Dr. Michael Anderson’s Approach to Care
“Foot and ankle problems affect people from all walks of life. Whether your goal is to get back to competitive sports, live a more active life, resume work or enjoy time with family and friends, I’m here to help.”
An education marked by internationally recognized medical research
Dr. Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree from Saint John’s University (Collegeville, MN) and went to medical school in Chicago at Midwestern University. “I did my residency through Henry Ford in Detroit, and then was very fortunate to do a fellowship in New York at the University of Rochester,” he says. “Rochester’s fellowship program is supervised by world-class ankle and foot surgeons. I was lucky enough to be mentored by five of them, and to work on research that has been recognized at numerous national and international meetings, including the 2017 Triennial International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies (IFFAS) convention in Lisbon, Portugal.”
Learn more about Summit Surgeon Dr. Michael Anderson Presenting Research At IFFAS Lisbon Conference
Dr. Anderson discusses the rewards of foot and ankle orthopedic practice
“Orthopedic specialties are uniquely positioned in all of medicine,” he says when asked about his choice of subspecialty. “We find problems and we fix them. I feel an enormous amount of satisfaction in helping patients identify their medical issue, addressing it, and then designing treatment to help give patients the best possible outcome. I also really enjoy treating patients of all ages and all walks of life. A foot and ankle specialty covers a lot of medical ground, and I enjoy it all,” he continues. “I like sports. I enjoy helping patients with trauma injuries. And my pediatric patients are such a joy. The most rewarding part of my work is getting my patients back to their lives.”
Patient trust is at the heart of his treatment approach
“I think part of my job as a doctor is to help my patients feel comfortable,” says Dr. Anderson. “All patients are vulnerable when they see you. I offer a friendly environment where patients feel comfortable asking questions. And I want them to know they are going to get an honest answer because their best interest is my priority. That is a responsibility that I take to heart. My time with each patient may be limited, but I use it to understand who each patient is as a person, where they are coming from, and how their problem affects their quality of life.
“This is especially true when there are a couple of different ways to solve a medical problem,” Dr. Anderson notes. “I have to figure out which solution is the right fit for the patient’s priorities and values. The young guy who wants to go elk hunting in Colorado every fall may not be right for an ankle replacement, but the grandfather who just wants to walk around Lake Harriet with his grandchildren might do well with one. Getting to know patients helps me to understand their goals and what they care about.
Committed to caring for his hometown community
“My wife and I are both from the Twin Cities,” says Dr. Anderson. “My medical studies took me to other parts of the country, but now we are really excited to be home. I may have been gone from Minnesota for 10 years, but I feel like a Minnesotan through and through. It’s great to be playing hockey here again, and I can’t wait to get back up to the Boundary Waters. A recent study declared Minnesota the happiest state in the nation; I’m not surprised. I can’t think of anything more rewarding than caring for the people of the community I’ve loved for my entire life.”
Saint John’s University — Collegeville, MN
Midwestern University | Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine — Downers Grove, IL
Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals — Clinton Township, MI
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
University of Rochester Medical Center — Rochester, NY
- American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS)
- AO North America
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
- American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO)
- American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
- Board Certified: American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS)
- Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Rising Star recognition: 2022–2023
Dr. Anderson enjoys spending time with family, Boundary Waters trips and other outdoor activities, hockey, and live music.
Conditions We Treat
- Ankle & Foot-related Conditions and Treatments
- Sports Related Injuries of the Foot, Ankle, & Lower Leg
- Ankle Arthroscopy
- Ankle Arthritis
- Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery
- Hallux Rigidus
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Anderson MR, Baumhauer JF. “Principles of Ankle Arthroscopy.” Illustrated Tips and Tricks in Sports Medicine Surgery. Accepted for publication
INVITED PODIUM PRESENTATIONS
- Anderson MR. “When are Patients Satisified with Their Outcomes?” Podium Presentation: University of Rochester Grand Rounds, Rochester NY: June 1, 2017.
- Anderson MR. “ Talar neck fractures: case presentation and discussion”. Podium presentation: Atlanta Trauma Symposium, Atlanta Ga: May 14th, 2015.
