Meet Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Dr. Erik Lund
Dr. Lund expands Summit’s services through fellowship training in fracture care.
Orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr. Erik Lund has returned to his Midwestern roots—with fellowship training in specialized fracture fixation—to take on a new role at Summit Orthopedics. Summit provides orthopedic and fracture trauma care to the patients admitted to hospitals in the HeathEast system. Before Dr. Lund’s arrival, Summit specialists divided their time between caring for their clinic patients and providing surgical care at HealthEast hospitals. Now, Dr. Lund will take over treatment of HealthEast trauma patients, providing care informed by specialized fracture trauma training.
Dr. Lund steps into a new role at Summit Orthopedics
“I am the first orthopedic trauma trained surgeon at Summit,” he explains. “Orthopedic trauma is one of the eight orthopedic specialties. It is a fairly common specialty, but you don’t usually find orthopedic trauma specialists in smaller hospitals or private orthopedic practices. Surgeons with my specialty are mainly hired at large trauma centers like Regions and HCMC.
Some people hear ‘trauma’ and think I work in the emergency room. However, that’s not the case. The ER doctors evaluate and stabilize trauma patients, and then send them to me for surgery. My expertise is an advantage to HealthEast trauma patients because I’ll be immediately available. Also, I have the training to care for more complex trauma cases. Before my arrival, those complex orthopedic cases were transferred in another ambulance to Regions or HCMC for specialized care. Now, I can provide that specialized care at HealthEast hospitals, so there’s no delay in care for those patients. Reducing transportation means overall costs are lower too.”
In addition to Dr. Lund’s handling orthopedic trauma patients at HealthEast, his expertise will be available to Summit patients requiring elective trauma surgery. “Sometimes,” Dr. Lund points out, “patients with a fracture are released from the hospital in a splint to choose their own surgeon. I can offer these patients state-of-the-art fracture repair techniques. In other cases, patients may have a fracture repair that is not healing properly. If a patient has already had surgery and it’s not going well, they may need a second opinion or another revision surgery. My fellowship was focused on fixing fractures and providing care for complications, and I’m happy to see these patients.”
Dr. Lund brings nationally recognized trauma training to Summit
“I did my trauma fellowship in Tampa, Florida,” Dr. Lund notes. “The Florida program was founded in 1987 and is one of the top four fellowship programs in the country. It’s highly sought-after and very competitive; I was ecstatic to match into this fellowship program.”
Dr. Lund explains that the advantages of his Tampa fellowship are the quality of training and volume of injuries he treated. “I did nearly 700 surgical cases of trauma during my fellowship year,” he remembers. “My program was distinguished by highly respected academics who are now my mentors. I trained with world-renowned surgical veterans who developed new implants and advanced surgical techniques. I bring this advanced training and new research-supported techniques to my practice at Summit. And I also want to acknowledge my incredible experience as a student and resident at the University of Wisconsin. Wisconsin has such a highly regarded trauma program. Their experts and surgeons really got me into my trauma specialty. They are just fantastic people.”
Happy to be home in Minnesota
“I grew up playing hockey in Minnesota,” he grins. “I competed through high school and college, and I still play in night leagues. And of course, I love the Wild. It’s good to be home to cheer them on. I had a great experience in Wisconsin and Florida. But there’s something about Minnesota culture that is noticeably different, strikingly different. My wife and I are very happy to make a home for our family here in Minnesota.”
A passion for helping patients to reclaim their lives
“I really like what I can do for my patients, thanks to my trauma training,” says Dr. Lund. “The trauma I see from car accidents, motorcycle crashes, and falls can be difficult. At the same time, it’s also very rewarding. People come in with smashed legs, hips, and upper extremities. But I can fix them, help them recover, and get them back to functioning at school or work or sports. It’s incredible what some of the trauma surgery advances enable us to do.”
“Helping patients in sincere need is the most rewarding aspect of my work,” states Dr. Lund. “They may see me at a rock-bottom point in their lives because traumatic accidents can turn your life upside down. For that reason, it is very fulfilling to be a member of the trauma team that supports a patient’s recovery. We get patients back together—back to work, back to sport, and back to life. I’m gratified to be able to offer the most modern surgical techniques and experience to improve your chances of a successful and fast recovery.”
Summit Orthopedics supports healthy communities
Community health flourishes when specialized orthopedic care is conveniently available close to home. Summit Orthopedics is proud of our fellowship-trained subspecialty teams offering the full spectrum of orthopedic expertise in bone, tendon, ligament, muscle, and joint conditions—in addition to our wellness, prevention, and rehabilitation services. We have the expertise to proactively improve fitness, evaluate discomfort, and deliver personalized treatment to quickly and safely return you to the lifestyle you love.
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