Drs. Strothman And Wills Recognized As Rising Stars
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine has again honored Summit Orthopedics surgeons Dr. David Strothman and Dr. Nicholas Wills for noteworthy achievements in their medical specialty.
It is an honor to be recognized as a Top Doctor in a single year; Drs. David Strothman and Nicholas Wills have been selected repeatedly. This year, for the third consecutive year, they are named among the 383 doctors representing 43 specialties in 2017’s Mpls.St.Paul Magazine list of Rising Stars.
The Rising Star selection process is a rigorous one. In order to qualify as a Rising Star nominee, candidates must be active physicians who have been in practice for no more than 10 years. Candidates are nominated by their medical peers, and then their professional achievements are evaluated by a panel of expert physicians.
Summit Orthopedics’ two awardees share parallel paths in medical training as well as Rising Star honors for consecutive years. Both Dr. Strothman and Dr. Wills pursued fellowship training at the Twin Cities Spine Center following their residency. “Dr. Wills and I met the third day of medical school,” remembers Dr. Strothman. “We worked next to each other in anatomy lab, became friends, and took parallel paths all the way through our medical training.”
“We are in our seventh or eighth year in practice now, and it is an honor to be recognized for our work,” says Dr. Wills. “Dr. Strothman and I have been colleagues since we were students together, and we share a passion for medicine and a commitment to our patients.”
Dr. David Strothman is an orthopedic spine surgeon with a focus in spine surgery including minimally invasive surgery for stenosis (pinched nerves), spondylolisthesis (slipped bones), synovial cysts, and herniated discs. He has authored book chapters addressing minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Strothman 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 with expertise in minimally invasive techniques 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.
“Spine issues can be hard and challenging,” explains Dr. Wills. “Back pain can incapacitate patients. It’s a puzzle to figure out what is going on and what is causing pain. Solving the puzzle and successfully treating these patients can have an absolutely life-changing effect on their lives. For us, that’s what matters. At Summit, our entire team works together to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients—changing lives for the better is the best reward of all.”
“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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