Nathan Hendrickson, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Nathan Hendrickson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-672-7100

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 R200
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Monique York

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Administrative Fax Number

Additional Locations


  • Orthopedic Clinic

Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Orthopedic Surgery Residency, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Orthopedic Spine Fellowship, University of Utah

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. 


Dr. Hendrickson is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is fellowship trained in orthopedic spine surgery and has expertise in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine including adult spinal deformities, complex revision spine surgery and degenerative spinal conditions. Dr. Hendrickson utilizes technologies including computer-assisted navigation and robotic-assisted spine surgery to achieve the best outcomes with minimally invasive techniques.


  • 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

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/Interests

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:

  • 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



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