named a Top Doc by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine for Orthopedic Surgery in 1999, and for Sports Medicine in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The annual survey randomly samples 2,500 licensed and practicing Minnesota physicians and 2,500 Minnesota nurses about who they consider to be the best in the industry.

Corey A. Wulf, MD
Dr. Corey Wulf is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine. Dr. Wulf attended medical school at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Wulf was a fellow with the Fairview/MOSMI Sports Fellowship and has returned as faculty. Dr. Wulf treats athletes of all kinds with knee, shoulder, ankle, and hip injuries. His areas of interest include articular cartilage and ligamentous injuries of the knee. Dr. Wulf sees patients at Twin Cities Orthopedics - MOSMI in the Edina and Eden Prairie offices.