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Identifying fractures: Brent Warner, M.D.

Listen to Summit Orthopedics’ expert Brent Warner, MD share tips for worried parents on broken bones and symptoms of a fracture to help them determine whether a trip to the doctor is the right plan. Dr. Brent Warner is a fellowship-trained sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder, elbow, knee and hip care, sports injuries, and arthroscopic surgery. His surgical expertise has won him recognition on the Mpls./St.Paul Magazine’s Rising Stars Doctors list.

Dr. Brent Warner’s Approach to Care

“As an athlete, I understand the profound impact that an injury can have on a patient’s life and well-being. My goal is to return people to activity as quickly and safely as possible, whether that’s training for an ultramarathon or walking the dog around the block.”

Sports medicine care for athletes, from an athlete

Sports and medicine were an instinctive career pairing for Dr. Brent Warner. He grew up as an athlete, playing soccer and basketball as a boy and joining his junior high track and field team to compete as a runner and pole-vaulter. A competitive pole-vaulter throughout college, Warner was an academic and athletic all-American when he earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University.

“Being an athlete has been a huge part of my life and my identity,” he explains. “I had my fair share of injuries, and I understand the physical and emotional impact of having an injury that prevents you from doing something you love. Orthopedics and sports medicine give me the opportunity to work with people who want to get back to their sport, and to really help them stay active.”

Caring for athletes: Providing Comprehensive Medical Coverage For District 833 Athletes

Prestigious fellowship training

After medical school at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Dr. Warner completed a fellowship at the prestigious Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. During his yearlong fellowship, Dr. Warner performed approximately 500 surgical procedures under the mentorship of internationally recognized surgeons in shoulder, elbow, knee, and hip surgery.

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“Learning from these giants within the orthopedic world was such an amazing experience,” he says. “I was able to learn the specialized techniques these surgeons have developed, and now I can use this knowledge to treat my patients with specialized skill and a lot of attention to detail.”

Find out: What Is Fellowship Training?

Specialized sports medicine care

Dr. Warner’s surgical practice is focused on sports medicine injuries. “I treat disorders of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee, but I have a special interest in shoulder problems and injuries,” he explains. “The shoulder is a complicated joint. A lot of things have to work well together for the shoulder to function optimally. When a patient comes in with a painful shoulder, there’s often a diagnostic challenge in figuring out what’s really driving the problem.

Popular article from Dr. Warner: When Should I See A Doctor For Shoulder Pain?

“There is a common misconception that X-rays and MRIs tell the whole story. Of course, imaging is vitally important, and gives us all kinds of necessary information, but when a patient comes to see me for the first time, his or her history and physical exam is even more important. I want to know how an injury happened and what it feels like. There is a lot of subtlety that X-rays or MRIs aren’t going to show you. Physically examining the shoulder to move it and feel how the joint responds enables me to pick up those more subtle nuances.

Most rewarding part of being a physician

“My ultimate objective is achieving the best possible final outcome for my patients. Seeing people go back to the things they love to do is so gratifying for me. I’ll see patients who are just miserable because they hurt and they can’t do what they want. Then I see them after successful conservative treatment or surgery and they are strong again. They are so happy to be back to the activities they love without pain. It’s an amazingly rewarding feeling.”

Everyday spine insights from Dr. Warner:

Undergraduate Studies
Duke University — Durham, NC

Medical School
The Ohio State University College of Medicine — Columbus, OH

Residency
University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, NC

Fellowships
The Steadman Philippon Research Institute/The Steadman Clinic — Vail, Colorado

  • The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
  • American Orthopaedic Association, Emerging Leaders Program
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society

  • Warner BT (2015). Proximal Tibiofibular Joint Instability and Treatment. Steadman Philippon Research Institute Grand Rounds, April 2015.
  • Warner BT (2013). Posterolateral Corner Injuries of the Knee. University of North Carolina Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds, November 2013.
  • Warner BT (2013). Surgical Treatment of Pseudoparalysis. University of North Carolina Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds, February 2013.
  • Warner BT (2012). Concussion in Sport. University of North Carolina Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds, May 2012.
  • Warner BT (2011). Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: A viable imaging alternative? University of North Carolina Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds, March 2011.

  • Team Physician Coverage, USSA/United States Men’s and Women’s Alpine Ski Teams, 2014-2015
  • Team Physician Coverage, Eagle Valley High School Football, Gypsum CO, 2014
  • Team Physician Coverage, University of North Carolina Varsity Football, 2012-2013
  • Team Physician Coverage, University of North Carolina Varsity Women’s Soccer, 2013
  • Team Physician Coverage, North Carolina High School Football, 2009‐2013
  • UNC Orthopaedics Resident Research Award–2014
  • American Orthopaedic Association Resident Leadership Forum– attendee, 2013
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, Duke University, 2004
  • 7-time Varsity letterman, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Duke University, 2000‐2004
  • NCAA Academic All-American, Track & Field, 2004
  • NCAA Outdoor Track & Field All-American, pole vault, 200

Long-distance running, cycling, skiing/snowboarding. Travel. Spending quality time with my wife and children.

Patient Education

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I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 6 days a week for over a decade. In that time I’ve had reoccurring kneecap dislocations. The last dislocation was an especially bad one and was preventing me from training at all. After an honest consultation with Dr. Warner, we decided surgery was the best option. In May of 2018, I had an MPFL reconstruction and I couldn’t be happier with the results. This was my first surgery and I was nervous if I’d ever be able to perform at 100%, let alone return to competition. Dr. Warner’s team understand the needs specific to athletes and the stress they put on their bodies and what it takes to get them back to being able to perform at optimal levels. They walked with me through every step of the surgery and recovery process, keeping in close contact with my physical therapist, advising me and answering any questions that arose, and quelling any fears I might have had about my ability to return to the sport I’m so passionate about. Six months to the day of my surgery I was cleared for a full return to sports and that evening I was back on the mats…Read More

Patient Survey Comment

Dr. Warner excels in his medical knowledge and skill fold approach to surgery needs. He and his team are exceptional in putting the patient first and addressing their holistic needs.

Patient Survey Comment

I was so impressed with Dr. Warner and his staff. Had a lot of concerns and questions after my surgery and difficulty with my leave of absence so I was calling his office quite frequently and all the staff was always there to help and if they weren’t I had a call back within 10-15 minutes. Any mail or forms that needed to be filled out, done and mailed or faxed that same day. I am totally impressed with Dr. Warner and his staff and felt like I got the best care and their kindness to treat me like a person and not just another patient was perfect. Thank You.

comment from patient satisfaction survey

I truly felt very comfortable with Dr. Warner and his concerns regarding my injury and beyond that!

Patient Survey Comment

I have been very pleased and impressed with the professionalism displayed by Dr. Warner and all of his team. They have been a real pleasure to work with and the outcome from my injury is better than I expected.

Emily's Story

I am a dancer and a performer in the Twin Cities. I had a bit of a freak accident, onstage, in June of 2016. Dr. Warner and his team not only reconstructed my left knee (and tendons), but the care that I received before, during, and for long after, was the best care I have had in my life. I am no rookie when it comes to injury, or medical care in many aspects. This was a traumatizing moment in my life, and I would not have made it through without them. Patience, respect, and understanding is what they give readily. I’m not a fan of doctors, but this team changed my opinion. I am now dancing and performing again, getting to perform at venues around the country and at home. I have a new appreciation for what I love, and I have them to thank for it. So much love to you all!

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Amazing experience.  Dr. Warner and his team are the best.  We love Summit!

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