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John F. Wechter, MD

    • Specialties: Hand Surgery Orthopedics

    I'm one of 12 children and grew up in Michigan, then moved to Minnesota to do my orthopedic residency at the University of Minnesota where we had training in a wide range of orthopedic problems. I then stayed for a year of subspecialty fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery.

    Outside of orthopedics I enjoy spending most of my time with my wife Katie and our three children Daniel, Evie, Naomi. I was involved in the sport of wrestling for many years and currently help coach kids including my son.

    • College
      Kinesiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    • Medical School
      Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI
    • Residency
      Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    • Fellowship
      Orthopaedic Hand Surgery, Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN
  • Areas Of Interest
    Dr. Wechter treats a wide variety of orthopedic issues including: shoulder, elbow, and hand problems sports injuries trauma and fractures joint replacements for arthritis (shoulder, hips, knees).
  • Certifications & Licensure
    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • MN State Medical License


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