Introducing David Falconer, M.D. [Video]
Meet the Expert: Doctor Bio Video Series
Introducing David Falconer, M.D., a hand surgeon at Summit Orthopedics in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota who specializes in elbow, wrist, hand, arthritis, repetitive motion trauma, congenital abnormalities, and sports medicine.
Meet the Expert: David Falconer, M.D.
Dr. Falconer’s approach: “My interests and favorite activities have helped me appreciate how patients feel when they have a hand or arm injury that is keeping them from what they love to do.”
Dr. Falconer’s background: Dr. Falconer studied at the University of California at Davis in Davis, California to earn his undergraduate degree. In the Bronx, New York, he completed his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and he went on to complete a residency in Orthopedics at Montefiore Medical Center. Later he participated in the Hand Surgery fellowship at the University of Louisville Hospitals in Louisville, Kentucky.
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.
More resources for you
- Learn more about Hand Anatomy
- Watch the video: How can I keep my hands safe and prevent injury when gardening?
- Hand Surgeons Dr. Hildahl and Dr. Parisi Discuss Hand Treatment Advances
I’m Dr. David Falconer I’m a member of Summit Orthopedics. I specialize in hand and upper extremity. I’ve had an advanced fellowship training and really practiced just nothing but hand and upper extremity medicine and surgery for almost 30 years. We deal with just about everything that can happen to the arm: arthritis, fractures, lacerations, acquired conditions, diseases, injuries. You name it, we can fix it. I like to teach. I do a lot of drawing; I use anatomic models. I have, you know, booklets and charts. I do a lot of explaining. Once they understand the anatomy, they understand how the hand works. The ability to explain our treatments – the kinds of surgeries, the kind of treatments, the kind of therapies that we have to offer – are, sort of makes sense and are logical, with a little bit of coaching and education. So my goal really is to teach the patients. If they can understand the nature of their problem and understand the tools that we have available, it’s much easier to guide them, help them make the decisions they have to make for their own care. Well, I think that everybody knows medicine is an increasing challenge to provide good services, top-notch care with what we think our decreasing resources are, or at least an attention to resources. I think being a part of a big group allows us to make the steps forward. We acquire the computerized resources, the electronic medical records that are being required, access to the technology, such as in-office MR scanners, in-office surgery centers – the small group can’t do on its own. This gives us the group of people all marching in the same direction with a common goal. Allows us to apply technology in a reasonable fashion, utilize it where it’s appropriate, but not be left behind. I personally hear all the time, “Nobody ever talked to me like you do.” So I find that rewarding. I’ve been told frequently that I’m a good teacher, that I should be working with students, that kind of thing. I think of my patients as my students.
Upper extremity surgeon Dr. Parisi recommends a checklist of questions for patients considering hand surgery.
Ask the Expert: Hand Video Series
You reach out to grasp a doorknob, and feel a sudden pain at the base of your thumb. Could this be a symptom of thumb arthritis? Thumb arthritis is the most common form of osteoarthritis in the hand, and is caused when the cartilage in the thumb joint begins to erode.