Elizabeth Arendt, MD, TRIA Physician

Elizabeth Arendt, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon - Knee


As a sports medicine fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon, I have a special interest in the knee including: patellofemoral dislocations, knee arthroplasty knee ligament reconstruction, cartilage repair, ACL injuries and diseases or injuries of the kneecap joint. I have always had a love of sports, and am grateful I can bring that into my practice. I listen to my patient's needs and help them understand their injury or musculoskeletal disease. I believe it is important to match my patient's expectations with my ability to help, along with what they can do for themselves. I work with my patients to set their own goals for fitness and health.


Patellofemoral dislocations (kneecap dislocations)

Patellofemoral Pain

Kneecap Injuries

Knee arthroplasty (joint replacement)

Knee ligament reconstruction

Knee reconstruction

Knee cartilage repair

ACL injuries in females



  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


  • Orthopedics Sports Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Medical degree

  • University of Rochester Medical School, Rochester, NY


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Associate Medical Director Women’s Sports Medicine at TRIA
  • Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  • University of Minnesota Physicians Board Member, 2010-Present


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • The Knee Purist Society
  • Minnesota Athletic Trainer's Association
  • Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society Membership Committee
  • International Patella Femoral Study Group
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • International Society for Knee and Arthroscopy (ISAKOS)

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine "Best Doctors" (2014-2017)
  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine"Best Doctors for Women," (2011, 2013-2015)
  • Best Doctors in America® (2007-2010, 2011-2012, 2013)
  • Mpls.St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctors" (2008, 2012-2018)
  • U.S. News & World Report 2012 Top Doctor
  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 1994-2001
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Teaching Certificate (Division of Family Practice), 1993-1994
  • 1992, Sports Hall of Fame (elected), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • 1974, Merle Spurrier Award (Athletic Contribution Award), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Personal Interests

  • For leisure activities, I enjoy cycling, squash, cross-country skiing and golf. I also enjoy reading fiction, as well as orthopedics! I am married with two nearly grown children.