Paul M. Lafferty, MD
- Orthopedic surgery
- Adult Reconstruction
- Primary and Revision Total Hip, Knee and Elbow Arthroplasty
- Simple and Complex Fractures of the Upper and Lower Extremities and Pelvis
- Nonunions and Malunions
- Tendon Repairs
- Geriatric Fractures
Dr. Lafferty specializes in primary and revision joint replacement of the hip (including direct anterior approach), knee (total and partial) and elbow. He also specializes in the care of simple and complex fractures of the pelvis, acetabulum (hip socket), ribs, upper extremities and lower extremities. He also has extensive experience treating nonunions (fractures that fail to heal), malunions (fractures that heal in poor alignment) and osteomyelitis (bone infection).
Dr. Lafferty earned his Medical Degree from Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School. He then completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at New York University - Langone Orthopedic
Hospital. He then completed an Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at the University of Minnesota – Regions Hospital.
Dr. Lafferty is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is an Active Member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association and is a Faculty Member of AO Trauma North America, through which he is actively involved nationally in the ongoing education of practicing Orthopedic Surgeons as well as Residents and Fellows.
What is your practice philosophy? Treat every patient as an individual and every problem as unique, using proven evidence-based methods to create customized care recommendations based on the specific needs of the patient.
What are you passionate about? And why? Family Time, Reading and Physical Fitness. Placing an emphasis on these activities helps me maintain a healthy work-life balance.
If I wasn’t a provider, I would be a: Firefighter/Paramedic. I worked in these capacities prior to Medical School and would have enjoyed making it my career if Medicine didn’t work out.
Why did you become a provider? When did you know this was the career for you? I was a Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician before and through College. That is where my interest in Medicine began. I first thought of a career as a Paramedic, Nurse or Physician Assistant but ultimately decided to pursue Medical School. I Was exposed to Orthopedics in my 3rd year of Medical School and quickly realized that the hand-on nature of Orthopedic Surgery and ability to immediately solve problems in the Operating Room or Emergency Room were the right fit for me.
Something I have learned from my patients is: Humility, empathy and the importance of intentional listening
One of the challenges of this career that I enjoy is (and why): Complicated problems. I have extensive experience managing complex acute and chronic Orthopedic issues. I have performed many complex primary and revision Arthroplasty and Trauma surgeries in my career. I thrive on the challenges of managing difficult problems. I enjoy the process of working through the situation with the patient, listening to their story, educating them and then formulating and the executing a evidence-based plan for how we will together manage their problem..
My personal health goal is: Maintain physical fitness through regular weight-training and cardiovascular exercise and healthy eating.
What is the best thing you’ve done for your health or the best health advice you’ve received? Make physical fitness and healthy eating a priority. Many medical issues can be prevented and life can be much more enjoyable by maintaining a healthy weight.
Awards and recognitions
- Teacher of the Year, University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program. 2016-2017 Academic Year
- 2017 Mpls. St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors: Rising Stars
- 2018 - 2023 Mpls St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors
- Orthopedic surgery
- Spending time with family
- Weight training
- Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus
- Mercy Hospital
- United Hospital
- United Hospital – Hastings Regina Campus
Are you this provider? Update your profile.
Major health plans we participate in
- Allina Health | Aetna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Other health plans we participate in
- America's PPO
- First Health/Coventry
- Hennepin Health (formerly Metropolitan Health Plan)
- South Country Health Alliance
- United Behavioral Health
- Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)