RESEARCH PODIUM PRESENTATIONS
- Anderson MR, MacDonald A, Soin S, Flemister AS, Ketz JP. “Percentage of articular surface debridement is equivalent in arthroscopic and open ankle fusions.” Podium Presentation: IFFAS meeting, Lisbon Portugal, September 30, 2017.
- Anderson MR, Houck J, Baumhauer JF, DiGiovanni BF, Flemister AS, Ketz JP, Ciuofo D, Oh I. “Clinical Utilization of Patient Reported Outcome (PROMIS) Scores for Surgical Reconstruction of Posterior Tibialis Tendon Dysfunction.” Podium Presentation: AOFAS Annual Meeting, Seattle WA, July 13, 2017.
- Baumhauer JF, Anderson MR, Saltzman CL, Hung M, Nickisch F, Barg A, Beals TC, Houck JR. “Generalizability and Validation of PROMIS Scores to Predict Surgical Success in Foot and Ankle Patients: A Tale of Two Academic Centers.” AOFAS Annual Meeting, Seattle WA, July 13, 2017.
- Anderson MR, Houck J, Flemiser AS, Oh I, Baumhauer JF. “Metatarsal shortening via oblique osteotomy.” Poster presentation: IFFAS meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017.
- MacDonald A, Houck J, Ketz J, Baumhauer JF, Oh I, Anderson MR, Flemister AS. “Trends in PROMIS scores following various lateral ankle ligament reconstruction techniques.” Poster presentation: IFFAS meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017.
- Anderson MR, Houck J, DiGiovanni BF, Flemister AS, Ketz JP, Oh I, Baumhauer JF. “When are the patients satisfied with their outcome? Correlation of Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) values with Patient Acceptable Symptom State (PASS) scores in Foot and Ankle Patients.” Poster Presentation: American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, Seattle, WA, 2017.
- MacDonald A, Anderson MR; Soin S, Flemister AS, Grunfeld R, Ketz JP . “Single medial versus two-incision approach for double hindfoot arthrodesis: Is there a difference in joint preparation?” Poster presentation: American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, Seattle, WA, 2017.
- Anderson MR, Bernstein DN, Baumhauer JF, Oh I, Flemister AS, Ketz JP, DiGiovanni BF. “Do PROMIS Scores Show That Nonoperative Treatment of Achilles Tendonopathy Works? Poster presentation: American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, Seattle, WA, 2017.
- Anderson MR, MacDonald A, Soin S, Flemister AS, Ketz JP. “Percentage of articular surface debridement is equivalent in arthroscopic and open ankle fusions.” Poster presentation: American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, Seattle, WA, 2017.
- Anderson MR, Zingas C. “Suture Button Fixation of Posterior Malleolus Fractures.” Poster presentation: AOFAS Annual Meeting; Toronto ON; July 20-23, 2016.
- Anderson M, Collins D, El-Yussif E. “Gout Presenting as Infection in Total Knee Arthroplasty: A case report and review of the literature.” Poster Presentation: American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Annual Meeting; Colorado Springs CO; October 15-17, 2015.
- Anderson M, Schwartz RS, Pedersen CW, Poulose AK, Mooney MR, Boisjolie C,
Demmer P, Henry TD, Pedersen WR. “Severity of Aortic Stenosis, Not STS Score Predicts Procedural Mortality in Elderly Patients Undergoing Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty.” Poster presentation: Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions; Las Vegas, NV; May 6-9, 2009.
- Pedersen CW, Schwartz RS, Anderson MR, Mooney MR, Poulose AK, Olson S, Boisjolie CJ, Goldenberg IF, Henry TD, Pedersen WR. “Probability of Improvement in Severe Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction Following Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty for Aortic Stenosis.” Poster presentation: Cardiovascular Research Technologies; Washington DC; March 4-6, 2009.
- Anderson M, Schwartz RS, Pedersen CW, Poulose AK, Mooney MR, Boisjolie C, Demmer P, Henry TD, Pedersen WR. “Severity of Aortic Stenosis, Not STS Score Predicts Procedural Mortality in Elderly Patients Undergoing Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty.” Poster presentation: Cardiovascular Research Technologies; Washington DC; March 4-6, 2009.