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Paul M. Lafferty, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship Area of Focus in Orthopedic Trauma and Total Joint Arthroplasty

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Foot & Ankle Care
Hand & Wrist Care
Hip Care
Knee Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Pediatric Care
Trauma Care

Paul M. Lafferty, MD

Practice Overview

Dr. Lafferty is a board certified, fellowship-trained Trauma and Adult Reconstruction Surgeon. His special interests include primary and revision joint replacement of the hip (including the direct anterior approach), knee, and elbow, non-operative and operative management of simple and complex fractures of the upper and lower extremities, and fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum  (hip socket). He also treats non-unions (fractures that fail to heal), malunions (fractures that heal in poor alignment), and osteomyelitis (bone infection).

Prior to joining TCO in January 2019, Dr. Lafferty was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota from 2011-2019. During his time there, Dr. Lafferty authored or co-authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks and trained Orthopaedic Trauma Fellows and Orthopaedic Surgery Residents. He was named “Teacher of the Year” by the Graduating Resident Class in 2017.

Clinical Interest

Simple and Complex Fractures of the Pelvis and Acetabulum, Ribs, Upper Extremities and Lower Extremities; Nonunions, Malunions and Osteomyelitis; Primary and Revision Total Hip, Knee and Elbow Arthroplasty.

Elbow Care, including Fractures, Dislocations, Arthritis, Total Elbow Replacement and Total Elbow Arthroplasty

Foot & Ankle Care, including Achilles Tendon Ruptures, Fractures and Dislocations

Fracture Care, including Pelvis, Acetabulum, Ribs, Upper Extremity and Lower Extremity

Hip Care, including Fractures, Dislocations, Arthritis, Total Hip Replacement and Total Hip Revision

Knee Care, including Fractures, Arthritis, Tendon Ruptures, Total Knee Replacement and Total Knee Revision

Pediatric Care, including Fractures of Pelvis, Upper and Lower Extremities

Shoulder Care, including Fractures Only

Wrist Care, including Fractures Only


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship, University of Minnesota – Regions Hospital (2009)

New York University – Langone Orthopedic Hospital (2008)

Medical Degree
Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School (2003)

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Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Crosstown Surgery Center
North Memorial Hospital

Professional Affiliations

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) – Diplomat
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) – Fellow
AO North America (AONA) Trauma – Faculty
Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) – Active Member
Minnesota Orthopaedic Society (MOS) – Board Member
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) – Peer Reviewer
Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma (JOT) – Peer Reviewer
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research  (CORR) – Peer Reviewer

Achievements & Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
University of Minnesota Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program “Teacher of the Year” (2017)
Mpls. St.Paul Magazine “Top Doctor – Rising Star” (2017)
Minnesota Monthly Magazine “Top Doctors” (2018)
Top Doctor: Voted a Top Orthopedic Surgeon by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2018 – 2021)



University of Minnesota Department of Orthopaedic Surgery – Assistant Professor (2011-2018)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Trauma Evaluation Committee
Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) Fellowship Match Compliance Subcommittee


Anna Brehmer, MPAS, PA-C

Anna Brehmer, MPAS, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Denise C.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

September 18, 2019

Christopher S.

I was lucky enough to have Dr. Paul Lafferty as my surgeon when, at the age of 68, I fell off my bicycle and fractured my left hip in four places. This was in the summer of 2018. Initially, ER doctors almost sent me home with a handful of pills and the hope that what they thought was a single fracture would heal. When a CT scan revealed four fractures, the stakes went up. The ER doctors explained that my injury required not just an orthopedic surgeon, but an ortho trauma surgeon with special expertise in this type of injury. The good news, they said, was that one of the best was an ambulance ride away at Regions Hospital. That was Dr. Lafferty.

When I met him for the first time at the hospital, Dr. Lafferty said that hip replacement was one option. But because I had been very active and wanted to remain so, he offered a second option: a repair surgery in which a titanium plate would hold together my messed-up hip as it mended. I chose that surgery and he operated the next day.

Jumping ahead here—which I’m able to do thanks to Dr. Lafferty—I highly recommend him, for both his surgical expertise and his bedside manner. He’s kind, friendly and explains in clear English, not medical-ese. From that first meeting in the hospital through checkups, he’s always taken the time to answer all my questions. I’ve never felt rushed through an appointment and his staff is wonderful.
Recovery from a fractured hip was not fun but I made steady progress. A year post-surgery, I’m fully active and have no pain. X-rays show no sign of arthritis developing. At my one-year checkup, I was cleared to do anything which, I hope, includes getting through TSA without undue discussion of my titanium plate! I am very grateful to Dr. Lafferty for putting me back together.

March 11, 2019

Wayne L.

Being on a trauma team, Dr. Lafferty saved my life and managed to salvage a leg that was almost at amputation stage. It’s been an interesting process going through the five surgeries with hopes of walking soon. It’s been two years but healing at 71 takes a while. Dr. Lafferty is the best and I always feel confident before and after each operation. He had virtually nothing to work with after an extreme compound fracture but figured he could save the leg and he did! Rest assured he is the best and with that thought you can bet the farm he’ll do it right the first time!

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