Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD ​

Robert F. LaPrade MD, PhD is a complex orthopaedic knee and sports medicine surgeon who practices at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Edina and Eagan, Minnesota.  He is also an adjunct professor in orthopedic surgery at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. LaPrade is known as a specialized clinician scientist who has utilized his comprehensive research on sports medicine injuries to improve patient care and invent novel ways to treat knee problems.  Many of these surgeries,  such as posterolateral knee and MCL surgeries, have been performed worldwide.  

Dr. LaPrade has published more than 625 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, 100 book chapters, and has given over 1000 professional presentations, symposia, and instructional course lectures.  Dr. LaPrade and his team have won many awards,  including: the Trillat Young Investigator Award from ISAKOS (twice), J. Albert Key Research Award from the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, 3M Excellence in Clinical Research Award from the AOSSM, Excellence in Research Award from the AOSSM (3 times), Achilles Award from ISAKOS (twice), Cabaud Award from the AOSSM (twice), Nicola Foundation Young Investigator, Best Meeting Poster and Best Paper in Ligaments and Biomechanics  awards from ESSKA, and an OREF Kappa Delta Award, considered the “Nobel Prize of Orthopedics”. 

In addition, Dr. LaPrade is recognized internationally as an outstanding mentor and teacher, having been awarded several teaching awards, including six annual teaching awards given by fellows and residents, and has mentored international fellows from all continents.