Matthew Putnam, MD

Matthew Putnam, MD, LTC USAR

Orthopaedic Surgery Willmar, MN

Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon ACMC. CMDR 945th FST, FT Snelling, MN. Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School

Office Address

  • 101 Willmar Ave. SW
    Willmar, MN
    Willmar, MN 56201
    Phone: (320) 231-5021

Matthew Putnam, MD, LTC USAR

Orthopaedic Surgery Willmar, MN

Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon ACMC. CMDR 945th FST, FT Snelling, MN. Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Elbow Surgery, Hand Surgery, Shoulder Surgery
  • Clinical Interests: Colles' Fracture; Biomechanics; Medical Education; Wrist Injuries

Education & Training

  • New York Presbyterian Hospital -  Columbia CampusNew York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia Campus
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital CenterSt Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • Geisel School of Medicine at DartmouthGeisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Certifications & Licensure

  • MN State Medical LicenseMN State Medical License1989 - 2016
  • American Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryOrthopaedic Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryHand Surgery

    Awards, Honors, & Recognition

    • America's Top DoctorsCastle Connolly, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002
    • Achievement Award for Contribution as a VolunteerAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2013
    • Teacher of the YearDepartment of Orthopaedics, University of Minnesota, 2013

    Publications & Presentations


    Journal Articles

    • Assessment of Technical Skills of Orthopaedic Surgery Residents Performing Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery  Van Heest A, Agel J, Shanedling J, McPherson S, Schmitz C, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 1/1/2009
    • Considerations in dorsal plating of distal radius fractures  with Dudley TE, Atlas Hand Clinics, 1/1/2006
    • Idiopathic osteonecrosis of the scaphoid: A series of 3 surgical cases (case series and literature review)  Buttermann GR, McElfresh EC, Tountas CP, Walker GD, Am J Orthop, 1/1/2004

    Books/Book Chapters

    • Management of Upper Extremity Work Compensation Patients  
      Putnam, MD
      Editors: with Pomerance.ASSH Electronic Monograph
    • Total Elbow Arthoplasty in Surgery of the Upper Extremity  
      Kinnucan E, Moeller A
      Editors: .American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    • Biomechanics of Hand Fracture Fixation in Upper Extremity Injuries  
      Finn Z, Brehmar J
      Editors: Ed Seitz.American Society for Surgery of the Hand


    • Variance in Skill of Distal Radius Fixation amongst Orthopaedic Residents Putnam MD, Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association, Bonita Springs, FL, 1/12/2009
    • Online Observational Data Collection System for Distal Radius Fractures Douglas P Hanel, MD, Melvin P Rosenwasser, MD, Kenneth Koval, MD, Robert Strauch, MD, Nickolas Meyer, MD, OTA 23rd Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 1/1/2007
    • Early Functional Outcome of Unstable Distal Radius Fractures Treated with External Fixation versus Locked Volar Plating: A Prospective Study Noah M. Raizman, Paul Kim, Melvin Rosenwasser, Robert Strauch, Douglas Hanel, OTA 21st Annual Meeting, Ontario, Canada, 1/1/2005


    • The value of a Volunteer Boston, MA - 1/1/2010
    • Improving Outcomes following Distal Radius Fractures Houston, TX - 1/22/2009
    • Outcomes after treatment of Distal Radius Fractures using all methods at four different treatment sites, Invited Lecturer Tokyo, Japan - 1/29/2007


    • Standing Room Only: Wrist Fractures: Principles and Techniques (DVD-ROM) Putnam MD, AAOS Standing Room Only (SRO)
    • Proportionate Management of Distal Radius Fractures Cooney WP, Thurn J, American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting
      San Francisco, CA - 1/1/1995
    • Open Reduction of Internal and External Fixation of Distal Radius Fracture: Surgical Anatomy and Clinical Applications Putnam MD, American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting
      Seattle, WA - 1/1/1989

    Other Languages

    • French

    Hospital Affiliations

    Insurance Accepted

    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
    • BCBS Illinois PPO
    • BCBS Minnesota Blue Cross Accord
    • CIGNA Open Access
    • First Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Great West PPO
    • Health Net Oregon PPO
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    • Multiplan PHCS PPO
    • Multiplan PPO
    • Premera BCBS Heritage & Heritage Plus 1
    • Providence Health System Personal Option
    • Regence Washington - Preferred Provider Network
    • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
    • WEA Trust Preferred Provider Plan - Trust Pref

    Medical Groups

    • Affiliated Community Med Ctr

    Industry Relationships

      2014 - Present
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