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David Polly

David W. Polly Jr., MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

David Polly, M.D., had a lot of experience on the receiving end of orthopedic care growing up. He went to West Point and began his Army career in the Corps of Engineers. After two years as an engineer, he went to the military medical school and trained at Walter Reed. He completed a spine fellowship in Minnesota and returned to Walter Reed where he was chief of spine surgery and then chair of orthopedic surgery. He retired from the Army and returned to Minnesota as the chief of spine surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Polly has extensive experience treating children with spinal differences and has been seeing patients at Shriners Children's Twin Cities. He says taking care of children is the best part of his practice.

Pediatric Care


More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery - General
Education and Training

Medical Education
Uniformed Services University of Health Services
Bethesda, MD

Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington, DC

Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington, DC

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Academic Positions and Locations

University of Minnesota

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2015-2016: President, SRS
  • 1991-Present: Member, SRS
  • 2000-2010: Spinal Deformity Study Group
  • 2011-Present: Principal Investigator, Minimize Implants Maximize Outcomes RCT in AIS
  • 2007-Present: Pediatric Device Task Force, SRS POSNA
  • 2007-2014: AAOS Board of Councilors
Editorial Positions
  • 1995-Present: Reviewer, Spine
  • 2012-Present: Reviewer, Spine Deformity
  • 1996-Present: Reviewer, JBJS
  • 2018-Present: Reviewer, International Journal of Spine Surgery
Awards and Honors
  • 2004-Present, America's Top Doctors
  • 2019, Best Paper Award, North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • 2019, Lowell A. Peterson Lifetime Award for Outstanding Service in Orthopedics, Minnesota Orthopedic Society
  • 2016, Best Oral Paper Presentation in the Diagnostic Spine Category, ASSR (American Society of Spine Radiology)
  • 2015, Value Award Best Paper, North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • 2014, Catherine Mills Davis Land Grant Chair, Biomechanical Engineering in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota


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