Elizabeth Arendt, MD

Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Elizabeth Arendt

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-672-7100

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 R200
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Amber Prahl

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Administrative Fax Number

Additional Locations


  • University of Minnesota Orthopedic Clinic

Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgeon

MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY

Orthopedic Surgery Residency, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY

Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

I listen to my patient's needs and help them understand their injury or musculoskeletal disease. I believe it is important to match my patient's expectations with my ability to help. I work with my patients to set their own goals for fitness and health.


Dr. Arendt is professor and vice-chair in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and is a faculty advisor for medical students. Dr. Arendt serves on the Editorial Boards of Knee and Shoulder in Sports and Trauma, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics Today, Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review, and the American Journal of Sports Medicine.


  • Sports Medicine
  • Pediatric Orthopedics

Awards & Recognition

  • Minnesota Monthly "Top Doctors": 2014, 2020
  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine "Best Doctors for Women:"  2011, 2014
  • Best Doctors in America®: 2007-2010, 2011-2012, 2013
  • Mpls.St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors: 2008, 2012-2015, 2020
  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: 1994-2001
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Teaching Certificate (Division of Family Practice): 1993-1994
  • Sports Hall of Fame (elected), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY: 1992
  • Merle Spurrier Award (Athletic Contribution Award), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY: 1974
  • Honored on Medical School's Wall of Scholarship for achieving more than 1,000 citations of her paper "Knee Injury Patterns Among Men and Women in Collegiate Basketball and Soccer:" 2018

Professional Associations

  • Medical Director, Inpatient Orthopedic Ward, University of Minnesota: 2007-Present
  • Vice-Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Minnesota: 2003-Present
  • University of Minnesota Physicians Board Member: 2010-2015
  • Clinical Practice Committee: 2006-Present
  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: 1994-2001


Research Summary/Interests

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Patella
  • Patellar Dislocation
  • Joint Instability
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Deformity
  • Kneecap Arthritis




  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Patellofemoral dislocations (kneecap dislocations); Sports medicine; Knee arthroplasty (joint replacement); Knee reconstruction; Knee ligament reconstruction; Knee cartilage repair; Disease and injury of the kneecap joint; ACL injuries in females

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview