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January 2, 2020 - TCO

TCO welcomes new physician Jeffrey F. Klassen, MD

Join us in welcoming our newest physician, Jeffrey F. Klassen, MD, to Twin Cities Orthopedics.

Dr. Klassen (claw-sin) has 22 years of experience as an orthopedic surgeon and spent the past decade working in Duluth. Dr. Klassen is fellowship-trained and specializes in shoulder and elbow injuries/conditions of all age groups.

Jeffrey F. Klassen, MD

What is an interesting fact that people may not know about you?

I am an avid outdoorsman, spending much of my free time hunting and fishing.  I also love to ski and cycle. Cooking is one of my life-long passions.  My favorite sport is hockey.  I was the team physician for the University of Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team and have been fortunate to be a part of 3 NCAA National Championships.  I spent my early childhood growing up in Tunis, Tunisia, where my father helped to develop a pediatric orthopedic hospital under the auspices of CARE.

Why did you go into medicine?

I have been interested in being a doctor since I was a kid. I was always the doctor when we played “cops and robbers.”  My father practiced medicine, and I was always curious about his work.

How did you choose orthopedics?

My father was an orthopedic surgeon which introduced me to this specialty. In high school and college, I was fortunate to get a job with the Mayo Clinic working as an assistant in the operating rooms and was able to work in the various surgical specialties.  I found orthopedics to be the most interesting area and pursued my career from there.

What is your care philosophy?

The patient always comes first.  I have always approached my practice with a, “Just say yes” policy.  If a patient requests to be seen or a provider would like to refer a patient, I work to meet their timeline.

What is your favorite quote?

“No one is big enough to be independent of others.” – Dr. William Worrall Mayo

Dr. Klassen will practice at TCO’s Edina – Crosstown location.