Edward Cheng



Dr. Cheng is the Mairs Family Professor Endowed Chair and specializes in orthopedic oncology (bone and soft tissue tumors) and adult reconstructive surgery (joint replacement). His research focuses on soft tissue tumors and sarcomas, bone tumors, osteonecrosis (avascular necrosis), and joint replacement. He is the director of the University of Minnesota's Adult Reconstructive Fellowship Program.

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  • Orthopedics
  • Cancer  

Awards & Recognition

  • Distinguished Professor Appointment from Affiliated Zhongshan Hospital, Dalian, China: 2017
  • Guide to America's Top Surgeons: 2016
  • International Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Top Doctor: 2015-2017
  • US News and World Report (Top 1% Orthopedic Surgeons in US): 2012
  • Best Doctors in America®: 2011-2012, 2013, 2015-2016
  • Minnesota Monthly Best Doctors for Women: 2011
  • Minnesota Monthly "Top Doctors": 2020
  • Castle Connolly (America's Top Doctors for Cancer): 2005-2007,2009-2012, 2014-2015
  • Mpls.St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors: 2004, 2006, 2012-2018, 2020
  • Mairs Family Endowed Chair in Orthopedic Oncology, University of Minnesota: 2004
  • America’s Top Physicians, Consumers’ Research Council of America: 2004
  • Newsweek Health, Top Cancer Doctors: 2015


View Dr. Cheng's Publications on PubMed

Professional Associations

  • Secretary-Treasurer, North America, Association Research Circulation Osseous (ARCO): 2016-Present
  • Editor, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Essential Surgical Techniques
  • President, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society: 2011-2012
  • Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation-Medical Board of Trustees: 2006-Present
  • American Orthopaedic Association: 2001-Present
  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group: 2000-Present
  • American Cancer Society: 1991-Present
  • Minnesota Orthopaedic Society: 1992-Present
  • National Osteonecrosis Foundation: 1997-Present
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons: 1994-Present

Research Summary

Research Interests

  • Osteonecrosis
  • Arthroplasty
  • Hip and knee surgery
  • Metastatic bone disease
  • Sarcoma
  • Bone neoplasms

Research Funding Grants

  • OREF Fellowship Grant: 2010, 2011, 2012
  • OMeGA Medical Fellowship Grant: 2013-2018

Clinical Summary

My goal is to provide patients with the best care, using evidence available anywhere in the world, in a compassionate and caring manner. My scholarly research and leadership in international organizations keeps me abreast of the most current knowledge, which I use for their benefit. I’m willing to go the extra mile to help patients, even when that requires extra time and effort on my part.

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Adult reconstruction surgery; Computer-assisted surgery and surgical navigation; Fractures due to a weakened bone from cancer erosion; Joint replacement and resurfacing; Metastatic bone disease; Musculoskeletal tumors; Orthopedic oncology; Osteonecrosis; Reconstructive surgery

Clinical Specialties

  • Musculoskeletal tumors
  • Adult reconstruction 
  • surgery
  • Orthopaedic oncology
  • Joint replacement and resurfacing
  • Reconstructive surgery, Metastatic bone disease, Fractures due to a weakened bone from cancer erosion, 
  • Computer assisted surgery and surgical navigation, Osteonecrosis (Avascular Necrosis) of bone

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview



Administrative Contact

Carol Skaja-Jacobsen
Fax: 612-273-7959

Clinic Information
M Health Fairview Clinics & Surgery Center
909 Fulton Street SE,
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Orthopedic Surgery (4th Floor) | (612) 672-7100

Mailing Address
University of Minnesota
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
2450 Riverside Avenue South
Suite R200
Minneapolis, MN 55454