Introducing Kirk Scofield, M.D. [Video]
Meet the Expert: Doctor Bio Video Series
Kirk Scofield, M.D., is a sports medicine physician and avid runner at Summit Orthopedics in Minneapolis/St. Paul specializing in non-operative sports medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, regenerative medicine, and running injuries.
Meet Kirk Scofield, M.D.
Dr. Scofield’s education: Dr. Scofield completed his undergraduate studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He attended medical school and received his degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. His residency was at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. He completed his fellowship in primary care sports medicine from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A fellowship is the highest level of advanced professional training for physicians.
Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive sports medicine expertise
From Olympians to pro athletes to kids in youth sports and those that just want to be more active—Summit Orthopedics delivers expert care by fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians. If you are recently injured or concerned about ongoing pain, Summit Orthopedics sports medicine specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely help you get back to being active.
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.
More resources for you
- Ask Dr. Scofield: How Does Tenex Technology Work?
- Watch the video where Dr. Scofield and Dr. Stulc discuss what is regenerative medicine?
- Ask Dr. Scofield: What Can Runners Do To Reduce The Risk Of Achilles Tendinopathy?
My name is Kirk Scofield, and my specialty is nonoperative sports medicine. I think one thing that people would be surprised to know about me is that before I went into sports medicine, I was a primary care and emergency room physician for Eskimo whalers in western Alaska. I went into sports medicine because I’m an athlete myself. I’m a runner, a triathlete, Nordic skier, mountain biker. I hike and backpack, and I’ve actually suffered injuries doing most of those things. So it’s not hard for me to empathize with a patient when they come in with an activity-related injury. I think the thing that’s different about sports medicine is that we not only understand your injury, but we understand your sport and how to get you back, not just to the point where you’re feeling better, but that you’re back to that top form. And you’re able to do the activity or sport that you really love to do. I think the secrets to a successful recovery are, number one, patience. Number two, it’s really critical that the patient or athlete is really engaged in the process himself. A good recovery isn’t usually something that we can just hand you. So being invested in the process is important. And the third thing is a team approach. Whether that involves parents, athletic trainers, coaches, it’s really important that everybody is working together to get you back to the sport that you love to do in your highest level of function. We love to see active patients of all ages, from the 8-year-old gymnast to the 75-year-old softball enthusiast or runner. Exercise is such an important part of overall health and we love it when people are active. And we sort of feel that it’s our job to get people back to that level of activity that they love.
Ask the Expert: Running Video Series
If your child competes on one of the sports teams at Woodbury, East Ridge, or Park High School, there’ll be Summit sports medicine specialists cheering during his or her games—and ready to provide comprehensive medical support when it’s needed.
Tendinitis and tendinopathy are two of the terms used to describe painful tendon conditions. Dr. Kirk Scofield explains what these terms mean and how our understanding of tendon pain has prompted the evolution of new tendon treatments.