David W. Polly Jr., MD

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

David W. Polly Jr.

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 Orthopaedic Surgery
2450 Riverside Avenue South
Suite R200
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Brittney Kosack

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Administrative Fax Number

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Chief of Spine Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Medical School, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC

Spine Fellowship, University of Minnesota Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Minneapolis, MN


Dr. Polly is a Professor and Chief of Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He holds the James W. Ogilvie Chair. He is nationally and internationally recognized for biomechanics and outcomes research. He cares for complex pediatric and adult spine conditions. He is well known for scoliosis research.


  • Orthopaedics
  • Spine and Scoliosis
  • Spine Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Doctors in America®, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013, 2015
  • America's Top Doctor: 2004-2008, 2010-2017
  • 2016 American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR) Best Oral Paper Presentation in the Diagnostic Spine Category
  • 2015 Value Award Best Paper at North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • 2014 Catherine Mills Davis Land Grant Chair in Biomechanical Engineering in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota
  • 2014 Co-author Hibbs Award Finalist , Minimum 20-Year Radiographic Outcomes for Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Results from a Novel Cohort of US Patients Scoliosis Research Society, Anchorage, AK, September 2014
  • 2011 Winner- Recipient of the 2011 Charles D. Ray Award for Best Clinical Paper-Radiographic Comparison of Lateral Fusion (LLIF) vs. ALIF vs. TLIF vs. Posterior Fusion: Analysis of Segmental Sagittal Contour Change, (ISAS), Las Vegas, NV, April 27-29, 2011.
  • 2009 Winner-White Cloud Award-Best Clinical Paper (co-author) International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) 16th annual meeting, Vienna, Austria July 15-18, 2009.
  • 2007 Nominee co-author Louis A. Goldstein Award best clinical poster, Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland. September 4-8-2007.
  • 2003 Outstanding Paper, Resident/Fellow Award: 2003 Eastern Orthopaedic/Southern Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, Dublin, Ireland. Straight-Forward versus Anatomic Trajectory of Thoracic Pedicle Screws: A Biomechanical Model. (Senior Author)
  • 2002 Outstanding Poster Award, 17th annual meeting of the North American Spine Society
  • 2002 Finalist Hibbs' basic science award paper, Scoliosis Research Society annual meeting
  • 2002 recipient of the General Claire L. Chennault award as the outstanding teacher at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • 2002 recipient of the David C. Wherry Award in emerging technologies from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Professional Associations

  • President of the Scoliosis Research Society: 2014-2016
  • Member of Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS): 2010-Present
  • Member of Board of Specialty Societies for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS): 2015-Present
  • Minnesota Orthopaedic Society Board of Directors: 2010-Present 



Orthopaedic Clinic

Board Certifications

Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Spine (pediatric and adult); Scoliosis; Spinal tumors; Spine degenerative disease