For Kristofer Kimber, MD, it took some time providing care to injured skiers on the mountains of Colorado and California to realize that a career in the medical field might be a good fit for him. Nevertheless, he admits his path was a little nontraditional.
Since completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at the U in 1989, Brand has been involved in innumerable facets of orthopaedic service—from being a team physician for area high schools and the University of Minnesota Morris to serving as the assistant editor-in-chief of Arthroscopy—Brand exemplifies the values of the department’s residency program.
The University of Minnesota Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s team of physicians has developed innovative pain reduction techniques, including the use of liposomal bupivacaine (a local anesthetic that prevents pain by blocking signals at nerve endings) for interscalene blocks and intraoperative lidocaine.
The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), offered 38 grants to fund orthopaedic research by residents, fellows, and practicing orthopaedic surgeons in 2018; only 4 of these grants are available to residents.