Jacob Ristow

Assistant Professor


Dr. Jacob Ristow, MD, is a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon with a focus on sports medicine and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at MSU-McLaren Flint and an orthopedic shoulder and sports medicine fellowship at TRIA-University of Minnesota. During his fellowship, Dr. Ristow served as the fellow team physician for the University of Minnesota football and men’s hockey teams. After fellowship, Dr. Ristow remained in Minneapolis to join the Department of Orthopedic Surgery as an Assistant Professor. Outside of his clinic and operative days in Burnsville and Woodbury, Dr. Ristow is active in resident education at the university and assists as a team physician for the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team. In his free time, he enjoys jogging, golfing, skiing, and traveling.

Care Philosophy

  • I believe in practicing personalized medicine with shared decision-making between myself and my patients. My job as a physician is not only to maintain the highest standards of care, but to help educate my patients on their condition in order to make a treatment plan that best suits them and their goals. My top priority is for patients to leave the office feeling comfortable and confident in their diagnosis and treatment.


  • Orthopedics
  • Sports Medicine

Honors & Recognition

  • Randle E. Pollard, MD Endowed Urologic Prize
  • Robert Jason Gore Scholarship
  • Emory Clark Scholarship
  • Kohler Company Scholarship
  • Edmund J. and Estelle D Walker Scholarship


  • Magone KM, Ristow JJ, Root K, Atkinson T, Sardelli M. “Marking Pen Bacterial Contamination During
    Shoulder Surgery.” Orthop J Sports Med. 2022 Feb 14;10(2):23259671211062225. doi:
    10.1177/23259671211062225. eCollection 2022 Feb.

  • Ristow J, Cordeiro M, Boyle D, Telehowski P, Atkinson T. “Factors influencing side air curtain deployment in
    rollover motor vehicle accidents”. Traffic Inj Prev. 2020;21(5):303-307. doi:
    10.1080/15389588.2020.1750606. Epub 2020 Apr 22.

  • Ristow J, Mead M, Cordeiro M, Ostrander J, Atkinson T, Atkinson P. “Pre-bending a dynamic compression plate
    significantly alters strain distribution near the fracture plane in a mid-shaft femur.” Proc Inst Mech Eng H. 2020
    May;234(5):478-485. doi: 10.1177/0954411920903875. Epub 2020 Feb 5.

  • Ristow JJ, Orgel M, Ostrander J. “Short Arm Plaster of Paris Cast – Technique and Evaluation.” OTA Video Library. 2019 Sept. 

  • Ristow JJ, Ellison CM, Mickschl DJ, Berg KC, Haidet KC, Gray JR, Grindel SI. “Outcomes of shoulder
    replacement in humeral head avascular necrosis.” J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2019 Jan;28(1):9-14. doi:
    10.1016/j.jse.2018.06.031. Epub 2018 Sep 14.

Professional Associations

  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

Clinical Summary

Board Certifications

  • Michigan Unrestricted Medical License, #4301505521
  • Minnesota Unrestricted Medical License, #70941
  • ABOS Part 1 Orthopedic Board Exam 2022 – Board Eligible

Clinical Interests

Arthroscopic and open shoulder surgery, shoulder instability, rotator cuff repair, shoulder arthritis and arthroplasty. Arthroscopic and open knee surgery, ACL reconstruction, meniscal injuries and transplantation, knee ligamentous injuries, cartilage preservation, knee arthritis and arthroplasty. Fracture care.




Administrative Contact

Sommer Wappel
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