Mark Dahl, MD

Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Mark Dahl

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-273-9400

Fax 612-273-7959

Office Address:
M Health Clinics and Surgery Center
909 Fulton St SE
4th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
University of Minnesota
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
2450 Riverside Avenue South
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Kendra Williams

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Administrative Fax Number

Additional Locations


  • Orthopedic Clinic

Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgeon

Medical School, Mayo Medical School, MN

Orthopedic Surgery Residency, University of Minnesota

Fellowship in Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction, Hospital of Lecco, Italy

I've always viewed my role as a surgeon and physician to be the very best that I can be for every patient, every time. It is a privilege and a responsibility to be entrusted with an individual's health.


My practice has evolved into a diverse and exciting combination of lower extremity cartilage preservation and arthroplasty, limb lengthening, and deformity reconstruction. I've spent decades traveling the world, learning, and collaborating with experts in areas of trauma, joint replacement, pediatrics, and congenital and acquired limb deformities. I often seek a multidisciplinary solution to complex problems as well as a simple solution to simple problems.


  • Orthopedics
  • Limb lengthening and deformity reconstruction

Awards & Recognition

  • St. Cloud State University Distinguished Alumni Award: 1992
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctor: 2012-2018, 2020

Professional Associations

  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Member, American Orthopaedic Association
  • Director, Limb Length Clinics, University of Minnesota Medical Center: 1992-2004
  • Director, Limb Length and Deformity Correction Program, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare: 1989-current
  • Editorial Board, American Journal of Bone and Join Surgery: 1995-2014


Research Summary/Interests

  • Minimally invasive hip and knee arthroplasty
  • Cartilage preservation such as meniscal repair
  • Osteochondral defects
  • Osteotomies about the knee and ankle
  • Motorized implantable limb length and deformity reconstruction technologies 


  • Dahl, M.T. and Fisher, D.A. “Lower extremity lengthening by Wagner’s method and by callus distraction,” Orthopaedic Clinics of North America, 22:4, 1991
  • Cooney, W.P. and Dahl, M.T. “Radial aplasia and distraction lengthening: radial deficiency and the role of distraction lengthening,” Advances in Orthopaedic Surgery, 16:3, 1992
  • Dahl, M.T. “Correction of lower extremity deformities by distraction osteogenesis,” Advances in Orthopaedic Surgery, 16:3, 1992
  • Dahl, M.T., Birch, J., Herzenberg, J., Rozbruch, R. “Motorized Intramedullary Lengthening” Journal AAOS, February 2014
  • Dahl, M.T., Green, Stuart Textbook: “Complications of Limb Lengthening-Prevention and Treatment” Springer-Verlag, in preparation, to be published October 2014
  • Dahl, M.T. "Motorized Intramedullary Limb Lengthening - An Emerging Technology," CORR, Book Chapter, July 2014.
  • Dahl, MT. "Hybrid Techniques for Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction," CORR, Book Chapter, July 2014
  • Dahl, M.T., Oh, Change-Wug. "Hybrid Techniques for Limb Length and Deformity Correction." Pediatric Limb Deformities. Book Chapter, Springer, 2016.
  • Dahl, M.T. "Motorized Intramedullary Lengthening, an Emerging Technology for Limb Length and Deformity Correction." Pediatric Lower Limb Deformities, Book Chapter, Springer, 2016.
  • Dahl, M.T., Green, Stuart. Textbook. "Intramedullary Limb Lengthening." Springer, 2017.


Clinical Interests

Limb Lengthening; Deformity Correction; Knee Arthritis and Cartilage Preservation; Ankle Arthritis and Cartilage Preservation; Lower Extremity Osteotomy; Repair of Nonunions