It takes dedication, education, and passion to build a top-notch Orthopaedic Trauma Team
The Orthopaedic Trauma team at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN is by far one of the best ever. Patients come from around the world to receive orthopaedic care by this highly trained and exceptionally caring group of surgeons. This level of care and understanding does not come by accident or doing the bare minimum. It takes a very dedicated team of doctors, assistants, research experts, and administrative staff to bring together the best possible care for our patients.
Resident & Fellowship Support
Regions Hospital Orthopaedic Trauma Center provides a unique Level 1 trauma training experience for both Orthopaedic Trauma Fellows and Orthopaedic Residents. These trainees work alongside the faculty as an integral part of the orthopaedic trauma team and are involved in patient care from beginning to end. They see patients in the clinic and the hospital, participating in their care through pre-op evaluation, decision making, operative treatment, and postoperative management. Our philosophy is to provide the highest quality of care for the patient and the highest quality educational experience possible for our resident and fellow trainees.
The Regions Orthopaedic Trauma Center has a dedicated research team to support the projects and interest of all faculty and fellows. The team leads one of the foremost clinical teams in the country with a wide range of skills and experience providing support and guidance through all phases of a research study. With a highly qualified full-time staff of 7 investigators and two trauma fellows, this team claims well over a hundred peer reviewed publications and 25 chapters in leading trauma texts. This work allows us to develop new and better ways to care for patients through outcomes-based research and the development of new technologies.
Regions Hospital Surgical Case Volume 2015-2016 (14,059)
Regions Hospital Orthopaedic Case Volume 2015-2016 (3,229)
Annual Procedures Performed by Fellows 2015-2016 (1,527)
Disclaimer: This data is obtained from the Trauma Registry at Regions Hospital. The Trauma Registry contains information on patients admitted to the Hospital who were assigned a select trauma diagnosis Code. Patients seen for outpatient services, e.g. Emergency Department, and released, are not included.
Dr. Anderson is the Vice Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Regions Hospital. She specializes in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery. She is particularly interested in foot and ankle reconstruction and deformity correction. She joined our group in August of 2008 after completing a fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis in Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Anderson is an Associate Member of the OTA.
Dr. Cunningham is a full-time orthopaedic traumatologist. His area of clinical interests include periarticular fractures, percutaneous pelvic and acetabular surgery. He also has a strong passion for outcomes research and value in healthcare.
He completed his fellowship training in Trauma at the University of California-San Francisco. Dr. Cunningham is a Member of the AAOS and Candidate Member of the OTA.
Dr. Lafferty is a full-time Orthopaedic Traumatologist. His area of clinical interest is malunion/nonunion, periarticular fractures, and orthopaedic trauma. He completed his fellowship training in Trauma at Regions Hospital. Dr. Lafferty is an AO faculty Member and an Active member of the OTA.
Dr. Switzer is the Chief of Geriatric Trauma at Regions Hospital developing special interests in geriatric patients, trauma surgery, and diseases of bone metabolism, such as osteoporosis and women’s bone health. She completed a fellowship at Vail Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine. Dr. Switzer is an AO Faculty Member and an active member of the OTA.
Dr. Marston’s expertise includes arthritis and joint replacement surgery using the newest techniques in minimally invasive hip and knee, as well as revision total hip and knee replacement surgeries, along with periprosthetic fracture management. He completed his fellowship in Joint Reconstruction at the Gustilo/Kyle Replacement and Arthritis Center Hennepin County Medical Center.
Dr. Ward specializes in the care of hand and wrist problems. She has a special interest in trauma, including operative management of wrist and hand fractures, as well as repair of tendon and nerve injuries.
She completed her orthopaedic residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as well as a hand fellowship.
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I was astounded to learn that Dr. Cole uses my orthopaedic trauma case in his teachings and lectures. My case certainly was one of great challenge and I am thankful that I landed in Dr. Cole's more than capable hands. But further to that, I am blessed that I landed in his heart. The Orthopaedic Trauma team, led by Dr. Cole is one that I will forever carry near to my heart. I may be of modest means, but with all that I have in me; I have eagerly accepted the challenge of helping The Wine Auction raise funds to benefit the Orthopaedic Trauma Center at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN.
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With Peace and Hugs, Ursula
"I may be of modest means, but with all that I have in me; I have eagerly accepted the challenge of helping The Wine Auction raise funds to benefit the Orthopaedic Trauma Center at Regions Hospital."
Ortho Trauma Fellowship Program
The Regions Hospital/University of Minnesota Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship experience includes exposure to a Level I Trauma setting and the University of Minnesota medical system. The program hospital, Regions Hospital in St. Paul, admits over 18,000 patients and performs over 12,000 surgical procedures per year. The catchment for high energy or complex trauma, as well as referred tertiary care, extends broadly to four surrounding states.
The goal of our fellowship is to provide a career bridge to fellowship graduates which would allow them to practice in a multitude of professional settings from competitive academic centers to private clinical practices. Therefore, they will graduate clinically competent, and confident to manage the variety of real-world clinical trauma challenges. Furthermore, they will be well equipped to compete for top academic positions by virtue of their research and educational pedigree, supported by an environment of academic mentoring and leadership. The fellows should graduate well versed in clinical presentation of cases, presentation of orthopaedic clinical and research topics, creative in their surgical planning and execution, and with a thorough understanding of orthopaedic trauma from pre-hospital delivery to long-term rehabilitation.