Summit Physicians Honored As Rising Stars

Summit Orthopedics is proud to announce that Dr. David Strothman and Dr. Nicholas Wills have been named Rising Stars for noteworthy achievements early in their careers.

The road to orthopedic practice is a long one. Aspiring physicians undergo four years of science-focused undergraduate study, four years of medical school, three years of residency, and often additional years in fellowship training. For many physicians, it can take decades in practice to build a reputation for excellence in medicine. This fall, a select group of physicians have been recognized by their peers for their noteworthy achievements early in their careers.

To be eligible for consideration as a Top Doctor—Rising Star, candidates must satisfy the rigorous multistep Super Doctors selection process with one exception: Rising Star candidates must be active physicians who have been in practice for no more than 10 years. Area doctors are invited to nominate colleagues they know to be exceptional in their specified fields. Doctors may not self-nominate. Approximately 5 percent of local physicians are named to Super Doctors, however, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

We applaud the inclusion of Dr. David Strothman and Dr. Nicholas Wills in this year’s inaugural edition of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine recognizing 238 Twin Cities Top Doctors—Rising Stars.

Dr. David Strothman is an orthopedic spine surgeon and the medical director of the Institute for Low Back and Neck Care, which will combine with Summit in January 2016. He conducts research in minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, minimally invasive lumbar decompression, degenerative spondylolisthesis, adjacent segment degeneration, and the use of intraoperative three-dimensional imaging. He has received numerous awards, including the Patients’ Choice Award, Compassionate Doctor Recognition, and the On-Time Doctor Award.

Dr. Nick Wills is an orthopedic spine surgeon and was the first surgeon in the Midwest to perform a newly FDA-approved two-level cervical disc replacement procedure. His expertise with this emerging surgical procedure was developed through years of experience implanting the device in one-level cases. Dr. Wills conducts classes across the country to teach other surgeons how to implant artificial disc devices.

Dr. Strothman and Dr. Wills reflect the commitment and dedication of every member of our Summit Orthopedics team in supporting your goals for orthopedic health.

 

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  • Nicholas Wills, M.D.

    “I understand the concern of athletes to get back to their sport and working in combination with our therapists helps them there.”

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  • David H. Strothman, M.D.

    “Spinal disorders are complex and disabling. As your surgeon I will explain your diagnosis and treatment options, both operative and non-operative, in a way that you can understand thereby allowing you to make informed decisions. I am rewarded daily by improving the quality of life of patients receiving my care.”

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