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David Gesensway, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon - Twin Cities Orthopedics

David Gesensway, MD




Philadelphia, PA


American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Minnesota Orthopedic Society


University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery


Originally from Philadelphia, Dr. Gesensway married his wife, Katie, who is a Minnesotan and a busy pediatrician at Central Pediatrics in Woodbury. They’ve lived in the Twin Cities since 1988 and raised three children there. Dr. Gesensway enjoys travel, golf, fly-fishing, photography, scuba, carpentry and cycling.

Medical Interests

For over 20 years, I have enjoyed practicing specialized, patient-centered care. We help people of all ages understand their hand, wrist, forearm or elbow conditions, and assist them in choosing personalized treatment. I strive to understand which issues are important to you. In some instances, though you might have an abnormal test or X-ray, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need surgery. We help patients with surgical and non-surgical specialty care, including hand therapy, exercises, medications, injections, splinting, and casting.

Distal radius wrist fracture treatment and research is a special area of surgical expertise. While at the University of Minnesota, I invented, patented and developed the internal fixation plate and techniques for volar plating of the distal radius with Matthew Putnam, MD, and Charles Jennings, MD. Newer versions of our original plate are now commonly used by most hand surgeons in the USA to treat these common injuries.

I have enjoyed teaching the beautiful intricacies of hand surgery to young doctors and hand therapists for over 20 years in the USA and abroad. As a founding board member of the Twin Cities Orthopedic Foundation, I am an active volunteer locally and in Nicaragua. I started the International Orthopedic Scholar Program with Kurt Anderson, MD, in 2015. As president of the Abbott-affiliated subgroup for over 10 years, and as a Twin Cities Orthopedics board member for 10 years, I am proud of my leadership efforts that helped build TCO into one of the world’s largest orthopedic group practices.