Elizabeth Arendt

Professor and Vice-Chair


I listen to my patient's needs and help them understand their injury or musculoskeletal disease. I believe it is important to match my patient's expectations with my ability to help. I work with my patients to set their own goals for fitness and health.


  • Sports Medicine
  • Pediatric Orthopedics

Awards & Recognition

  • Minnesota Monthly "Top Doctors": 2014, 2020
  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine "Best Doctors for Women:"  2011, 2014
  • Best Doctors in America®: 2007-2010, 2011-2012, 2013
  • Mpls.St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors: 2008, 2012-2015, 2020, 2024
  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: 1994-2001
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Teaching Certificate (Division of Family Practice): 1993-1994
  • Sports Hall of Fame (elected), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY: 1992
  • Merle Spurrier Award (Athletic Contribution Award), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY: 1974
  • Honored on Medical School's Wall of Scholarship for achieving more than 1,000 citations of her paper "Knee Injury Patterns Among Men and Women in Collegiate Basketball and Soccer:" 2018


View Dr. Arendt's Publications on PubMed

Professional Associations

  • Medical Director, Inpatient Orthopedic Ward, University of Minnesota: 2007-Present
  • Vice-Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Minnesota: 2003-Present
  • University of Minnesota Physicians Board Member: 2010-2015
  • Clinical Practice Committee: 2006-Present
  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: 1994-2001

Research Summary

Research Interests

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Patella
  • Patellar Dislocation
  • Joint Instability
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Deformity
  • Kneecap Arthritis

Clinical Summary

Dr. Arendt is professor and vice-chair in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and is a faculty advisor for medical students. Dr. Arendt serves on the Editorial Boards of Knee and Shoulder in Sports and Trauma, British Journal of Sports MedicineOrthopaedics TodaySports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review, and the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Patellofemoral dislocations (kneecap dislocations); Sports medicine; Knee arthroplasty (joint replacement); Knee reconstruction; Knee ligament reconstruction; Knee cartilage repair; Disease and injury of the kneecap joint; ACL injuries in females

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