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Erik A. Lund, M.D.

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Introducing Erik Lund, M.D.

Erik Lund, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in upper and lower extremity fracture surgery, pelvis and acetabular fracture fixation, fracture nonunion and malunion, and deformity correction.

Dr. Erik Lund’s Approach to Care

“My training in orthopedic trauma has prepared me to help my patients return to the active lifestyle they had before their injury.”

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.

Understanding trauma

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.”

Elective trauma surgery

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.”

Get insights: Ask Dr. Lund: When to See an Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon?

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.”

Tips from Dr. Erik Lund to prevent fractures: Summit Wellness Services Can Prevent Fractures

Undergraduate Studies
Amherst College — Amherst, MA

Medical School
University of Minnesota Medical School — Minneapolis, MN

Orthopedic Surgery
University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics — Madison, WI

Orthopedic Trauma
Florida Orthopaedic Institute | Tampa General Hospital — Tampa, FL

Board Eligible, American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery

  • AOTrauma, Faculty
  • AAOS, Member
  • OTA, Member

  • Flagstad, et al, Lund E, Cunningham B. “Outcomes of Single-Stage versus 2-Stage Bilateral Intramedullary Nail Fixation in Patients with Bilateral Femur Fractures.” Poster at OTA Annual Meeting.
  • Flagstad, et al, Lund E, Cunningham B. “Factors Influencing Management of Bilateral Femur Fractures. A multicenter Retrospective Cohort of Early versus Delayed Definitive Fixation. Poster at OTA Annual Meeting.
  • Kerzner, B., Martin, H.L., Weiser, M., Fontana, G., Russell, N., Murphy, W.L., Lund, E.A., Doro, C.J. A Reliable and Reproducible Critical-Sized Segmental Femoral Defect Model in Rats Stabilized with a Custom External Fixator. J. Vis. Exp. (145), e59206, doi:10.3791/59206 (2019).
  • Lund E, Mir H. “Do interfragmentary lag screws have similar pullout strength, hold compression, and maintain reduction as well as positional screws?” Poster/abstract AAOS 2019. Manuscript in progress.
  • Lund E, Hannon P, Merimee S, Mir H. “Does Bone Density on CT Correlate with Fracture Characteristics and Conversion to Arthroplasty in Operatively Treated Elderly Acetabular Fractures?” Poster/abstract at OTA Annual Meeting 2018.
  • Lund E, Mir H. “Distal Tibia Pilon Fracture Operatively Treated with Variable Angle Locking Small Fragment Fixation: A Case Report.” Accepted to Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 11/2018.
  • Lund E, Mir H. “Ipsilateral ankle, talus, and calcaneus fracture dislocation: a case report.” Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 06/2018.
  • Lund E, Doro C. “Can Perioperative Computed Tomography Hounsfield Units Predict Failure of Femoral Neck Fracture Fixation?” OTA 2017 poster/abstract. Manuscript in progress.
  • Lund E, Whiting P. Textbook Chapter: “Proximal Humerus Fractures.” In Sethi MK, Jahangir AA, Obremskey WT, eds: Orthopedic Traumatology: An Evidence-Based Approach, 2nd ed. New York: Springer; 2018.
  • Lund E, Tueting J. Textbook Chapter: “Bone Tumors: Benign.” Tumors of the Hand & Upper Extremity. American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). E-Book.
  • Heintzman S, Lund E, Bubla J, Whiting P. “A novel casting technique for tongue-type calcaneus fractures with soft tissue compromise.” Foot and Ankle Orthopedics. Vol 2(4) 1-6. 2017. AAOS Annual Meeting Poster 2018. AAOS Now May, 2018.
  • Duffey B, Nguyen V, Lund E, Hubert J, Anderson JK. “Intermediate-term outcomes after renal cryoablation: results of a multi-institutional study,” J. of Endourology. 2012; 26:15–20. (PMID: 22050505).
  • Kumar A, Li Q, Hudson W, Chen W, Sam T, Yao Q, Lund E, Wu B, Kowai B, Kersey J, “A role for MEIS1 in MLL-fusion gene leukemia,” Blood. Vol 113, No 8, pp 1756-1758. 19 February 2009. (PMID 19109563).

Lund E, Mir H. “Do interfragmentary lag screws have similar pullout strength, hold compression, and maintain reduction as well as positional screws?” AO grant submitted. Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Tampa, FL. Manuscript in process.

  • AO Basic Faculty Observer. 2019.
  • 17th Annual Current Solutions in Orthopaedic Trauma. Foundation of Orthopaedic Research & Education. 2019.
  • OTA Resident Course. 2019.

  • International Volunteer
    • One World Surgery. Honduras. 2019.
    • Common Hope. Guatemala. 2013.
    • Hospital Eugenio Espejo. Ecuador. 2009.
  • Spanish Interpreter, Phillips Neighborhood Free-Clinic. Minneapolis, MN. 2008-12.

Spending time with my wife and son, outdoor activities in the north woods, hockey, and live music.

Played Men’s NCAA Hockey, Div. III at Amherst College, MA from 2003-2007.

Survey Feedback

I met Dr. Lund courtesy of a fall, as the paramedics brought me into the ER. My first words were “Call Summit Ortho.” This was because I had already had a knee replacement by Dr. Furmanek. Dr. Lund was great! He explained everything clearly it was like I was his only patient. I even joked that Dr. Furmanek would probably have to review his work. Dr. Lund said that Dr. Furmanek had seen it!!!!!!! Good work when your patient and co-worker approve. Dr. Lund took lots of time to make sure everything was how he wanted it and at the right angle. Taking his time shows he cares and sent me the message that I was totally cared for. Great doctor, highly recommend him!

Patient Comment

Dr. Lund performed a revision surgery on my femur. I was kind of frustrated that I needed new hardware, but just his personality was very motivating for me. He got me started on calcium and I felt he was dealing with the big picture. Things are going great and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is sweet and caring.

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