Nathan Hendrickson

Assistant Professor


My goal is to provide patient-centered care. This starts with learning what each patient's expectations are during the appointment and carefully listening to the patient to identify potential sources of their symptoms. I believe that patients have incredible insights to the cause of their symptoms and that the patient's experiences are key to identifying the source of pain or limitations.

I also rely on a detailed physical examination to confirm spinal pathology and identify problems in the joints and muscles around the shoulders and pelvis, often which present in a similar fashion to spine pathology. I will review medical imaging with patients to help them understand the source of symptoms and develop a treatment plan to achieve their goals. Surgery is not always necessary, or even possible, but when it is, I want each patient to feel comfortable in the procedure I am recommending and ensure that their questions are answered.


  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Spine and Scoliosis
  • Spine Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • Research Honors, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health: 2015
  • Peter G. Hanson Scholarship Recipient, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health: 2013
  • ICTR-Shapiro Medical Student Research Fellowship, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health: 2012


View Dr. Hendrickson's Publications on PubMed

Professional Associations

  • AOA Emerging Leaders Program
  • Editor, Iowa Orthopaedic Journal
  • Reviewer, PLOS ONE
  • Reviewer, Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Resident Delegate, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Resident Assembly
  • U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick MA
  • Associate Investigator and U.S. Army Field Study Coordinator (2010)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • Lumbar Spine Research Society
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
  • North American Spine Society
  • Iowa Orthopaedic Society


Research Summary

Dr. Hendrickson is very active in clinical research and is a grant-funded Principal Investigator studying the effect of malnutrition and nutritional supplementation after orthopedic surgery. He and his partners have many active research protocols aimed at improving outcomes after spine surgery. A brief listing of his research interests include the following:

Research Interests

  • Perioperative nutritional supplementation
  • Risk factors for adverse outcomes after spine surgery
  • Spinal deformity (scoliosis)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sarcopenia
  • Frailty
  • Spinal
  • Minimally-invasive spine surgery
  • Computer navigated spine surgery
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis

Clinical Summary

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Adult and pediatric spine surgery; complex revision spine surgery; risk stratification and reducing perioperative complications; spinal deformity; spinal degenerative conditions; adolescent idiopathic scoliosis; scoliosis; spinal tumors; minimally invasive spine surgery; robotic spine surgery; cervical spine surgery; endoscopic spine surgery

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Medical Center



Administrative Contact

Monique York
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