Rochester, Minnesota Clinical Profile


Diane L. Dahm, M.D., specializes in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction outcomes in specific patient populations including skeletally immature patients, female patients and older athletic patients. She also studies disorders of the patellofemoral joint from instability to arthritis; return to sports and other activities after knee arthroplasty; the impact of orthopedic pathology and surgery on physical fitness and exercise; shoulder instability in athletes; and knee injuries in Major League Baseball players. Her current research interests include topics related to surgical repair and reconstruction of the knee and shoulder, with a specific emphasis on sports-related injuries and surgery for patellofemoral instability and arthritis.

Dr. Dahm is head orthopaedic surgeon for the Minnesota Timberwolves as well as a practicing physician at Mayo Clinic, where she is a professor of orthopedics. Dr. Dahm has authored two books on sports conditioning and fitness and has published over 100 research articles and book chapters on various orthopedic and sports medicine-related topics.

Focus areas

  • Patella injuries and reconstruction
  • Arthroscopy
  • Tendon injuries
  • ACL injuries and reconstruction
  • Patellofemoral injuries
  • Meniscus tears and repairs
  • Knee replacement (partial only)
  • Patellar and quadriceps tendinitis
  • Shoulder instability, injuries and reconstruction
  • Labral tear, repair and reconstruction
  • Rotator cuff injuries and repair
  • Acromioclavicular joint reconstruction

Significance to patient care

Dr. Dahm's research objective is to optimize treatment strategies for athletes of all levels, reduce recovery time and help athletes to return to sporting activities. She is committed to sports safety and well known among professional teams, as well as other medical facilities, for her expertise in surgical techniques for sports injuries.

Professional highlights

  • Executive committee member, Team Physicians Association, NBA, 2015-present
  • Head orthopaedic surgeon, Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball, 2014-present
  • Team orthopedic physician, Minnesota Twins Baseball, 2013-present
  • Finalist, Patellofemoral Research Excellence Award, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, 2015
  • Recipient, Coventry Award, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 2015
  • Recipient, Distinguished Clinician Award, Mayo Clinic, 2015
  • Co-author, Mayo Clinic Fitness for EveryBody, 2005

Clinical Studies

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Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Orthopedics


  1. Fellow - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center, Minneapolis, MN
  2. Resident Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. MD University of Virginia School of Medicine
  4. BS - Biology Wake Forest University

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