Introducing Blake Hildahl, M.D., ATC [Video]
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Introducing Blake Hildahl, M.D., ATC, a hand surgeon at Summit Orthopedics in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. His specialties include upper extremity trauma, sports injuries, nerve compression, and osteoarthritis.
Meet the Expert: Blake Hildahl, M.D., ATC
Dr. Hildahl’s approach: “No operation should be carried out unless absolutely necessary… nor should a surgeon operate unless he would undergo the same operation himself in similar circumstances.” — Joan Hunter
Dr. Hildahl’s background: Dr. Hildahl completed the majority of his medical training throughout Wisconsin. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, he attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Following his residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, he completed the Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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My name is Dr. Blake Hildahl. Here at Summit, I’m a hand and upper extremity surgeon. So growing up, I was always into sports, and I had some injuries that kind of held me back in sports, and that exposed me to orthopedics. I always, as a kid, enjoyed fixing things. When I was really little, I enjoyed playing with LEGOs. My dad was a mechanic, so he was always fixing things. And as I got into orthopedics, I realized I could balance my interest in sports and my interest in fixing things. So I grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin, not too far from here. We made trips up to the Twin Cities when we were younger. I ended up going to medical school in Milwaukee, at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I subsequently became a Badger and did my residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. So I am a Badger at heart. I then went down to Charlottesville and did an extra year of training in hand and upper extremity. I approach medicine as an educator. I talk to someone like I’m talking to my family member. What would I recommend, how could we avoid surgery if possible, how can we exhaust everything before we go to surgery. And if we need to bring out the technical abilities of surgery, then we’d do that at that point. So when I’m not in clinic or surgery, I’m always chasing around our little girls. I’ve got two little girls, so I’m either out on the bikes with them, or changing diapers, then changing more diapers, or finding a new activity. We love the Twin Cities, and we love going out to festivals. What gets me out of bed every day and gets me excited about orthopedics is really making a difference in someone’s life. We make such positive differences in peoples’ lives, and help guide them to staying active and fit throughout their whole life.
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Dr. Hildahl’s high school basketball career prompted him to pursue athletic training in college. He explains how the skills he learned inform his diagnostic expertise.
Orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon Dr. Blake Hildahl explains how his passion for technical puzzles and his own early experience as an orthopedic patient shaped his medical career.