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Thomas E. Dudley, M.D., Ph.D.
Hand & Wrist, Shoulder & Elbow, Hip, Knee

“The thing I really enjoy about orthopedics is that it gives me the ability to affect people’s lives in a positive way.”

I am committed to providing state-of-the-art surgical and nonsurgical care to ensure each patient receives individualized treatment and compassionate care. My practice is focused on general orthopedics, joint replacement surgery, and fracture treatment. In addition to seeing patients at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, I enjoy spending my free time writing, reading, fishing, and model building, in addition to spending time with my wife, Amy, and our two daughters.

Education & Training

  • Undergraduate Degree: St. John's University, Collegeville, MN
  • Doctorate Degree in Physiology: Physiology, Kent State University, Kent, OH
  • Medical Degree: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • General Surgery Internship: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
  • Member, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Candidate Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Team Affiliations

  • Alexandria Area High School
  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College—Fergus Falls
  • Osakis High School
  • West Central Area High School
  • Brandon–Evansville High School
  • Minnewaska Area High School
  • Hancock High School
  • Parkers Prairie High School

Special Interests

  • Total Knee Replacement Surgery 
  • Hip Replacement Surgery


  • Published author in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, July 2008
  • Published author in Atlas of the Hand Clinics, 2006
  • Podium presenter at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons "Survivorship of UKA Revisions in a Community Joint Registry," 2008

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"Dr. Dudley is very thorough and made me feel comfortable. He thanked me as soon as he recognized me as a former patient - he was so happy I came back!  He said we can help you!" - Vickie V.