Introducing LT Donovan, D.O. [Video]
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LT Donovan, D.O., is a hand surgeon at Summit Orthopedics in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. His specialties include: Elbow, wrist, hand, arthritis, repetitive motion trauma, sports medicine.
Meet the Expert: LT Donovan, D.O.
Dr. Donovan’s approach: “My personal passions for baseball and cycling often give me unique insights about how to treat sports-related injuries.”
Dr. Donovan’s background: In Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Donovan earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa and his medical degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. Following his residency at the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, he completed fellowship training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Summit Orthopedics provides personalized hand and wrist expertise
The function of our hands is integrated through our wrists and arms to our shoulders; a problem anywhere along our arm may have a significant impact on hand function and quality of life. If you experience an injury or uncomfortable symptoms, our fellowship-trained hand and wrist surgeons are here to help. Summit physicians receive the highest levels of training and exclusively provide individualized care for conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
I’m LT Donovan, orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand surgery with Summit Orthopedics. The most common procedures we’re going to do in hand surgery usually are going to be carpal tunnel or some trigger finger surgeries, although we do have one of the busiest practices in the country as far as broken wrists are concerned. During the recent snowstorm we had, take your pick of which one, we did nine broken wrists in one day. I like baseball. Baseball’s my favorite sport. Matter of fact, my license plate in Iowa was SIX43DP, which means six-four-three double play. Pitchers’ best friend. I’ve only had two people ever figure that out. Unfortunately, nowadays medicine is becoming more of a business, and patients are oftentimes referred to as consumers or customers. I don’t really appreciate that. I still think that customers or the patients are No. 1. They need to be treated like patients and not herded in like cattle: get them in, get them out. So the patients are always No. 1. And being on the other side of patient care, when my wife was in the hospital, or my grandson was in the hospital for about 60 days, I got a taste of what it was like to be a patient. And so when I was there, I made the vow that I would never treat my patients the way we were treated.
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